Laurie’s approach to teaching piano is focused on music literacy, theory, and musicianship. She believes piano should be good hard work that is also fun.
For vocal students, Laurie emphasizes a good foundation in proper vocal technique, and can work with you on topics such as expression, audition preparation, improvisation, and more.
Laurie Hartung grew up just outside of Madison, Wisconsin. She first studied flute, adding piano and guitar soon after. Following in the footsteps of her grandmother, a professional opera singer, Laurie also took up voice lessons. She studied with Kitt Reuter-Foss, a renowned teacher who has performed many times at the Metropolitan and Atlanta Operas.
Upon graduating high school, Laurie left Wisconsin to study music and theater at Columbia College Chicago. She enjoyed singing in the school’s esteemed vocal jazz ensemble, 3CVJE. Laurie sang with the group at an array of Chicago venues and was frequently a featured soloist. She graduated with her B.A. in Jazz Studies: Vocal Performance.
Prior to teaching at the Old Town School, Laurie was a music camp counselor in New York and Chicago. She developed young musicians into bands; taught private lessons; and led seminars in songwriting, theory, stage presence and more.
Laurie has shared the stage with jazz legend Von Freeman and Dukes of Hazard star Tom Wopat. She has performed many times as an actor and vocalist appearing throughout Chicago and Madison.
Education: BA Jazz Voice Studies, Columbia College
Started at the Old Town School in April of 2010