Teacher Showcase

Graduates from the Coordinate Movement Program utilize principles learned in the course to help their students play with physical freedom and confidence. This showcase introduces teachers who are recommended by the Coordinate Movement Program.

Sara Cohoe

Sara CohoeSara Cohoe has been a Teaching Assistant in the Coordinate Movement program since 2005. She incurred a piano playing-related injury in 2000 that significantly limited her ability to perform. In 2004, she began lessons with Lisa Marsh and enrolled in the Coordinate Movement class. Her injury improved dramatically and she is now enrolled as a music student at Portland State University and is actively performing at the university, for her church and in the community. She continues to be involved in the Coordinate Movement program as a teaching assistant to Lisa Marsh and plans to become an Andover Educator. Sara is also working toward ordination in her church and desires to be a music minister. She was recently accepted to the Honors College at Portland State University.

Dana Green

Dana GreenDana was a student in Lisa Marsh˙s Coordinate Movement class during her final year of graduate studies at Portland State University. She says the following about her experience during that time:

The concepts that I learned in Coordinate Movement helped me to view and approach my piano performance in a new way. Suddenly, I became aware of how my body was moving, and how that influenced my playing. Because of the
concepts learned in the class, I was able to make positive changes in my own
technique. My enthusiasm about applying these concepts and sharing them
with others led me to present a graduate lecture-recital centered around
concepts and techniques learned in Coordinate Movement. It was a joy to
share information at my lecture-recital that not only could help pianists to
reduce tension and play with freedom and ease, but that is also truly
applicable in all areas of activity and movement in daily life.

Dana has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory & Composition and Music
Studies from Warner Pacific College, and a Master of Science in Teaching
(emphasis in piano) from Portland State University. She currently teaches a
variety of music courses as part-time faculty at Portland Community College,
and has also taught music courses at Portland State University and Warner
Pacific College.

In the private sector, Dana teaches piano students of all ages in their
homes, offering a well-rounded piano education that includes theory, OMTA
Syllabus, composition, improvisation, and principles of body movement. She
enjoys furthering her own education through workshops, private instruction,
and performance opportunities.

Susan Riggs

Susan RiggsSusan Riggs is committed to helping students blend body, mind and music in the art of playing the piano. Her Whole Body approach, integrates Dalcroze Eurhythmics and principles of Coordinate Movement. The body is the first instrument for experiencing and creating music. Through Dalcroze Eurhythmics, we employ our natural movements to understand musical flow. In Coordinate Movement we refine body awareness to realize musical intention at the piano with physical ease. These two disciplines work together beautifully, whether you’re a continuing student, new to the piano, or returning after many years.

After becoming injured, Susan began her journey in 1996 to reclaim her ability to play the piano. She studied private with Lisa Marsh and Barbara Conable, and subsequently completed the Coordinate Movement Program at Portland State. In that collaborative work, she discovered a way of being, moving and teaching, with awareness and ease. Susan will tell you—refining her body map changed her life, and she is eager to share and guide you in your transformation. If you've become injured or experience pain, discomfort or limitation, Susan can work to help you access your true support and undo patterns of tension.

In addition to private teaching, Susan conducts master classes, presents programs for the Oregon Music Teachers Association (OMTA), and assists in the Coordinate Movement Program at Portland State University. Susan led Dalcroze sessions at the International Andover Educators Retreat in 2009.

Susan holds a B.A. in Religion from Oberlin College, and earned her M.Ed. in Creative Arts in Learning, from Lesley University. She is certified to teach Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Orff-Schulwerk and Body Mapping. Susan welcomes students of all ages in her NE Portland Studio.

Please contact Susan at 503-808-0255 or visit: www.SusanRiggs.com.

Gary Michael Skye, M.Mus.

Susan RiggsSolo and collaborative pianist, private piano teacher, university instructor, vocal coach, Gary has collaborated with many nationally and internationally touring artists and groups including NY City Opera mezzo soprano Jennifer Rivera, folk-rock duo Gypsy Soul, and guitar virtuoso Michael Mandrell. He has held positions as a Staff Accompanist and Vocal Coach for the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory Voice Division, Sonoma State University’s Department of Music, the Summer Music West Opera and Musical Theater Workshop, and the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan. He has taught piano classes at Portland State University and currently teaches on the adjunct faculty of Marylhurst University. Gary has enjoyed teaching private lessons for over 15 years, with a special emphasis in the areas of musician's wellness and Body-Mapping.

For much of his life, Gary has been involved in music ministry, having served both as a music director and a guest performer for numerous congregations on the West Coast. In the Portland area, he has worked as a collaborative pianist for organizations such as Northwest Children’s Theater, the Portland Boychoir, and the Oregon Chamber Singers. Also an electronic keyboardist, Gary is a two-time national winner of an electronic keyboard competition sponsored by Yamaha. In the fall of 2011, he is very excited that his first albums of original solo piano and piano/vocal music are scheduled to be released. Gary is happy to reside and teach in Portland, OR.

Cheryl Young

Cheryl YoungCheryl Young has a Bachelor of Music Performance in Piano from Marylhurst University. "When I first started studying piano with Lisa, I was technically able to play musical notes quickly and accurately. What was missing in my playing was a good tone quality. As a result of studying with Lisa privately and taking the Coordinate Movement class from her at Portland State University, not only did my performances sound more musical, but I learned a whole new way of playing without tension in my body. I wish to share with my students the many concepts I learned so they can use them to prevent injury, play freely and beautifully."

For more information about Cheryl Young please visit her website: www.CherylYoungMusic.com


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