115 N 3rd St, PO Box 1298, Niles MI 49120 (map)
Music Academies' Goals, Policies, and How to Reach Us
is the time commitment needed to succeed?
When you enroll in a session, it is expected that you will commit to attendance for that entire session. While continuing lessons into the next session is encouraged for best progress, if an evaluation between the parent and instructor indicates a mutual agreement that lessons should not be continued in the next session, we would appreciate at least one month's written (postal or email) notice of your intent.
no refunds for missed lesson times for any reason.
Carryover credits for paid lesson times may be given at
the instructor's discretion for lessons missed because
of illness or extreme emergency if reschedule times are
Our phone does not recognize text messaging; texting is NOT an acceptable way to contact us.
arriving 5 minutes before the official lesson start time
in order to prepare the instrument and lesson materials
for starting the lesson punctually. It is not fair
to the person who arrives on time for the lesson
immediately following your lesson to have to wait for
you because you were late. Your lesson will end at
its scheduled time, and arriving late only insures that
you will not get the benefit of the number of minutes of
instruction you paid for within your scheduled time
Rumpf, founder and president of The Music Academies, has
been performing since she was 8 years old.
Valerie earned her Bachelors (with high honors) and Masters degrees in Music from Indiana University (SB), having studied under the Toradze Studio instructors in piano, Eric Kus, David Machavariani, and Earle Perez on cello, and Delores Wilson on violin and viola. She is also an accomplished composer and member of ASCAP and ASTA, having had works performed in the US and in Europe. Valerie is also an enthusiastic orchestra conductor, having studied conducting under Dr. Michael Esselstrom and Dr. Robert Colt at Indiana University, and Bruce Ochimura at Western Michigan University. She currently conducts the New Apostolic Church Orchestra in the South Bend District, and the Niles Area Community Orchestra in Niles, MI.
Her unique style of teaching is the key to the success of The Music Academies. While being a firm believer that each student at all ages should be musically literate, she also observes the individualities of each student and tailors instruction so that music can become a reality for them.
In her "spare" time, Valerie also continues to compose and arrange music for the various groups she works with, is primary organist/pianist and choir leader at the New Apostolic Church in Niles, and play cello in the Rumpf Village String Quartet. She also performs privately as pianist in Style, a local professional piano/violin duet.
David Rumpf has been playing strings for the past 57 years, having started violin instruction at age 10 under Zeal Fisher. After 25 years playing violin, David tried viola 32 years ago, and decided that viola tones were more to his liking, and has played viola ever since. He also was the orchestral strings department manager at Woodwind & Brasswind, and helped in the design of affordable higher quality instruments for school orchestra programs. During his tenure there, he also originated the Chincello, an instrument that produced cello tones, but played under the chin like a violin. Since that time he has also developed the Magnum violin for violinists over 5'5" tall, and the KinderCello for teaching the very young cellist. He currently is principal violist in the Niles Area Community Orchestra, and also is the violist in the Rumpf Village String Quartet.
David is also currently chief executive officer of Prodigio Music, a local supplier of musical instruments and supplies.
Rita Schenk has been a musical performer since childhood. Having studied under Delores Wilson for violin, Rita also excelled for all 4 years in the Penn High School orchestra, and participated in the Donald Dake Honors Music Camp at St. Mary’s College under the instruction of Nicolas Orbavich and Tsung Yeh of the South Bend Symphony, and the South Bend Youth Symphony under the direction of Grayling Hawkins. Rita also plays viola with style. Currently she is concert master for the Niles Area Community Orchestra, and also performs at special occasions as a violinist for Style, a professional piano/violin duet, and as a member of the Rumpf Village String Quartet.
Rita is also an accomplished keyboard artist, having studied under Natia Shioshvili of the Toradze Piano Studio at Indiana University South Bend, and competed in the national Stickley Piano Competition. She is currently the principal pianist for the Niles Area Community Orchestra, and also performs regularly on piano and organ at the New Apostolic Church in Niles.
|Alexander "Xander" Rumpf
has been playing musical instruments since a child,
beginning on violin at age 8 under Delores Wilson, and
playing all 4 years in the advanced orchestra at Penn High
School. While in high school, Xander also started
playing classical and electric guitar. After 4 years
serving our country in the US Navy as an operations
specialist (and countless hours of playing classical
guitar), Xander has returned to join the staff as
specialist in intermediate and advanced classical guitar
instructor. He continues to perform for small
gatherings and in the New Apostolic Church during
worship and praise services.