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Luanne Kauppila

Luanne’s principle goal is to provide a positive, nurturing environment in which students can experience the joy, satisfaction and challenge of learning to play the piano and discovering their musical potential.

  • Luanne has a BA in Piano Performance. She began teaching in 1977 and since then has worked with students of all levels in private, group and class settings.
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  • Ms. Luanne has earned State and National Certification from the Music Teachers National Association (mtna.org) and has been a member of Puyallup Valley Music Teachers Association and the state and national organizations—WSMTA and MTNA. 
     

  • Since March 2008, she has studied the Taubman Technique, an in-depth physiological approach to piano technique which both prevents and relieves injuries sustained by musicians.
     

  • She is a Licensed Kindermusik educator since 2003, working with newborns, toddlers, preschoolers and big kids to age 7 in music and movement.

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Playing Piano


Our two daughters love taking piano with Luanne! Both began in first grade as beginners (they had never played before) and as parents we have been incredibly impressed with how patient Luanne is with our daughters and their learning styles.They have both grown leaps and bounds in their musical knowledge and it is exciting to listen to our girls play the piano all the time at home, and to listen to them begin to experiment with their own notes to make their own music. They are always excited to take their piano lessons. Some added benefits I have noticed through their time in Luanne's Music Studio is an increased ability for our children to focus on a learning activity (not just piano) as well as an increased amount of personal responsibility and pride in their own work. We could not be happier with all they have learned with Luanne, and they could not be happier with how much fun they have!  Ashley

Ashley

  • How do babies and toddlers benefit from music class?
    Scientists tell us that infants are born with billions of nerve cells and a nearly unlimited potential for connections between those nerve cells. Every time an infant has a sensory experience, neural pathways are formed. The greater the number of neural pathways, the greater the brain power. Rich sensory environments are vital to the brain development of infants. In Kindermusik, we dance in a social setting where small children can begin to understand and anticipate patterns, which preps their brains for math and musical theory. We play with steady beat, which underlies our ability to pick up the pattern of language. The bonding and comforting activities we show you in class help you and your child work through all the natural stresses that occur with growing and developing. Music increases coordination and balance, promotes literacy and language, cultivates listening skills, and encourages delightful and rewarding interaction with your child!
  • How Does Kindermusik Benefit Parents?
    Kindermusik acknowledges that you are your child’s first and most important teacher, and your Kindermusik classes and Digital Home Materials will empower you with the knowledge and tools to bring the love of learning and love of music to your child. Kindermusik is truly the essence of “quality time,” offering you a place to create special memories with your child and gain new insights into your child’s development. You will discover a unique sense of community and belonging in the Kindermusik classroom. Not only will your child blossom in this environment, but you will come to appreciate the support and friendship from the other adults in class. Kindermusik gives you the opportunity to form relationships with other parents in your community, with children the same age as yours, so you can "expand your Village." ​
  • Can I pay by the class or drop in?
    No. Kindermusik with Luanne is a semester based format. Our research-driven curriculum is designed to benefit you and your child through consistent attendance. The more classes and semesters you attend, the more the benefit.
  • Is Kindermusik a good investment?
    Kindermusik is the leader in Early Childhood Music and Movement programs. Being a part of Kindermusik ensures that you get an exceptional product and an exceptional experience. Kindermusik regularly consults with experts in the field of Early Childhood development, music and movement as they develop their curricula. These experts, along with an amazing team at Kindermusik International, bring their knowledge and experience into your lives. No other curriculum can boast of such backing. The materials produced by Kindermusik International are of the highest quality. With your Home Materials, your classroom experience can continue at home (or in the car, the doctor’s office office, or grocery store) every day of the week! If you compare apples to apples, Kindermusik is actually often less expensive than other programs. There are no costume fees, recital fees, instrument rentals, or additional purchases required. With Kindermusik “you get what you pay for” – and then some! And here’s the best part. Kindermusik is truly MORE than just music.
  • Is Kindermusik REALLY all that wonderful?
    Parents tell us that it is. And kids do, too! "Mommy, can we go to Kindermusik today?" is a common refrain. As the world’s leader in music and movement curricula for young children, we see each day how children blossom when they are engaged on every level - physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively. As your child is noticed and loved, as we celebrate her discoveries and contributions, as they are so joyfully immersed the activities that they don't even know they're learning, you will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Kindermusik is not just good for your child; it's impact extends well beyond the classes into the everyday life of your child and family, and truly enables your child to fulfill every inch of their marvelous potential. So, what’s the next step? We invite you to join thousands of other parents around the world who attend Kindermusik classes every week and to experience for yourself why Kindermusik is the world’s most trusted brand in musical learning. Click on the class of your choice, and fill out the enrollment form. Still have questions? Contact me here.
  • Can I come to a Free Preview class?
    All new families are offered their first class FREE. This way you can see if our teaching style and the Kindermusik program are a good fit for your family. Through your participation you will join an established class with children who are familiar with the routines and rituals of our class structure. This will give you a good idea of what you can expect from your child once they are comfortable in our class setting. Sign up for a Free Preview Class HERE. Click on the class you would like to try and then click "Claim Your Spot."
  • Do I participate in the class with my child?
    Yes! Parents play a very important role in any Kindermusik class. Our classes are specifically designed to foster parent-child bonding and to honor the important role that YOU have in your child's development. During your involvement in class, the most important thing you can do for your child is to be an active and patient role model. It is not uncommon for a child to attend for several weeks before feeling comfortable in class. Don't be discouraged - what a child is absorbing in class is often evidenced in the comfort of the home environment rather than in a certain level of participation in class. The understanding and consistency of the parent or carer in class and at home are key to facilitating musical learning and growth. ​ In Young Child and Preschool classes, the children are in class with the teacher for 45 minutes and then the parents and siblings attend the last 15 minutes. We will share our fun activities together and make sure everyone understands their homework assignment.
  • How much are Kindermusik classes?
    Please check out this link for pricing. When you enroll, we provide you with an education program that includes tuition, resources and materials that you need to enjoy the classes in our studio and at home. Curriculum is divided into themed units with digital music and materials included. ​ Are there any discounts for siblings? - For families with more than 1 child attending classes, a sibling discount will be applied to the tuition of the younger attending child(ren) attending the same class.
  • What happens if we have to miss a class?
    Luanne is committed to providing a class experience that is safe and healthy for your family. If you are unable to attend your class, please let us know as soon as you are able. Provided there is space in a class, you may attend a makeup class at any one of our other scheduled classes for your age group if available.
  • Do you have a 'happy and healthy' policy?
    We will miss you if you need to skip a class, but we appreciate your consideration of the health of other children, parents and your educator by staying home if you or your child is unwell.
  • Is this a class that would work well for a wiggly and on the go child?
    Children are NOT required to sit still in class. We do try to encourage safe movements in class so no one gets hurt, but we encourage children to move about freely as their bodies need. That said, there are lots of opportunities for high energy movement (jumping, dancing, spinning, etc. ) and many opportunities for your active child to learn about listening and appropriate quiet times. Check out this video.
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