The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with One Step.
Mary Lou Iverson is a highly regarded pianist and piano pedagogue in Apple Valley, Minnesota. She is a frequent performer both locally and in Mexico at the Theatro de la Paz and Casa de la Cultura in San Luis Potosi. As piano teacher she consistently has students who are state piano competition winners and has had a nationally recognized student composition winner. Frequently, she is called upon to adjudicate piano events such as state competition, ensemble festival, and National Federation Festival. She lectures frequently about Studio Management, Music Theory, Technology and the Music Studio, and Students with Disabilities. As writer for Keyboard Companion, she described the process of website development for an independent music studio; it was published in Spring 1998.
She has published "Music History in the Making," a student planner that provides goal setting and positive reinforcement. She is one of three developers of "TimeSig" Studio Management Software. TimeSig is the professional solution for studio operations.
She is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music and is a charter member, past president of South Suburban Music Teachers Association, Minnesota Music Teachers Association affiliated with Music Teachers National Association, and also American Federation of Music Teachers.
Mary Lou began her piano study at a young age of 5 with her mother. Subsequent teachers have included Thelma Willison and Dr. Norman Goodbrod at Grinnell College Iowa; Kathryn Bacon from Julliard; Professor Lyondecker of the Cathedral of Cologne in Germany; Joanne Tierney at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN and Kenneth Huber of Carleton and Augsburg Colleges also in Minnesota.
Mary Lou is a professional nurse (R.N.), She enrolls students who are medically challenged and need special consideration. As a nurse, Mary Lou has taught psychiatric nursing at Black Hawk College, Illinois, was director of Home Health in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, was certified as a coronary care nurse at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa and was Head Nurse of CCU in Muscatine, Iowa. She was an Outreach Worker for county mental health facilities in Illinois dealing with substance abuse treatment.
Mary Lou has successfully combined the two parallel careers, making the focus of music education and performance goal directed and positive. Consistent with ongoing education, she has attended many seminars and workshops locally and nationally.
Hobbies include standard poodles, swimming, and genealogy.
For further information about Mary Lou, visit her website www.casamusica.com.