Jacki Alexander is a piano music composer of original pieces and an arranger of popular music, holiday music and hymns. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and is married with three adult children. Jacki writes in a contemporary style, as well as lyrical, smooth jazz, pop and traditional styles.
Beginning with piano studies from the age of four, Jacki's musical journey has led her to study, teach and write for piano. She has taught beginner through late intermediate piano for 15 years and has been a published composer for 3 years, winning the Sheet Music Plus holiday arranging contest in 2016 with her arrangement of Mary, Did You Know? Look for Jacki's frequent articles in The Piano Bench Magazine.
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Pam Turner is from Atlanta, Georgia, and writes original piano pieces and arranges sacred, classical, holiday and popular music, ranging from beginner level with teacher duets to advanced piano solos.
Pam was a late beginner starting lessons at age 12, but learned quickly due to faithful practicing and a passion for piano. She was accompanist for chorus classes in high school and children's choir at her church. Later, she studied privately with the acclaimed Elizabeth Buday of Shorter College. She has 20 years' teaching experience and has been a church pianist for over 30 years. She became a published composer in 2015, has been featured in The Piano Bench Magazine, and won the Sheet Music Plus holiday arranging contest in 2017 for her very popular arrangement Christmas Medley.
Pam currently lives in Varnell, Georgia with her husband, three cats and a dog.
Phil Hamm has always been interested in writing, performing, arranging or teaching music. His music education began in grade school and by the time he was in high school, he participated in everything he could in the music department. In college, at Austin Peay State University and Indiana State University, he earned a B.S. in Music Education while performing in as many instrumental and vocal ensembles as possible.
After graduation, he spent the next 20 years as a professional musician, mostly in the Houston, Texas area. He retired from the stage in 1994 and began his private teaching career. During that same time, he was busy co-writing songs to be recorded and making notational arrangements for his students.
After moving to Indiana, Phil became a published composer in 2007. In 2011, he became a church pianist. He continues to teach, perform, and write music in a variety of genres including jazz and blues, and writes for guitar as well.
Be on the lookout for new things from Phil here at Premier Piano --- he has some exciting projects underway --- especially in the jazz and blues arena and even some resources for guitar teachers!
Simon Zaleski is a composer, teacher, church music director, and Baroque multi-instrumentalist living in Durham, North Carolina. He enjoys writing music influenced by classical, Celtic, popular, and soundtrack music, and turning out the occasional arrangement of sacred or folk tunes.
Simon, who grew up in Redmond, Washington, started learning the piano at age 4 and composition at around 10, and was admitted to the Peabody Conservatory of Music at 15. While at Peabody, he had the opportunity to indulge a growing interest in studying Baroque and Renaissance music, and learned how to play many different historical instruments.
Graduation with master's degrees in harpsichord, composition, and musicology was only a waypoint in what he expects to be a lifelong exploration of the world of music, and he endeavors to speak to new audiences with creative and impactful, but accessible, compositions. He is also active in the early music community and is a founding member of Caroline Contemporary Composers.
Keep an eye out for new piano music from Simon here at Premier Piano!
Hannah Lussier is a music teacher and composer in rural Manitoba, Canada. She lives in a small town with her husband and two children and owns her own business teaching music lessons. Hannah has been teaching for 11 years and believes in providing a unique, personalized lesson experience so that all students can be inspired to love music in their own way. She has always enjoyed writing music specifically for her students and is known for her “fast and flashy” pieces that leave an impression!
Hannah was inspired by music early on, growing up in a family of instrumentalists, vocalists, conductors and teachers, eventually leading her to teaching piano, voice, songwriting/composition, flute, trumpet and theory lessons to students of all ages. She looks forward to sharing her music with the Premier Piano Community.
Elizabeth Swift studied Piano Performance and Music Education at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music. She currently runs a diverse private piano studio in Ohio, working with preschoolers to adults, and is actively involved in her local music teaching organiations. Elizabeth composes piano music for students of all ages and abilities, and brings a fresh and appealing perspective to her arranged pieces. Many of her compositions are appropriate for the professional pianist as well, as they are tasteful and widely accessible. Elizabeth enjoys kayaking and camping with her husband and four children, along with their Australian Shepherd, Luna.