About The Academy:
The Eugene Piano 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 the struggles I went through, as many children do. As a young adult I realized that so much was missing from my early musical training and fundamental knowledge. I took time to find myself as a musician in my early years when I traveled with a touring music group. In my travels I was immersed in the creative aspect of writing and arranging music, as well as performing, and I still strive to instill these indispensable skills to my students. I later finished my undergraduate studies in piano performance and entered the University of Oregon in 2009 to pursue my masters degree in piano pedagogy. It was here where I was able to further develop as a pianist, as well as a teacher, filling my toolbelt with the skills I needed. Since then it has been my mission to instill the love of music in my students with a well-balanced, high-quality teaching method while providing a place where they can come to learn and share the joy of music with their peers.
It was during my studies when I was introduced to the Harmony Road Music method and chose to lay down my roots in Eugene. I have chosen to stick with the Harmony Road method for the past five years because I find it to be one of the most complete methods for beginning music, not just piano, for all ages. It engages the ear, develops one's reading skills and encourages students to tap into their innate sense of creativity, 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 vast repertoire written for the piano and the history behind it. 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... the Eugene Piano Academy.
Susane Davis, Director
Margaret 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 piano performance and piano pedagogy with Dr. Dean Kramer and Dr. Claire Wachter.
Margaret has always enjoyed working with children and feels that the best teachers enjoy their students as much as the subject matter. She also believes that active listening, creativity, and the the love of music are just as important to a student's musical training as note reading and technique.
Jamie Yang has been playing piano since age 8 and has been actively involved in music and performing arts ever since. Jamie received her Bachelor’s of Science in Music and Arts Management from the University of Oregon in 2015, where she studied piano under the guidance of Dr. Dean Kramer, Dr. Claire Wachter, and Dr. David Riley. Miss Jamie has been a certified Harmony Road instructor since 2013 and had the opportunity to train with the Harmony Road Course founder, Jan Keyser.
At the heart of Jamie’s teaching philosophy is her belief that music is a vehicle for which students can, through proper instruction, channel and convey their creative thoughts and emotions. She helps facilitate this endeavor by providing a well-rounded approach to music education in a fun and relaxed environment. It is her hope that by teaching music, her students will, in turn, share the joy they’ve found with others.
Miss Katrina received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Oregon in 2014, and is currently pursuing both her Masters in Music Education and her K-12 public school teaching license. Katrina has been an active young educator in conjunction with her studies at the University: she taught early childhood music at the EWEB Child Development Center for the last two years of her undergraduate degree, worked as the Choral Music Education Graduate Teaching Fellow during the 2014-2015 academic school year, and is an active volunteer with Shasta Middle School choirs. Katrina is a professional choral singer and studies under the direction of Professor Laura Wayte and Dr. Sharon Paul.
A recently certified Harmony Road instructor, Katrina is very excited to return to this music methodology; she was a Harmony Road student herself when she was a child in her hometown in Portland, Oregon!
In her spare time, Katrina feeds her passion for music as the President of the Collegiate Chapter of NAfME (National Association for Music Education), singing in local choral projects, and taking drum lessons!
Ali Jones began playing piano at age 7, and developed a passion for teaching and performing music. In 2014, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the University of Idaho, where she studied with Dr. Rajung Yang. She moved to Eugene to continue her studies at the University of Oregon, and earned her Master’s degree in Piano Performance under the guidance of Dr. Dean Kramer and Dr. Claire Wachter.
Ali believes that music should be a central part of education, and that playing the piano can enrich many areas of a person’s life. In her teaching she strives to engage each student’s creativity, imagination, and self-expression, and to build strong foundation in technique, reading and listening skills.