Piano - Community Music School


Dr. Bair Shagdaron, piano 


Tyler Dellaperute, piano

tyler_0.jpgTyler Dellaperute enjoys a diverse career as a collaborative pianist, jazz musician, music instructor, and piano tuner. A classically-trained pianist from Little Egg Harbor, NJ, Tyler has performed virtuosic repertoire from Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto to Beethoven’s Appassionata. Tyler has extensive experience as a collaborative pianist, having accompanied a variety of large ensembles, chamber ensembles, instrumentalists, and vocalists. Tyler’s interests also include music theory and jazz improvisation.  

In addition to his role as private piano teacher at the Community Music School, Tyler is currently serving as an accompanist and group piano instructor at the Hayes School of Music. He primarily teaches intermediate and advanced students. As a music teacher, Tyler prioritizes musical fluency, community, and diversity.





Jenna Kyber, piano

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Jenna Kyber, from Greenville, SC, is a second-year graduate student pursuing her Equivalency and Master’s Degree in Music Therapy. She graduated with her BA in Music from Winthrop University in 2019, where she studied jazz guitar, completed a secondary study in piano, and minored in business administration. Combining her guitar and music therapy backgrounds, Jenna travelled in 2020 to present a Jazz Guitar seminar at the Southeastern Region American Music Therapy Association annual conference. Before coming to App State and turning her focus to music therapy, she performed with Winthrop's Jazz Guitar Ensemble, the Winthrop Chorale, and accompanied many student recitals. She even travelled with the Chorale to perform in Carnegie Hall in 2019. In her free time she was an active officer of Winthrop’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota. Jenna has taught music lessons since 2014, and has training in percussion and ukulele in addition to her Winthrop guitar and piano studies. 


Allison Bishop, piano

Studio full for Fall 2022


Pianist Allison Bishop received a bachelor's degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied with Dr. Joseph DiPiazza, Dr. Andrew Willis, and Dr. Inara Zandmane. After graduating, Allison moved to Asheville to teach piano full-time as well as pursue other musical performance opportunities. Allison has recently completed a Master's Degree in piano performance at Appalachian State University, studying with both Dr. Bair Shagdaron and Dr. Rodney Reynerson. Allison made it to the final round in the school's Concerto-Aria competition during the fall semester and was a finalist in the 2018 Rosen-Schaffel Competition.


  • Instructor, CMS
  • Accompanist, Appalachian State University
  • Accompanist, BUUF
  • Instructor, Piano Lab, Asheville, NC


  • BM in Piano Performance, UNC-Greensboro
  • MM in Piano Performance, Appalachian State University

Teaching Philosophy:

As an instructor of piano, my aim is to encourage each student to grow at their own pace and with their own goals ahead of them. I believe in establishing a solid musical foundation for each student, but also in allowing there to be room to explore and create without added pressure. I closely collaborate with my students in the process of discovering the music that is already inside of them, and love watching them learn without even realizing it!"



brittney_woolbright_250.jpgBrittney Woolbright, piano

Brittney Woolbright began taking piano lessons in her hometown of Martinsville, Indiana when she was nine years old. While growing up, Brittney competed in multiple Indiana State School Music Association competitions and earned multiple gold medals for solo piano performances and accompaniments. Her higher education began in 2017 at Purdue University Fort Wayne as a music therapy major after receiving a scholarship for piano performance. In 2018, Brittney moved to Hawaii and started her own piano studio where she taught multiple kids. She also became involved in Hospice Hawaii’s therapeutic music program, where volunteers were encouraged to visit with patients and engage in a meaningful musical experience together. In 2020, Brittney moved to Boone, North Carolina to resume schooling. She obtained an Associate in Fine Arts Music degree from Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. Presently, she is studying music therapy as an undergraduate at Appalachian State University. She studies piano under Dr. Bair Shagdaron.

Teaching Philosophy: I have aspirations to find a career that allows me to use music as a medium to educate, unite, uplift, and bring healing to others. My goal in teaching is to build a solid musical foundation in children so that they can not only have a new skill set, but a constructive and creative outlet that brings them joy.

Lydia Rudd, piano

Lydia Rudd

Lydia Rudd is a student at Appalachian State University and is pursuing her bachelor’s in Music Therapy, and a Piano Performance Certificate. She started taking piano lessons at the age of 5 with Yelena Eckemoff, and is now studying with Dr. Rodney Reynerson. Lydia has performed as a solo pianist, accompanist, and church musician. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, cooking and baking.

Music Experience

  • CMS Instructor 

  • Accompanist, Appalachian State University

  • Church Pianist, Cary NC

Teaching Philosophy: As someone who has been a piano student for over 15 years now, one of my main goals in teaching is to create a space where students can find joy in learning and playing piano. I work through the foundational techniques of piano with students, but want them to be able to apply it to the music and projects that they are passionate about. In each lesson, I try to meet students where they are, ask questions, and encourage them to feel free to ask questions that will help them through their learning process.