CHEROKEE — All semester students at Southeast High School have been practicing piano.

After students expressed enthusiasm for a piano class through an end of semester survey, the school now has a piano lab — a first for the school.

The class, called Piano Lab Class, is being taught by Rachel Trezona, who also teaches 10th and 11th grade English and is certified to teach PreK-12 Music.

The class is currently only offered to freshmen and sophomores to give them the opportunity to take an advanced version of the class later in their high school career, Trezona said.

Trezona, said she is glad to have the opportunity to teach the class, which “seems to be a lost art,” she said. It is something Trezona had always looked forward to in the future, she said.

“I’m so excited for the opportunity to teach piano and play with the students,” she said.

The first day of class this semester, the students unwrapped the new pianos and set them up, from then on they’ve been practicing, Trezona said.

According to Trezona, a lot of thanks goes to the school’s principal Larry Malle.

“I’m just so thankful Mr. Malle helped make it possible,” she said.

Trezona said with the interest of the students, she made a suggestion to Malle who said he will take a look at the school’s budget.

“It was wishful thinking, I didn’t think it would actually happen,” Trezona said.

In February she applied for a grant which she hopes to receive to purchase two more keyboards, she said.

At the end of the semester the students will present at a recital. They have been working on a classical piece and a “fun” piece to present to the audience.

“I am so proud of their hard work and the progress they are making,” Trezona said in a release.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.