As a graduate from Trinity University in San Antonio Texas, my home state, I have a B.M. in piano and a M.M. in voice from the Boston Conservatory. In addition I have extensive dance and I have performed with the Seacoast Repertory Theater in Portsmouth NH, The Leddy Center Performing Arts in Epping NH, Boston Center for the Arts and The Arlington Street Theater in Boston MA. I was the musical and choral director at Green Pastures Estate Conference Center where I regularly created and performed in musical and dramatic programs. Currently I am the accompanist for both the Epping Middle and High School Music department and participate in all their musical venues. More recently I updated my skills by earning a Nationally Certified Teacher’s Certificate.
As a teacher my adventurous soul loves to “draw forth” from others their inherent creative abilities giving them the freedom to grow their own musical expressions. I teach all ages and stages seeking to explore each individual’s desire for the music that truly lives within. Students who wish to further their knowledge and understanding have the opportunity to participate in our annual Evaluation Testing program at the end of the Spring Semester. I encourage regular participation in our SAM recitals as well as festival performances at the Concord Community Music School .
Because I view technique as the backbone of artistry at the piano, I have developed a way of playing and coaching what I describe as the “effortless effort”. The freedom we want to express ourselves must come thru the freedom of muscle effort. “Being aware” versus “trying” helps us master musical problems and cultivates a less stressful attitude, not only musically, but in our daily lives.
According to Ralph Waldo Emerson “to laugh often and much is success, to find the best in others and to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived” is success. Making music is a lifetime’s endeavor filled to the brim.
Adrienne’s studio tips
- Setting up time to practice the piano: Students must learn how to practice and put in the effort so that they arrive prepared!
- Technical skills: A very important part of the learning process: teaching students how to build a strong but flexible finger/hand/arm/body co-ordination
- Structural design elements in music: This creates awareness of the composer’s intention for the music.
- Participating in recitals and festivals: an opportunity to put the sparkle and the finishing touch in the music, helps students prepare to present themselves in a public setting.
- “Adrienne is a wonderful instructor who brings out the best in my daughter while making her feel comfortable and confident in herself. “
- “A special shout-out goes to Adrienne Starrs who has not only enabled me to improve my piano playing ability but also expanded my conceptions of what expert instruction and effective learning are all about”.