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Emily John

Mound MN | 55364

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I feel so honored to be able to tell people that my career and my passion are one in the same. It's wonderful to have a love for making music and teaching, and be able to do it almost every day.

My professional experience includes: over 10 years of teaching piano lessons to hundreds of children, teens and adults; facilitating Music Together classes; working with Preschool Music programs; directing children's choirs; performing with other musicians in the Minneapolis area; and playing professionally in local churches. I am a strong advocate for musical literacy, and hope to do my part to create opportunities for children and adults in the Mound/Minnetrista and surrounding areas to have a source for high quality instruction.

My educational background starts in Decorah IA, where I graduated in 2003 with a degree in Music and Arts Management. From there I headed to Bowling Green, Ohio where I was on a teaching assistantship and recieved my Master of Music degree in 2005, emphasis in piano pedagogy. In July 2008 I successfully completed the Music Together® Teaching Workshop developed by the Center for Music and Young Children, Princeton, New Jersey. I am on staff as congregational accompanist at St. Luke Presbyterian Church in Wayzata, where recitals are held. I am an active member of many local teaching associations including APPI, MTNA, and MMTA.

My husband and I moved to Mound in the summer of 2007, and have been slowly "updating" our house ever since! I love running, making my own jewelry, and helping my brother market his business in glass blowing and ceramics. When at home, I spend most of my time accompanied my my "trusty sidekick" Hazel, our black puggy dog (who tends to be entertainment for many siblings of piano students!)


Piano Lessons, Early Childhood Music, Children's Choral Director, Church Music Director and Accompanist, Choral Accompanist,

Lesson details

My teaching philosophy centers on three convictions to connect my students with their musical self. First, I make sure each student is an active participant in the music making process. They experience by doing, and are constantly playing, singing, and moving to the music. Second, I expose my students to a variety of high-quality music, including classical, contemporary, world music, jazz, and popular genres. I try to incorporate music that uses different rhythms, unusual note collections, and diverse characteristics to give my students a wide pallet for choosing what they like and dislike. My third goal in teaching is to raise students who have the freedom and insight to form their own thoughtful opinions about music. Why do they like certain pieces or styles of music and what about that draws them in. If they dislike a certain style, why? I want my students to have enough confidence and experience in making music that they can determine for themselves what is expressive, musical, and of the highest quality. My greatest hope is that my students will approach music with passion and thoughtfulness instead of apprehension and anxiety. I want them to look back on their time spent with me and smile.

Education and Accreditation

BA in Music Management, Luther College 2003. Studied under John Strauss, Jessica Paul
MM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Bowling Green State University, 2005. Studied under Laura Melton, Cynthia
Member Assn of Professional Piano Instructors
Member National Music Teachers Assn, MN Music Teachers Assn



more than 5 years


$39 & under


Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday 9am - 9pm
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio


Childrens Music
Rhythm and Blues


Alfred Method
Faber and Faber
Rote Method

Instruments and Subjects

theory – harmony

Levels taught


Type of students

Young Adults



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