Catherine Walby has taught at Lawrence Academy of Music since 2000. In addition, she teaches class piano and secondary piano lessons at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. She ran the week-long Playing Together Piano Camp each summer from 2003-2018 and served as theory teacher and keyboard department coordinator in the past.
Ms. Walby received a B.Mus. in piano performance with a pedagogy emphasis and a B.A. in biology from Lawrence University. Her primary teacher was Kathleen Murray for both piano and pedagogy. She received a M.Mus. in piano performance and pedagogy in 2000 from the University of Oklahoma, studying under Jane Magrath, Andrew Cooperstock and Howard Lubin.
As a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), Ms. Walby has served as Appleton district auditions chair since 2001, State Badger keyboard chair from 2005-2009 and WMTA state president from 2009-2015. She also served as state secretary for several years and has been actively involved in the local Fox Valley MTA.
Ms. Walby continues to play actively, collaborating with colleagues, college students and Academy students on recitals and juries. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and baking with friends, reading, traveling, gardening and visiting family.
"I would describe myself as a traditional piano teacher. This means that I begin students in a method book that takes them to a late elementary/early intermediate level. At that point, we begin (or continue) exploring standard piano repertoire such as Bach and Mozart. We focus on the classics while also exploring other areas that interest the student. I encourage students to participate in recitals and festivals, including a local concerto competition once they reach 6th grade. All students study theory as well as music history. I strive to develop students’ critical thinking skills through their music study. While I have had students go on to study music, my primary goal is to create lifelong musicians who support and understand the arts for themselves and the broader community."