pianist and composer
Navajo pianist and composer Connor Chee is known for combining his classical piano training with his Native American heritage. Chee made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 12 after winning a gold medal in the World Piano Competition. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Chee’s solo piano music is inspired by traditional Navajo chants and songs.
Chee has released 3 studio albums of original pieces and piano transcriptions of Navajo music. The Navajo Piano won Best Instrumental Recording at the 16th Annual Native American Music Awards, and his piece “Beginnings” won Best New Age Song.
Chee’s most recent release, Scenes from Dinétah, features piano pieces written about elements of Navajo life and culture. It has been accompanied by the release of several music videos filmed on the reservation, directed by Navajo filmmaker Michael Etcitty Jr.
Scenes from Dinétah
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piano and theory lessons
I currently offer private lessons in both piano and music theory. Lessons can be taken via Skype, or in-person at my home in Chandler, Arizona. The first lesson is completely free, so you can decide if it will be a good fit and something you want to pursue. If you decide after the free lesson that you don't wish to continue, that's fine! There is no obligation.
I aim to help you achieve your own personal goals, whether you want to play classical, pop, or any other style. I have students who play just for fun, and students who hope to play professionally.
Students of all experience levels and ages are welcome--I teach adult students as well! My youngest student was 4 years old, and I have taught students well into retirement age. I tailor lessons to your learning style and personal goals.
I also tutor in music theory. Are you a singer-songwriter that wants a more solid foundation in harmony and theory? Do you want to prepare scores of your own original music compositions? Music theory lessons would be perfect for you! I can also help you study for college entrance exams in music. I have also performed in numerous competitions, including the World Piano Competition. If you hope to play competitively, I can prepare you!
For more about my background, see my complete bio above.
"Connor Chee is the best piano teacher I ever had. He was supportive, motivating and consistent. He's undoubtedly the best pianist I've ever had the pleasure to hear perform and anyone would be lucky to be his student. My only regret is that I didn't take our lessons more seriously."
-Elijah B. on July 5, 2016
"Connor is absolutely an amazing individual and pianist!!! We miss him dearly and know he will make his mark in the world. Thank you Connor for the gifts you give every day."
-Lisa M. on July 5, 2016
Lesson prices vary depending on whether you want Skype lessons or in-person lessons, the length of lessons, frequency of lessons, and payment plan. To get more info, fill out the form below! Don't worry, you won't be added to a mailing list or receive any spam. You will only receive a quote for the type of lessons you want!
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