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Dr. Petersen has been teaching piano for more than 10 years. During this time, she has held positions at the McGill Conservatory of Music, Schulich School of Music of McGill University, Merit School of Music, and she currently teaches at the Music Institute of Chicago and privately in the Chicagoland area. Her students have gone on to hold successful careers in music, release CDs of original piano music, win top awards in local competitions, and receive high scores in state exams. She is currently a member of MTNA, ISMTA, and is a Steinway Educational Partner. 


Dr. Petersen's specialties as a teacher include:

  • Preparing students for the AIM (Achievement in Music) exams. For more info on the AIM program click here

  • Preparing students for auditions and competitions

  • Technique and Keyboard theory

  • Chamber Music

  • Starting young students

  • Helping intermediate students advance 

  • Preparing students for a career in music 

  • In person and digital Zoom teaching 

Dr. Petersen's teaching is focused on helping the student develop their own relationship with the piano: each person has a different hand, body, and mind and therefore "one size fits all" teaching cannot apply. It is important to Dr. Petersen that her students feel comfortable expressing themselves at the instrument, and that above all else, they are always making music.

Looking for practice tips this summer? Here's a suggestion from Dr. Petersen: 

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