JoAnn Kleier, MM
Voice / Guitar / Piano
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)
Voice / Beginning Piano
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
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
Rebecca Slater, MM
Voice / Piano
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.
Anna Bonham-White, MM
Voice / Piano / Musikgarten
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!'"