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Catherine has taught piano and voice in her private studio for over twenty-five years, and violin for over ten. She has also taught at the university and conservatory levels, and in private and public school settings. She teaches all ages, and particularly enjoys working with children, including preschoolers.


Catherine’s formal studies in vocal performance and voice therapy began at The Boston Conservatory of Music with noted singing teacher and voice therapist David Blair McClosky. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona, where she also furthered her studies in piano, piano pedagogy, violin, and string methods. She received her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and her Bachelor’s in French from Wellesley College. 


Upon completing her doctorate, Catherine traveled to Paris on the Mary Elvira Stevens Travel Grant to study with a coach at the Paris Opera. While in Paris she also performed; taught piano and voice at the American School of Paris and privately; gave seminars in speech and presentation; and was the speech coach for executives from such organizations as Elle Magazine and the World Trade Organization. Having won the Toastmasters competition at the Paris-wide level, Catherine was invited to compete in Brussels, where she was awarded first prize in the European Council of Toastmasters’ competition for speech evaluation.


Catherine has written several musical plays that have been performed in schools and churches. Author Nancy Turner called The Story of the First Rainbow “a gem” and “nearly perfect.” 


Catherine’s goal in teaching is to cultivate a lifelong love of music in children and adults by drawing out their innate talent, developing their musical skills, and expanding their musical imagination.

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The following quotes are from testimonials of parents whose children have studied piano, voice, and/or violin with Catherine:


         “ . . . such a nurturing, enjoyable, yet structured environment.”


         “Dr. Allen has a wonderful rapport with the children!”


         “We’re amazed at the progress [our daughter] has made!”


         “The musical games you have created are extremely fun for the children.”


         “You have an amazing gift . . . “


         “We will never forget your warmth, patience, and dedication.”


Piano, Voice, Strings, Theory
Where I Teach:
My Studio, Your Home
Northwest Tucson, Oro Valley
Cross Streets:
Oracle & Hardy Roads
Travel Area:
Northwest Tucson, Oro Valley
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