Anna Bonham-White, MM

Piano / Voice

Edgewood /  NKU / Walton



Anna Bonham-White graduated with a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. She is also a certified teacher of Musikgarten, an early childhood music and movement curriculum, and Recreational Music Making for adults and teens. She teaches voice and piano in Edgewood, Walton and on NKU's campus. "My mission is to make music participation a passion for a lifetime for the student. My motto: 'Music brings JOY to life!'"

John Haynes

Piano / Piano Technician



As a life-long Northern Kentucky resident, John Haynes graduated with honors from both Ludlow High School and Northern Kentucky University. John has been very active in the local musical community. He has been a church musician since age 13 and served as staff accompanist at NKU after graduation. He has been accompanist for rehearsals and performances for numerous high school and professional musicals and concerts, including operas for Northern Kentucky’s Center Civic Opera Company. John lives in Independence with his wife Donna and divides his time between teaching piano students and tuning pianos. John recently completed an MA in Biblical Studies to aid him with his duties at his church.

Mary Hewitt





Students beginning at age 5; Recitals; Music Theory and History are part of the program.

Music Teachers National Association Member beginning 1992

Piano Pedagogy Certificate Northern Kentucky University, 2004


Inspired by a love of nature and music, my goal is to help students develop strong musicianship skills at the piano and keyboard and to play music that they love.

Kathy Franklin, MM

Piano / Violin


859 371-4047 / kathyfranklin@musicwithkathyfranklin.com



Kathy Franklin (B.M. and M.M., University of Kentucky) teaches piano and violin.  I am a member of Phi Beta Kappa (our country’s oldest scholastic honorary society) and Pi Kappa Lambda (the national music honorary society). I held a teaching assistantship at U.K. and taught undergraduate music theory courses for two years. From 1971-1976 I played violin with the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra. I worked as a violin section coach with the Central Kentucky Youth Symphony Orchestra from 1976-1978. I was the accompanist for the NKU Children’s Preparatory Choir from its inception in 1994 through 1999. I accompanied for the pre-professional ballet program at U.C.’s College Conservatory of Music from 1998 through 2004. In addition to my work with school-age children and adults, I taught Kindermusik classes for very young children from 1999 to 2009.


In addition to my background as a musician, I am an experienced parent and parent educator. I was a volunteer with La Leche League for 13 years and ran a cooperative preschool when my eldest child was young. I was a very active PTA mom for many years. I have two daughters who are active in the arts. Jenny is a trombonist and Emily is a dancer/singer/actor based in NYC.

JoAnn Kleier, MM

Piano / Guitar / Voice

Villa Hills

859.394.8160 / pianist4life@live.com


JoAnn Kleier offers lessons to students of all ages in Piano, Voice, Guitar, and Preschool Music in her studio located in Villa Hills, Kentucky. She is a member of MTNA, KMTA, and our local chapter, NKMTA. She received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Western Kentucky University and her Master of Education degree from the University of Louisville. She has participated in national, state, and local workshops and conventions for continued teacher training and performing opportunities for students.


JoAnn is a native of Louisville, Ky. She grew up in a musical family, her mother played piano and now her oldest daughter, Jaclyn, former piano student, performs with the Opera Chorus of the Cincinnati Opera. Her musical experience emcompasses a variety of music styles and interests which include performing with The Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers, mountain and folk music and Swingtime Big Band, jazz standards, 30's­ 60's. Currently she participates with N Ky Unplugged Acoustic group and Cool Hand Ukes, a ukelele club.


JoAnn serves as a Church Pianist, Organist and Vocalist for the Diocese of Covington and has served for the Diocese of Louisville in the past. She received Superior ratings from the National Piano Guild Auditions as she grew up, and wasfeatured as “Talent Queen” for the WHAS Crusade for Children, a televised fund raiser forhandicapped children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. JoAnn received a four year MusicScholarship to Western Kentucky University as a Music Major.


Music is fun and it is my passion... I hope to make it yours too!

Rita Thomas Larkin, MM (Treasurer, NKMTA)
Beginning Piano  / Voice

859-802-6782 / ritalarkinmusic@fuse.net


Rita Larkin began her private teaching career in 1996 and joined the faculty of the Northern KentuckyUniversity’s Music Preparatory Department in the fall of 2009. She accepts students both at her private studio in Covington and through the NKU Prep Depart – please specify location when contacting her. In addition to a full schedule of private students, Ms. Larkin also is a regular soloist with Holy Cross Church in Latonia, a member of the Kentucky Symphony Chorale, and volunteers at Scott High School.


Several vocal students of Ms. Larkin have attended the Kentucky Governor’s School for the Arts overthe past 10 years, and several have continued their musical studies at the college level at University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, NKU and Centre College, in both voice and musical theatre/theatre. Her studio includes students ranging in age from 10 to “over 60” and she welcomes the adults who wish to pursue music as a means of personal enrichment and mental stimulation.


Studio activities include an annual recital in the spring, and multiple performance and competitionopportunities throughout the year.


“Music is a life skill. If we learn it young, it is with us forever. I believe that a healthy vocal technique will allow students to ultimately choose their own style and will allow them the flexibility to continue in whatever genre they choose.”



Master of Music – CCM – University of Cincinnati - Vocal performance

Post graduate studies at Indiana University – Vocal Performance

Bachelor of Arts in Music and German from Ft Wright College in Spokane, Washington


Professional Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)

Kentucky Music Teachers Association, (KMTA), currently Vocal Chair

Northern Kentucky Music Teachers Association (NKMTA)—has served as President and Treasurer

National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)


Prior Performance Experience

Cincinnati Opera – Chorus

Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble

Whitewater Opera Company

Natasha Pence (Co-Chair, NKMTA)

Piano / Suzuki & Traditional

Group Piano


Natasha Pence enjoys working with students of all ages, and teaches in both the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati areas. She also actively performs as a collaborative pianist. Natasha holds professional memberships with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Northern Kentucky chapter of MTNA.

Marti Schindel, BA


Western Hills, OH

513-941-4857 / martischindel@gmail.com 


Education: University of Dayton: BA Theater/ Communications.

Northern KY University: Piano Pedagogy Certificate

Affiliations: Cincinnati Symphony Club, Cincinnati Women's Clef Club, Western HIlls Music Club, SWOMTA, NKMTA



Rebecca Slater, MM

Piano / Voice

Fort Thomas

859-802-9344 / info@slatermusicacademy.com



Rebecca Slater is an active teacher, singer, collaborative pianist, choral director, organist and liturgical musician. She graduated magna cum laude from Ball State University in choral and general music education with concentrations in both piano and vocal performance. There she received numerous awards, including Outstanding Senior Woman, Outstanding Piano Accompanist, Outstanding Choral Student, and Concerto Competition Winner in piano. Ms. Slater received her master’s degree from University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music in collaborative piano, where she studied with Dr. William Black and Kenneth Griffiths. At CCM she received a graduate assistantship to accompany vocal students and sang in the prestigious Renaissance Consort under the direction of Dr. Earl Rivers.


Ms. Slater has ample experience teaching music at literally every age level. She has taught preschool music and movement, Kindergarten through eighth grade general music, home school music classes, high school choral music, and piano at Xavier University, where she served as an adjunct professor of piano and accompanied and coached student and faculty recitals. She has taught private piano and voice for over 30 years. Her students have excelled in various competitions and festivals; several have studied music in college and are currently active performers and teachers.


Ms. Slater is the current director of Slater Music Academy in Fort Thomas, KY, a school providing music instruction in voice, piano, guitar, violin and viola. She is also the music director at St. Pius X Church in Edgewood, where she plans and provides music for liturgical celebrations and conducts several choirs. Ms. Slater holds teaching certifications in K-12 choral and general music, Orff-Schulwerk Levels I and II, Kindermusik© and Music Together©. She is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, a professional music fraternity, National Music Teachers Association, the Kentucky Music Educators Association, the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the Ohio Federation of Music Clubs and the American Guild of Organists.

Daphne Walters, BM

Piano ages 3.5 & up (adults welcome)

Union (Florence)

859.992.8511 / info@notebynote.org



Daphne Walters, Founder of Note by Note, and faculty member of the Northern KY School of Music, is a passionate pianist and teacher, dedicated to enriching the lives of others through music. She graduated Magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Northern Kentucky University while studying with "Artist in Residence" and "Honored Artist of Ukraine," Sergei Polsumiak. In 2008, Daphne received a Certificate in Piano Pedagogy from NKU under esteemed pedagogue, Carolyn Hagner.


Students at Note by Note are immersed in an all-encompassing curriculum, receiving instruction in the areas of technique, sight-reading, aural recognition, theory, music history, musicianship, and performance practice. In order for students to become well-rounded musicians, Daphne recognizes the importance of a balanced repertoire including classical, jazz, pop, & world music.  Her students have opportunities to participate in the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, NKMTA Evaluations, the Kentucky Bluegrass Competition, and any other events.


Daphne believes that there is music in every child and works diligently to help each student uncover their musical abilities.   The curriculum for our preschool music program "WunderKeys" is available to students age 3 1/2 -5 & students 4.5-6 use Roadtrip! by Jennifer Eklund & Piano Pronto.  Students first grade & up receive traditional lessons.