Zander, Autumn


Autumn Zander, piano, joined the MacPhail faculty in 2012 and has been teaching for over 18 years. She enjoys working with students of all ages and abilities.  With the Frances Clark quote “There is music in every child.  The teacher’s job is to find it and nurture it.” as the guiding tenet of her teaching philosophy, Autumn strives to help students of all ages achieve their musical best.  By helping young students develop a strong musical foundation and enhancing the musicality in older students,  every individual can enjoy a music-filled life.

With a keen interest in pedagogy, her most recent project involved observing and interviewing piano pedagogue Marvin Blickenstaff at the New School for Music Study in Princeton, New Jersey.  In addition to teaching, Autumn is also a frequent writer, presenter, and adjudicator.  She has written feature articles and book reviews for American Music Teacher and Clavier Companion magazines. Her forthcoming article Fostering Collaborations:  Works for Elementary & Intermediate Pianists and Narrator will be published in Clavier Companion in 2018.  Autumn is a performing member of Thursday Musicale and a regular presenter at the Minnesota Music Teachers Association State Convention.

She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and Master of Music degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

“She shares enthusiasm for music, appreciates my reasons for taking lessons, shares ideas for how to improve practice and shares ideas for improving musicality.” –MacPhail Student

“As an older adult, I am taking lessons purely for my own enjoyment and Autumn recognizes this and gears instruction to my goals. I very much appreciate having her as my teacher!” –MacPhail Student