Piano, Collaborative Piano
Age 4+, Beginner to advanced

Bachelor of Music in Keyboard Pedagogy, Cedarville University
Master of Music in Collaborative Piano, College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati

Teaching Philosophy

My work as a pianist is conceptually built around the idea that music is a gift meant to be shared and to bring people together. I see my career as a way to integrate the joy created by performing collaboratively with the experience gained by understanding music. Music brings people and cultures together in a unique way. I love sharing this, art form with those who have not previously experienced it and I value and delight in the opportunity to teach music to students of all ages, skill levels, and diversities. My goal is to meet you where you are at and help you grow. If you are young beginner or a retiree looking for a hobby, if you are returning to studying music after a long break, or if you are planning to pursue a degree in music, consider yourself a valuable part of my studio. I will choose and modify your study materials as I see fit to best meet your needs and goals. I have a classical background, but I also play by ear and I can coach multiple styles of music including church(contemporary and tradition) music, pop music, musical theater, and chamber or duet music. I hope to work with you soon!

Biography

Dynamic and diverse, pianist Alyssa Darwin has been praised for “sheer musicality, intuitive and sympathetic collaboration, and the ability to fully inhabit a musical work.” Known within the United States a collaborative pianist and pedagogue, Alyssa recently relocated to San Antonio, TX where she will continue performing, teaching, and collaborating in many different genres. Alyssa had a Collaborative Piano assistantship at Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music, and has also performed at the Bayview Festival in Michigan, Interlochen Arts Camp, and internationally with Music Theater Bavaria. Pursuing a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from CCM after a previous B.M. in Keyboard Pedagogy has inspired Alyssa with a passion for collaboration, exposing music to new audiences, and stimulating youth towards enlightening musical experiences. Her work as an Artist-in-Residence at Twin Towers Life Enriching Communities has taught her to intimately reach out to an audience, giving her the opportunity to individually touch people with the gift of music on a daily basis.