Elaine Poche

Piano Instructor, Preparatory Arts Program

Office Location
136 Communications/Music Complex
E-mail Address

Short Bio

Elaine Poche’ is a native New Orleanian.  At the age of 10, she began piano lessons with Mary Calongne.  She attended St. Mary’s Dominican High School and in her senior year auditioned and won a scholarship to study piano with Istvan Nadas in the  College of Music at Loyola University.  After a 13 year absence she returned to Loyola, studied with Janet Swanzy and James Bastien and earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in 1977 and 1980 respectively.  During her years as a student at Loyola she established her home studio in Metairie Louisiana, obtained a graduate assistantship, and taught in the College of Music and in the Preparatory Music Program.. She became administrator of the Loyola Preparatory Program, and after graduation continued administrative and teaching duties.

During her 27 year teaching tenure at Loyola and 40 years as an independent piano teacher, Elaine has held several offices and chairmanships in state and local music organizations. With her former teacher and mentor Janet Swanzy, she conducted workshops such as “Tracks”, “The Best of the Fest” and “Policy and Professionalism”.   She has attended several National Conferences on Piano Pedagogy and Preparatory Departments and Community Music Schools.  For several piano teacher organizations she presented the program “Forgotten Gems”, and organized the “Seminar for Parents and Piano Lessons.”  Her article titled “How to Teach the Downbeat” was published in Keyboard Companion.  In cooperation with the Louisiana Music Teachers Association Rally Board she chaired the publication of the 11th edition of the Piano Rally Syllabus.  She continues to adjudicate for many contests and auditions in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Elaine Poche’ holds the L.M.T.A. Certificate of Professional Advancement and the Music Teachers National Association Permanent Certificate.  Mrs. Poche’ continues to this day to teach at home in Bush, Louisiana and in the Preparatory Program at Loyola and is active in both the New Orleans and the North Shore Music Teachers Associations.

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