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January 11, 2010 / alunatunes

Meet Playroom Academy’s Laurian Graham-Zimmerman


Since 1985, when she first heard a cassette tape of George Winston’s music, Laurian has had a strong connection with music and the piano. Her mother, a pianist herself, and her father an artist, her parents gladly obliged her request for a piano and lessons at the age of 11. She continued piano lessons throughout her middle and high school years, as well as the clarinet, which she started at age 9, and the violin since age 12. She later went on to place second in two separate competitions with the Georgia State Music Teachers Association. She also remained active in her school as a performer on clarinet and piano, as well as being on a music scholarship with St. Andrews School in Savannah Georgia.

At the age of 19, Laurian was accepted into Georgia College and State University as a Music Major, where she was awarded a 4 year Performance Grant. She studied Music Therapy as her major for 2 years before deciding to later change to an Instrumental Music Major with an emphasis on Classical Piano Performance.

She became a member of the women’s music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota Beta Rho Chapter in 1995. She was also a performing member in the Georgia College & State University Concert Band with clarinet, the Women’s Concert Choir, as well as several instrumental ensemble groups. While a member with the GCSU Concert Band, she traveled to middle and high schools in Georgia, the Carolinas, Florida, and Virginia to perform while on tour. While at GCSU, she studied education in Conducting, Theory, Elementary Education, and Music Therapy. In connection with a Music Instrumental major, she continued her study of piano as well as brass, string, percussion, and woodwind instruments.

She began to teach piano privately in 2001, and has since continued. She has taught students ranging in ages from 4 to 64 in Charlotte, Lancaster, and presently in Tega Cay. She revels in teaching and cultivating the fascination and pride a student feels when their dreams become a reality in music; as her mother, Lynda Piver, would say about her daughter, “Tiny hands making such beautiful big music”.

She is currently studying the works of George Winston as well as Beethoven, Mozart, and other classical repertoire. She has an application pending for membership with the South Carolina Music Teachers Association. She is also currently working with several artists in the development of an Arts Council of Tega Cay, in hopes of connecting the vast amount of talented persons in the area.

She is honored and excited to be a part of the opening of The Playroom Music Academy, and is looking forward to nourishing our communities’ love of music. Her motto in teaching is simply ‘You are never too old to learn because Music is ageless’.

~ If Music be the Food of Love, play on. – William Shakespeare

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