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LaFond Conservatory Of Music, LLC

Lynnwood, WA 98037 (map)

Lessons Offered

Music Theory, Piano, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

About Me

Madame LaFond  has been studying music all her life. At the age of fifteen, she became one of the first student members of both Music Teachers National Association and the National Guild of Piano Teachers in the State of Washington and has been teaching children and adults since that time. In addition to her education in music, Madame LaFond has degrees in Biblical History and Christian Education. She has had extensive experience with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as a music director and educator. In the summer of 2007, she retired from her music conservatory in Fall City and moved to Centralia, where she is establishing an International Retreat Center for artists and musicians as well as a comprehensive music education program for adults and gifted children.

Madame is still semi-retired and now lives in Lynnwood, Wa.  She is taking a limited number of adults and special children under her pianist's wing!

My Musical Education Background

Madame LaFond  attended the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Hull Institute of Fine Arts in Ventura, California, obtaining a Master’s degree in music and education with a specialty in piano pedagogy. National certification allows Madame LaFond to teach piano for high school or college credit, and many schools offer special occupational credit for the Student Teacher program. Madame has studied with such notable teachers as Yvonne Wright, Marguerite Hughes-Jones, Barbara Tucker, Willard Palmer, Amanda Vick and Katinka Daniel; she has also had training in piano pedagogy with Professor Manfred Wagner-Artzt of the University of Vienna.

Genres and Subjects Taught

Madame LaFond is experienced in all facets of piano music, with emphasis on the classics. She also teaches music theory based upon her belief that theory is the grammar of the language of music. She is experienced in all phases of piano studies and can prepare students for admittance to college music programs all over the world. Many of her former students are now piano teachers themselves, and some have established a career performing at the piano.

Lesson Rates

Forty-five minute weekly lessons
Fall term – September through December $150 per month for four months
Winter term – January through March $150 per month for three months
Spring term – April through June $150 per month for three months
Summer term – July and August $37.50 per forty-five minute lesson

Sixty minute weekly lessons
Fall term – September through December $200 per month for four months
Winter term – January through March $200 per month for three months
Spring term – April through June $200 per month for three months
Summer term – July and August $50 per one hour lesson

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

At this point in her career, Madame LaFond is focusing on adult students at all levels. She also loves working with serious young beginners as well as youngsters who have taken lessons and who are interested in becoming part of the Student Teacher program.

My Certifications and Awards

Madame LaFond is a life-long member of MTNA, American College of Musicians and National Guild of Piano Teachers. She has been certified by the American College of Musicians for most of her teaching career and was nominated and accepted several years ago into the Hall of Fame of National Guild of Piano Teachers.

My Musical Influences

The strongest musical influence in Madame's musical life is the music of the great masters. Beethoven is a particular favorite; Madame has committed most of his sonatas to memory. With that in mind, it is her belief that all students should be well grounded in the great piano classics, which will enable them to play most other genres with ease. Modern music is also favored by Madame LaFond, particularly that of Grammy-nominated pianist and composer David Lanz. Two teachers who were especially important to Madame in her younger years at college were Willard Palmer and Amanda Vick-Lethco. Their concepts and approaches to guiding students into a life of music continue to influence the teaching of Madame LaFond.

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Student Reviews

Glendale, CA

Madame LaFond was one of the most influential teacher of my childhood. Her true kindness, knowledge, and care for her students makes her unforgettable. She will always be a part of my life. I couldn't imagine a better piano teacher.

Poolesville, MD

I took lessons with Madame for 10 years, from third grade until I left for college. During that time I became a student teacher under her, teaching my own young students. Madame played an immensely important part in shaping my adolescence and early adulthood, and even now I think of her every time I sit down at the piano. Madame has an unparalleled love for her students and music, and of course the education and expertise to back it up. She is everything a great teacher should be: patient, kind, challenging, invested.

Wenatchee, WA

I met Madam LaFond at her Centralia Conservatory of Music when she hosted four day retreats with pianist and composer David Lanz. My experience there was nothing short of amazing! Madam is a wonderful pianist and is so encouraging even with beginner and intermediate level students. She is not critical, but she certainly points out areas in which students can improve and she helps to direct how that improvement can be accomplished. I was not privileged to take lessons from Madam, but I wish I could have had her for a teacher. She plays beautifully!

San Jose, CA

I had the pleasure of lessons with Sandra on my piano technique over many years. She is so wonderful, experienced and knowledgeable. I am an adult who started piano late in life. She is excellent with students of all ages. I highly recommend her for students from beginner through advanced.

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