Otten is Director of Music at St. Paul's Lutheran
Church and teaches piano and organ students
privately. A faculty member at the International
School of Music in Bethesda. Ms. Otten is new to the
area; previously lived in New Orleans and
Indianapolis. A frequent recitalist in New Orleans
with the Louisiana Philharmonic and other musicians
from the orchestra.
Aline Otten taught general music to pre-kindergarten
through eighth grade at St. Richard's Episcopal
School, Indianapolis, IN and Kindergarten through
eighth grade at St. Paul's Episcopal School, New
Orleans. She developed the eight year curriculum for
music education for six years incorporating the Orff
and Kodaly methodology. A core part of the
curriculum included exposure and study of symphonic
music. Field trips to hear the symphony orchestra
were arranged every year.
Aline Otten earned the Master of Music Degree in
Organ Performance and Sacred Music from Indiana
University. She earned The Bachelor of Music Degree
in Organ Performance from Indiana University. She
has a minor in Music Education and piano
performance. Her organ teachers were Dr. Marilyn
Keiser and Dr. Robert Rayfield. Piano instruction
was with Dr. Robert Hughes.
Piano lessons can begin when children begin school.
Each child is unique; generally age 6 or 7 is good
for most children. Some children are ready at an
earlier age. Lessons are 45 minutes or one hour,
depending on the specific needs of the child. Thirty
minute lessons are available for some students.
Lessons include learning to read music, music
theory, aural training (ear-training),
improvisation, and technical exercises . Emphasis is
placed on positive reinforcement. The philosophy is
that all children can learn and feel good about
themselves when they have made accomplishments
through dedicated work. Personality of the teacher
is also an important predictor of student success. A
conscious effort is made to ensure that student
instruction is given in the most positive way. When
children receive positive feedback, they are
motivated to learn. Children learn in a relaxed
atmosphere and soon realize the rewards of their
practice or hard work. Musical styles include
classical, Broadway show tunes, popular and jazz.
Students are involved in selection of repertoire.
Students are encouraged to participate in two
recitals per year and Piano Guild Auditions.
Adult students are wonderful "learners"; they are
highly motivated and it is so exciting to see their
progress. Adults at all levels are great to teach
and are encouraged to select the pieces they would
like to study. Adults learn to be patient with
themselves; as they are creating "a new track" or
new pathway in their brain. It is never too late to
learn to play the piano!