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Joan Wallace

Dr. Joan Wallace, piano instructor, has been teaching professionally since 2011. Originally from Michigan, she spent seven years living abroad, three of which have been as a piano teacher at an international school in Northern India. She has adjudicated for piano competitions and auditions in both India and the United States. After graduating from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Joan went on to obtain both a Bachelors of Music in Piano from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She subsequently received her Master’s in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma, where she was also assistant to Dr. Jane Magrath. She recently obtained her DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Minnesota, under the guidance of Dr. Paul Shaw.

Joan incorporates creative and personalized learning approaches to Classical music, and regularly presents at National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and national Music Teachers National Association conferences on these topics. She believes that every student has the potential to become enthusiastic about music, and allows a certain amount of freedom while also challenging her students to grow. Joan actively performs both solo and chamber music. Her interest in chamber music has led her to perform as a fellow in the University of Nebraska—Lincoln Chamber Music Institute and for Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas. She has also performed in the Haydnsaal of Esterházy Palace in Austria and for the Beethoven Institute at Mannes College of Music.

Favorite non-musical hobby: Having been to over 30 countries (and lived in 3), I love travel and learn about world cultures.

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