Eleanor McLaughlin teaches classical piano and early level Suzuki piano at NCMC. She received her B.A. in Music cum laude from Wells College and, as a Danforth Fellow, pursued graduate studies in Musicology at the University of Michigan. Many of her students have won top prizes in national and international competitions and Royal Conservatory of Music examinations. Her post-graduate studies include Piano Pedagogy at New England Conservatory of Music with Jean Stackhouse, Music Theory with Judith Ross at the Longy School of Music, and Suzuki certification in Piano at all levels with Mary Craig Powell, Doris Harrell and Clayton Scott.
Eleanor has taught piano with passion and enthusiasm for more than 30 years, and currently maintains private piano studios in Sudbury and Northampton. “Listening and the development of the ear is at the heart of my teaching. We listen for musical tone in its many manifestations: beautiful, warm, angular, glistening, strident etc. We listen for the use of rhythmic pulse and inflection, for the balance between inner and outer lines of music, for pedaling possibilities. Perhaps most importantly, we learn to listen to ourselves as we play. I suggest goals essential for successful ongoing progress, and will tailor my instruction to meet your needs and interests.”