Introducing our new faculty members!
We are so excited to introduce a few of our new teachers!! The Piano Academy is growing and we need all of the qualified help that we can get!
First introducing Kadee Henderson! She will be teaching in the technique and pass-off rooms in the Orange Piano Academy. Here is a little bit about Kadee:
Kadee Henderson was the first musician in four years to earn a 75 point gold cup from the Utah Federation Of Music Clubs. Throughout her eleven year run as a top performer for the UFMC, she earned a total of eight gold cups for superior performances of solos, duets, concertos, and quartets. Additionally, she was invited out of hundreds to perform at the Honor’s Recital, as well as for the leaders of the UFMC.
Kadee became a member of Utah Valley University’s National Music Teachers Association collegiate chapter in 2011 while pursuing music at Utah Valley University. She had the privilege of studying privately under Dr. Hilary Demske, Dr. Koji Attwood, and Ms. Joanna Oshida. Kadee spent one semester teaching the director of Continuing Education as part of Dr. Demske’s Pedagogy course, where she learned effective teaching techniques and strategies. She brings the same dedication and structure to her music teaching that she used during the course of her studies. She enjoyed learning more about good teaching and performance strategies as a member of the UVU collegiate chapter and Contrapuntalist Club. In March 2014, she performed as a finalist in the UVU Rebecca Marriott Champion Piano Competition. Kadee graduated from Utah Valley University with an Associate of Science degree in Piano Performance and a Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Studies with emphases in Piano Performance and English in 2015.
Kadee has 17 years of music experience, which includes playing the clarinet and acoustic guitar. She regularly serves as an accompanist for college students as well as musicians around her community. She hopes to continue her piano studies in addition to starting her own music studio someday, as music has been and continues to be a strong passion for her.
Now we introduce Mary! Mary is one of our students at the piano academy. We are so excited that she is able to work in the computer room as one of our Junior Faculty! Here is a little more about Mary:
Mary Witham is an accomplished young pianist who will be attending University of Utah in Piano Performance on scholarship starting Fall 2015. She was simultaneously accepted to Utah State University Piano Performance Program on scholarship. Mary has been a student of the Piano Academy since she was 6.5 years old along with her brothers and sisters, two of whom pursued music in college in performance and composition. She has performed in state and regional festivals include Timpview Festival earning highest marks in solo and ensemble, and is now performing in recital on a regular basis. She is a Honors Division student and takes from Doctorate Level Faculty at the Conservatory. She has been recently featured as the Academy’s student of the month, and is Junior Faculty teaching music theory, computer lab, and private tutoring. She comes from a family of 19 children and has learned a variety of skills in childhood education.
And last, we introduce our newest teacher Lue Carter! She will be joining the faculty and teaching mostly in the Yellow Piano Academy but you all will get to know her! Here is a little bit about Lue:
Lindsey (Lue) Carter is a music enthusiast from Las Vegas and received her Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Brigham Young University. She comes from a musical family and began studying music with her mother at age seven. In her youth, she accompanied church, school, and community choirs. Later on, Lue attended BYU’s School of Music and studied with Dr. Jeffrey Shumway, during which she enjoyed collaborating with other musicians, playing in a student piano quartet, and teaching piano on her own. Throughout her BYU career, Lue was a member of Music Teacher’s National Association and served as an officer in the BYU chapter. Mostly, Lue loves to help music change others’ lives as it has her own—and she’s excited to do just that through the Utah Piano Academy.
Make sure you say hi to our new teachers when you see them and make them feel welcome!