About Mr. Seifert
Mr. Seifert is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Applied Piano where he studied with pianist Jung Jaa Woo and Harriet Lundberg. Additional private piano study at Boston University with pianist Luis Batlle of Marlboro College, Vt.
While living in the Pacific Northwest Mr. Seifert earned a K-12 Teaching Certification in Music Education from Western Washington University, in Bellingham, WA.
Mr. Seifert holds teaching certifications in: Music Learning Theory and Audiation, studying with Dr. Edwin E. Gordon and Dr. Beth Bolton at Temple University, Philadelphia. A level II Orff Schulwerk Certification from Seattle Pacific University. A level II certified teacher in Education Through Movement, Building The Foundation, studying with Phyllis S. Weikart, High Scope Institute, Michigan.
Mr. Seifert actively participated in the Boston Conservatory Select Chorale and was also a member of the Conservatory Chorus and Opera Chorus where numerous concerts were presented in the city of Boston and throughout greater New England. Mr. Seifert has performed in public as a pianist chamber musician in the greater Seattle area, and in Bellingham Washington.
He has been actively teaching Piano, Elementary Music, and Choral Music to children and adults in the Pacific Northwest for over 30 years. While living in the west Mr. Seifert served as President of The Snohomish County Music Teachers Association of Everett, WA, where during his two term tenure as President he developed and implemented a variety of educational music programs for children in the community.
Mr. Seifert is a native of Merion, PA. He began playing piano at age 6 with an avid interest in piano that was fostered by his musician grandmother Teresa Eisenhower Seifert, who was a church organist. Mr. Seifert attended The New School of Music in Philadelphia and studied Solfege & Music Theory with Dr. Matthew J. Colucci in his Middle and High School years. Piano study was with Concert Artists: William Abbott, of Merion, PA, Dr. Samuel Hsu; Csehy School of Music, and Philadelphia College of Bible. Mr. Seifert attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan, where he studied with the famed Hungarian pianist, Dr. Erno Daniel.
“I have been very fortunate to have studied with many wonderful teachers, and I love sharing what I have learned with my students.”
Teaching Experience 1988- (2022-2023 Season)
Mr. Seifert began teaching piano privately full time in 2002 in his own studio called "Piano At Home" in Mukilteo, WA, and also taught piano at The Everett Montessori School. Previously he had taught for many years as a middle school Choral Music Teacher, and Elementary Music Specialist in the public schools in Washington State. After relocating back to the Philadelphia area Mr. Seifert established his current teaching studio "Rick Seifert Piano Lessons" in Blue Bell. Mr. Seifert enjoys working with beginning students of all ages, and has enjoyed teaching evening piano classes for CTAS (The Cheltenham Township Adult School for several years.
The 2020-2021 season lessons continued with a mix of in person and virtual lessons.
The 2022-2023 season saw the return of in person lessons at the studio, and on Monday afternoons, lessons were taught at the Broad Street Grind Coffee Shop in Souderton, Pa. The 2022-2023 season, has opened with a tour of the Wanamaker Pipe Organ in Philadelphia, where approximately 20 students were able to tour and listen to a fine concert of music by assistant organist Dylan David Shaw. In October three student performances were held at the studio where 25 students of all ages participated with their fall pieces. We continue to enjoy performances from students who live out of state and are able to participate virtually.
Historian, Archivist, Speaker
Mr. Seifert is an amateur author/historian who has written and produced a Musical Documentary on Philadelphia Citizen and Merchant John Wanamaker, and the Wanamaker Pipe Organ, called “The Greatest Musical Wonder in The World”, a history of the Grand Court Organ. The program made its East Coast debut at Macy’s during the 2011 Wanamaker Organ Centennial. Mr. Seifert is regularly engaged to present his documentary around the country for churches, historic societies, retirement communities, and music organizations. The program was selected to be presented for The Foundations of The Philadelphia Union League in 2014 during Archives Month in conjunction with The Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Seifert has served as archivist for the Friends of The Wanamaker Organ 2012-2021 and regularly provides docent tours of the Wanamaker Pipe Organ for guest from around the world.
As a speaker, Mr. Seifert has presented for Music Teacher Chapters in the Seattle area and presented for Washington State Music Teachers Association Convention in the 2004.
In 2012, after teaching in the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Seifert relocated back to his Philadelphia home where he has established his piano studio "Rick Seifert Piano Lessons" he continues his research on John Wanamaker. In 2022 Mr. Seifert resumed his work as a church musician, arranging and composing music for weekly church services at Saint Peter's Anglican Church in Souderton, Pa
Please call: 425 220-8147. Or email: RLseifert@efinitytech.com