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As a teacher, I am interested in fostering the love of music and in particular, the enchantment with the PIANO! One does not have to be a grand master to enjoy sitting at the instrument and bringing forth the sound of melodies, harmonies, hands crossing over one another, the discovery of the language of music, for indeed, it is like learning a new language. And it is with this in mind, I am intent on watching my students closely and devising their weekly lesson plans so as to help them go home with a clarity of purpose and with luck, inspiration to improve and progress. They are advised to phone me with problems and difficulties so they don't waste time practicing incorrectly. I devote time for all my young musicians-in-the-making whenever possible and encourage them to listen to classical music, especially, and to attend concerts and programs with their parents. It builds interest and curiosity. The ability to play the piano is a lifelong endeavor, a thrill in the best of times, and a solace in difficult times.

Lesson details

My students' time with me is quite structured so as to make the most of our time together. We begin with assigned technical work, scales or arpeggi and other various technical exercises (I rely on the Dozen-a-Day series and even my adults use these as well as the children!) Then we begin to work together on the assigned repertoire, which is geared to the level of advancement and a balanced menu is vital (classics, modern, contemporary, early jazz and rock for fun). We sometimes end up by looking thru music for the near future and I will often sit down and play things I think will "light up" their young faces and give them pieces to look forward to playing themselves!

Education and Accreditation

Pre-College training (6 yrs) with Anne Macfarlane Jones, Pelham, N.Y.

B.A. degree in Applied Music, State University of New York at Fredonia, Major in Piano Performance under Miss Claudette Sorel

Certificate of Performance - Voice - Mannes College of Music, New York, NY

Performance Certificate in Vocal Study - The Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria

Opera debut - Cincinnati Opera (Madama Butterfly, title role)

Special Honors

  • National Guild Piano Teachers International Winner (Critics Circle Rating)
  • Graduate Honors Recital (Piano), SUNY Fredonia
  • Piano Soloist (Kabalevsky Concerto No.3), Fredonia University Symphony Orchestra
  • The Cincinnati Opera Company - Awarded a one-year apprenticeship including diverse artistic responsibilities such as performing soprano operatic roles and touring in a solo in-school  production aimed at introducing children to the world of opera.

Piano (and related) Performing Experience

  • Duo-Pianist, Concert Tour Western N.Y. State
  • Accompanist for Professional Instrumentalists/Vocalists, New York, N.Y.
  • Resident Accompanist - Chautauqua Ballet Company
  • Professional Singer/Actress (1974-1989) - Broadway, National Tours, Regional Theatre, TV and Radio

Related Training

  • The Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria - Certificate of Vocal Study
  • Mannes College of Music, New York, N.Y. - Post-graduate vocal study
  • The Directors Company, New York, N.Y. - Masters classes with professional theatre directors
  • Professional Vocal & Dramatic Study/Coaching, New York, N.Y.


"Dear Pam,
We just would like to thank you for the solid foundation you have given Jonathan, and for your years of hard work with him."
Carol Paik, parent, New York, N.Y.

"Dear Ms. Kalt,
Thank you for attending my graduation, and for everything you do for me, as a teacher and as a friend. Love, Natalia,"
student, N.Y., N.Y.

Many thanks to you for being such a wonderful teacher to Raymond these last 8 months. We're thrilled that he has learned so much, is proud of his accomplishments, and especially has such a love for music and the piano. Thank you for being so patient, supportive and great with him."
Lisa & Ray Redlingshafer, parents, N.Y., N.Y.

"Dear Pam,
How can I ever thank you enough? You have given me so much over the years - a solid foundation as a pianist, a greatly expanded knowledge of music and composers, and encouragement in so many areas. I look forward to being able to give you occasional phone recitals! With overflowing thanks and love, Abby"
student, N.Y., N.Y.

"....I have always been impressed with the high quality of Pamela's teaching, which I have had occasion to observe many times. She is always very patient with the children she teaches, and she is tremendously thorough in her instruction. I was especially impressed with the high level of repertoire she teaches her students; most children who study with Pamela perform at a much more advanced level than most students their age."
John Colligan, Chair, Music Department, St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's School, Manhattan, NY

"Pamela was instrumental in not only introducing music to my daughter, but also for her overall development into a musically trained and talented young woman. Lessons included not only the learning of pieces and technique work, but also the history of music, composers, and music theory. Her regularly organized recitals for family and friends reflected her energy, enthusiasm, passion for music, and love of her students."
Mercy Davidson, Ph.D., parent, N.Y., N.Y.

Tuition and Information

Ms. Kalt cordially invites prospective students to phone her at her studio about scheduling and rates. For further information you may view her website, www.pianoteachersfederation.org/Pamela-Kalt-CT.

Studio Location
New Haven, Connecticut
(203) 691-6363