Katherine Peters

Musician | Teacher | Composer

We are created in God’s image, and as such, have a measure of His creative ability. When we make music, we are—in our own small way—reflecting that first act of creation.

I believe all my students are worth my time.  

That may sound like a no-brainer, but not everyone in the industry agrees with me.  In my studio, students are not ranked and I have yet to fire a student based on their performance.  When a student enters my classroom, it is because they want to be a better musician, so that’s what I do: work to make the student better.  Whether that means challenging the student to work above grade-level, or challenging them to catch up to their grade-level.  I am interested in my students’ placements.  But, I’m more interested in their persistent effort over time.  I’m more interested in their ability to take in and process this art form.  I’m more interested in their willingness to make decisions about the music they play.  I’m more interested in their courage and poise in presenting music to an audience, whether it be passive or critical.

Because when the student eventually moves on, I want them to be that much more confident in their role as a musician, an artist, a creator and that much more appreciative of music, of art, and of creation.


Where to Find Stuff

Print Music

Equipment

  • www.weinermusic.com Fred Weiner has been in the business for a LONG time. He has a great selection on woodwind equipment at very solid prices.

  • www.ridenourclarinetproducts.com Tom Ridenour is a maker of mouthpieces, clarinets, and other accessories. For students, I'm particularly a fan of his thumb saddle.

  • www.meridianmusic.com Shopping for a piano? This is easily the best source of quality pianos in Indiana.

  • www.paigesmusic.com Paige’s is Indiana’s go-to source for all things band and orchestra. They offer all the staples with very good customer service.

Repair

  • Brightman Woodwind Repair 317-257-0560 (Indianapolis)

Local Ensembles

Miscellaneous

  • www.clarineat.com The Clarineat Podcast features great conversations with, as host Sean puts it, “the neatest people in the industry.”

  • www.yeodoug.com Doug Yeo was a trombonist in the Boston Symphony for years. He has great articles aboutmusicianship, personal management, the business of music, and more on his site.

  • www.woodwind.org Follow the tabs for your instrument to find extensive fingering charts, articles, and an active forum.

  • www.sfskids.org Want a fun way to introduce your child to classical music? Here it is!

  • www.dsokids.org Games, activities, and programs that teach kids about the orchestra. Teachers, this site also offers lesson plans.

  • www.compassion.com I love Compassion International. They do very excellent work in very difficult parts of theworld. Go check them out and please consider sponsoring a child.