I really love being with the group. They’re encouraging. It’s wonderful to see the different levels of skill and playing and the accomplishments of each of us. On the private side, I wanted to learn theory. I had been a music major, a clarinetist years and years ago. I really like the challenge; the goal is a piece of music. To really play it slowly, count out loud, sing with it, really get acquainted with it until the music does what its supposed to do (which is to provide beauty) is a great goal!
Music has always been a part of my life. I had a big break when I was working and traveling. So, when I retired, I was looking forward to coming back and picking up the piano. And, of course it was the reputation of Bowling Studios in Kitsap county that intrigued me. It’s just incredible. I felt honored to be accepted into the studio. I started in the class piano program for one year and now I take private lessons with Irene. It’s great. She’s very encouraging and she never forces you. I just feel very comfortable.
Irene, we are so thankful to discover your studio a few years back! You are a top notch teacher, competitive and compassionate, striving to help all of your students reach their full musical potential. You have an intuition that helps unlock a student’s understanding, a kindness, firmness and devotion that is unparalleled. Thank you for all you do! You have helped me expand my own abilities much more quickly than all the years I tried to learn, with little progress. My children love you and are progressing quickly too…I can hardly keep up with them!! Thanks again.
Joseph and Michelle
I always felt like Dr. Bowling cared about me as an individual. Even though she taught a bunch of people, I never felt like I was “just one more student”. She was a caring and personal teacher. But I knew she wouldn’t let me get away with doing poor work. She was always encouraging and pushing me to go farther and do better! It was just what I needed! I will always look back with fond memories on my years of study with Dr. Bowling.
Dr. Bowling has been such a positive influence in my children’s lives through elementary and high school. She brings such a wealth of knowledge to her instruction, and she is able to unlock potential in all of her students. I love teachers who “set the bar higher” and watch as young minds rise to that expectation. Dr. Bowling is a master at this, and she is truly interested in the full development of her students. In addition to learning music, my children have learned how to be excellent listeners and audience members through our affiliation with the studio. I am very pleased that I chose Bowling Music Studios for my children’s music education. I recommend Bowling Music Studios to everyone interested in quality music instruction.
I look forward to every lesson with Dr. Bowling. Her depth of knowledge, her disciplined approach, and especially her love of music inspires me. And we have fun!
My son has been with Dr. Bowling for approximately the last 10 years. She has a gift in knowing what and how he is practicing every week and somehow remembers every little detail about him for all of those years. An extremely gifted teacher and a wonderful woman that I am honored to also consider a friend.
I wish all my kids’ teachers and professors were like Dr. Bowling. She inspires her students! She sets clear expectations, and meets her students on the level at which they desire to work. Our student has not only thrived under her tutelage but has applied all the good lessons learned at the Bowling Studios to all aspects of her life. She knows how to pace herself, she is always prepared, she is always well practiced, confident, and secure! Dr. Bowling offers countless opportunities for her students’ development, preparing them for Adjudications, Recitals, and Competitions. After our student auditioned for several colleges, she was offered many scholarships, including a Full-Ride scholarship at the University she is attending! Thank you Dr. Bowling!
Lucrecia and David
Dr. Bowling has been an excellent piano teacher (and friend) and I highly recommend her to my friends.
One of the qualities that stands out to me is the way she cares for and supports her students. She really gets to know them as individuals – their strengths and their weaknesses – and challenges them to higher goals and accomplishments than they thought they could do, but, she doesn’t leave them to do it alone. She is right there encouraging them each step of the way. She goes out of her way to help them achieve their goals. She has been a great teacher for my advanced students! Teaching piano is not just a business for Dr. Bowling – it is a passion – and her enthusiasm is contagious! : )
Learning music is like learning a foreign language, it’s hard! Our seven year old son is learning to speak through his hands and through the creativity that Dr. Bowling has helped him to develop over the last two years. Not only has he learned this new language, but music has allowed him to gain confidence in all that he does on a regular basis. We are very grateful to Dr. Bowling for her patience and her attentiveness to our son.
The Jones Family
Some of my children had studied piano for several years before studying with Dr. Bowling and some were brand new to piano instruction. In the 11 months of study my children have received instruction that has enabled them to be more attentive to detail, to be more thorough in rhythm (which I love Dr. Bowling’s quote, “Fix the rhythm you fix much!”). They’ve been reminded of the importance of honor to those that invest in them, especially their parents and the responsibility that is duty to the investment made in them. And they have been challenged to go beyond what they thought they could do. Because of Dr. Bowling’s loving determination for each child, I have seen skills increase dramatically, determination and endurance instilled and wisdom gained in the use of the piano. We look forward to another year of great learning!
Three of our grandchildren have been studying piano with Dr. Irene Bowling since 2012. Dr. Bowling has inspired and challenged all 3 of them. They have not only learned to play the piano and develop a passion for music, but they know how to read music which has helped my granddaughter in dance and helped all 3 with their music classes at school and singing. Dr. Bowling is very passionate and experienced but also is very patient and understanding. She truly cares about her students. I cannot say enough of how fortunate we are to have her teach our grandchildren. We highly recommend Dr. Bowling to any music student!