The Piano Studio Of Jean Johansen-Kuehn

The Piano Studio Of Jean Johansen-Kuehn

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Jean Johansen-Kuehn was trained in classical method from an early age. Jean majored in Piano Performance at EWU and UW, is certified by the WSMTA, and has taught the classical method for over 30 years and includes composition, asawell as various styles including jazz and pop. This experience, combined with an encouraging, positive teaching style, make her studio an excellent learning environment.  Jean continues to holds offices on the board of OMTA, as well as holding membership on various committees  Jean is in a unique position to not only foster students of all skill levels but, to potentially involve them in additional opportunities offered by the local, state and national events and projects offering opportunities to students to to learn, perform and network in the local artist community. Jean continues her enhancement and updating  of teaching skills through conferences and workshops; and offers her students numberous programs including  competitions, evaluations, recitals and more. 

I love seeing the expressions on my students faces when they have a musical experience, or an  ah-ha moment of discovery. There is no better work than to share music with people,  and age is of little relevance as long as there is interest and passion. 

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Lacey, WA 98516
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

If student is a beginner, we select appropriate method books with supplements, which may include technique, theory, performance music and/or music that student is interested in learning. 

If student already reads, we develop a curriculum of music and include technique, scales/chords, and theory.

My method is based on the classical method of study, but in addition I help students to learn any type of music in whi h they they are interested.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I studied classical piano 16 years with some of the best teachers in the country, was a piano performance major in college, and achieved state certification, and now hold permanent professional status..  I have continued to update my teaching knowledge and skills by reading and attending workshops,  and by staying active with the Olympia Music Teachers Association, and have held several board positions including president. 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My standard pricing is based on $17/half-hour and is subject to change annually in July. 

How did you get started teaching?

My long-term piano teacher and another local teacher were my pedegogy teachers when I was ready to begin teaching.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all ages and types of students.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A student who studied with me for 8 years learned a challenging piece to play at her last recital. We worked very hard on it, and she played it flawlessly! It was a great way for her to end her adolescent music education.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

A teacher should be nice and fun,  but shouldn't become a close friend.   Here's what lessons are about. A student comes to a lesson and plays his best for teacher, who offers suggestions. Basically, a teacher tells a student what to do and how to practice, then the student works on those things by themself almost every day until the next lesson.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

They should write down music they want to learn, any disabilities  they might be concerned about, the cost, and teachers studio policies.