About Kaitlyn

Brief Educational Background and Teaching Approach

Kaitlyn Vande Ven is a 2015 graduate of Carthage College with degrees in Piano Pedagogy, Piano Performance, and Music Education (K-12). She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Wisconsin Music Association, and Fox Valley Music Association, where she serves on the board as the Website Administrator.

She has continued her love for ensemble playing and musical collaboration by offering her services as an accompanist, as well as participating and Wisconsin Symphonic Winds with her husband, Adam. She accompanies for several school concerts and Solo/Ensemble events, and is the staff accompanist for the Appleton Boychoir’s Repertoire Choir. Kaitlyn is also a reading tutor at Dyslexia Reading Connection and has experience teaching piano to dyslexic students.

Under Kaitlyn’s instruction, students receive well-rounded musical instruction. They learn sight reading, ear training, technique, history, and music theory. Because Kaitlyn has a student-centered view of learning, students are closely involved in their own musical education. A classically trained pianist, she highly values music of the great classical composers, but she certainly does not discourage working on film or pop music as well. Learning the piano should be fun!

Students will experience piano as both an expressive and a cognitive art. Kaitlyn not only ensures that her students receive intellectual instruction about the instrument and repertoire, but also teaches students how to express themselves musically. Music is a discipline that involves students mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. A common and accurate point made by advocates of music education is that it is the only area of study that utilizes all areas of the brain simultaneously. Piano lessons are a perfect opportunity to enrich and expand the minds of students by involving them in a cognitive process that uses the whole mind, body, and soul.

Kaitlyn playing Intermezzo Op. 119 No. 1 by Johannas Brahms.

Kaitlyn playing Piano Sonata Op. 2 No. 2 Momvement III by Ludwig van Beethoven.