Emily C. Fransen is a Master Teacher and the Academy Director at Hall Piano Company in Metairie, LA and a musicians’ health and wellness advocate. She has served on the faculty at several New Orleans area colleges and universities, and she is currently the accompanist for St. Mary’s Dominican High School’s Liturgical Music program. Emily holds a Master of Piano Performance degree from Loyola University New Orleans, where she studied piano with Jac McCracken. She also received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Industry Studies degree from Loyola University in 2008. She frequently performs both solo and duo material throughout the New Orleans area, and she is a recipient of the 2017 and 2018 Steinway and Sons Top Teacher Award for the Louisiana area.
She currently acts as President of the Greater New Orleans Music Club and also serves on the board of the Jr. Philharmonic Society of New Orleans. Her students participate regularly in the LFMC Festival, the Romantic and Contemporary Auditions, the Ursuline Bach Contest, and the Junior Philharmonic Society Competition. In 2014, she founded the Lynn Celestin Memorial Scholarship Fund, which benefits young piano students who have an interest in teaching. She maintains a full studio of private piano and vocal students throughout the year and has trained other private teachers, as well. In addition, she frequently judges local and statewide competitions.
As an advocate for musicians’ health and wellness, she serves as the host/producer/editor for her podcast, Welcome to My Nerd Brain: A Dialogue on Musician’s Health and Wellness.She has also developed a piano workshop for students that has been offered at several New Orleans area universities. Navigating the Tough Stuff: The Physical and Mental Processes Behind Healthy Practice and Performance Habits focuses on practicing skills, including: time management, effective physical and mental processes, working through performance anxiety, mental health, and meditation.
Her private lessons focus on teaching students of all ages to become well-rounded musicians, giving them the tools to develop their skills independently. In each lesson, she focuses on technique, sight-reading, and memorization, and all students receive extensive training in reading music, ear training, and theory. By concentrating on developing each student’s skills to their fullest potential, she is able to provide her students with the type of training that fits their individual learning style. She also has experience teaching special needs children and adults, the visually impaired, and students with special physical needs.