Jeanne Hanley Thelen: Beyond Repertoire: Preparing a Well-Rounded Pianist

Topic Description:


Take a look into a holistic approach to training pianists. Learn how to better balance theory, history, sight reading, and ear training along with repertoire.

Speaker Biography:

Jeanne Hanley Thelen grew up in West Michigan, studying piano with beloved former PTFGR member Kathey Rice. She went on to study music at Central Michigan University with Dr. Alexandra Mascolo-David, Dr. Mary Jo Cox, and Dr. Adrienne Wiley. She went on to get her masters degree in piano pedagogy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she studied piano pedagogy under Dr. Reid Alexander and Dr. Christos Tsitsaros. Her principle piano professor was Dr. William Heiles. While studying at UIUC, Ms. Thelen re-instated the University of Illinois collegiate MTNA chapter. As president of the UIUC MTNA chapter, Ms. Thelen founded the University of Illinois Music Club for children in 2005.

Ms. Thelen is a state-certified teacher of the Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA) for the state of Michigan. She has served on the MMTA state board as Local Associations and IMTF chair. Ms. Thelen also served as the Western Division semi-finals chair for the MMTA state board from 2008 to 2011, as vice-president of the Piano Teachers’ Forum of Grand Rapids from 2010 to 2012, as president of the PTFGR from 2012 to 2014, and first past president of PTFGR from 2014 to 2016.

Ms. Thelen served as artist-faculty at the Illinois Summer Youth Music Program Piano Camp a the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) from 2012 to 2016. While serving as music coordinator of the Stella Royce Music Program, Ms. Thelen founded and directed the Stella Royce Piano Camp at St. Cecilia Music Center in Grand Rapids, MI. She served as the artistic director of the Stella Royce Piano Camp from 2007 to 2012.