Annella Platta earned her BA in music with piano emphasis, Magna Cum Laude, a minor in nutrition, and the equivalent of a minor in voice at UW-Stevens Point in December 2011. She studied piano under concert pianist Dr. Raffi Besalyan and Prof. Michael Keller, piano pedagogy under Dr. Molly Roseman, and voice under Prof. Susan Bender.
Platta received her training to teach Suzuki Piano Books 1 through 4 from Caroline Fraser at the American Suzuki Institute in Stevens Point, WI, during the summers of 2010—2013 and was awarded the Shinichi Suzuki – American Suzuki Foundation Teacher Training Scholarship each year. Prior to college Platta studied Suzuki piano for 13 years under the instruction of Ann Marie Novak.
Platta’s professional memberships include the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), and the Suzuki Association of Minnesota (SAM). Additionally, she was a founding member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Collegiate Chapter of UWSP, Vivace, holding the position of Treasurer from September 2010-December 2011. Throughout the year of 2012 Platta was the chapter historian for Vivace.
As a volunteer, Platta has been involved with the Very Young Composers Project of Stevens Point under the direction of Prof. Robert Rosen of UWSP and New York Philharmonic Bassist, Jon Deak, teaching music composition to 4th and 5th grade students.
In the Fall of 2014, Platta became part of the Suzuki Piano faculty at the MacPhail Center for Music in Minneapolis, MN. She is currently teaching students as young as three but believes it is never too late to start lessons.