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Applied Piano

"Music has always been a huge part of my life.  I was fortunate to be around musicians and artists who were articulate, challenging, and insistent about their art. I believe music gives us a way to express emotions where words fail and helps us to reach our dreams of a better life and a better world. And music educators give us the tools to turn those dreams into reality.”

Mary Ann Krupa 
Applied Piano

About Mary Ann Krupa

Ms. Krupa has been with VanderCook since 1993 and has extensive teaching and performing experience. She received a master of music and a bachelor of music in piano performance from the American Conservatory of Music. Her numerous solo and chamber music performances include Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concerts, Carnegie Hall, WFMT, the Unity Temple Series, and the Beverly Art Center. Ms. Krupa served as music director and rehearsal pianist for numerous musicals for Village Players, Triton College and Open Door Repertory Company. She has acted as accompanist for William Ferris Chorale, Goodman School of Drama, and varied vocal and instrumental studios. She is also in her 16th year as music director for the CAST Program in Oak Park.

Life at VanderCook

Life as a piano major at VanderCook is unique. Not only do we address the performance of standard piano repertoire and technique building, we also provide a program that emphasizes the skills crucial for a music educator. The piano is integral to all facets of the music education program you will run one day. In weekly private lessons, we will build up your technical ability, and expand your musicality. In addition, you will learn various styles of accompaniment, how to teach a piano lab, and the tools to put on the school musical. Unlike other schools, you will also be expected to give to give a junior and senior recital and will have numerous opportunities to perform in both large and small ensembles. Our small class size ensures you will receive individual attention and will feel a sense of belonging. We look forward to putting you on your path towards a successful career in music education.

Are you thinking about becoming a music teacher? If so, I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have about teaching music. I'd also love to chat with you about what VanderCook has to offer and what you can expect if you choose to study piano here. Feel free to contact me at for more information.


Contact Mary Ann Krupa:
(312) 225-6288


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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