Laura Thiele

With NSA Since:

2021

Instrument:

Piano

Programs:

Suzuki Talent Education Program

I have been involved in music and music education for more than 25 years, as a performer, accompanist, classroom teacher, choral director, and private studio teacher. I am a certified teacher, early childhood music specialist, and a registered piano teacher with the Suzuki Association of the Americas. After graduating from Arizona State University with a double major in Dance and Music, I began teaching Modern Dance and Musical Theatre in a private high school. Playing the piano was part of my daily routine and I soon found myself teaching a few private piano students after school. In 1993, I attended the International Suzuki Institute in Chicago, Illinois, where I participated in piano master classes taught by Haruko Kataoka, pianist and co-developer of the Suzuki Piano School. I was so captivated by her unique teaching style and "whole child" philosophy, that I enrolled in the Suzuki Piano teacher training course at the University of Utah the following fall. Over the years, I have continued to pursue ongoing study and training in Suzuki Philosophy and Piano Pedagogy. The Suzuki approach has provided guidance and inspiration for me and for my students. I have had the pleasure of seeing my students perform with both artistry and confidence in festivals and competitions and consistently return home with ratings of Excellent and Superior in local and statewide piano adjudications. After nearly two decades of teaching in Northern Arizona, I am now pleased to call Green Valley home.

My teaching philosophy is a simple one: to teach music in a manner that serves the growth and character development of children, to make learning an active, interesting and enjoyable process, and to share my love of music with my family and my community. I hope to inspire my students to do the same.