Our teachers are as fun and engaging as they are prepared. Years of teaching experience and advanced piano degrees (two Fulbright Scholars!) combine with love and laughter that produces fine musicianship, from a beginner to the most accomplished student.
Dan Bruggeman, DMA
Senior Piano Instructor
Dan Bruggeman, DMA, is a graduate of the University of Kansas and was a student of internationally recognized instructor and performer Steven Spooner. He completed a Fulbright Scholarship at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary in 2012. There he studied with Balazs Réti and Jenő Jandó.
Dan’s recognitions include grand prize at the Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra Young Artists’ Competition (2006), third place at the National J. Earl Lee Piano Competition (2009) and first place at the Naftzger Young Artist Competition (2011). He has performed and studied at the Amalfi Coast Music Festival in Vietri sul Mare, Italy, the Adam György Castle Academy in Pomáz, Hungary, the International Academy of Music in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Adamant School of Music in Adamant, Vt.
Dan has taught students of all ages and ability levels, including piano classes and private lessons at the University of Kansas from 2007 to 2013. He also served as group piano coordinator during his time there. In addition to teaching and playing piano, Dan also enjoys family life with his wife Ellen and their children Eva, Colin, and Liam. In his free time he’s an avid runner, plays organ, and directs his church choir.
Olivia Zimmermann, DMA
Senior Piano Instructor
Olivia Zimmermann, DMA, is a graduate of piano performance at the University of Kansas. A Fulbright grantee, she studied the life and piano works of Jean Sibelius at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, with Erik T. Tawaststjerna and Hanna Aho. Olivia holds degrees in piano performance from Northwestern University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her past teachers include Steven Spooner, Richard Reber, Alan Chow, Kassandra Keeling and Catherine Lysinger.
Olivia has given concerts and master classes in the United States, Switzerland, Finland, and Norway. She has also performed in master classes for renowned musicians William Westney, Robin McCabe and Ursula Oppens. She won second prize in the state collegiate competition of Texas Music Teachers Association and first prize in the Etude Music Scholarship competition. In the piano teaching field since 2000, Olivia has had a wide range of teaching experience with students ranging from beginning through advanced levels and with children as well as adults. She has taught in Texas, Illinois, Finland, and Norway, and has adjudicated on local and national piano competitions.
Olivia grew up in Germany and Switzerland and moved to Houston, Texas, when she was 13. Her interests include languages, reading and dance.
Master-Level Piano Instructor
Christy has completed all course work toward her doctorate in musicology at the University of Kansas and is now writing her dissertation on the presence and impact of American folk music on BBC radio during World War II. In addition to teaching at the Music Clubhouse, Christy also teaches musicology courses as an adjunct professor at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo.
Christy holds a bachelor’s degree from William Jewell College where she studied piano with Calvin Permenter. In 2009, she graduated with honors with a master’s of music degree in musicology from the University of Kansas. From 2010-2013, Christy served on the faculty of the New School for Music Study in Princeton, N.J., which serves as a research institution in the area of piano pedagogy.
In the summer of 2016, Christy was awarded one of KU’s Summer Research Fellowships as well as a graduate research award from the Hall Center in order to conduct research at the BBC Written Archives Centre near Reading, England. During this time, she also had opportunity to research at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the British Library. She presented her work at a national conference in Syracuse, N.Y., in August 2016.
Christy is a former student of the Music Clubhouse and is a contributor to the Piano Detectives Club curriculum developed at our studio. In her free moments, Christy enjoys cooking, sewing and spending time with her husband and their two cats, Titus and Ella.
Bachelor-Level Piano Instructor
Tali Wilson is a Kansas City native with years of experience as a Kindermusik instructor as well as a piano teacher. A graduate of Bob Jones University, Tali has a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy. She studied piano pedagogy and performance with Tom Grimble and Kenon Renfrow.
Tali has also taught private and group piano lessons for more than ten years. She serves as pianist at her church and enjoys cooking and being outdoors. Tali and her husband have four children: two young daughters and twin baby boys.