About Marie-Christine Allen
Get to know Marie-Christine Allen
It is a joy to cultivate the art of piano and voice in children and adults by drawing out their innate talent, developing their musical skills, and expanding their musical imagination. Engaging repertoire, performance, and (for children) musical games all serve as motivation for students to excel as they integrate new musical concepts into their understanding and execution.
As a member of the Tucson Music Teachers Association (the local branch of the Music Teachers National Association), I am able to equip my piano and voice students with a wide range of experiences that build confidence and lead to expertise. These include performance opportunities and a superior music theory curriculum. For pianists, there is also the cherished yearly Ensemble performance, open to levels 1st thru 12th grades.
“Dr. Allen has a wonderful rapport with the children.” Camille R.
“You love to see the sparkle in a student’s eyes when you teach them something new!” Kathy C.
“You have an amazing gift!“ Daniel T.
“The musical games you have created are extremely fun for the children.” Rebecca W.
“Our daughter’s musical experience has been extraordinary! We’re amazed at the progress she has made. We will never forget the wonderful time Maya learned piano in such a nurturing, enjoyable yet structured environment. We will never forget your warmth, patience and dedication.” Sheila A.
Catherine Allen has taught piano and voice for over twenty-five years and violin for over ten, with a special focus on childhood music education. She has also taught at the university and conservatory levels, as well as private school settings. Catherine has performed in Europe and the United States, and is the author of several musical plays that have been showcased in schools and churches. Author Nancy Turner called The Story of the First Rainbow “a gem” and “nearly perfect.”
Catherine received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona; her Masters in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory; a Masters in Music with a concentration in education from the University of Arizona; and her Bachelors in French from Wellesley College. Post-doctoral studies include vocal coaching in Paris with renowned teachers Madame Irène Aïtoff and Madame Isabel Garcisanz.