Piano teacher since July 2019
Irem Ozay started piano lessons at the age of 8, at a community music school in Raleigh, when she first moved to the United States from Turkey. After a year of lessons, she was offered the opportunity to study at a Conservatory for Music. At age 14, Irem began her first job, teaching piano at the community music school where she had begun piano. Since then, she has placed in numerous festivals and competitions statewide, including NCMTA and Young Artist Competition. She continues to teach and absolutely loves seeing her students grow and become the musicians they can be! Her students range from ages 5-70 at varying levels.
Irem graduated Magna Cum Laude from East Carolina University with a degree in Music Therapy and completed her internship at the VA Medical Center. As she found her passion for teaching, Irem was offered a full teaching assistantship at ECU, where she recently earned a double Masters in Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. She has also been individually selected by faculty to be inducted into the Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda. Irem has also been a sister of Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity for women. She enjoys performing solo works, chamber works with chamber ensembles, accompanying choirs and orchestras around the area