Susane Reis B.M. Piano Performance California State University Stanislaus, 2009 M.M. Piano Pedagogy University of Oregon, 2011

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
 




Margaret Gowen

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Gowen has been active as a teacher and freelance musician in the Eugene and Springfield area for many years. She received her Bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Oregon, where she also studied performance with Dr. Dean Kramer, and performance and pedagogy with Dr. Claire Wachter.

Ms. Gowen has always enjoyed working with children, and feels that the best teachersenjoy their students as much as the subject matter. 

She believes active listening, creativity, and the the love of music are just as important to a student's musical training as note reading and technique.                                                              
 

                             
                                          


 

Crystal Mills

 


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.”

 

 

 

 

 

Testimonials:

"Susane Reis is a wonderful and dedicated teacher for students of all ages and levels. She carefully guides each student's pianistic development with the appropriate repertoire and technical exercises, allowing the individuality of the student to blossom. Susane is an outstanding role model for her students. We are very fortunate to have Susane join the Eugene community of piano teachers!"

~Dr. Claire Wachter, Associate Professor of  Piano/Pedagogy
      University of Oregon


"As a teacher, Susane knows how to adapt her teaching materials to capture the interest and bring out the best in each student. Her infectious enthusiasm for music and her diverse musical background make her uniquely qualified to help each student succeed. On top of that, Susane is a fine performer herself and really understands music of many genres on a deep level."


~Dr. Stephen Thomas, Associate Professor of  Piano Performance
     Brigham Young University - Idaho



"Susane is a wonderful teacher: rigorous, loving, and full of humor. Our daughter Luzia (9) has been with her for 2 years, she has made immense progress, she loves the lessons and she even likes to practice -- all thanks to Susane!"

~Ulrich Mayr, Professor of Cognitive Psychology
University of Oregon,
http://www.uoregon.edu/~mayr/Home.html

"It's amazing how Susane manages to keep the class both structured and fun. You can see the professionalism, dedication and pure joy of music the moment you step into the classroom.

But for me the clear success is that my son starts singing the songs, dancing and playing on the keyboard all on his own. "More dancing!" he cries, before turning back to his toy piano, playing and stopping to the song.

~Tom Evans, Father
Cottage Grove, Oregon


"Our son is loving his class, talked about it all the way home after his first group lesson and well into the evening...he even remembers to do his homework, enjoying it all the while! Thanks for a great beginning!"

~ Megan Stevens, Mother
Eugene, Oregon
http://vanillajills.com/

"Our 14 year old daughter had been experiencing dissatisfaction with her piano playing for some time. We decided to look for a new teacher to see if that would increase her interest. After just a few months of working with Susane she has gained a new enthusiasm for her instrument. She even won a composition competition when before she had shown no interest in composition. Susane's positive approach and supportive style has made a real difference for her. Most importantly she's having fun.
Thank you Susane!"

~Rich Mitchell, Father