Piano with Alice
Alice Peterson, a private piano teacher since January 2000 and teacher of recreational piano groups for adults since 2007, has been connecting people with music for several additional decades. Her varied experience includes developing and teaching introductory classical music workshops for children, teaching home school music, working with church youth choirs, daycare music and movement classes, teaching private lessons at Greater Portland Christian School and developing and initiating a recreational piano program for adult beginners as a collaboration with Portland Adult Education. Her current studio, the JOY IN MUSIC Piano Studio, has included students from age 5 to 85, and she enjoys working with a broad variety of personalities, interests, and learning styles. Alice sees music as a gift from God meant for all, not only for specialists, and delights in helping people develop the skill to express themselves musically.
Alice started piano study at age nine, continuing, with a few detours, into adulthood. She returned to college as an adult specifically for music education training, and more recently added training to teach recreational music making at the piano. Alice teaches all ages year round. Her approach is to encourage JOY in making music, to teach the sequential SKILLS necessary to play music, and, as the student matures musically, to foster INDEPENDENCE in approaching music. She enjoys teaching children and teens as well as adult beginners and refreshers. Her flexible teaching schedule has included many home schooled families. Alice supplements her formal education through personal study and by attending regional and national training opportunities. She is a member of the Maine Music Teachers’ Association and the National Music Teachers’ Association, and participates actively in several online music teacher and pedagogy groups.