Hi! I’m Linda. I’ve taught music and piano lessons for over thirty years to all ages. I believe that students develop a love of music when they approach it as an adventure, receive good instruction, and learn to play before an audience. I love teaching music and getting to see students grow and learn.
I perform as a soloist or accompanist. I presently conduct a choir and sing. I have performed several times as pianist with the Great Plains Chamber Winds in Nebraska. I love playing the piano for Lawrence Arts Center School of Dance ballet classes every week. Studying currently with Scott McBride Smith, KU distinguished professor of piano pedagogy, keeps me up to date with teaching practices. Performing piano duets with Ellen Sommer, KU piano faculty, is one of my favorite things to do.
My research interests are the keyboard music of Jane Austen’s time (early 1800’s) and piano compositions by living young prodigy composers. I have a B.M. in piano performance, Washburn University and a MMED Master Music Education, University of Kansas. As a graduate student, I taught KU class piano and earned teaching certifications in elementary and secondary music and choral, band, and orchestra conducting. I taught group classes for ages 4-8 for four years as a certified Yamaha Music teacher.
I also have an MBA and a software engineering project management certificate and recently retired from KU. I am thrilled to once again teach music and look forward to a great year at Lawrence Piano Studio.