Laura Potratz
Minneapolis, MN
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Laura Potratz

Laura P.

Minneapolis, MN
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Born in the Midwest, I spent seven graduate years in Paris performing, teaching, and researching. I have come to see music lessons as both an intensely personal process and as an interpersonal process.

To beginners: anyone at any age can learn basic piano skills if they devote ten minutes a day to it.
To intermediate players: my goal is to train you to be your own primary teacher.
To advanced students: I can give you artistic colors for the palette and tools for the journey.

About Laura P.

Music is personal and brings us into contact both with ourselves and with a force beyond us. I am passionate about the spiritual awareness that results from the study of performing arts.

I have worked with ages 5 to 75, with kids, youth, and adults with ADD, ADHD, OCD, anxiety issues, cerebral palsy, selective mutism, substance abuse challenges, and those recovering from strokes. I have worked with professional teachers, mediators, and bank managers, as well as with college-degree-seeking music students, middle- and high-schoolers, and gifted children.

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Bayley T.
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My girlfriend and I are both total beginners who had never/rarely sung in front of other people before, but Laura makes us feel super comfortable! I thought it would be a challenge to do singing lessons with two different people, but she gives both of us attention and great tips. She is very knowledgeable and encouraging, and we're both learning a lot! Thank you so much!

Posted Aug 26, 2020
Bayley T.
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My girlfriend and I are both total beginners who had never/rarely sung in front of other people before, but Laura makes us feel super comfortable! I thought it would be a challenge to do singing lessons with two different people, but she gives both of us attention and great tips. She is very knowledgeable and encouraging, and we're both learning a lot! Thank you so much!

Posted Aug 26, 2020
Marcus R.
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Laura is a very good teacher and she explains everything very well. Very helpful.

Posted Jul 24, 2020
Emily
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Laura is a fantastic teacher and extremely knowledgeable in all things music. She’s “a wealth of knowledge,” according to her colleagues. Laura is kind, patient, and has worked especially well with anxious adult students, like me. She is also calm and gives excellent advice for improving my voice, I leave her lessons feeling encouraged. I am fortunate to have found her!

Posted Mar 24, 2020
Esther K.
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Laura's been absolutely great with our children (now 10 and 11). She tailors her teaching style to each one, interacting with them at their level, engaging them, and pushing their music forward -- both their practical skills and their understanding of music itself -- in a manner that seems fun and personal. One of my children just asked what I was doing, and when told and asked if he had anything to say about Laura he replied:
"She is very nice and she is funny and she is a very good teacher"

Posted Aug 5, 2019
Evelyn O.
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She was great! I think she's going to be a wonderful fit for our daughter, who is excited to return!

Posted Jun 12, 2019
Nick F.
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It was awesome!

Posted Apr 16, 2018
Kewei Q.
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I had two months' of lessons with Laura over the summer, and learned a ton of new things. Laura has many tricks to help me practicing and get into good playing habits. She gradually add layers of interpretation techniques to a piece, and without realizing it, I had already progressed a lot. Unfortunately I have to move to a new place, otherwise I would definitely love to continue piano study with Laura!

Posted Aug 9, 2017
Glen
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Very good.

Posted Jun 27, 2017
Mery

Laura was the 1st piano teacher of our daughter Julie - 6 years old at the time at
the Conservatoire de musique d'Ézanville - France. Laura clearly set the basis for Julie to progress steadily, she is good with children, flexible and firm on what need to be done (like practicing regularly at home)

Posted Jan 2, 2017
Ruth
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Laura is my daughter's voice teacher and has helped her grow as a student and as a vocalist. Laura tailors her lessons to what my daughter's interests are and pushes her into new territory. She is kind, professional, creative and is an incredible teacher. She focuses on technical and artistic aspects of voice working on music theory, technique and performance. My daughter always looks forward to seeing Laura- she is a gift to our family!

Posted Nov 28, 2016
Jennifer

I worked with Laura a few years ago. She was my American tutor. We did not play music together, but she help me to improve my English. She is a really nice teacher, always in a good mood, always helping her students in the best possible ways. I really enjoyed working with her. If ever you have the opportunity to work with Laura, just do it, you will not regret it!

Posted Nov 28, 2016

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Experience

Associate Cantor
May 2019 - Present

Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival

Teach private organ lessons, intro to pipe organ class, church music. Plan worship services. Love musical teens.

Mentor
Jun 2017 - Present

Voices of Hope

Voices of Hope is a women’s prison choir at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, MN. The choir was founded in October 2015 by Amanda Weber and rehearses weekly at the prison. We recognize that the Voices of Hope has a dual calling to serve communities both inside and outside of the prison.

Alto
Jul 2015 - Present

Minnesota Chorale

Founded in 1972, the Chorale is Minnesota’s preeminent symphonic chorus with a roster of over 200 singers. Best known for its work with the two major orchestras of the Twin Cities, the ensemble is equally dedicated to programs that build and enrich community.

Mezzo
Feb 2014 - Present

ELM Ensemble

Bringing together professional and amateur musicians with great sacred music and creative worship planning, the Early Lutheran Music (ELM) Ensemble is devoted to keeping the church in dialogue with diverse voices from Christian history.

Co-teacher
Sep 2016 - Jun 2017

ComMUSICation

CMC teaches all youth, regardless of background, skills for success through music-making in St. Paul's Frogtown, Eastside and North End neighborhoods, areas historically underresourced and struggling with poverty.

Professeur de piano et de formation musicale
Sep 2010 - Feb 2013

Conservatoire de Musique d'Ezanville

Education

Diplôme d'études musicales (DEM) in organ
Oct 2012 - Jun 2013

Conservatoire de Saint-Maur-des-Fossés

Master of Music and Musicology
Oct 2009 - Jun 2012

Sorbonne

Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance
Aug 2001 - Dec 2005

Valparaiso University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Professional Proficiency

Awards

Best of Lessons.com 2020
Jun 2020

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