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Anne Peterson

Redwood City CA | 94063

About me

I have loved the harpsichord for years, and I have several of those -- a large French Two - Keyboard from the SF Conservatory, plus smaller ones, including a "virginal" I played at the Renaissance Faire. I played original harpsichords in Europe! Besides those, I have a "Parlor Grand" piano plus electric keyboards and I let all students try different instruments. I know just enough violin to sometimes do easy accompaniments with the beginners. When April Fools' is near a weekend, I like to host a fun recital for that, in addition to regular annual recitals.


I'm a "Baroquenik", that is, I love music before 1750! But, I use standard beginners' methods and repertoire and encourage students to try everything. I compose easy tunes, usually about pets, for beginners. I encourage easy duet-playing. So much can be learned by playing with others. Humor is also important, as in the April Fools' recital. Music is about joy and sometimes laughter.

Lesson details

For starters, most lessons are 1/2 hour long. They can later expand to 45 minutes or 1 hour, but that depends on goals and needs. I use Theory lessons from whatever method we're on (usually Alfred or Bastien) but, sometimes, I invent extra exercises. Repertoire is from the method and level we're on, but I either purchase supplements or write them.

Education and Accreditation

BA in English with Music Minor, University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN) -- Martha Ivory
MA in Music (emphasis on history and harpsichord), Lone Mountain College (San Francisco, CA) -- Dr. Wyatt Insko
Master classes with Gustav Leonhardt, University of California, Berkeley, and SF Conservatory --Laurette Goldberg
Piano studies at MacPhail School of Music, Minneapolis, MN -- Elsie Campbell Cadieux
Member, Music Teachers' Asssociation of California; Member, Phi Beta Fraternity; listed in Marquis Who's Who


(to come)


more than 20 years


$60 & up


Monday 2 PM - 6 PM
Tuesday 3 PM - 6 PM
Wednesday 3 PM - 5 PM
Friday 3 PM -5 PM
Saturday 1130 AM - 2 PM

Teaching location

Teachers Studio


Chamber Music
Childrens Music


Alfred Method
Bastien Method
Pace Method
Thompson Method

Instruments and Subjects

theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments

Levels taught


Type of students

Young Adults



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