Alan Geyer

Teaching Approach

My focus is on helping each student find his or her creative core.  Much of my formal training has concentrated on the relationship between the fine arts and the psyche.  This, along with my study of and passion for the humanities, informs my piano teaching method, and I often integrate composition, improvisation, music listening, and history into a lesson.  Having sustained and then healed a severe musician’s injury in my early twenties, I am also keenly sensitive to the way in which the body, emotion, and musical expression interweave.  I have experience with both the Alexander Technique and the Taubman Technique.  


BIS in piano performance, philosophy, and literature, Georgia State University; MA in Engaged Humanities with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute; MA in Liberal Arts, St. John’s College.  Among the numerous places I have performed: The Rialto Center for the Arts and the Florence Kopleff Recital Hall in Atlanta; the Silver Bay Festival in Chalkidiki, Greece; and at the Gasteig in Munich.  I studied piano with Brandt Fredriksen and Alice Oglesby, composition with Robert Thompson, and conducting with Michael Palmer.  I am currently working with composer Justin Dello Joio of Juilliard.  I have been teaching piano since 2007, and have had students ranging in age from five to seventy-seven.


Alan Geyer
Amherst, MA