Diploma of Piano Pedagogy from Utah State University
Studied under Dr. Kevin Olson, one of the most prominent piano pedagogs and composers in the United States.
12 years’ experience teaching piano to people of all ages
Brittney learned to read music before she could read words. She was taught by her mother until she completed the Alfred Program at age 11. Being an air force child, finding a consistent teacher was impossible, so she taught herself after she surpassed her mother. While this caused gaps in her learning, it didn’t hold her back. At age 19, she came under the tutelage of Mark Pearce, and a year later she auditioned for piano at Utah State University.H students have participated in USU’s Monster Concert, Piano Festival, both of which involved hundreds of students and dozens of teachers, and in the Youth Conservatory, a program for young piano students. She has hosted her own student recitals.
Brittney specializes in the emotional impact of music on people’s lives. Music is what carried her through every hardship in her life. She believes music is meant to enrich an already vibrant life and that it is an essential part of a healthy childhood and adulthood.
In her free time she composes her own music and loves to analyze the theory of her favorite pieces.
The best part of teaching piano is being a mentor to young people. Piano can do more than teach discipline and culture, it can provide a way for one to express emotions in a way that words can't. In a time when mental illness is so rampant in our state, coping mechanisms like piano are increasingly important.
I have been a student for 3 months and I look forward to each lesson. Brittney is very patient, funny, and animated. I am making progress weekly with her practice instructions in addition to the personal instruction. I am a very happy student.
The first step is an introductory interview with the parent and student. This will establish student's age, ability, desire to play, and musical background. The next step will be to find a good schedule fit and decide on the length of the lesson.
The introductory interview will take place at the studio at the same day and time as future lessons. Thestudent, parents, and I will get to know each other a little. tI Ifwil provide heyan assessment of the student's capabilities and current, if any, piano ability. If they haven't played before, I'll test their abiliity with different exercises on the piano. At the end of the lesson both teacher and student will have an idea of what lessons will be like and if it is a good teacher/student fit.
Diploma in Piano Pedagogy, Utah State University
12+ years experience teaching children, including as part of Utah State University's Youth Conservatory.
My students have participated in Monster Concert, Piano Festival, Youth Conservatory recitals, and private recitals.
I have performed in numerous recitals and in a jazz band.
I began teaching under my mother at the age of 13. Once I reached University, I began teaching as part of the curriculum in the Youth Conservatory of Utah State University. I wanted to become a teacher, so I opted for the Pedagogy degree over the Performance.
I am most experienced working with children ages 5-11, but I have taught and love teaching students and adults of all ages.