2019 Teacher of the Year - Anne Scoggin


Anne Scoggin’s reputation and professional contributions as a dynamic outstanding Raleigh area piano teacher span a long and generous career. Few in our state can match her record of productive and professional longevity.

 

Anne Scoggin’s students of all ages consistently achieved high scores and superior ratings in local and state contests and festivals. Her 50+ year teaching career is notable for her competence in teaching students of all levels, from beginners of all ages to college-bound piano majors. She holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Tennessee/Chattanooga and a M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Meredith College. She is a long-time independent teacher in Louisburg, NC, taught at Campbell University for five years, at Raleigh Conservatory of Music for twenty years, and is currently on the faculty of Music Academy South in Raleigh. She is an MTNA Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.

 

Anne has faithfully served NCMTA and the profession through her long career as adjudicator for numerous piano contests and in various board positions of Raleigh Piano Teachers Association and NCMTA. She has presented many pedagogy programs and masterclasses to area piano teachers organizations, performed in duo recitals and accompanied vocalists and instrumentalists. She served as longtime organist/choir director at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Louisburg.

 

Anne’s excellence in teaching is matched by her generous mentorship of younger teachers as she has shared her immense knowledge of piano pedagogy and literature over the years. This nomination was enthusiastically supported by a whole generation of NCMTA’s best teachers who recounted the importance of her model of high standards and excellent teaching, as well as her generous mentorship in their early teaching careers. One teacher wrote: “Her relentless pursuit of musical knowledge and engagement inspires me in a way no other has. Anne contributes to the musical life of North Carolina as she has done so for over fifty years. She is a treasure to the piano world and…to NCMTA.” Another colleague cites “her vivacious laugh and eagerness to talk Bach fingerings (that) led me to her door day after day to talk technique, literature and, on occasion, other fine parts of life… We spent hours conversing about literature and I quickly learned her knowledge immensely surpassed mine and I needed to listen! …To this day, I am thankful and immensely grateful our paths aligned.”

 

Another heartfelt tribute came from an adult student who is still studying piano with Anne 18 years after beginning at age 50. She had assumed her son’s place in Anne’s studio after his nine years of lessons, a total of 27 years of grateful piano study in the family.  The student described how her lessons were enriched with information about the composer and the relationship of the music to the composer’s life, appreciating music assignments that were sensitive to her emotional needs.  She relates that after her father died, Anne assigned a slow movement of Beethoven, providing a critical solace that helped her through the grieving process.  The letter concludes, “Studying piano with Anne Scoggin has made my life and my children’s lives so much richer.  My piano technique is much better now and I look forward to playing piano for many more years. “  Anne Scoggin is indeed a treasure to the world of music teaching, to her colleagues in NCMTA, and especially to her students.