By the time Linda graduated Felicity-Franklin High School in 1974, she was already an accomplished choral accompanist and soloist, piano and flute instructor, wedding accompanist, pianist for a gospel group (The Alliance, a youth band), and church pianist. After instruction with Naomi Stone and Doris Sargent, Linda attended the University of Cincinnati, studying with Powell Grant at College Conservatory of Music and earning both a B.A. in Literature and a Writing Certificate in Journalism.
Upon graduation, Linda taught for the Wurlitzer Piano and Organ Company, followed by Baldwin Piano and Organ. In 1982, she, along with partner and friend Lenore Wilkinson, founded Junior Music Experience (JME), a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering piano student education. Upon the birth of her son, Andrew, Linda created a home-based studio. In 1985, she moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and taught at Summerfield Academy. When she returned to Cincinnati in 1988, Linda re-established her home studio, as well as resuming her career as a church pianist for Loveland United Methodist Church. Her daughter, Katie, was born in 1989, and Linda continued as Director of JME, taught preschool music at Indian Hill Church, and played keyboard and flute for the Heritage Trio.
In 2003, Linda added to her teaching practice a position at Leaves of Learning (LOL), a home-school based venue of enrichment classes for home-school students. She recognized the need for quality instruction based on the individual student, and the need for a music academy in the Loveland area. After several years of research and planning, in June 2007, Linda and Aaron O’Keefe formed a corporation, Loveland Music Academy, Inc. (LMA). Linda currently teaches nearly 70 students at LMA and LOL, continues as Executive Director of JME, and is a member-at-large of the Loveland Arts Council.
“I teach from age six through adults; each lesson is tailored to the individual student. I believe that it is important for students to be exposed to all types and styles of music–from classical to jazz, rock to gospel, country to blues, broadway to reggae, we all find our “niche”–and learn to make the music we love. My goal in teaching a student is not that they win awards, but that they carry the love of listening to and playing music for a lifetime. You can’t always find someone to play a game of soccer or basketball or tennis with you, but you can always sit down to a piano (or keyboard, or pick up the flute) and make music yourself.” All of her instruction includes theory, technique and improvisation.
As a Managing Partner of LMA, Linda hopes to encourage students to pursue whatever type of music and instrument they desire–piano, keyboards, flute, percussion, woodwinds, brass, strings, harp, voice–and, since we love the performing arts, acting as well!
“My two daughters and I have been taking piano lessons from Linda and are really enjoying it. From the start, Linda made us feel welcome in her studio, and she has tried to understand us as individuals. Linda’s extensive teaching experience, along with her ability to connect with her students, helps her to tailor a music curriculum (around basic requirements like technique, theory, and music appreciation) for each of us that maximizes our progress. She is professional, demanding, and warm. In addition, Linda plays the piano beautifully and can sight-read difficult pieces amazing well. Of course we have to practice regularly, and some required assignments are more work, but Linda keeps it fun and inspires her students to succeed.” — Amy Schroeder
“The results I have seen from the Loveland Music Academy are more than impressive and enjoyable to just the eyes and ears. The students get much more than just music in their education. They learn history of music, the science of music and much more. Linda Bergholz has taught my daughter since age 6. I have been a loyal and happy parent of one of her graduated students. My daughter is now majoring at Shenandoah University Va. in a four year degree of piano accompaniment musical theater group. She is an amazing musician, being the first freshman to accompany performances like, “It’s a Grand Night for Singing”, the Senior Ensemble, and “Cabaret”. She is currently traveling with the University to perform every other Friday. Linda has a gift in recognizing a student’s musical interests and feeding them individually the lessons that keep their attention and teaches them before they even realize it. I have a 12 year old son that has been taking piano lessons with Linda for 3 years and is now learning the bass guitar from the academy as well. He is excelling so quickly and has become a very rounded pianist with a flair for jazz and blues. I have a hard time keeping his attention but Linda inspires a motivation in him I cannot. I have recommended many of my friends to Linda Bergholz and every one of the families are still with her, and now they are recommending Linda and the academy as well. I think this speaks volumes for anything else I could possibly say. I am obviously a very pleased faithful client. However upon investigating other parents and students you will see I am far from alone. Go to one of her recitals and the love and care shown will obviously support my letter here. The recitals showcase each student at their peek performance level, at that time. The loving warmth of the whole recital is as large as the overall pleasure of the musical talent displayed.” — Ralph Huey
“Linda has taught all my children piano or flute. She has a way of interacting with each of their individual personalities and has kept them motivated. She if fun, personable and demanding yet my children know what is expected of them. They continue to develop their musical skills through performance, technique and theory. Opportunities to play a variety of music as well as play in front of peers, families and judges has made it a great experience for them.” — Maria Richmond
“I like to sit in LMA and just listen to all the music lessons. I like to hear of the music swirl around me. I like the feeling of LMA because it feels cool, calm, and relaxed. I always feel a lot more peaceful once I leave piano lessons. Music makes me feel as if nothing in the world can upset me. I love taking lessons with you, Linda, because you are willing to listen to the everyday trivial dramas of Loveland Middle School.” –Sarah B.