Significant teachers and mentors:
Ms. Petersen has been a musician for many years and given that, she has had her fair share of exposure to some amazing teachers and musicians. Some of her most significant teachers over the years are: Sara Laimon, Stéphane Lemelin, Vivian Weilerstein, Jonathan Bass, and A. Ramon Rivera.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Katherine's teaching philosophy centers around playing the piano with ease and expression. She believes that given the repetitive nature of practicing, many students experience some discomfort or injury during their lifetime. Her teaching emphasizes the physical nature of piano playing and how to keep the body healthy and happy by practicing efficiently with a secure technique. Her goal is to help each of her students relate to the piano, and music in general, in their own personal way. Through her method of teaching, she helps students understand the technical side of playing an instrument in a way that is related to the expression of the music that they are playing.
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Favorite composer or piece to play:
I love performing anything by Brahms! I even wrote my doctoral thesis on his piano sonatas.