Emily Moe has been a piano teacher since 1994. She is passionate, warm, and quirky with her students in a manner that disarms shyness, making piano lessons both fun and challenging. Her students look forward to their lessons. Each student’s learning experience is unique. Methods and goals are individually tailored. Students in her studio are encouraged to bond as a group with activities such as group lessons and ensemble playing. Each school year concludes with a celebratory piano recital.
Students that are in or have been a part of her studio are invited to participate in the occasional one day workshops in a multitude of art forms based on the philosophy of community music: that creative music making should be accessible to all. These workshops represent Emily’s love of expanding the “ears” of her musical family, including experimental composition with hand made instruments with internationally acclaimed maker Tim Kaiser, multigenerational singing circles, song-writing for non-songwriters, and playground games for families, including clapping games and jump-rope.
She uses bits of all of these activities in her individual lessons, teaching basic rhythm with clapping games instead of metronomes, and improvisation and composition with a creative use of given material. Having confronted her own fears of both singing and improvisation (as well as performance), she is in a better position to understand how her students feel as they grow as musicians.
Emily has a Master’s Degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Northeastern Illinois University. As a pianist, she studied with Dr. Tom Wegren of UMD, Dr. Mikhail Yanovitsky, Dr. Elyse Mach and Pawel Checinski, a student of Claudio Arrau and Leon Fleisher. In 2015-2016, she took a year to study in Ireland where she received an MA in Creative Process with a specialization in Community Music from the National University of Ireland, and the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, Ireland where she studied with Dr Helen Phelan, Dr. Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, Kathleen Turner and Dr. Niall Keegan. She is a passionate learner who regularly performs. She has experience teaching students of all levels, ages 4 to adult. Though she is classically trained, she imparts a love of all forms of music.