Stone Oak

Piano
5 and up, Beginner to Early Intermediate

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Texas State University

Teaching Philosophy

Abigail is inspired by the teaching philosophy of Dr. Schinichi Suzuki, which states that every child has the innate ability to learn to make music. In fact, Abigail believes people of any age have the ability to learn to make music! The art of playing piano is not limited to those with a natural gifting for it, but it is a skill that can be accessible to anyone with the desire to learn and the determination to play well. As a teacher, she finds that skills such as ear training, sight reading, technique, music theory, memorization, and collaboration with other musicians are all crucial elements of being a well-rounded musician. Abigail’s mission is to share the joy of playing piano with anyone who has a desire to learn, and to help people bring beauty to their lives and others’ through the music they make.

Biography

Abigail Johnson was born in San Antonio and grew up in the Texas hill country. She began taking piano lessons at 8 years old from Mrs. Vickie Pautz of Blanco, Texas. Mrs. Pautz instructed Abigail in the Suzuki Piano Method while also incorporating aspects of classical piano methodology. During her time with Mrs. Pautz, Abigail participated in many Suzuki piano events, such as the Heart of Texas Suzuki Organization and the Suzuki DFW WOW Institute, where she played in masterclasses, performed with trios, and participated in honors recitals. While attending the Heart of Texas Suzuki Organization camps, Abigail had the pleasure of meeting and working with Dr. Jason Kwak, whom she would later study with at the collegiate level. During her last year of high school, Abigail began teaching piano from her parent’s home. She also had the privilege of working as a temporary piano instructor for Sound Situation Music Studio in Blanco that year. During her studies with Dr. Kwak at Texas State University, she also taught for the Funkeys Piano Project (headed by Dr. Daria Rabotkina), and was a piano instructor at Curious Chords Music Studio in Kyle. She graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2021.