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    Trudy TurpinOffering private lessons in
    University Place, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    I have been teaching piano for over 25 years in Tacoma since earning my Bachelor of Music in 1986 from Pacific Lutheran University. I specialized in piano performance and teaching, studying under Dr. Calvin Knapp. I have been an active member of Washington State Music Teachers Association since 1987, holding the offices of secretary, newsletter editor, vice president, and president of the Tacoma chapter. My students have benefited greatly from the many opportunities this association provides, including performance with chamber and full orchestra, other recitals, evaluations, and competitions. My students range in age from 4 to 84. The culminating event of the year for my school-age students is our spring recital in which they enjoy sharing their pieces they have mastered and have the chance to receive awards.

    Besides teaching piano, I am also a church pianist/ music director, and I do accompanying for choirs and soloists and perform for weddings, retirement homes, or other special events.

    I strive to give my students a well-rounded education in music. This includes music theory, note-reading, history, technique, ear-training, memorizing, and composing. I try to instill in my students good practice habits, which lead to a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence. I also encourage creativity. The most important thing I hope to teach my students is the love and enjoyment of music for a lifetime.

    My rates are:
    $21 for 30-minutes
    $30 for 45-minutes
    $39 for 60-minutes