Rieke Frey

  • 1979–1984 Piano studies (M.F.A.) under Prof. Christoph Back at the Academy of Music, Mannheim-Heidelberg; Diplom           
  • 1984–1986 Postgraduate studies (on a DAAD scholarship) in Music Therapy at the Psychologisches Institut, the Mozarteum and the Orff-Institut, Salzburg, Austria; post-graduate certificate in Music Therapy
  • 1987–1992 Many years of experience as a piano teacher and music therapist for children and adolescents at various music schools in the Heidelberg region and at the “Akademie für Ältere” in Heidelberg; chamber music performances in the Heidelberg region and Stuttgart
  • 1993–2000 Study of both Musicology and Art History at the Freie Universität Berlin; certificate in musicology
  • 2000–2003 Further training in “Erfahrbarer Atem nach Middendorf” under Thomas Abbé and at the Ilse-Middendorf-Institut in Berlin
  • 2001-present Independent practice as a piano teacher in Berlin
  • 2010-present Teacher of free improvisation at the exploratorium berlin

For me, free improvisation is a sentient mirror of an individual’s current mood as well as his/her freedom and spiritedness. As a creative process, improvising challenges me to take up continually residence at the edge between the known and unknown, the intended and the unintended.

In my piano lessons improvisation plays an important role as a boundless opportunity for my students to discover and enhance their individual access to music. Including the entire piano sound-space from the very beginning of an individual’s piano education improvisation allows the pupil to track and literally grasp all facets of music in a playful manner.

While continuing to teach students in piano and improvisation on a private basis, since 2012 I have also been treating patients body-psychotherapeutically and music-therapeutically in an independent practice. I have found my work in music education and psychotherapy to be complementary and that combining them in my professional life has been deeply enriching to me.

More information: www.klavierunterricht-neukoelln.de


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