Ann Vanderschaaf began studying piano at 6.5 years of age. After student teaching throughout high school, during which time she received top talent ratings for her Piano Guild auditions, won a concerto competition netting her a solo appearance with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, was secretary for National Honors Society, went to state on her flute and was one of the top 10 in her graduating class of 384, Mrs. Vanderschaaf attended the University of Iowa. Receiving both academic and music scholarships, Mrs. Vanderschaaf was one of only three freshmen students accepted to study with the head of the piano department, Professor John Simms. While at the University, Mrs. Vanderschaaf not only presented hour long solo piano recitals each spring, but she also accompanied top students in recitals for such reknown teachers as Himie Voxman and Betty Bang Mather. In addition she gave private piano lessons in her free time. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, Mrs. Vanderschaaf taught private piano lessons in a variety of places including New Jersey, California, and Indiana. In 1985, Mrs. Vanderschaaf's family relocated to Round Rock, TX where she's been teaching privately ever since.

Her current studio consists of 60+ students, ages 5 through adults. As an active member of American College of Musicians, National Piano Guild Teachers, she continues to be on the Guild Teachers' National Honor Roll (honoring teachers who adopt Guild goals for a majority of their students and who encourage the slow as well as the gifted student), she is a certified teacher by the American College of Musicians ("ACM Certification for teachers is the highest honor any Guild teacher can attain" p30 Guild Syllabus 2001-2002), and in 2002 she achieved the Piano Guild Hall of Fame award for producing ten five-year National winners. In addition she serves as an adjudicator for the Piano Guild.

Mrs. Vanderschaaf is in great demand by area middle school and high school band directors for accompanying band students at Region and State Solo contests. She also has accompanied contest winners in recitals given by the Austin Wednesday Morning Music Club and the Austin Flute Club, and was included in a 2001 feature ensemble performance given by the Austin Chamber Music Center, at their Festival Grande Finale.

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