Peiharn teaches both privately and at multiple music schools in New York City. She enjoys sharing and promoting new knowledge and explorations with young and old music enthusiasts alike.
Please contact her if interested in learning more about private lessons.
SCHOOLS TAUGHT AT
Browning School - September 2015- present
Rubato Music School - September 2012- present
Riverdale Music Studio - September 2012 - present
British International School of New York - January - March 2013
New York University - September 2010-May 2012
Keyboard and Improvisation Instructor
INTERVIEW FROM RUBATO MUSIC SCHOOL
What will make a student learn best? And what do you enjoy most about teaching?
Teachers have such a wonderful privilege in being given the power to help shape the thinking and beliefs of their students. And because we are given such a power, I think it is important to show my students the myriad of possibilities that are available to them in music. There is nothing to spur on the desire for knowledge in a student as showing them the possibilities and paths they can discover on their own. To this end, I encourage students to listen and play as many different types of music as possible. I strongly believe that each musical period and each composer set his pen to paper because he had beautiful musical thoughts in his head. My challenge for students is to discover that beauty and to come up with the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of each piece they play.
When I first came to college I detested Bach and found his music to be tedious and endless. But then my teacher sat down at the piano and played me excerpts from the Bach French Suites, bringing out the different colors in the lines, the liveliness and excitement in the gigue, and the sweet seductiveness in the sarabande. He talked about the fascinating intricacy of Bach fugues with a gleam in his eye and giggled enthusiastically over his favorite passages. My interest was piqued; I wanted to see if I could make Bach as interesting, beautiful, and fanciful as he.
More than just how to play Bach that day, I learned about the curiosity of discovering how to create an individual interpretation from something pre-existing. I find this curiosity to be the most important thing to open up for students. The fact that students will have to figure out through music how to communicate without words really opens up their ways of thinking. It challenges them, and hopefully, creates an interest in the art of playing the piano beyond the technique. It is only through the making of beautiful art that we can spread music’s joys with our students as well as, in teaching them, instruct them how to then pass this on to others. For me, this end result is what makes being a teacher wonderful.