"All people--children, teenagers, or adults, crave an artistic experience that allows them to express themselves. I also believe that all elements of music can be taught to a student at any level."
Coming from a family that was “not remotely musical”, faculty pianist Lynn Rice-See began lessons of her own volition in second grade. “I don’t know why I was so drawn to...the piano. I began to beg for lessons when I was three, and my parents said, ‘Oh, she’ll grow out of it, she doesn’t even know what a piano is!’”
Since then, Lynn varied musical career has taken her from her youth in Huntsvile, Alabama (where her father was NASA engineer working on the Saturn V mission to the moon!), to the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, to a Master’s Degree at Juilliard in New York City, and to professorships at East Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State Universities.
Along with her parents, Lynn credits her many teachers as her biggest inspirations, especially Walter Hautzig at Peabody, who “taught about playing from the heart”. “In my view, all people, children, teenagers, or adults, crave an artistic experience that allows them to express themselves. I also believe that all elements of music can be taught to a student at any level: tone quality, healthy technique, and musicianship.”
Lynn enjoys teaching students of all ages--”my very first student was in her 80s.” Regarding younger students, “I enjoy young students if they are the instigators and are eager to begin study...The approach needs to be very play-oriented. Some skills are best developed at a very young age, so an early start has its own advantages. Because of my own experience, if a child really wants to play, I see no good reason to wait.”
As a performer, Lynn has a special fondness for Bach, as well as Schubert, Schumann and Scriabin. “They are each so emotionally open in their own ways.” As a pianist, her favorite format is the solo piano recital, since “as pianists we have such a universe of repertoire that a millennium would be needed to grasp it all.”
In her free time, Lynn loves to cook (“and eat!”) and explore new New York neighborhoods with her husband. “Where else can you go to an Albanian restaurant one night and a Tibetan one the next?”