The Academy has been a dream, born out of years of research in the study of teaching and playing the piano. The dream stems from my beginning years in piano lessons and my struggles as I realized that much was missing from my initial training when I entered college. There was a whole world of music beyond what I was getting in private lessons. I took time to find myself as a pianist when I entered the academic study of music and also as I took time aside to travel the United States with a touring musical group. In my travels I was immersed in the creative aspect of writing and arranging music, as well as performing, and I strive to instill these indispensable skills to my students. It has been my personal goal to find the highest-quality teaching method and provide a place that the community can come to learn and share the joy of music with their peers. My pursuit of finding “the perfect” method brought me to Eugene where I had the opportunity to study with some of the finest professors. It was here that I was introduced to the Harmony Road Music method. After being trained in the method I can say, with confidence, that I have found the most complete method of teaching beginning music, for all ages, in Harmony Road. It engages the studentʼs ear and develops their innate sense of creativity, while making them proficient readers - therefore becoming a complete musician. Along with teaching the fundamentals of music it is also my goal to foster the aspiring young pianist in their pursuit of technical mastery, lyrical touch and knowledge of the history and vast repertoire written for the piano. Thanks to the support of my mentors, both during my graduate and undergraduate studies, I have found the confidence to make my dream a reality... and here I present to you the Eugene Piano Academy!
Susane Reis, Director
Ms. Gowen has always enjoyed working with children, and feels that the best teachersenjoy their students as much as the subject matter.
Miss Chris has more than 10 years experience as a music instructor. Before receiving her
Harmony Road teaching certificate, she taught students of all ages in both group and private settings. She is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Music where she specializedin piano performance and music education under the guidance of William Woods and Joan Benson.
Miss Chris believes that everyone is capable of musical expression. “My mission as a teacher is to help students discover their innate musicality and the joy of music while developing the skills necessary to achieve their musical goals.”