Teacher Spotlight

Anna Reiser - Piano and Taubman Approach Instructor

Anna Reiser is a piano teacher, collaborative pianist and harpsichordist, and presenter. Ms. Reiser strives to give each student a unique and meaningful experience at the piano. She believes it is important to honor each student’s individuality while offering a wide range of musical experiences. She is trained in the Taubman Approach to piano playing and she is passionate about helping pianists find ways to play comfortably and effectively. She specializes in helping pianists recover from playing-related injuries.

Ms. Reiser’s primary teachers include Teresa Dybvig, Martha Fisher, Catherine Kautsky, Jessica Johnson, and Mary Van De Loo.  She studied harpsichord with Kathrine Handford and John Chappell Stowe. Additional teachers and masterclass teachers include Gilbert Kalish, Dmitri Novgorodsky, and Susan Nowicki. Ms. Reiser holds a B.Mus., with honors, in piano performance with an emphasis in pedagogy from Lawrence University and a M.Mus., in piano performance and pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

What is your favorite thing about working at the Academy?

"Seeing my wonderful, interesting, unique, brilliant students each week."

What is one of your favorite quotes?

"It's simple, [...] you too have come into the world [...] to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine."
— Mary Oliver

What is your favorite thing to do?

"Hanging out with my two children, Linus and Florence, is the absolute best. I also adore baking and cooking."

Who or what is your biggest inspiration?

"I am lucky to have many sources of inspiration in my life, and it's difficult to choose just one. Mary, my best friend since second grade, is an inspiration to me. She has an incredibly strong spirit, a curious mind, and is a hard worker. My two sisters, Katie and Emma, are deeply kind-hearted and open-minded people, and they inspire me to live better."

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?

"I would time and space travel to a live concert of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. She was an incredible singer, and one of my favorite musicians. I would love to hear her sing Bach cantatas or the Neruda Songs her husband composed for her."

If you could play one instrument you are not able to play now, what would it be?

"I love to sing and I love vocal repertoire, so I would love to be a classically trained singer."

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be and why?

"I'm living my dream teaching piano, but I think I would also love being a music history professor. I would want to do that for much longer than one day though because there is so much music to talk about!"

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

"I would like to be able to make everyone's hearts grow 10 sizes bigger so there is more love in the world."