Mrs. Laura Bierce
Laura Bierce began her Suzuki training at age 3 ½ when she played violin with the Buffalo Suzuki Strings under the direction of Mary Cay Neil. From age five through high school, she studied Suzuki piano with Carol Murphy, Claudio Vasquez and Jeanne (Hansen) Weisman. She has attended numerous Suzuki workshops and institutes and as a student worked with teachers including Carole Bigler and Valerie Lloyd Watts. During her high school years in Hudson, Ohio she was an accompanist for the Suzuki violin students of her mother, Margaret Wutz.
She continued her private piano study at The Ohio State University’s School of Music while she completed both bachelor and master’s degrees in science. Laura discovered her love of teaching children during graduate school where she worked with a team of people to develop a science education unit that was piloted in the Columbus Public Schools. Shortly thereafter, she made the decision to combine her love of music and working with children by pursuing training in Suzuki education. While completing her teacher training, she has studied under well-known professionals such as Rita Hauck, Doris Koppelman and Mary Craig Powell.
Laura is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and Ohio Music Teachers Association (OMTA) which offer continuing education programs to teachers and performance opportunities to students. She currently studies piano with Jeanne (Hansen) Weisman and has also completed coursework in piano technique and body mapping through the course “What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body” which she applies in teaching her students to develop an overall awareness of natural movement in their playing. In addition, Laura has taken Music Mind Games training for teaching music theory and reading with its creator, Michiko Yurko.
Laura taught both traditional and Suzuki piano lessons in Columbus, Ohio before relocating to Hudson, Ohio in 2006 to begin her current studio. She currently offers private and group classes as well as performance opportunities. Her students also participate in outside events throughout the year such as the OMTA Ribbon Festival and National Piano Guild Auditions.