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Midtown Anchorage

Freya Wardlaw-Bailey

Ages: 4 through adult
Levels: Any levels-beginner to advanced
Degrees/Certification: BM Music Education; BM Performance; MM Music Performance

I started teaching in Anchorage over 20 years ago. I love working with students of all levels and supporting their individual learning styles. I am classically trained and especially enjoy the traditional piano repertoire, but I am also happy to include other genres of music. Lessons focus on theory, ear training, scales, technique, and emphasis on a positive mindset for learning and performing.

Gretchen E Thomas

(907) 301-6805

Ages: Preschool, Elementary, Middle school, adult
Levels: Only beginner to intermediate
Degrees/Certification: BM Music Education; Associate Degree in Music

South Anchorage

Mary DeSpain

Ages: All ages
Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Degrees/Certification: BA Music Education

K-12 grade

I've been teaching piano in the Anchorage area for many years. I lean heavily on note reading, theory, teaching technique and working with the individual student on styles they enjoy. I start with children as young as Kindergarten and teach up through adults. Adults and Homeschool students have lessons in the AM and private and public school kids get afternoon time slots. I love seeing individuals learn and find their passion for music.

Ann Fernandez, NCTM
Ann Keffalos

Ages: 5-17
Levels: All Levels
Degrees/Certification: BA Elementary Education with a Music Minor

I have been teaching piano in Anchorage for the past 25 years. I am the Anchorage chairperson for the National Piano Guild and a member of AKTA. I offer several performance opportunities. I teach all ages and levels. Students will learn to sight-read, understand theory and learn to compose music.

Rumi Smith



(907) 947-6447

Christine Yeager

Dr. Timothy Smith


(907) 786-1524

Sarah Cleary

Location: Dimond and Old Seward

Ages: 5 and up

Levels: beginner through advanced

Degrees/Certification: Bachelor of Music Performance from University of Alaska Anchorage

I’ve been performing in the Anchorage area most of my adult life and teaching seriously for about five years. I’ve performed with most of the major arts organizations in town as well as served many local churches and schools. I can teach all the foundational skills and knowledge that a pianist needs, as well as prepare you to be a competent accompanist, band keyboardist, and church musician. All my students are exposed to sight-reading, improvisation, and basic composition. I love making my lessons a fun and encouraging space to help students feel confident and find their voice in music. 


Dean Epperson, NCTM

Location: Hillside Area
Ages: Junior high and older
Levels: Only intermediate to advanced
Degrees/Certification: MTNA Nationally Certified; BM Performance; MM Music Performance

Cynthia Epperson,

Location: Hillside Area
Ages: Elementary, Middle school, High school, adult
Levels: Any levels-beginner to advanced
Degrees/Certification: MTNA Nationally Certified

Vocal and Instrumental Accompanying
Specialize in the rehabilitation and retraining of injured musicians

Autumn Laemmrich

Margaret Turner Suzuki Music

South West Anchorage

(907) 240-8424

Ages: 6 years old through adult
Levels:  Beginner through Advanced
Degrees: Bachelors of Music, Piano Performance

Elizabeth Janezich

Ages: All ages
Levels: Beginner to Intermediate
Degrees/Certification: BA from University of

       California, Davis
Teaching Credential from San Jose State University
Certificates for successful completion of all Suzuki Piano Courses and 4 Suzuki Flute Courses


I hold a BA from University of California, Davis and a teaching credential from San Jose State University. I have taken all the Suzuki courses required for teaching all levels of Suzuki piano and four courses of Suzuki flute teacher training. I have taught junior high school and as a Suzuki Piano Teacher at Alaska Pacific University. I helped start the Southcentral Alaska Suzuki Institute and was director for several years. I have performed with the Anchorage Symphony and Opera. I currently play with the Civic Orchestra and Flutissimo. I have maintained a private studio in Anchorage for over 30 years.

East Anchorage

Linda S. Green

Eagle River

Debra Kontess

(907) 694-4486

Kristen McKinnis

Degrees: MM Performance & Pedagogy

(610) 551-3353


Grace Page


Kenai Peninsula

Mark Weathers

Levels: Beginners through Early Advanced

(907) 420-4559

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