The art of teaching music is a technical endeavor generated by the soul and spirit. Casa de la Música has been in existence since 1984, having been successful in all areas: performance, theory, and composition. Many years of preparation preceded the studio, and continued after services were begun with 13 years of additional college study.
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A highly regarded pianist and piano pedagogue, Mary Lou Iverson is in Apple Valley, Minnesota. She maintains her skills by being a frequent performer and staying in touch with latest pedagogical methods. Performing in Mexico and many areas in the United States, she strives to add a new touch to each performance. As piano teacher she consistently has students who are local/state/national piano competition winners. She began her study of piano at age 5. The creation of Casa de la Música studio began in 1984 in Apple Valley, and has been in operation ever since.
Adjudication of piano events such as MMTA state solo competition, ensemble festival, and American Federation Festival keeps Mary Lou active in the music community. Studio Management, Music Theory, Technology and the Music Studio, and Students with Disabilities are popular presentation topics provided to music teacher groups. As writer for Keyboard Companion, she described the process of website development for an independent music studio. In 1991 Casa de la Música was the first piano studio in MN to have a website, or 26 years.
Mary Lou successfully combined the two parallel major careers of registered professional nurse and music educator. This unique combination made music education accessible to those with medical challenges and disabilities. It is always goal directed, positive, enveloping the whole person.
She has published Music History in the Making, a student journal that provides goal setting and positive reinforcement. It is and has been used in Australia, Canada and of course, the United States. She is one of three Time$ig developers, a premiere studio management system for PC. She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, charter member and first president of South Suburban Music Teachers Association, affiliate with Minnesota Music Teachers Association affiliated with Music Teachers National Association.
Spare time activities include standard poodles, genealogy, grandchildren, and beading.