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About Us

Renee Hyche McKee

Renee Hyche McKee has taught private classical piano lessons since 1980 and from 1992-1996 was additionally teaching as an adjunct piano instructor at Campbell University. An arranger, composer and improvisationalist, she brings these skills along with music theory into her teaching studio. She has performed her original compositions, arrangements, and piano works of the great composers on concert stages since childhood. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Birmingham-Southern College where she studied with Hugh Thomas, Dolores Hodgens Howard and Chris Sager. In New York City she worked with Columbia Artists Management, developed a duo-piano partnership with pianist and husband Richard McKee and with him launched a family of four sons, all of whom are musicians. In June 2017 Renee and Richard performed as a duet team at the Kammermusiksaal, Bonn, Germany as part of the Beethoven House concert series.

Her students have a high level of success, including one-hundred percent admittance rate to undergraduate music programs, First Place in the Intermediate to Advanced levels in Raleigh’s Young Artists Competitions, and winners in the Young Artists Composition Division. Renee is also an adjudicator for Piano Festivals and Competitions throughout North Carolina. She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, North Carolina Music Teachers Association, served as co-chair of the Young Artists Auditions (a competition for over 900 Raleigh area students) and currently serves as Chair of the semi-annual Artist Workshop 2018 for the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association. Renee attends the Music Teachers National Association Conference regularly to keep current with the latest trends in piano teaching.

In April 2015 Renee released her first professional recording of pieces she has arranged, Preludes of Peace: Meditative Hymn Settings. The sheet music of these arrangements are available through sheetmusicplus.com. (Link available on our website menu)

Renee loves teaching, being a wife and mom, church pianist and mentoring young musicians. She performs regularly in duo-piano concerts with her husband, hand-paints Christmas egg ornaments every year and does a great deal of creative thinking, praying and sweating while on her long-distance runs.

Richard McKee, Ph. D.

Dr. Richard Miles McKee attended Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, receiving the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance. There he studied with Delores Howard, a Carnegie Hall classical pianist. He holds a Master of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music where he studied piano with the late Constance Keene and with Marc Silverman. He holds a Master of Arts degree and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

Dr. McKee has been a Professor of Music at Campbell University since 1996 and is currently Chairman of the Division of Fine Arts as well as Director of Piano Studies. There he teaches Applied Piano to Piano Majors, Music History, Piano Pedagogy, and Piano Literature. His love for teaching is carried over into the private studio as well, where he has been teaching classical piano as well as improvisation to all ages from beginners to advanced since 1980.

Richard has been selected for the Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award at Campbell, and presents lectures and lecture-recitals to professional music organizations at the local and state level. In recent years he has performed as soloist with the Campbell University String and Wind Ensembles, and in June 2017 performed at the Beethoven House with Renee in Bonn, Germany, where he also accompanied soloists from the Campbell Wind Symphony. Dr. McKee is an experienced and much-sought-after adjudicator for numerous piano competitions including the National Federation of Music Clubs, NCMTA Regional Auditions, the Raleigh Piano Teachers Association Young Artists Auditions, Raleigh Music Club Scholarship Auditions and Cary/Apex Piano Teachers Association.

Dr. McKee has authored the book, "No Notes? No Fear! Lead-Sheet Improvisation for the Classically Trained Pianist" and has composed works for choir, piano, and instrumental ensembles. His newest duo-piano work, Fantasy on Wade in the Water will be debuted in Spring of 2018. During the 2015-2016 season he delivered lectures: "What Was He Thinking? Performing Beethoven's Slurs on a Modern Piano" and another in a lecture/demonstration of "No Notes? No Fear". He attends the Music Teachers National Association conference regularly in order to stay current with the latest in academic and teaching ideas for the studio. Richard performs regularly in duo-piano concerts with his wife, plays piano with his church music team, enjoys model railroading, Alabama Football, and Star Trek (Kirk, of course).

OUR KIDS

We proudly share links to our children's websites:

  • Adam Miles McKee, software developer: www.adammmckee.com
  • Michael Neal McKee, professional drummer, Delta Rae: www.deltarae.com
  • Melinda Pearce McKee, owner and operator of corporate gifting site, Mementos and Muse: mementoandmuse.com
  • Mark Rogers McKee, professional song writer, session artist and recording engineer: www.markmckeemusic.com
  • Alexander Lee McKee, professional singer, song writer, bass, guitar and keys player, song-writing coach, piano and bass teacher. Recordings for his band Waking April can be found on Spotify, SoundCloud, and iTunes.

Cary NC 27511 • Renee McKee: 919-270-7104 • Dr. Richard McKee: 919-270-7102 • email link