Stone Oak and North West

Piano
8 and up, beginner to advanced

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
University of Michigan
Master of Music in Piano Performance
Indiana University
Doctor of Music in Piano Performance
Florida State University

Teaching Philosophy

As a teacher, I am committed to helping my students develop a love and passion for music. I strive to give my students a structured and well-rounded musical education, but I also believe it is important to allow students the freedom to pursue the areas of music that they most enjoy. My students are encouraged to explore music outside of lessons and bring in ideas for any new musical activities they might want to try.

Learning an instrument requires practice and discipline, and I help my students organize a plan for practicing that matches their particular level. We will set goals to work towards, which gives students a sense of progression and accomplishment. These goals can range from learning a favorite piece to getting ready for a public performance. I also have extensive experience preparing for recitals and competitions, and I encourage students to participate in these types of events whenever possible. Above all, I encourage my students to be curious about music and ask questions whenever necessary. I look forward to joining you on your musical journey.

Biography

Known for her imaginative and colorful performances, Dr. Vivian Anderson is emerging as both a performer and teacher with dazzling artistry and intellectual depth. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, she was surrounded by the arts at a young age and began piano lessons at age five after teaching herself to read music. Dr. Anderson has been teaching privately for the past five years while pursuing graduate degrees in piano performance. She loves inspiring her students to reach new heights in their musical journeys.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Anderson enjoys performing and speaking about music. She is particularly interested in 20th century music and has done extensive research and performance of piano works by French composer Olivier Messiaen. She is also a very skilled collaborative pianist and loves working with other musicians and artists. Dr. Anderson has recently relocated to San Antonio from Tallahassee, Florida and is excited to be teaching at MACSA. Her hobbies outside of music include cooking, crafting, and spending time with friends.