About Aine Wendler

Kansas City Piano Teacher, Aine Wendler

About Aine Wendler

Aine Wendler has more than 30 years experience in giving piano lessons to children.

Holding a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance Degree and a Master of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Aine brings, not only knowledge and experience, but patience, humor and warmth to your child’s journey through a musical education.

In South Kansas City, easily reached from all parts of the Kansas City area, Aine offers a carefully crafted program for your child including many opportunities, through professional affiliations, for student participation in festivals and events, two recitals per year, and comprehensive lessons including music instruction, music theory, technique work, a context of Music History focusing on the different approaches and styles indicated, and exploration of styles and types of music of particular interest to the student.

The studio is a warm, happy space well-equipped with 2 grand pianos (both Steinway products) and a Yamaha digital piano, allowing for flexible work between teacher and student as well as ensemble opportunities.

Education

  • Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance from Central Missouri State University – 1977, studied with Dr. Wes True.
  • Master of Musical Arts, Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy from a cooperative program with University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University – 1988, studying Pedagogy and Romantic Period Literature and Performance with Louise Brugger Bidwell at UC Berkeley and Performance with William Corbett-Jones at San Francisco State University.
  • Advanced Pedagogy and Performance Study, with Karen Halverhout, retired, Conservatory of Music at University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Experience

I have been an independent music instructor since 1979. I have worked from my home studio in the following cities: Lee’s Summit, MO,
Las Vegas, NV, San Francisco, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Boston, MA, Stamford, CT, New York, NY, and Kansas City, MO. I work with children, 3 to 18 years of age, at all levels—beginners through advanced. My approach is comprehensive, incorporating fundamentals, literature, technique, music theory, music history, and performance. I work with a variety of different methods, tailoring the materials to the needs of each individual child.

Belief

I believe all children can learn to play and to love music. I work from the deep belief that a well-structured music education can enhance every aspect of a child’s personal and academic experience, laying a foundation for academic excellence, self-confidence and esteem, superior study skills, and the child’s personal code of accountability and responsibility.

Professional Affiliations

  • Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
  • Missouri Music Teachers Association (MMTA)
  • Kansas Music Teachers Association (KMTA)
  • Kansas City Music Teachers Association (KCMTA)
  • American Federation of Music Clubs (Federated Music Teachers of Kansas City)
  • National Piano Guild (Guild) a division of the American College of Musicians
  • Mid America Music Association (MAMA)
  • Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Music Development/Achievement Program

Career Highlights

In addition to teaching, a few career highlights include:

  • Recipient of the Steinway Top Teacher 2016 Award
  • Active piano soloist and instrumental accompanist
  • Accompanist with the Jester Hairston Chorale
  • Resident pianist for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York), Providence Performing Arts Center (Providence, RI), and Segerstrom Performing Arts Center (Costa Mesa, CA)
  • Accompanist for many artists including Helen Armstrong – violin, Eric Friedman – violin, David Feldman – cello, Derek Rogge – trumpet,
  • Alan Baer – tuba, and David Fedderly – tuba, Yo-Yo Ma, cello, Jason Xanthoudakis – clarinet and saxophone, Silvia Marcovici – violin, Rachel Barton Pine – violin
  • Musical Director/Conductor for national touring companies of musicals, “My Fair Lady” and “The Music Man” through touring companies Broadway Live and Allied Live
  • Frequent adjudicator (piano) for pedagogy-based festivals, non-competitive evaluative auditions, and competitions
  • Concerto Soloist with university and professional symphony orchestras performing, Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major by Ludwig van Beethoven, Piano Concerto No. 1, Opus 35 by Dmitri Shostakovich, Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the Piano Concerto in A Minor, Opus 54, by Robert Schumann
  • Artist in Residence at The New England Conservatory of Music
  • Faculty positions include San Francisco State University, University of California, Berkeley, New England Conservatory of Music, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Boston University
  • Currently developing and authoring a pedagogy method focusing on pre-school children.

Studio Philosophy of the Aine Wendler Piano Studio

I believe everyone should have the opportunity to study music. I teach students of all ages—age three through eighteen, as well as motivated adults. In accepting students, I have no restrictions as to abilities or talents, exceptionalities, ethnicity, personal beliefs or previous experience.

I believe music is best taught, and learned, through nurturing. All students will be treated with kindness, respect, and courtesy. It is my goal that the student discovers joy, and a life-long love of music, through their music education.

I believe all students should have a well-balanced musical diet which should include a reading skills book, repertoire, technique, scales, and theory.

  • Emphasis will be placed on an understanding of music fundamentals through the study of theory and its relationship to the repertoire being studied. Understanding will be reinforced through weekly lesson drills on notes, key signatures, chords, and rhythms as needed; weekly written assignments; and weekly ear-training assignments.
  • Emphasis will be placed on technical skills through the weekly study of all major scales, arpeggios, and chords progressions and standard technical exercises and etudes. Care will be taken to provide the proper sitting and hand positions in order to accomplish the greatest skill and fluency possible for each student.
  • Emphasis will be placed on music reading through weekly sight-reading studies and the study of repertoire appropriate to the student’s abilities. Special care will be taken to accomplish a final performance which reflects an understanding of musical phrases and form, stylistic characteristics, expressive elements, and musical fluency.
  • Students will be expected to give equal preparation to all areas emphasized in each lesson. Careful preparation of weekly lessons will instill a sense of responsibility and discipline which applies to all aspects of life; a thorough understanding of music which should increase the student’s appreciation of music in general; and a basic life-time skill for future enjoyment and outlet for basic emotions.

I believe each student derives great benefit from an incentive program to insure steady progress. Special activities will be offered in the studio to motivate students to establish goals for their musical study. Included in these activities are the MTNA National Achievement Program, Royal Conservatory (Celebration) Program, and the events offered by the local chapters of MTNA, National Federation, National Guild, and Mid-America Music Association (MAMA). Pre-school and elementary students work on a sticker chart program to earn prizes.

  • Participation in such programs enhances the students’ interest and participation in musical activities and teaches them to set goals and standards for achievement throughout their lives. It helps them to develop good practice habits and to develop their ability to follow instructions.

I believe each student should receive an outside evaluation by attending at least one musical event where written critiques are given, when the student is sufficiently ready. Many opportunities are made available through the studio: NFMC Festivals, Guild Auditions, KCMTA Auditions and Festivals, MAMA.

  • Critiques from qualified musicians offer valuable suggestions and comments for both the student and the teacher. Such evaluations challenge students to achieve their best effort and to respond appropriately to opinion of others.

I believe each student should play in a performance situation. We hold two recitals each school year, a Holiday Recital in December and a Spring Recital in April.

  • Such performances enhance the students’ poise and confidence and increase their social awareness and sensitivity. This is an opportunity for students to share their music with their families, friends, and with the other students in the studio.

I believe students have the right to study music they enjoy and to develop their talents in areas of interest. Students will be given the opportunity to select their choice of appropriate repertoire and to develop their interests, talents and skills in composition, improvisation, ensemble, and various genres of music. Programs will be offered or developed to fulfill their desires.

These emphases will help students become more independent and will provide a creative outlet for their personal feelings and talents.

– Aine Wendler