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The Auburn Piano Studio

Auburn, AL 36830 (map)


Lessons Offered

Organ, Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home


About Me

Dr. Acker-Mills uses the Lister-Sink Method to cultivate efficient, biomechanically informed piano technique. Beginning piano students learn technical skills quickly as they develop well-coordinated ways to play the piano. More advanced students learn that ridding the body of excess muscle tension allows them to play music they may have considered to be beyond their technical skill. Most importantly, everyone learns that a free and supple technique allows them to maximize their musicianship at the piano.

Dr. Acker-Mills teaches in the music department at Auburn University, is a regular performer in the Auburn-Opelika area, and is organist at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Auburn, AL.

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My Musical Education Background

Salem College
Winston-Salem, NC 27801

Certificate in Injury Preventive Keyboard Technique
Piano study with Barbara Lister-Sink.

State University of New York at Binghamton
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology

MM in Piano Performance
Piano study with Walter Ponce and John Covelli, organ study with
Johnathan Biggers.

MA in Experimental Psychology

Salem College
Winston-Salem, NC 27801

BM (magna cum laude) in Piano Performance
Piano study with Barbara Lister-Sink, organ study with John Mueller.

Genres and Subjects Taught

Classical piano and organ lessons.

Lesson Rates

In addition to the weekly private lesson, monthly tuition includes HD camera video analysis and weekly online check-ins.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

All age groups and levels are welcome!

My Certifications and Awards

Certificate in Injury Preventive Keyboard Technique

Winner, Binghamton University concerto competition.

My Musical Influences

The classic Russian School of Piano Technique! Vladimir Horowitz, Artur Rubinstein, etc.


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