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“Listen, Learn, Love. . . . favorite “L” words in my Life of Teaching over the past 50 Years”

Updated: Sep 20, 2019

Dr. J and one of her star students Elise Winkler

Dr. Merilyn Jacobson NCTM, Mount Rainier Chapter.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 10:30 AM

Dr. Merilyn "Mimi" Jacobson is among Puget Sound's most dynamic and beloved piano teachers, accompanists, and adjudicators. Her October presentation will be a valuable collection of tips, techniques, and perspectives that will make you a more effective teacher.


Merilyn Smith Jacobson is a National Certified Teacher of Music and an active pianist, chamber musician and collaborative performer as well as an adjudicator and clinician in the field of Piano Pedagogy. Her mother was a piano teacher and she began teaching her first students when she was twelve. She has been a soloist with various Symphony Orchestras and Symphonic Wind Ensembles in Washington State as well Washington, DC.

Merilyn has participated in the Aspen Music Festival where she was a student of Beveridge Webster (Juilliard School), the International Music Session in Grenoble, France (John Perry, Karl Kammerling) and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. Master Classes in recent years include playing for Ozan Marsh, Andre Schiff, Robin McCabe, Nelita True, and Irene Perry. Her travels have taken her to Perth, Australia where she regularly gives workshops and master classes. In addition, she has reviewed new teaching materials for the American Music Teacher and FJH Publications and is an Adjudicator (Visiting Artist) for the Washington State Music Teachers Association.

Jacobson holds a Doctorate in Piano (1996) from The Catholic University of America where she studied piano with Paul Ostrovsky (Moscow Conservatory Trio) and Thomas Mastrioanni, harpsichord with Peter Marshall of New York, and Pedagogy with Barbara English Maris and Marvin Blickenstaff. Her Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano are from Washington State University where she worked with Loran Olsen, Jerry Bailey and Istvan Nadas.

Currently, Merilyn maintains a large private studio in Puyallup, teaching piano and cello, coaching chamber music, and working with teachers in pedagogy classes, giving workshops and conducting master classes. She enjoys accompanying and collaborating with instrumentalists and singers in many state, national, and international competitions and festivals for pre-college and college- age students. Additional joys include traveling and playing with 8 grandchildren.

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