The String Academy of Southern MN

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Autumn L. Zander, Piano

Pianist, and teacher Autumn L. Zander 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 and abilities 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, a frequent presenter at the Minnesota Music Teachers Association State Convention and an adjudicator throughout Minnesota.

In addition to teaching piano at the String Academy of Southern Minnesota in Owatonna, MN, she also serves on the piano faculties at MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN and the International Music Camp in Dunseith, ND. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance & Pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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