Carol Ann Aicher

Dr. Carol Ann Aicher earned a doctorate in education (college level) at Columbia University Teachers College. She holds a Master’s degree in music (piano performance) from Manhattan School of Music as well as the Piano Pedagogy Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music Piano Pedagogy Institute. Her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance with a minor in music history was granted by the Oberlin College Conservatory. Performance teachers have included Joseph Schwartz, Sedmara Rutstein, and Nina Lelchuk; ensemble coaches Donald Nold, Edna Michell, and Richard Miller; and pedagogy teacher Vera Wills. Dr. Aicher was an assistant to Vera Wills (graduate piano pedagogy faculty) at Manhattan School of Music. She was previously an assistant professor of piano and piano pedagogy at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her reputation as a performance coach has expanded her piano teaching studio to a diverse Performance Techniques studio, preparing all instruments for performance, competitions, and auditions. Combining pedagogical, psychological, and brain research, she specifically targets how a performer can maximize learning/practicing and developing skills needed for peak performance. Dr. Aicher also frequently presents workshops, lectures on pedagogy, and adjudicates various festivals and competitions. As both soloist and accompanist Carol Ann Aicher has performed at many venues, such as Longwood Gardens, Strathmore Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Center, and Steinway Hall. She is currently a member of mod6 Woodwind Sextet, and the Oberlin Piano Duo, one piano 4 hands team.

Manhattan School of Music faculty since 2001.