Laura Klein, M.M., NCTM, pianist, is active as a performer, teacher, and collaborator. A member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, she believes that music can enrich the lives of children and adults alike. She also is passionate about performance and has performed as a soloist and collaborator in the United States, Canada, Austria and the Czech Republic.
Ms. Klein has been playing piano since the age of five; during her early years of study, she participated in adjudications and honors recitals, receiving highest marks in these performances. At the age of 12, she began studying with Robin Garner, a professor of piano at Mars Hill College in Asheville, North Carolina. Four year later, she was accepted into the performance program at Mars Hill College and completed her B.M. degree in Piano Performance with a 4.0 GPA. During her studies, she participated in numerous scholarship and award competitions, winning both first and second places in the state. She also was assistant accompanist for the college choirs and local theatre and opera companies, performing in several events in the southeast region. Upon completion of her degree, she taught piano and pedagogy as faculty at Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Washington, until her relocation to New Jersey to pursue her graduate studies at Westminster Choir College. She received her M.M. degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance in 2010, graduating with honors. Her teachers include Phyllis Alpert Lehrer, Cathy Adkins and Robin Garner. Pedagogy studies with Ingrid Clarfield, Miriam Eley, James Goldsworthy, and Phyllis Lehrer.
A piano faculty member at Westminster Conservatory of Music, Princeton, New Jersey, Ms. Klein also serves as adjunct faculty at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She has maintained a private studio – Appassionata Piano Studio – since 2001; her students have participated in festivals, adjudications and honors recitals, receiving highest honors. She has served on faculty at The American Boychoir in Princeton, New Jersey, and is currently Piano Program Director at Musicians in the Making in Plainsboro, New Jersey.