Emily Gilbertson is excited to teach piano for all ages and levels. She began violin lessons at the age of 4 and classical piano lessons at the age of 5. During high school she studied piano with Bernadene Blaha from the University of Southern California. She received her Bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in Piano Performance with a Collaborative Emphasis where she studied with Dr. Kent McWilliams and Dr. Kathryn Ananda-Owens. Most recently she is completing her master’s degree in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma with Dr. Jeongwon Ham. During high school, Emily taught piano lessons through the Southern California Piano Conservatory. At St. Olaf College, Emily was a piano tutor for group piano class where she taught undergraduate students on a 1-1 and 2-1 basis. She has experience accompanying vocalists, instrumentalists, and choirs in recitals, lessons, studio class, and juries. Emily also has experience as a church pianist accompanying services and performing with choirs. Emily is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Oklahoma in Music Theory where she teaches Aurals Skills classes to undergraduate students. She was accepted to present at the Music Teachers National Association 2020 national conference on piano trio repertoire for early intermediate levels. Recently she has been selected to perform in the Classical Music Festival in Vienna, Austria.
Aside from piano Emily is also passionate about classical voice. She began studying classical voice at the Colburn School when she was fifteen. She has performed in choirs throughout high school and college. She enjoyed performing in the operas Die Fledermaus and Ruddigore at St. Olaf College and continues to study voice at the University of Oklahoma.
Ryan has taught piano to students with a variety of skill sets and ages over the past seven years. His goal is to provide a creative and low anxiety environment where students can tackle challenges without fear of judgement or failure. He received his Bachelors in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado and is working on his Masters in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma. Within the realm of piano, Ryan is most interested in teaching and composition. Aside from music, he enjoys hiking and computer programming.
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Nathaniel Harrell has been teaching piano to all ages for several years at Imagine. He was born in California where he began his studies in piano and music and then moved to Oklahoma to complete a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance under the instruction of Dr. Stephen Beus and Dr. Igor Lipinski. He then earned his master’s degree in Piano Performance under the guidance of Dr. Sergio Monteiro at Oklahoma City University. He is an accomplished soloist, collaborative pianist, and harpsichordist with extensive knowledge of piano literature and technique. Currently, he is studying and teaching music as a PhD student at the University of Maryland. He is enthusiastic about teaching all styles of music and hopes to inspire and motivate others to find joy and meaning through music.
Jenna Klein is working on completing her PhD in Piano Pedagogy at OU. Before that she taught in Michigan at the Interlochen Arts Camp.
Zack Smith is the Assistant Director of Imagine, as well as on the faculty as a Music Theory, Saxophone, and Piano Instructor. He has a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Oklahoma, and is currently working on his Master’s in Music Theory. He is a member of the local band, Valouch and the Hooch, switching between saxophone, bass guitar, and piano. Zack has 12 years’ experience teaching saxophone and received the Provost’s Certificate of Distinction for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Teaching in 2015-2016 for music theory. He stresses the importance of creativity in the learning process, the importance of lifelong learning, and the importance of naps.
Emily Stocker is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Oklahoma under the direction of Dr. Jane Magrath and Dr. Barbara Fast. She currently studies piano performance under the tutelage of Dr. Igor Lipinski. Her former teacher includes Dr. Bradley Bolen at Baylor University, where she earned her bachelor of music degree in Piano Performance. At the University of Oklahoma, she is the instructor of group piano courses and applied private piano lessons to undergraduate piano minors.
Her recent teaching experiences abroad include Kenya and Malaysia. She will spend her summer as the staff accompanist for Music in the Marche in Italy.
At the Music Teachers National Association national conference in March, she will present on research of piano trio’s of early intermediate piano literature.
Jennifer Walschap, NCTM is the Founder and Director of Imagine Music and Arts in Norman, OK. where she also teaches piano using the Suzuki Method. Jennifer received a Masters of Music Education with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from OU in 2011 and a Bachelors in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Shorter College in 2009.
Jennifer has completed training in Suzuki Piano Books 1-7 with Mary Craig Powell, Rita Hauck, and Fay Adams. She aspires to eventually become a Suzuki Teacher Trainer. In 2014, she taught masterclasses and group piano classes at the DFW-WOW Suzuki Institute.
Mrs. Walschap currently serves as the Treasurer for the Oklahoma Music Teachers Association (OMTA). She has presented at numerous locations, including the 2011 and 2012 MTNA National Conferences, the Colorado Springs Music Teachers Association, and the University of Oklahoma. Jennifer regularly adjudicates auditions and competitions around the state of Oklahoma.
Jennifer currently accompanies the Norman Children’s Chorus Descant Choir. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys playing with her cats, gardening, studying Spanish, and doing crafts. Jennifer believes that “Every Child Can,” and that if the parent, teacher, and child all work together, the Suzuki Method is a very natural and successful approach to piano teaching!
Jessica Witt fell in love with the piano at the age of four, knowing just a few years later that she wanted to become a teacher. She was able to achieve this goal in 2014 and has worked since then with both children and adults guiding them in discovering their own unique styles of learning. Recently, she has become the holder of a Collegiate Music Diploma from the International Program of The National Guild of Piano Teachers; she also plans to further her studies with the Suzuki Association. For Jessica, music is a beautiful language and her goal is to divulge its secrets to whomever is willing to listen and learn.