About Joan Fradenburgh
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.