Rachel Mauricio Mills began piano study at age seven and has been teaching piano since 2001. Rachel won a Collegiate Fellowship full-tuition scholarship to attend Capital University in Bexley, where she earned a Bachelors degree in Keyboard Pedagogy (teaching). At Capital, Rachel studied piano with Dr. Tianshu Wang and piano pedagogy with Dr. Rebecca Johnson, NCTM. During her undergraduate studies, she won the Keyboard Department’s Karen Jean Foster Scholarship Competition, and received the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Student Achievement Recognition (StAR) Award for academic, teaching, and leadership achievement. Rachel was also active as an accompanist and piano teacher at Capital, and spent a semester abroad studying music at the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary.
Rachel completed her Masters degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Bowling Green State University, where she performed and accompanied regularly. While at BGSU, Rachel studied piano with Dr. Robert Satterlee and piano pedagogy with Dr. Cynthia Stephens Himonides. In addition to teaching private piano students, Rachel also taught Class Piano as a graduate assistant and was the BGSU student chapter president of MTNA, promoting professional development activities for college students who are beginning their teaching careers.
Rachel is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and her students participate in the National Piano Guild Auditions each spring. A member of MTNA since 2004, Rachel continues to be active in her local MTNA chapter with the Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA) and currently serves as President of the Central East District of OMTA. In April 2014, Rachel became a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through MTNA. Rachel also enjoys performing as a soloist and collaborative pianist around the Columbus area, and is a member of Women in Music Columbus. In 2017, Rachel’s studio relocated to Worthington, Ohio.