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About Joan Fradenburgh

Joan Fradenburgh
Joan Fradenburgh
Music Teacher, Expert
Location: Tucson, AZ
Speaks: English, German
Instructs: Piano, Voice
Education: Private piano lessons from age 5 through graduate school Private organ lessons in high school and again 1996-2001 Private voice lessons in college and graduate school University of Utah, BS in Nursing Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, Theological Studies Phoenix Community College, Photography
Performance Experience: Church organist/pianist for 20+ years Piano and recorder in the Wickenburg Chamber Orchestra, Wickenburg, AZ Accompanist for school choirs in the Wickenburg, AZ schools Theater music for the Gold Rush Days Old Time Melodrama, Wickenburg, AZ Ringing with the Bell Choirs March 2021 Classical Concert Singing in church and community choirs since high school with occasional solos
Teaching Experience: I started teaching piano lesson while in college and have taught for many of the 45+ years since then. I teach all ages, beginners to advanced students. I’ve taught beginning/intermediate voice lessons since the early 1990’s. 1989-1990 Directed Logos Choir (grades 1-4) at Calvary United Methodist Church, Phoenix, AZ
Teaching Philosophy: Teaching--and learning--music can never be a one-size-fits-all experience. Each person brings his or her own background and mental process. Learning to make music, whether vocal or instrumental, takes dedication and work, but it should also be fun. I tailor lessons to each individual. working with whatever style the student wants. Sometimes it takes a while to work things out, but we get there in the end.

Get to know Joan Fradenburgh

I started my musical career early, before I was even in school.  My mother signed me up for piano lessons when she discovered I was practicing my older sister's lessons more than my sister was.  I grew up in small towns in central Illinois, moving every couple of years with my father’s work. That meant I had a number of different piano teachers, each with his or her own teaching method. 

When I was in second grade I had a teacher who concentrated on technique only and never allowed me to play fun things (at least from my 7-year-old perspective).  Fortunately this teacher lasted only a few months. Otherwise I probably would have quit piano right then. As a result, I tailor lessons to each individual.  My personal preference is classical instrumental music and folk or Gospel vocal music, but I can work with whatever style the student wants. 

In high school I sang in the Concert Choir and accompanied several other choirs on the piano.  My first paid job as a musician was as organist at the local Episcopal church the last two years of high school.  I've continued to be active in both church and community music organizations all my life.

Since graduating from nursing school I’ve lived and worked all around the U.S. and in Scotland and Austria. I’ve met many interesting people and hopefully become a part of different cultures. I believe these experiences have made me at least somewhat flexible in my interaction with others. I am currently working part-time doing home health care for a special needs child. The rest of my time is divided between music, running, and cats.

Joan Fradenburgh teaches at:
8320 Thornydale Rd Suite 150/170
Tucson, AZ 85741
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