Cole Anderson

Cole A.

Ann Arbor, MI
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I received my DMA in piano performance from University of Michigan and I've been teaching for about 7 years. I'm an active concert pianist so my specialty is in mastering the advanced classical repertoire, but I'm also very comfortable with guiding beginners of all ages. In addition to technical instruction I also am well versed in theory, composition and music history and I like to incorporate these subjects into my lessons according to each student's interest. Whatever your personal goals with the piano, I can help you get there!

About Cole A.

I am a concert pianist and educator. My focus is on classical repertoire. I've been playing for about 26 years or so, and concertizing for about 20 years. I started seriously applying myself to teaching 7 years ago, when I began my doctorate at University of Michigan.

Over the years I’ve brought my music to many places. I performed in Italy many times, and I’ve been to China, Singapore, New Zealand and in most states in the US. You get so much back from the whole experience of mastering an instrument. The piano has been my life for so long, it would be hard to imagine not having it be a part of me.

When I started teaching, I was amazed at how inspiring the experience was for me. I found that when I had to verbalize things that I had always been doing instinctively before, the insight I gained over the actual mechanics of what goes into playing an instrument and making music grew exponentially. Also I became very invested in helping others to reach their goals—I hadn’t realized what a sense of satisfaction it would bring me, when I succeeded in helping a student to succeed and grow as a musician and person.

I have a pretty versatile grasp of music and of my instrument. Even though my personal love is immersing myself in the great repertoire written for the piano over the past two and a half centuries, I am also comfortable with theory, composition and popular harmony. If you are looking to work on your compositions, or to expand your knowledge of harmony and theory I can help you reach your goals in those areas as well. I believe everyone should be as well rounded a musician as possible—that is always my goal with every student. At the same time, everyone has their own talents and interests that can be developed—every musician has a unique journey of their own to follow.


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Cole taught my daughter at UM School of Music and she had a wonderful experience. He is patient and kind and a wonderful teacher!

Posted Jul 12, 2020
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Cole taught my daughter private piano lessons at the UM School of Music. He took over her lessons while her regular teacher (Cole's wife) was on maternity leave. It was a seamless transition. I recommend taking piano lessons from Cole.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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Both of my sons started to learn piano when they were about 4-year-old. When Cole came to offer them in-person piano lessons (when they were 9-year-old and 5-year-old), it was like opening up a bright new window for our whole family to see the true beauty of music! I personally witnessed the dramatic progress they have made during their three years of study under Cole in terms of not only their technical skills but also their artistic interpretation and expression of the music. We were so sad to move out of Michigan because of my new job. But, he was so kind to connect us with a local pianist in Texas so we can continue to learn piano from a great teacher. During the pandemic when everything became on-line, we realized that we could go back to study piano with Cole remotely through advanced technology. Given our experiences with Cole through both in-person and on-line lessons, I would like to recommend this outstanding teacher to any parents who dream about high-quality piano lessons for their kids!

Posted Jul 7, 2020
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Cole is an incredibly gifted musician and an amazing teacher. Coming from a medical background, I had less foundational knowledge compared to most piano students. However, Cole rapidly helped me build a solid foundation of practical knowledge so that, within weeks, I was able to begin composing independently. By continuing to practice the skills that he taught me, I am now able to accompany my vocals on piano for original pieces and have added a number of classic pieces to my repertoire. I would highly recommend Cole to anyone interested in mastering piano, novices and experts alike!

Posted Jul 6, 2020
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Cole is a wonderful pianist and a knowledgeable teacher. My child took his in-person lessons before, and she liked it very much. While Cole gave her many effective technical advices and practice tips, his lesson was not just about technical improvement. He helped my child to play more beautifully and explained the idea in a way that the elementary school age child could understand. I felt lucky that she had an opportunity to receive these kinds of lessons from a young age. He is very resourceful and I think he will help students explore music more in-depth, whether you are playing small pieces or big, advanced pieces.

Posted Jul 2, 2020

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Guest Professor of Piano
Sep 2019 - Dec 2019

Albion College

I taught piano students for a semester at Albion College as a replacement for Dr. David Abbott during his sabbatical. During that semester I played two solo recitals and hosted a concert featuring the students at the end of the year.


Doctor of Musical Arts
Sep 2013 - Apr 2016

University of Michigan

Master of Music (Piano Performance and Chamber Music)
Sep 2011 - Apr 2013

University of Michigan

Bachelor of Music
Sep 2007 - May 2011

Oberlin Conservatory

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