Brenda began her musical studies at the age of five studying with Linda Zimmerman, former professor at the University of Southern California. During her early music education, she studied with Dr. Timothy Smith, former professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and Dr. James Johnson at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Upon relocation to Oregon in 1987, Brenda continued her classical piano studies with Rachelle McCabe at Oregon State University, and Jill Timmons, former professor at Linfield College. In addition, Ms. Lance graduated from Eastern Oregon University where she studied with the well known Dr. Matthew Cooper in classical and jazz genres. Ms. Lance is classically trained and currently performs as a soloist, accompanist, and ensemble artist. She has performed with the Portland Columbia Symphony and the Grande Rhonde Symphony. She will be performing the Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor in March of 2017 with the Grande Rhonde Symphony. As an accompanist, Ms. Lance serves high school instrumental and vocal solo/ensemble students as a coach in musicianship skills, technique, music history, and performance skills. She also performs with chamber groups, professional instrumental and vocal soloists. Ms. Lance recently accompanied two opera performers in Moses Lake, WA at a performance for one of their community concert series. Her early piano career included numerous performances through the Music Teacher's National Guild Association. She performed in Bach festivals, Mozart festivals, national competitions, and other numerous festivals and recitals. At age fifteen, Brenda was the state winner for the Baldwin Piano Competition in which she placed as a finalist at the regional level. She took first place in a piano concerto competition at age seventeen in which she had the opportunity to perform with the Anchorage Symphony.
Ms. Lance's private piano teaching began at age fifteen, a career that she soon found to become a passion in life. She quickly learned how to engage students at all levels, both in age and experience, to assist in developing a love for music. Ms. Lance's goal is not to turn every student into a concert pianist, but rather to produce a passion for a language that reaches the depths of every human heart. Her students learn the value that music holds in all aspects of life through creative pedagogical methods, physical interaction, intellectual stimulation, and emotional connections. She believes in the potential of every student, and will encourage them to challenge themselves within their musical abilities. Continuing her own private training, Ms. Lance interacts and networks with other teachers in the Portland/Vancouver area. She currently engages in Takatina and pedagogy classes with Mary Kogen, former professor at Portland State University and keeps her performance skills engaged with Harold Gray, well renowned pianist also a former professor at Portland State University. Ms. Lance is also a member of the Washington State Music Teacher's Association and the Music Teacher's National Association, both of which allows her to offer students the opportunity to perform in various recitals and festivals as well as annual adjudications. As a teacher, she obtains annual adjudications herself from professional musicians throughout the United States including the Portland, Oregon vicinity. Ms. Lance also provides master classes for students at the private and collegiate levels.
Her teaching career expands into school districts, serving as an assistant to music teachers from elementary through high school levels. She taught with choral director David Holloway at Moses Lake High School during the year of 2014, during which the choirs took four state awards. She works as a choral director providing training in vocal techniques, musicianship skills, and upon request as an accompanist. Current school districts include Vancouver, Washougal, and Camas.
Ms. Lance teaches by the following philosophy:
Music is a gift that speaks individually to the hearts of every age group from the youngest child to the most elderly within every culture, background, and ethnic group. Music is the only language that can touch hearts at the deepest levels providing an exceptional means for expressions of imagination, emotion, and communication. Bringing music into the lives of people, young and old, enhances daily life, educational experiences, intellectual stimulation, and physical activity. Music of all periods, styles, and genres allows for individuals to entertain new discoveries about music that provide challenges in thinking, performing, and personal self-development. Music has offered significant contributions in the shaping of history, culture, the arts, media, and religion. As a teacher, an accompanist, and a performer I hope that each person with whom I come into contact achieves a deeper personal love and excitement for music, gains self-development in confidence, self-esteem, intellectual stimulation, and growth in their ability to express emotions. Students will hopefully seek to experience and share their appreciation for music with others in their own unique and personal way.
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