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Gretchen Carlson


Teaches Piano

My music is the spiritual expression of what I am – my faith, my knowledge, my being…When you begin to see the possibilities of music, you desire to do something really good for people …I want to speak to their souls.

-John Coltrane

Interested in taking lessons with Gretchen Carlson

Teaches at:

B.A. in Music & Psychology - Sunderman Conservatory of Music (Gettysburg College), M.A. in Jazz History and Research - Rutgers University, Ph.D. in Music - University of Virginia

Musical Interests

jazz, classical, popular music, film music, world music, music theory, accompaniment styles, improvisation

Favorite Bands

Duke Ellington, Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, The Eagles, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Echelon, Harry Connick Jr., Johann Sebastian Bach, Frederic Chopin, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon, Terence Blanchard, Vince Guaraldi Trio, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, Ed Sheeran, So Many More....

Teaching Experience

Private Piano Instructor - 15 years, Instructor of Music History - Rutgers University, G.A./Instructor of Music Theory and Musicology - University of Virginia, Visiting Professor of Musicology - Sunderman Conservatory (Gettysburg College), Professor of Music History and Culture - Towson University, Adjunct Professor of Music - Frederick Community College, Teacher - Sylvan Learning Center, Teacher and Teacher Supervisor - Institute of Reading Development

Specialties / Genres Taught

jazz, classical, accompaniment styles, music theory, popular music

Areas of Instruction


Levels Taught

Beginner, Intermediate, All

Favorite Instruments

Piano, Saxophones, Bass

Performance Experience

Gettysburg College Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Dispatch, Gettysburg College Wind Ensemble, Gettysburg College Marching Band, Gettysburg College Women's Choir, Mosaic Jazz Ensemble, University of Virginia Jazz Ensemble, Solo pianist - performances at Sunderman Conservatory, Accompanist for numerous vocalists, Performance at church services

About Gretchen Carlson

Hello! My name is Gretchen, and I am excited to be part of the Music and Arts community. 

Music and education are two of my greatest passions, and I am so blessed to have a career that involves both. Music has been an integral part of my life since birth. I grew up with a family of pianists, drummers, singers, and avid music-listeners. Since I started playing piano at age 6, I have always sought to be actively involved in music performance and study. As a kid, I took regular lessons, played in school bands and choirs, and had jam sessions with my family and friends. I studied piano and saxophone performance at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College, where I was a music and psychology major. At Gettysburg, I had the pleasure of studying with many wonderful musicians, and playing in a wide variety of ensembles. Firmly enraptured with musical study, I continued on to achieve my Master's degree in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University, and my Ph.D. in music from the University of Virginia. Currently - in addition to teaching music lessons - I teach music history and world music courses at Towson University and Frederick Community College. 

My sincerest goal as an educator is to help my students connect with music, and guide them in developing the confidence and skills to engage with music in ways that are meaningful and exciting for them. I absolutely love teaching, and love sharing the joy of music with others. I hope to see you in my studio soon. 

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