Chrissy Ricker is a pianist, teacher, and composer from North Carolina. She received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC. A Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM), Chrissy is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association, North Carolina Music Teachers Association, and Raleigh Piano Teachers Association. Chrissy maintains a private piano studio in the Raleigh area where she focuses on sharing her love of all types of music with her students.
Chrissy enjoys composing music in a variety of styles, from classical to rock. To date, she has published eighteen collections of piano solo and duet music for students. Her piano music has been featured on the contest lists of many teaching organizations, including the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, the North Carolina Music Teachers Association, and the Iowa Music Teachers Association. Chrissy has also written a variety of chamber music for voice, brass, woodwinds, and strings. This year marks her third year serving as the commissioned composer for the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute, who will be premiering her piece "Expedition" for piano and strings in the spring of 2019. They have previously premiered her chamber works "Intergalactic" and "Terra Nova."
In addition to teaching and composing, Chrissy enjoys writing about topics related to piano pedagogy. Her articles on teaching have appeared in American Music Teacher magazine, and she has been a frequent clinician for teacher groups in the North Carolina area, presenting on topics ranging from practice skills and motivational techniques to incorporating improvisation and composition into piano lessons. Chrissy also blogs regularly on these topics here.