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Brittany Kohl Piano


My mission is to make each student first a music lover and second an independent musician. The goal is to eventually work myself out of a job, but fill up performing halls with audience members and performers interested in music and in sharing music with the world. I am convinced that every person can play music beautifully and skillfully, at any level or style they choose to pursue, and I am dedicated to teaching music (and specifically the piano) to any student who wants to learn. To that end I teach a variety of elements in the lesson, including music theory, technique, history, compositional analysis, ear training, sightreading, practice and performance skills, improvisation, composition, and a wide variety of repertoire. I strive to keep my studio always a safe environment; I will make every attempt to tailor instruction to the specific needs and aptitudes of each student, and I will only put students in performance situations when I am confident they can succeed. I believe in teaching the whole person, and will address the emotional needs of each student as they pertain to effectively communicating and performing at the piano (including preparation before performance and debriefing afterwards). I ask for cooperation from my students and their parents through commitment to regular practicing and following the practice instructions I give verbally and in writing during the lessons. I welcome students’ “outside” repertoire, and will always allow students to learn pieces they are interested in…although I require some amount of classical literature to be in progress continually, to ensure a healthy technique and ongoing exposure to the building blocks of pianistic style.

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