Student with a piano

Piano and Violin

Student playing a violinResearch shows that playing a musical instrument is advantageous to developing the brain. Music is the first and universal language of mankind. Learning to play piano or violin, which develops the coordination of hands, eyes and ears, can be the beginning of an active lifetime hobby.

The Summit Country Day School offers individual instruction in violin and piano to students during the school day. Lessons are offered to students in Kindergarten through grade 12. Lessons are 40 minutes per week.  Each piano student in Kindergarten and grades 1-3 receives his or her lesson in two parts on two separate days.

In December, piano and violin students play for one another at holiday celebrations. In the spring, students perform in recitals, which classmates, families and friends attend. There are additional in school and out-of-school performance opportunities.

Teaching is individualized to suit each student with the emphasis on proper technique, reading of music, musical interpretation and the enjoyment of making music. Upper School students receive 1/4 credit for each year of piano or violin study.

The fee for lessons includes music books that each student receives.

Download the Piano and Violin Lessons Letter and Registration Form here.

Piano/Violin Faculty

Dr. Vladimir Goykhman, B.M., M.M., D.M.A.

  • Piano teacher
  • College Conservatory of Music, University of Maryland and University of Minnesota
  • For years of teaching before The Summit
  • Teaching at The Summit since 2012

Zena Lieberman, B.M., M.M.E.

  • Piano teacher
  • Moscow Music College, Russia
  • Kirovograd State University, Ukraine
  • 34 years of teaching before The Summit
  • Teaching at The Summit since 2013

Irina Melnik, B.M., M.M.

  • Piano teacher and Head of Department
  • Kiev Conservatory, Ukraine
  • 21 years of teaching before The Summit
  • Teaching at The Summit since 1998

Megan Scharff, B.M., M.M.

  • Violin teacher
  • University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM)
  • 7 years before The Summit
  • Teaching at The Summit since 2016

Greg Williams, B.A.

  • Piano teacher
  • Mount St. Joseph University
  • 22 years experience in pastoral music ministry
  • 15 years instructing parish children's and youth vocal and instrumental ensembles and soloists
  • Teaching at The Summit since 2014