In-House Educator


Dave Longton

Dave is Hannah Pianos Company's in-house piano teacher, floor piano tuner and class instructor. He is originally from The Boston area and was trained at The Berklee School of Music. After school Dave joined the Navy Band and traveled all over playing for various Naval functions. Dave has devoted his life to teaching children and adults the fun of learning music. His specialty is jazz, classical and ear training

Local Teacher Directory


Kiley Cohoon

I live in Lexington near Millstream Road and teach lessons at my home. I have a Bachelors of Arts in music education with an emphasis on piano from Presbyterian College and a masters in music eduction and music therapy from the University of Georgia. I am a music teacher in Lexington School District One. I have been teaching piano lessons on and off for many years and am taking on students again now that my children are older. I can teach children or adults, beginners to advanced.

Phone: (803) 348-8030
E-Mail: cohoonk (at) yahoo.com


Diane Faella

Blessed with the "Gift of Music" in my life as an organist and piano/organ instructor, I have had the pleasure of serving for several churches in their music ministry and teaching adults and children of all ages for over 30 years.

I especially enjoy teaching the "little ones" ages Pre-K - Elementary school. Providing them with a solid music foundation in note reading, theory and technic. My hope is to give them a fun, positive "first musical experience" that will last a Life Time!

accepting students at the beginner level, children and adults of all ages for piano or organ.

Phone: (803) 807-0340
E-Mail: ladydimusic1 (at) aol.com


Sharon Farra

I have an Bachelor Degree in Education with a Music Minor. I have been a regular church pianist for 35 yrs and a piano teacher for 25 yrs - I enjoy teaching beginners through intermediate level, Children of all ages, and adult ladies.

Phone: (803) 348-0693
E-Mail: sharondfarra (at) yahoo.com


Dionne Preussner

Hi!! I am a professional musician with a degree in music. I play for church, a funeral home, two different big bands, a combo, a duo and play singles. I play a variety of different music including jazz, pop, classical and sacred. I have been teaching for over 30 years and can teach anyone willing to learn, from beginning to advanced. I am also a piano tuner/tech and belong to the Piano Technicians Guild. I teach in my home, located in Whitehall (the St. Andrews area) or in other peoples' homes, depending on distance.

Phone: (803) 708-1819
Email: dionnepreussner (at) yahoo.com


Mary MacDermut

Mary MacDermut teaches piano and music theory for beginning and intermediate levels to students of any age. She teaches lessons after school at Heathwood Hall, and her home studio is located near Irmo High School and Harbison Boulevard. Students' lessons are 45 minutes. She is happy to do a free interview with the parent; a piano is required. Her goal is lifelong learning for all piano students! Her current professional membership includes: Board member, South Carolina Music Teachers Association; President-elect, Columbia Music Teachers Association.

Phone: (803) 348-6695
E-Mail: mary.macdermut (at) gmail.com


Carol K. Rhodes

Carol Rhodes has been teaching private and group lessons in piano, guitar, recorder, and composition at her home in the Irmo area for 35 years for ages kindergarten through adult. She has been a member of Columbia Music Teachers Association since 1982 and the National Federation of Music Clubs since 1985.

She taught choral and instrumental music at Columbia Bible College 1974-82 and has been Worship Ministries Director for 20 years in a local church. Her degrees are from Oberlin Conservatory Music, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the University of South Carolina. She is married to trombonist Russ Rhodes who is in his 38th year of teaching music in Lexington public schools.

Phone: (803) 781-2623
E-Mail: carolrhodes5 (at) gmail.com


Laura H. Sturgeon

Laura Sturgeon grew up in the Columbia area. She earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from Converse College and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Michigan.

For over 30 years Laura has been teaching piano to students of all ages and levels. In addition to teaching, she serves as the Music Director and Organist at Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Columbia. She also serves as accompanist for the Chapin Intermediate School and Chapin High School Choirs.

Laura is a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), South Carolina MTA, American Guild of Organists (AGO), the Association of Lutheran Musicians (ALM) and Pi Kappa Lambda.

Phone: (803) 238-4342
E-Mail: zokie (at) aol.com


Nancy Weston

Nancy teaches pianos to both adults and children, beginners to advanced. She has over 50 years teaching experience and teaches in her home at Irmo, off of Piney Grove Rd. She also teaches theory and composition, organ, violin, viola and cello.

Phone: (803) 798-3567