Stone Oak

Piano
4 to adult, Beginner to Late Intermediate

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance
Texas State University
Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy
Texas State University

Teaching Philosophy

Mandy’s teaching philosophy is that anyone is capable of learning an instrument. She believes that learning music is beneficial to expanding imagination and creativity and everyone should have the opportunity to learn music at their full potential. Mandy’s key components on teaching include full body relaxation, an awareness of Classical piano repertoire, developing high quality technique, and musicianship. Mandy specializes in playing with full body relaxation to spread awareness and prevent musician-related injuries. She advocates for having an extensive knowledge of composers to honor their authentic style, and teaching the importance of musicality to show expressiveness when performing. Mandy hopes to inspire every student to become a passionate pianist and spread the love of playing piano.

Biography

Mandy Faccenda is a passionate pianist who has experience in teaching students of all levels. She started her piano studies at the age of 3 and teaching at the age of 13. Mandy graduated with honors and received her bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance in 2019 at Texas State University. With a 4.0 GPA, Mandy received her master’s degree in Music with a concentration in Piano Performance and Pedagogy in 2021. Mandy has studied under notable piano pedagogues such as Dr. Daria Rabotkina, Dr. Jason Kwak, Dr. Mark Puckett, and Sherry Frush. A significant achievement of Mandy is that she has been awarded The Most Improvement in Piano award at Texas State in 2017.

Mandy began teaching in 2010 as a student-teacher at Frush Music Studios in Abilene, Texas. While a student at Texas State University, Mandy taught for the TXST FunKey Piano Project as well as Curious Chords Music Studio. Other notable jobs that Mandy had include being a collaborative pianist as a Graduate Instructional Assistant for Texas State and as the head counselor for the Texas State International Piano Festival. Mandy’s confidence as a pianist is inspiring and she is always looking to grow musically. Mandy provides experience and the opportunity to become a thriving musician to all her students. These attributes are what makes her a special pianist and pedagogue.