Cole Anderson
Ann Arbor, MI
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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 only about 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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Experience

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.

Education

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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