Simone Parker currently teaches piano, violin and viola at the APSU Community School of the Arts and through her independent studio, Sparkling Keys and Strings. In May 2010, she was awarded the Excellence of Teaching Award from the APSU Community School of the Arts. The award recognizes Simone Parker for her continuous and consistent dedication to realizing the very best from her students, teaching them that in music as in life, great endeavors bring great rewards. During the Summer, she is actively involved with the APSU Piano Summer Camp.
In addition, Mrs. Parker regularly accompanies and performs with APSU Music students as she is an experienced instrumental and vocal/choral accompanist. She further performs regularly at church services and is the music director at Christ Lutheran Church. Previously, she has been on the faculty at thePennyroyal Arts Academy and First Clarksville Conservatory. She has also tutored Music Appreciation, Music Analysis, and Music Theory at the APSU Academic Support Center.
Simone Parker has earned a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) in Piano Performance and a Master in Music (with honors) in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy at Austin Peay State University (APSU). There, she studied piano and composition with Dr. Jeffrey Wood and piano pedagogy with Dr. Patricia Halbeck. Simone Parker has participated in Master Classes with Awadagin Pratt, John Roberts and Ilya Poletaev. She has further studied accompanying with Dr. Mary Alice Domenica, Dr. Eunbyol Ko and Ann Glass.
On the violin and viola, she has studied with Dr. Emily Hanna Crane, Alvaro Gomez and Douglas Droste. Simone Parker regularly performs in the APSU String Quartet/Trio and APSU Orchestra on the violin and viola.
Currently, she is studying with Sally Ahner, a certified Alexander Technique teacher. The Alexander Technique is a practical discipline to develop body and mind coordination and to create ease of movement and flexibility.
During her graduate studies, Simone Parker has participated and wonin many research based competitions. At the APSU Graduate Extravaganza, which showcases graduate research and creative activities, and the annual APSU Research Forum, she received first prize with her research and performance of "Five Pieces for Piano by George Crumb: Expanding the Colors of Sound." This composition, written in 1962, is a work that uses a variety of unusual techniques for piano played both inside and outside of the instrument. The research provided an overview over George Crumb’s life. With a demonstration of the variety of techniques employed, the research focused primarily on the pianist’s preparation for the performance and concluded with a life performance. In Spring 2010, Simone Parker won the APSU Concerto Competition and performed the first movement (Allegramente) of the Piano Concerto in G major by Maurice Ravel with the APSU Symphony Orchestra.
Simone Parker was a founding member of the Piano Trio at APSU. The ensemble focused on repertoire written for violin, clarinet and piano (Simone Parker) and has worked together for several semesters. In Spring 2010, the Trio participated in the first APSU Graduate Extravaganza, showcasing graduate research and creative activities. The ensemble won first prize in the creative arts category with their "Video Performance of Suite, op. 157b for violin, clarinet and piano by Darius Milhaud."
In 2008, Simone Parker was elected Presser Scholar, an honor award based on merit and achievement, and is part of the Omicron Delta Kappa, Gamma Beta Phi and Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Societies. In addition, she is currently a member of the following music societies: Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), and American String Teachers Association (ASTA). She regularly attends the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy (NCKP) and has completed the Every Child Can! Suzuki Teacher Training.
Previous memberships include: National Association for Music Education (NAfME, former MENC) and Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)
As a native of Germany, Simone Parker speaks fluent German and English. While living in Germany, she has earned a Bachelor degree in International Business Administration from the Berufsakademie Mosbach - Bad Mergentheim. The degree was coupled with a student internship at an international renowned company.
For more information please visit her website: www.simoneparker.org