John Toedtman, piano - After receiving a Bachelors degree in history and two years of law at the University of Michigan Mr. Toedtman returned to his first love, piano, and received a Bachelors and Masters degree in piano performance at the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music. During that time he studied with the great Russian pedagogue, Olga Conus, and also spent a year studying with concert pianist Karl Engel in Hannover, Germany.
Although Mr. Toedtman has had prize winning
students such as world-famous concert pianist Nicholas Angelich,
his main goal is to instill a lifelong joy of music making in all
of his students,
whether younger or older, beginning or advanced.
In addition to Mr. Toedtman’s full time teaching career of over 40 years, he enjoys giving recitals, judging auditions and giving master classes. He believes that the pursuit of technique and the study of theory are important but should always be subservient to the joy of making of music. Productive practice methods and proficient sight reading are of great importance toward successfully learning to play the piano well. To this end the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program is an extremely effective way to advance both technique and overall musicianship, developing a student's creativity and self-expression, as well as the ability to think logically and analytically about music. Mr. Toedtman’s students consistently score at the highest level in the program.
In Mr. Toedtman’s studio, generous praise is given to commend what has been achieved and constructive criticism is always given with a smile.