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Lauren Whittaker

Teaching Statement
Young children are marvelous to watch. What an infant learns in the first year, and then in the next four years can be nothing short of a miracle! But it's not a miracle, its normal development for most children. That early learning includes music when music is in the environment. My love of watching children grow musically motivates me to be the facilitator who brings music into their lives. 


Teaching Bio

Holding a degree in Music Education (cum laude) from Boston University, Lauren Whittaker taught general music in elementary and junior high school as well as recorder ensembles and string classes in the Wellesley (Mass) Public Schools.  In addition to Suzuki Piano Talent Education training at the Pittsburgh Music Academy, she has been certified in Orff-Schulwerk from Carnegie Mellon University and has achieved Certification I level of Music Together® teaching.

Ms. Whittaker studied piano with Ina Pihlman of Chatham, New Jersey, and Rachel Goodwin, Music Director of the Ashmont Hill Chamber Players in Boston, Massachusetts.  She studied Suzuki Piano techniques with Kiki Barley and Sue Vasquez in Pittsburgh.

Ms. Whittaker founded The Music Room in Irwin, PA – a 12-teacher studio for children, teens, and adults offering lessons on piano, guitar, voice, violin, viola, cello, and double bass in addition to Music Together® classes for newborns through 7 year olds.  In addition to piano teaching, Ms. Whittaker has directed both children’s and youth choirs as well as English hand bell choirs for teens and adults at the Church of Christ, Congregational in Millis, Massachusetts and children’s choirs at the First Presbyterian Church in Irwin, PA.  She started with SSC in 2013.