Başgöze, Pinar


Pınar Başgöze has been a piano instructor at MacPhail since 2007, but has been teaching for more than 16 years. A dedicated teacher, solo and chamber music performer, Pınar is a firm, to the point instructor, but at the same time friendly, caring and extremely patient with her students. Her goal is to establish a solid musical foundation in her students’ lives, creating a love of music-making they can take with them regardless of what they choose to be in their future.  She tailors her lessons and sets up goals for her students within their abilities, and encourages them to involve their minds, ears and heart in the learning process.  Pınar teaches traditional classical piano, strongly enhanced with note reading, technique, ear training, listening, music theory, parent involvement and various repertoire pieces, including classical, jazz, blues and rag. She has also been expanding her teaching abilities by working with visually impaired students, students with ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.

Pınar was born and raised in Turkey. She started her music studies at Ankara State Conservatory when she was 10. Since then, she has appeared in live interviews and performances throughout the world, including:  several national and international events and festivals; the Balkan Music Festival; concerts at MacPhail and in New York City. Pinar has also been a guest artist with the Bakken Trio.

She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in piano performance under the tutelage or Professor Banu Perk at Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory, Turkey; attended a Piano Pedagogy and Performance Workshop with Professor Maria Curcio in London and her DMA in piano performance with Dr. Paul Shaw (on-going) at the University of Minnesota School Of Music.

“Our son has a high functioning autism yet is extremely gifted in music, Pinar is really good at directing his enthusiasm and giftedness in the right direction.” –MacPhail Parent
“Provides a solid foundation and encourages a love and appreciation for music.” –MacPhail Student