Nell Jorgensen Buchman
Nell Jorgensen Buchman is a well-known Fox Valley accompanist, performer, teacher, and adjudicator. Since receiving her Masters of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Oklahoma in 1994, Ms. Buchman has pursued an active teaching, performing, and adjudicating career at Lawrence University, Lawrence Academy of Music, and throughout Wisconsin. She has a private studio, teaches class piano, and coordinated Lawrence Academy of Music’s Piano Festival for several years. A native of North Carolina, she has played with the Raleigh Symphony, the Cimmaron Opera Company and with the Brevard Music Center Orchestra and was a guest on North Carolina Public Radio’s lunchtime concert series. She served as piano department coordinator at the Academy of Music and taught theory and summer chamber music during her tenure at Lawrence, and served as music director for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Waupaca. As a member of the Wisconsin Music Teachers’ Association, Ms. Buchman has adjudicated throughout the state for WMTA and other piano organizations.
Teaching style and philosophy: I believe anyone can learn how to play the piano and enjoy achieving success with a combination of sound learning/practice strategies, relaxed piano technique and positive reinforcement. I expect commitment to lessons, practice, and communication from students and their parents while striving to provide a nurturing learning atmosphere full of growth potential on many levels.