Teresa de Vries
Teresa – MMus, BMus (1st Class Hons) Piano Pedagogy, AIRMT – is an enthusiastic and passionate music educator who enjoys inspiring students towards a love of music. Graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Performance Piano (1st class honors) and a Masters in Piano Pedagogy, she was the recipient of three first in class awards (Musician’s Health, Studio Pedagogy and Music Education Research Methods) and a Kate Edgar Trust Masters Award Scholarship. Past teachers include Bryan Sayer, Michael Houstoun, Rae de Lisle, Stephen De Pledge and Sarah Watkins. Teresa has taught for over 16 years, all ages from beginners to advanced and students are known for competition and examination success. Additionally, Teresa is a regular competition adjudicator and presenter of professional development seminars for teachers and workshops for students.
Teresa values ongoing professional development and is a member of many organizations including the IRMTNZ (Institute of Registered Music Teachers New Zealand) and in the past, the MTNA (Music Teachers National Association of America). Teresa is currently researching the historical teaching method “Partimento”, an aural pedagogy in wide use during the 18th and 19th centuries in Europe developing the ability to improvise within classical harmonic models.