At work with Alison: piano teacher

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV) - Bridgeport-based piano teacher, Rayme Pullen, started taking piano lessons when she was 6 years old.

"I started because my sister played piano and I wanted to do everything she did," Pullen said.

The Doddridge County native's first teacher was her great aunt.

"She was a wonderful piano teacher and taught me until I was 12. Then I moved up to a teacher in Salem, Virginia Rodd, and she prepared me for college and introduced me to classical music."

After college, Pullen knew she wanted to be a piano teacher and started her career at the Fairmont Academy for the Arts.

While she enjoyed her time there, she always knew she wanted to have her own studio. Five years ago, Pullen gave her first private lesson by complete accident.

"Someone in my church thought I taught, they gave me a call, and I said 'Well, I'll give it a shot!'," said Pullen.

So, she opened "Rayme's Piano Studio" above The Sanctuary in downtown Bridgeport.

"I love one-on-one interaction with the student and just helping them develop their gifts and skills."

What began as five students has grown to 63. She teaches a mix of children and adults.

"When it 'clicks' for them, and they get it, and they realize that they are capable of creating beautiful sounds, that fuels an intrinsic drive to be better and unlock potential they didn't know they had."

Currently, there is a high demand for more piano teachers in the area.

"For any prospective teachers who don't think there's a market here, that's a lie. I never thought I would have this life, but here I am."

In addition to teaching, Rayme serves as the choir director and pianist at her church.

For Rayme, the best part of her job is getting to share her love of music with people of all ages.

"Making music is one of the best things about life. I think it's for everyone, and anyone is capable of making music on any level."