Group photo of Music Clubhouse facultyOur 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.

 

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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.


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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.


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Master-Level Piano Instructor

Christy holds doctorate and master’s degrees in musicology from the University of Kansas. In addition to teaching at the Music Clubhouse, Christy also teaches musicology courses as an adjunct professor at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo.

Her research has taken her to archives throughout the United States and England, and she has presented her research on twentieth-century American folk music at numerous national conferences.

In 2015, BMI Music Publishers and the Woody Guthrie Foundation named her a Woody Guthrie Fellow. Her recent article, “Woody’s Songs Go To War on the BBC,” appears in Vol. 4 of The Woody Guthrie Annual. She is currently working on a book project centering on twentieth-century American folk music and American and British culture during the Second World War.

Christy received her bachelor’s degree from William Jewell College where she studied piano with Calvin Permenter. 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.

A former student of the Music Clubhouse, Christy is a contributor to the Piano Detectives Club curriculum developed at our studio.

In her free moments, Christy enjoys making pies, being outside, and spending time with her husband and son, Samuel.


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Tali Wilson
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.