Caroline Penwarden holds an MA in Music Composition from Mills College, a Certificate in Film Scoring from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Institute, and has been playing piano for over 30 years. She has trained in both Orff and the Suzuki teaching methods, and works with both children and adults in dance and music classes.
She is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer with a broad range of experience, and a special interest in film and dance scoring. Her work spans from pieces for jazz bands, rock bands and folk bands, to experimental vocal ensemble works, to pieces that combine music and movement, to chamber music, electronic music and sound-scapes.
Her teaching style draws from this varied background and from training in classical piano, jazz, electronic music and African music. In working with students, she values a gentle and structured approach for developing good technique/tone and nurturing creative exploration/expression.
Releasing creativity that extends far beyond the music classroom, Carl Orff and Gunild Keetman conceived an approach to building musicianship in every learner through the integration of music, movement, speech, and drama.
"All Children Can" is the great quote of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki that encompasses the main idea of his philosophy. With the Suzuki Method, young children learn with their senses, with the love and support of their parents and teacher, and to play to the highest levels.
The art, craft, and business of music for film and other media in a two-week seminar with 2 time Emmy Award winning composer/arranger Hummie Mann, other veterans of the industry, and a group of students from around the world and around the music industry.