Whitney is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music. After graduating from Weber State University with a B.M., Whitney continued her studies at Texas Christian University to finish her M.M. At both schools she studied under amazing professors including Dr. Yu-Jane Yang, Professor Tomas Ungar and Dr. Ann Gipson. Previous teaching experience includes private and group classes at several universities and music schools, as well as a private piano studio of her own. Teaching continues to be her passion as she tries to inspire every student to love music.
Whitney has performed in masterclasses, solo piano recitals, and chamber concerts in Japan, Europe and across the United States. She was honored with the Utah Music Teachers Association Student Teacher of the Year Award in 2009. Over the years, she has won many awards for composition from the Utah Composer’s Guild and often performed at their annual winners concert.
Whitney is a member of Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA), serving in various student chapters while in college. She currently serves as Vice President for the Arlington Music Teachers Association. She has presented at numerous conferences including Texas Music Teachers Association Conference, Texas Music Educators Association Conference, Utah Music Teachers Association Conference, and the Music Teachers National Association Conference.
Spending time with her husband and children is her favorite thing to do. Nap time is often devoted to composing (check out WhitneyHawker.com) or blogging here. Shared with her amazing colleague, this blog aims to share piano teaching resources and ideas to inspire students during lessons & practice. Whitney maintains a private studio in Mansfield, TX, where she loves to teach students of all ages – young beginners through advanced adults!
Spring Seals is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance with an emphasis in Pedagogy from Oklahoma Baptist University and was awarded a graduate assistantship at Texas Christian University where she completed a Master’s Degree in Piano Pedagogy.
At OBU, Spring gained experience both as a teacher and a performer, teaching group and private piano through the OBU Preparatory Department. She also won OBU’s Concerto/Aria Competition and was given the opportunity to perform Saint-Saens Africa Fantasy Op. 23 with an orchestra. Graduating Summa Cum Laude, Spring was also given the award of Outstanding Senior in the School of Music at OBU.
At TCU, Spring studied under Professor Harold Martina and Dr. Ann M. Gipson. She also had the opportunity to receive private lessons and perform in teaching master classes with Dr. Yohaved Kaplinsky of the Julliard School of Music. She received extensive teaching experience through group and private lessons for children, college students, and adults. Spring has received early childhood music training through Music Together.
In the summer of 2009 she travelled to Nairobi, Kenya to serve as a guest professor and performer at the Kenya Baptist Theological Seminary. Spring has presented at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, the Texas Music Teachers Association Convention, and the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. Spring is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, Pi Kappa Lambda, MTNA, TMTA, and Fort Worth MTA.
Spring teaches group and private piano at Parker Piano Studios in Fort Worth, Texas. She enjoys teaching piano students of all ages and in all stages of study and believes that everyone is capable of creating and enjoying music.