About Us
 

Kathy Parsons


Kathy Parsons has been teaching piano privately since January 1981. Based in Hercules, CA (SF Bay Area) until the summer of 2007, Kathy has taught students from the age of 5-66, enjoying them all. Now located in Florence, OR, she is continuing to teach locally as well as via the internet (explained here).


Kathy grew up in Oakland, CA, and started playing the piano at about age 5. Art and music were always the driving forces in her life, and she graduated with a BFA degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1974. Once she started teaching piano a few years later, music became even more of a passion. She started writing a monthly newsletter for her students that opened a variety of doors, allowing her to communicate with many composers and artists, especially as the so-called "new age" piano style began to grow. Finding new age to be a bridge between pop and classical music, Kathy discovered that students of all ages could readily identify with this style of music. As sheet music came into print, Kathy incorporated the best of it into her teaching repertoire. She also mixed contemporary composer bios and interviews into her newsletter along with the classical composers, and eventually started doing in-home student workshops with some of her favorite contemporary composers. The list of artists who have performed for and worked with Kathy's students is impressive, and includes David Lanz, Suzanne Ciani, David Nevue, Robin Spielberg, Kevin Kern, Spencer Brewer, and many others.


The newsletter and online music newgroups in the mid-90's led to Kathy become one of the staff writers for the print version of Bill Binkelman's "Wind and Wire" magazine. When that was discontinued, she was offered a place to continue writing CD reviews and artist interviews on the site that became Solo Piano Publications. She was the primary writer for that site until early 2008. Her own site (this one!) allows her to expand her endeavors into other areas, so keep watching for lots of new material.


Kathy moved to the central Oregon coast in July 2007, looking for a quieter lifestyle and to be closer to the ocean and nature. She continues to teach and write, and is looking forward to expanding her online presence.



Michael Debbage


Michael Debbage was born in the north east of England, raised in the Bahamas and later migrated to the United States in the early 80’s creating an exposure to multi cultural backgrounds. With it came a wanderlust for different musical adventures that includes multi subgenres of rock, Contemporary Christian, Smooth Jazz and Contemporary Instrumental music just to name a few.


Michael has been married for over twenty years and also has two daughters thus he is significantly outnumbered in his household. His commitment to his marriage is equaled by the number of years he has served in the insurance business. However, by the turn of the millennium he was in search for a creative outlet. By this time the internet was in full stride and he tried his hand at reviewing the music that he was passionate about. With stints at About.com, Northern Light and currently Hard Rock Haven, Michael continues to post reviews that focus on his passion for rock music.


However, he also felt compelled to expand his review writing to match that of his musical tastes. Accidentally he crossed paths with Bill Binkelman back in 2002 and began reviewing Contemporary Instrumental music for Wind & Wire. With Bill’s sabbatical from reviewing, Michael migrated to Solo Piano Publications in 2005. Here, Kathy and Michael began to exchange musical opinions realizing that while they had much in common their passion for music came from two very different schools. While Kathy was raised in musical theory and a pianist in her own right, Michael’s only musical background was his ear, heart and words.


With a desire to start her own website in early 2008 Kathy moved on and created Mainly Piano. The commonality that the reviewers previously shared continued via emails despite different websites but before you could say “David Lanz” Michael has now joined Kathy’s Mainly Piano website. Eight years later and still passionate about sharing his opinions and introducing others to new musical horizons, he has found a new home to post his Contemporary Instrumental reviews.