Kathy Hann graduated from Northern Illinois University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Music from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Her years of private study with Dr. Robert Reeves became invaluable in her work as a piano pedagogue. Although Kathy says she did not realize it at the time, Dr. Reeves was truly a master coach, teaching her the art of deep practicing, a technique that she has passed onto her own students thereby raising their level of skill and their love for their instruments. In addition, studying world music with Dr. Han brought light-heartedness and fun into her life, and that has not only made her teaching career much more rewarding, but has also has created many well-rounded, highly skilled pianists.Upon graduation, Kathy moved to South Carolina where she opened a studio teaching piano to children ages four to adult. Her studio grew to the extent that she expanded it into a performing arts school and later went on to become the director of the piano department for Ashley Hall in Charleston, South Carolina; a prominent school for girls and Barbara Bush’s alma mater.Kathy created this scholarship out of gratitude for having been able to commit herself solely to a career teaching piano – a career that has been the joy of her life and one that allowed her to raise her family as well as to perform. She hopes to assist another young teacher on his or her path to a rewarding career.