PAULETTE ALBERTSON, NCTM
Paulette Albertson resides in Sahuarita, Arizona, a small town twenty minutes south of Tucson. She has been a teacher of piano and music theory since 1974 and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through the Music Teachers National Association. Mrs. Albertson is listed in the f WHO’S WHO IN AMERICA and the WHO’S WHO OF AMERICAN WOMEN.
Mrs. Albertson retains a small studio of ten to thirty (10-30) students. The small studio gives her a chance to individualize each student's curriculum and to chart their progress.
Her education consists of early childhood piano instruction in Midland, Texas under the training of the late Mrs. Lillian Knaur. Her higher music education training was at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas; Richland College in Dallas, Texas; and The University of Texas at Dallas in Richardson, Texas. Piano studies have been under the instruction of Professors Frederick Thiebaud, Gena Cannon and Jesse Parker, respectively.
She has been an active participant in local music organizations. From 1974-1986 she was a member of the Garland Music Teachers Association in Garland, Texas where she held many offices including President. Through this organization she was also a member of the Texas Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. In the Texas Music Teachers Association she held the position of World of Music Chairman for the Student Affiliate for several years.
In California she was an active member of the Contra Costa County Branch of the Music Teachers Association of California from 1987-1990 and of the Santa Clarita Valley Branch of MTAC from 1991- 2003. She held the office of President in the SCV Branch from 1994-1996. She also served on the Composers Today State Board for Music Teachers Association of California in the position of Publicity and Information from 2002-2004.
In Arizona she is presently a member of the Tucson Music Teachers Association, Arizona State Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association. She has served on the Executive Board of the Tucson Music Teachers Association and at the moment is Certification Chair.
She has been a keyboard evaluator for the Certificate of Merit program of the California Music Teachers Association from 1997-2003, Composers Today evaluator for student original compositions since 2005 and has also been an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers since 1997.
She was very proud to be chosen to be a curriculum consultant for Knowledge Adventure, Inc. evaluating and giving suggestions on new software for music activity games in the newly released upgrade JUMPSTART 4th GRADE ADVENTURES 2000 and the JUMPSTART ADVANCED 4th GRADE 2003. The previous version sold over six million copies making it the best selling 4th grade curriculum software as of December, 1999.
Ms. Albertson is the author of "The Chart of Fifths, an Alternative to the Circle", published in the PIANO GUILD NOTES, November/December 1993. The workbook, THE CHART OF FIFTHS and accompanying chart are based on that article and are designed to be taught by teachers pursuing a new way to teach key signatures.
She has also worked on ensemble arrangements for Piano – 4 hands. The “Electric Light Parade” and “Music Box Dancer/Peter Piper” are several of those arrangements.
Her studio motto is "DEDICATED TO THE MUSICAL EXCELLENCE OF HER STUDENTS".
Alexander began studying piano with his father at the age of four in Kiev, Ukraine. After a highly acclaimed performance of the Grieg’s Piano Concerto at age twelve, he was recommended for studies at the Gnessin Music College in Moscow, Russia, the oldest music college in the country. He continued his piano education at the Gnessin Russian Music Academy with Professor Theodor Gutmann, a student and assistant of Heinrich Neuhaus, one of the most important piano pedagogues and performers of the 20th century. Alexander teaches in the great Russian piano tradition focusing on developing technique through the natural physical movements and beautiful piano tone through the method of relaxation and mindful control.
Alexander made his American orchestral debut with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in Beethoven’s Concerto #4. He has also performed as a piano soloist with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Sierra Vista Symphony, Catalina Chamber Orchestra, Arizona Symphonic Winds and Lake Placid Sinfonietta.
Tentser and his wife Anna Gendler performed as a violin and piano duo in the Dame Myra Hess Music Series in Chicago, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music Series in Tucson, and they have also frequently appeared with the Daystar Chamber Ensemble and St. Michael’s Chamber Players performing piano trios, quartets, and quintets with various other Tucson musicians.
Alexander graduated from the University of Arizona with a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Piano Performance where he studied with Professor Nohema Fernandez. He was a winner of the University of Arizona President’s Concerto Competition. Presently, Tentser teaches music courses at Pima Community College Orchestra in Tucson and maintains a private piano studio of children and adult students.