Thank you for visiting our website! We founded Keyboard for Kids & More! over 20 years ago, realizing that music education is vital to the development and education of children. The study of music, particularly piano or keyboard, nourishes the mind, heart, and spirit, and creates pathways in the brain that lead to better reading comprehension, linguistic skills, math, and more!
At Keyboard for Kids & More!, our philosophy is to instill a love of learning music first and foremost, and then as students progress, more challenging programs can be offered without pushing a student beyond their enjoyment of learning. Although we recognize that parents play a pivotal role in carrying out this philosophy, we believe that our teachers can set the initial stage to inspire students to do their very best. Thank you also to the parents, friends, and families of our students who support them in their musical endeavors!
We offer exciting and fun music programs for students, ages 4-adult! We offer lessons primarily in private piano/keyboard in the comfort of the student's home. Also, depending on the area, there is limited availability at the instructor's studio. Please call for details.
We work with a variety of talented and dedicated instructors, many of whom possess advanced degrees in music. We do our best to match a teacher and curriculum to the student's learning style and to set achievable goals for each student. Our desire is to foster a life-long approach to learning music and to make the process enjoyable and inspirational.
Call us today to schedule an introductory lesson or to enroll in our next term! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We are here to serve you and your family!
David and Sarah Bilowus
Keyboard for Kids & More! is happy to work with some of the best music teachers ever! Not only do many of our instructors have advanced degrees in piano/music, but more importantly, they focus on connecting with each student's learning style, while making the process fun and enjoyable.
About the Founders:
David Michael Bilowus holds a Master's degree in piano performance and Bachelors of Fine Arts degrees in voice and piano from the State University of New York in Buffalo, where he also taught piano. He studied piano and pedagogy with Livingston Gearhart and Carlo Pinto. He has also studied at the Eastman School of Music, the Chautauqua Music Institute, the University of Southern California, and at the University of North Texas. While in California, he studied the Russian technique of piano playing with Surajeet Chatterji.
From 1979-1983, Bilowus presented numerous solo and chamber music recitals in western New York, including solo pefomances with the Buffalo Pops Orchestra. In March 1983, he was honored with receiving the "Scroll," the highest award from the Niagara Frontier Folk Arts Council.
While living in southern California, David composed, arranged, and recorded music for the 1989 Tournament of Roses parade, and he performed for the Tournament of Roses Centennial Gala in Pasadena, California, which featured Bob Hope, Gregory Peck, and Shirley Temple.
While in Washington, D.C., during the summer of 1994, Mr. Bilowus performed
for the spring arts festival at the National Endowment for the Arts. He was also invited by the Ambassador of Ukraine, Oleh Bilorus, to perform for an event at the University Club in Washington, celebrating the anniversary of Ukraine's independence.
Mr. Bilowus has performed in many other locations around the world including Ukraine, France, the former Czecho-Slovakia, Greece, Mexico, Canada, and many locations in the United States.
In addition to his extensive performance experience, Mr. Bilowus has been interviewed for both national and international radio programs. During the summer of 1995, Bilowus' music and an interview about his recording, "Forms of the Ocean," was broadcast by Associated Press Broadcast Services which aired on over 1000 radio stations throughout the United States.
"Your CD is enchanting," said Chuck Rice of Associated Press. Additionally, Bilowus was interviewed by Voice of America in July 1995 about his composition, Ode to Ukraine, which was broadcast to the nation of Ukraine on FM radio.
Bilowus has served on the music faculty at universities where he taught piano, voice, and directed choirs, stage band, and orchestra. He has also served as the music director of churches in Virginia and North Carolina. Additionally, he was selected by the Texas Commission on the Arts to serve as a distinguished artist-in-residence at several schools in Texas, where he taught students how to compose their own music. He was also selected by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Mid-America Arts Alliance to perform throughout Texas and Mid-America.
David is a prolific composer and arranger, and plans to release numerous recordings in the coming months that will be featured on his You-tube channels, DavidMichaelBilowus and PianoSquared.com with his son, Andrew Bilowus, who is also an accomplished pianist and arranger.
Sarah S. Bilowus, holds a Master's degree in music and journalism from the University of Texas.
She has taught piano and voice for over 25 years. She is an accomplished pianist and vocalist and has performed a variety of Broadway, contemporary, classical, and original solos as well as composed and performed music with her husband, David.
In addition to musical endeavors, Mrs. Bilowus has served as the promotion and development director at a radio station in Texas. She was also a 1994 recipient of an arts administration fellowship at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she assisted the music program with the administration of grants to arts arts organizations throughout the country.
Passionate about children having access to music education, Sarah and her husband, David, founded Keyboard for Kids & More!, orginially in northern Virginia, and now expanding to the Raleigh, North Carolina region.