Erin Cooke
Piano Teacher

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Erin Cooke

Piano

 

Erin has been providing instrumental lessons for over eleven years, teaching students of all ages and proficiency levels. She graduated from Grove City College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, which gave her experience in teaching classroom music grades K-12. However, Erin’s greatest joy has always been in private music instruction. Since high school, she has been teaching piano, organizing yearly recitals for families and the local community to attend, as well as involving her students in local festivals and music clubs. A member of PMEA and the Oil City Schubert Club in northwestern Pennsylvania, Erin also performed in festivals, earning a gold cup in two years, volunteered with staff, and later working as judge, continually encouraging her students to perform. Erin also performed with her cello in community orchestras, school musicals, and her local quartet group, performing for weddings and special events.

Erin continued to teach through college, when she also became a member of NAfME and the educational honors society of Kappa Delta Pi. As an undergraduate, she studied music education, performed cello in four semesters of orchestra, took composition studies and a world music class, accompanied numerous student recitals and musical performances, and became the pianist and music director at her church. Erin successfully completed her senior recital performance on the piano with an A grade. Upon receiving her K-12 teacher’s certification, she was employed in Pennsylvania as a substitute teacher while continuing to provide music lessons to students of all ages. In addition to piano, she also taught cello, beginning violin and viola, theory, and hymn improvisation. Recently married and moved to San Antonio, Erin is thrilled to be a part the musical pursuits at MACSA.

Erin’s other musical delight is composition, and she has written scores for her own ensemble groups to perform at weddings and events, while also selling some pieces online. She has also written arrangements for her friends and fellow music teachers, which were used for school concerts, studio recitals, and local performances. Her enthusiasm for composition also led her to write the music for her own wedding. Erin enjoys the flexibility that comes with teaching and writing her own compositions, and many of her students have studied arranging and composition with her as well.

Because every person is different, Erin firmly believes that flexibility is one of the most important goals of good teaching. She focuses on treating every student as an individual and readily adapts her teaching style to find the best fit for each student. According to each students’ varying skills and interests, her lessons have included different focuses: technique, improvisation, sight-reading, performance, theory, hymns, composition, history, or accompaniment. Erin’s goal is to give every person the joy of mastering an instrument.