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Gretchen S In HomeHome Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Organ
Styles: Classical, Blues, Folk, Gospel, Opera, Showtunes, Spirituals

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Gretchen S In Home Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Organ
Styles: Classical, Blues, Folk, Gospel, Opera, Showtunes, Spirituals

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 8-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
MM, Westminster Choir College, Accompanying and Coaching BM, University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Piano Performance Scholarship, Alfred University Summer Chamber Music Institute (Joseph Fuchs), Pianist Fellowship, Tanglewood Music Festival, Vocal Coach Scholarship, Aspen Music Festival, Pianist
Awards:

Performed with Kairos Trio and Rautenberg-Saathoff Duo - Pianist Performed with Norman Luboff Choir - 2 National Tours - Pianist Performed with Westminster Symphonic Choir at Avery Fischer Hall (Second Soprano) Westminster Choir College - C.S. Mott Scholarship (merit) University of Massachusetts/Amherst - Philip T. Bezanson Scholarship

Overview:
I'm a teacher who has experience with ages 8 to 80 (at least!). Collaborating with people at all levels of development is wonderful! Adult beginners find that they know more than they had anticipated. They will be playing familiar songs with two hands together in just a few lessons. My background includes diverse styles and genres, collaborations from church music positions and choral accompanying to teaching piano lessons and working with singers and instrumentalists. Being a pianist offers so much variety! I look forward to meeting you and helping you pursue your goals!
EXPERIENCE
I began teaching in high school. Immediately after college, my studio grew to include 25 students. Included in the mix, some students were as young as 8 and several were adult beginners. Intermediate and advanced students also studied with me, as well as adults who were "re-beginners." (The term refers to adults who took lessons in childhood and have picked up their instrument again years later.) During graduate school, my assistantship included teaching piano classes comprised of students majoring in voice or music education. Teaching piano classes is something I continued at UMass/Amherst with Continuing Education students who were mostly from foreign countries. I thrive on meeting people from all age groups and skill levels. Collaborating with others is what floats my boat! I will ask questions to clarify what you are thinking without using musical jargon. (It can be done!) My goal has evolved with experience. Facilitating my students' understanding of music has the wonderful result of their increased enjoyment in listening to recordings and attending live performances. I am looking forward to meeting you and making music together!
METHODS USED
I love forming partnerships with my students. When we work together, we begin to speak the same language and work toward your goals in a positive way. You will have an opportunity to play music from various styles and musical periods. There is no predestined path here. I tried that when I was in my 20's, and learned very quickly that every student is different. Everyone's paths diverged, and all those notes I had taken to plan ahead for the next six months didn't work at all. I strive to provide a variety of teaching materials to every student. Since no two students are the same, different students will be learning different pieces with their unique interests in mind. We will work together and have fun along the way!
LESSON STYLE
I try my very best to avoid criticism, encourage curiosity, and open doors at every lesson. Constant criticism can put a permanent damper on a student's love of music. Exploration can lead to a lifetime of enjoyment! In the Photo Gallery above, the first pic is of David, age 6-1/2, playing organ for the first time. He has been watching me play during a church service, so I offered to show him a few things. His face shows his wonder at finding out he could play the chimes with his feet! That is the way I teach: find the curiosity and go with it. The results are always fascinating!
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