Carol Ann Aicher

Dr. Carol Ann Aicher earned her doctorate in education (college level) at Columbia University Teachers College. She holds a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music, as well as a Piano Pedagogy Certificate from the Manhattan School of Music Piano Pedagogy Institute. She was granted a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance, with a minor in music history, by the Oberlin College Conservatory. Her performance teachers have included Joseph Schwartz, Sedmara Rutstein, and Nina Lelchuk; ensemble coaches Donald Nold, Edna Michell, and Richard Miller; and pedagogy teacher Vera Wills. Dr. Aicher was an assistant to Vera Wills, a former member of the graduate piano pedagogy faculty at Manhattan School of Music. She was previously an assistant professor of piano and piano pedagogy at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Aicher’s reputation as a performance coach has expanded her piano teaching studio to a diverse Performance Techniques studio, preparing all instruments for performance, competitions, and auditions. Combining pedagogical, psychological, and neurological research, she specifically targets how a performer can develop skills needed for peak performance and maximize learning/practicing. Dr. Aicher frequently lectures on pedagogy, presents workshops, and adjudicates various festivals and competitions.

As both soloist and accompanist, Carol Ann Aicher has performed at venues such as Longwood Gardens, Strathmore Hall, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, Lincoln Center, and Steinway Hall. She is currently a member of Mod 2, a duo with English hornist Kevin Chavez. Together they also host the podcast “Greenroom Conversations: The Process, Unplugged,” a series of interviews with people in the performing arts on the subject of how to “make it” in classical music and on Broadway. Interviewing established performers, composers, teachers, coaches, recording engineers, entrepreneurs, administrators, and trustees in the music community, their hope is to inspire students and those finding their own path in the performing arts.

Manhattan School of Music faculty since 2001.