Linda Gaines

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Linda Gaines | Teacher at Asheville Music School

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Linda started teaching piano when she was 12, beginning with several neighborhood children. The previous year, she had begun studying with the Artist ­in Residence of Florida Southern College, Robert Macdonald. Thus continued a journey of musical exploration which had started when she was 5 and has remained constant to the present. She won the Young Artist’s Competition of the Lakeland Symphony Orchestra and performed with them as a senior in high school. Receiving a full scholarship to study music from Florida Southern College, she accompanied voice and instrumental lessons and recitals as well as the Performing Chorale and also played tympani and oboe in the symphonic band, and had Master classes with James Dick, Artur Rubenstein and others. As a junior in college, she studied in Freiburg, Germany with Helen Barth. Linda did post­graduate work at Boston University studying with Anthony di Bonaventura and at University of South Florida, studying with Jacques Abram. Upon discovering the education philosophy of Shinichi Suzuki, she immediately realized that incorporating these ideals into her teaching would yield the results of instilling a life­long love of both music and learning.

For the last 22+ years of her teaching career, Linda has worked with students from ages 3 to 75 utilizing these principles. She also is the Music Director at St Joan of Arc Catholic Church, where she has served for over 20 years.

Lessons with Linda

Linda believes that music should be an important part of everyone’s life. To that end understanding the language of music is very important. She teaches each student the basics of a good and comfortable position at the piano, using an adjustable bench and footstool, as well as a relaxed technique to eliminate tension. Reading music is emphasized when the student is ready to begin. While specializing in the classical repertoire, she works to include the interest of each student and encourage them through studies of chord progressions, scale work and improvisation to incorporate the musical language into their lives. Her hope is to instill a love of music and a desire to learn and explore the possibilities of music to enrich their lives.