Instructors

KATHRYN BRUNNER

Kathryn Brunner is passionate about helping aspiring musicians become artists who love their craft. She received her Master of Arts degree from Reformed Theological Seminary and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Gardner-Webb University where she studied music with a concentration in piano. She was among the first to earn George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts Professional Certification in Piano Pedagogy in 2006. She earned Musikgarten’s early childhood music certification in 2005. Ms. Brunner served as a Director of Worship at McLean Presbyterian Church in McLean, VA from 2005-2013.

In May 2016, Ms. Brunner expanded her studio to the online world with the launch of mymusikathome.com. Musik at Home is an online program offering early childhood music classes to prepare babies, toddlers and preschoolers for future instrumental study with the fundamental skills needed for developing musicianship. Carefully tailored to differing developmental levels, Ms. Brunner has now made her Musikgarten classes available to families at home on their own schedule.

As an independent recording artist, Ms. Brunner works with producer, David Browning of Franklin, TN who is credited with first producing Katy Perry. Ms. Brunner’s first album, Made For Me, was released in June 2011. Her soulful Christmas album, Born This Day, was released in November 2012. Her single, Holding On to Hope, written and produced for AIDS Ophans in South Africa was released February 2014. In May 2010, Kathryn’s song “Better Than Life” was selected for the finals in the Inspire Song Writing Contest during the Inspire Worship Conference in Nashville. In 2002, Ms. Brunner arranged and produced her first solo album, Soul’s Eye, including 9 original compositions. Her goal is always to encourage listeners in their walk of faith.

Ms. Brunner co-represented George Mason University’s Music Department with Dr. Joanne Haroutounian as a presenter at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) convention in Austin, TX in 2006 where she instructed music professionals how to match innovative teaching strategies with student learning styles in a presentation entitled “Connecting With the Kid on the Bench.” She developed an online resource for music teachers to discuss student learning styles and share teaching strategies.

Ms. Brunner is a member of The Northern Virginia Music Teacher’s Association (NVMTA). She was the recipient of NVMTA’s professional development award in May 2006. She served on the Springfield Music Club’s Board as the Leestma Scholarship Chair from 2003-2007.

Ms. Brunner studied piano under extraordinary teachers across the nation including: Jaunita Hubbard of Altus, OK; Paula Sabin of Irvine, CA; Alice Heyer of Fairfax, VA; Tausha Plate of Charlotte, NC; and Joanne Haroutounian of Arlington, VA.

When she is not teaching, leading worship at church, performing or song writing, Ms. Brunner enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, hiking, reading, poetry, art, sailing, and traveling.

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STEPHANIE EDEWAARD-WEIDLE

Stephanie Edewaard Weidle received her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory. She has been certified to teach Musikgarten since 2012 and has thoroughly enjoyed sharing the excitement of music with little ones. She has taught private piano and voice for several years at the Kathryn Brunner Piano Studio, Jordan Kitts Piano Studio, and out of her home. While at New England Conservatory, Stephanie served as a teaching assistant to the Vocal Pedagogy department.

As a Virginia native, Stephanie was able to study piano with a stupendous pool of teachers including Dr. Anna Balakerskaia, Dr. Victoria Wyatt, Dr. Marjorie Lee and for voice, Dorothy Kingston. Stephanie continued studying piano while she worked towards her B.M. in Vocal Performance from George Mason University.

While Stephanie enjoys the performance and teaching of all music, her greatest passion lies in the vocal arts. Most recently she performed the role of Cherubino in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, presented at the Austrian Embassy. While at New England Conservatory, she performed several opera roles including Dorabella (Così fan tutte), Valetto (L’incoronazione di Poppea), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), and Third Lady (The Magic Flute). Stephanie performed Fidalma (Il Matrimonio Segreto) with the Loudoun Lyric Opera of Virginia, as well as Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro) and Second Lady (Die Zauberflöte) with the Amalfi Coast Music Festival. At George Mason University, she sang the roles of La Ciesca (Gianni Schicchi) and The Announcer (Gallantry).

Outside of music, Stephanie enjoys acting, running, and exercising with her Stroller Strides class, as well as spending time with her husband, Scott, and their one year old daughter.

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ALISA BEDKER

Alisa Bedker earned a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from George Mason University in 2014 where she studied piano under Dr. Linda Apple Monson and voice with Dr. Lisa Berger. While at Mason, she gave several piano performances including Arts by George!, the 2010 Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, the 2012 and 2014 Honors recitals, and the  2012 & 2013 Grand Piano Celebrations. She also performed with the GMU Chorale and Symphony Orchestra.

Alisa is passionate about leading children through meaningful musical experiences from an early age. Alisa has her Virginia Teaching license in vocal/choral education and has been teaching music full-time in Fairfax County Public Schools at the Elementary level since 2014. She currently teaches general music and chorus at Coates Elementary and Terraset Elementary.

Alisa has taught piano lessons at her home, at the Potomac Arts Academy in Fairfax, and currently at Kathryn Brunner’s Piano Studio. She was the assistant director and accompanist of the children choirs at Springfield United Methodist Church from 2011-2014, and currently serves on the worship team as the pianist at her church, Jerusalem Baptist.

In addition to music, Alisa enjoys spending time with her husband Matt, baking, board games, fencing, and trying new foods.

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SARAH BEALL 
Sarah Beall earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Thomas Edison State College, graduating with the Arnold Fletcher Award, and earned a Professional Certificate in Composing and Orchestrating for Film and TV from Berklee School of Music. Sarah has studied with Dr. Darryl Gilbert, Dr. John Wickelgren, and Adrienne Sirken and Edna Golandsky of the Golandsky Institute. She is a member of the Music Teacher’s National Association.

 

Ms. Beall has taught private piano lessons for nine years and group classes for three years. Catering teaching style and curriculum to the individual needs of each student, Sarah encourages students to understand, experience and create music. She thrives on helping students achieve their musical goals. Besides teaching the basics of excellent technique, note reading,  and rhythm, her curriculum incorporates hands-on music theory instruction through improvisation and artistry, while her students play a variety of repertoire suited to develop their musicality and maintain their interest. She loves the challenge of discovering what makes each student “tick,” and figuring out how to best nurture a love of music in each individual student.

 

Ms. Beall enjoys arranging and composing, collaborating with other musicians, accompanying at festivals and competitions, and providing music for events in the Maryland area, including the music ministry at Fourth Presbyterian Church. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, rock climbing, good books and the great outdoors.