About

I’m a piano, flute, aPaulman-033nd composition teacher who runs a private studio in West St. Paul, Minnesota. I started teaching piano and flute in high school, in 1995, and have a total of 15 years of private teaching experience. In addition to private teaching, I have also taught art and music in elementary and junior high classrooms and taught a workshop at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

I have an M.A. in music composition from Eastern Washington University, and a B.A. in art education with a minor in music from St. Catherine University. During my time at these universities I took lessons and courses in piano, piano pedagogy, and flute. I am a member of the Association of Private Piano Instructors (APPI), Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA), Minnesota Music Teacher’s Association (MMTA), St. Paul Music Teacher’s Association (SPPTA), and the American Eurhythmics Society (AES).

As a music teacher, I’m influenced by Orff, Dalcroze, Gordon’s Music Learning Theory, and contemplative pedagogy. For more about my teaching, see my teaching philosophy page.

In 2005 I received Orff level 1 certification from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and taught an Orff music class for young children, ages 3-4, at Music City in Spokane, Washington, in 2008.

During the summers of 2018 and 2019 I completed courses in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and contemplative pedagogy (Contemplative Practices in Music Education) at the University of St. Thomas.

In addition to teaching music and art, I’ve served as music director for the Spokane Children’s Theater, played flute and piano for several musicals, weddings and church services, art galleries, private parties, jazz jam sessions, and played keyboard and auxiliary percussion in The Triumphant Returns, an indie-rock band in Spokane. I was also an adjudicator for the APPI music composition festival from 2014-16, and for the St. Paul Piano Teacher’s Association music composition competition in 2019.

(My first name is pronounced sha-VONN)