Nadine Shank

Teaching Approach:
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I offer supportive instruction using a creative approach that is fashioned to best meet the individual student’s needs. I specialize in teaching students from lower intermediate to advanced levels. I have been teaching piano and collaborative piano at the University of Massachusetts for 33 years and have maintained a private piano studio, throughout the years. In lessons, I work on overall musicianship including sight-reading, music theory, and improvisation. Through technique and interpretation, I enjoy working to develop a student’s awareness of an extensive palette of sound and touch to achieve the desired musical result. I also can teach the Simply Music program to less advanced students (www.simplymusic.com), a playing-based program, which encourages students to play a large variety of music including classical, blues, and jazz, with focus on improvisation and composition. This method introduces note reading after the first two levels have been completed and a large number of pieces have been learned. I also accompany and coach instrumentalists and vocalists.

Background:
Concert pianist and teacher. Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano, University of Massachusetts Amherst, B. Mus. In Piano Performance from Oberlin College, Master’s Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Doctoral Studies, Indiana University. Rudolph Serkin Piano and Pi Kappa Lambda Prizes, Oberlin College; Concerto Winner, World Youth Symphony, Interlochen MI and Indiana University Philharmonic; MTNA, Van Cliburn National Music Camp, and Federation of Music Clubs Awards. Organist/Pianist Florence Congregational Church, Orchestral Pianist with Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

Contact:
Nadine Shank
PO Box 2214
145 University Dr.
Amherst, MA 01004
cell: 413-687-9037
work: 413-545-0053
nadineshank@gmail.com