Stephany Tiernan

Chair
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"Good pianists know how to make the instrument sing—to make the piano an extension of themselves. They have a technique that allows them to freely explore the full breadth of expressive devices available to them on a grand piano: dynamics, pedaling, articulation, tempo, phrasing, etc. They also must have a musical imagination, so that they can interpret, improvise, and shape music in a creative way."

"Glen Gould, Arthur Rubinstein, Vladimir Horowitz, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson, and Art Tatum are just a few of the pianists I recommend all students listen to. They were piano explorers and musical pioneers. They perfected their craft, and this allowed their imaginations to soar. I also recommend students listen to their favorite singer, to learn how to phrase and make the piano sing."

"I probably teach each student differently, and former students might all have different opinions on what my style is. I teach what I think the student needs, in the way that the student can learn. This is the wonderful thing about private lessons. Everyone is so different in terms of what they need."

"Teaching makes me feel energized and inspired by many of my students. I love to see them improve and catch on to new concepts. I love to see them light up with the recognition that they are doing something better or different or new. It makes me feel useful."

"I’ve taught at Berklee for more than 25 years, and I’ve seen the Piano Department really change over time. Years ago, Berklee was primarily a jazz school, and the focus was on improvisation. Although most piano students at Berklee still want to play jazz, many want to immerse themselves in other contemporary styles, and to include synthesizers and other keyboards in their playing."

Career Highlights
  • B.M., Berklee College of Music
  • M.M., New England Conservatory of Music
  • Pianist
  • Piano studies with Margaret Chaloff
  • Accompanist for numerous instrumental, dance, and vocal performances
  • Composer and performer of twentieth-century piano music