Who is Stephanie?

As a teacher:

I strongly believe that everyone who wants to learn piano should have the opportunity to do it.

In my own personal experience, I faced many instances in which the general opinion was that a blind person couldn't learn. But I also had many very dedicated teachers who knew this wasn't true; all that was needed was a different way to learn.

I use this approach in my own teaching, trying to foster independent thought and problem-solving using students' strengths instead of getting bogged down in what might be perceived as obstacles to learning.

I want my students to keep the "play" in playing piano, even when they're working hard.

 

 

As a composer:

I have had the chance to see, over and over again, just how powerful music can be in people's lives, whether it's for healing or teaching.

We all have innate creativity within us; some express it in music or art, while for others, it comes through in the design and nurturing of a garden or preparing a meal.

To tap into this creative depth is an exhilarating and surprising experience that I think everyone should have at some point in their lives.

I encourage my students to discover their own creativity, and I also take great pleasure in seeing the various ways my music has been used by others to grow in their own personal ways.

 
 

Music is fundamental to us as human beings.

We use it to carry us into spiritual realms; we share our cultural narrative in the songs we pass from generation to generation. We celebrate life and death and all the milestones along the way.

It is my great privilege to share this art with others as teacher, creator, listener and player.

 
 

Bio:

Stephanie Pieck graduated with honors from Ithaca College in 1994 with a degree in piano performance.

 

She founded The Music Suite in 1996 and began providing instruction in piano and Braille music for the New York State Commission for the Blind the following year.

 

In 1998, she was named to the advisory committee of the Music Education Network for the Visually Impaired at the Southern California Conservatory of Music as a specialist in international collections of Braille keyboard music.

 

She was a semifinalist at the Tenth International Competition for Blind Musicians in Prague in 2003 and won the 2006 Vivian Nelson Award from the National Federation of Music Clubs.

 

 

 

 

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