Nancy Knittle Sawhill is a native of central Pennsylvania, where she began piano study at the age of five. She attended Berklee College of Music, where she studied classical and jazz piano, University of Massachusetts (B.A.), and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (M.H.S.) Additional classical piano study has been with Frank Richman (protege of Earl Wild); Barbara Rowan and Francis Whang (UNC Professors Emeriti/Janus Duo); and jazz piano with Charlie Banacos, Boston, MA.
Nancy has enjoyed teaching classical piano in Chapel Hill since 2002. Her teaching methods reflect her training in both Suzuki and traditional methods, as well as the Dorothy Taubman technique. She enjoys teaching students of all levels (beginner to advanced), and all ages, including adults. Being the Suzuki parent of a violinist has inspired and informed her teaching immeasurably! (Her son, now in conservatory, was 4 when he began taking Suzuki violin lessons.) Music reading and theory are integral to her teaching and are reinforced through group classes. Recitals are given in her home studio.