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The Scientific Piano Teacher(SPT) shares insightful resources of piano teaching and learning. It was founded by Fanny, Po Sim Head, in 2020. In 2019, when she began her doctorate studies, she discovered the world of pedagogy. She was inspired to learn a more holistic and methodical approach to teaching.
FANNY, Po Sim Head
Founder of SPT
Second Year D.M.A Piano Pedagogy
M.M Piano Performance and Musicology
Born in Hong Kong, Fanny is currently pursuing the doctorate degree of Piano performance and pedagogy in the University of Kansas under the instruction of Dr. Scott McBride Smith. Fanny completed her undergraduate degree of Music Composition and Production in Hong Kong Baptist University. Later she received her master’s degrees in Piano Performance and Musicology from the University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC) where she studied piano.
In addition to regular performances in Kansas City, Fanny has performed throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. She also actively participates in music events and masterclasses. In 2017, she was selected to participate the summer workshop organized by the Juilliard School of Dance and Music where she performed with the cellist Julian Schwarz. She also attended the SIPO piano festival in Portugal the same year and played in masterclasses by Paul Skoda, Boris Berman, and Luiz Carlos.
As a musicologist, she has presented at the conferences of the Kansas Music Teacher Association (2020), College Music Society (2019), Britain and the World(2019), and the Midwest Music Research Collective (2018). She is also a guest writer at the online magazine Interlude.hk.
She has over 20 years of teaching experience, with students from all over the world. Her students are active participants in piano recitals, festivals, and competitions. Fanny has a thriving studio in Kansas City, where she is an active member of a number of music teacher associations and serves as the coordinator of the Conero International Piano Competition.
Partner of SPT
Author/Writer of First Class Piano
Agnieszka Lasko is a pianist, composer, educator, and author. Her trilingual piano method book with elements of improvisation – written in Polish, English and German – 'First Class Piano' (published by Euterpe) has received acclaim from piano pedagogues and is gaining worldwide recognition. Described as 'Excellent' in the Polish academic journal of the Polish Chamber Musicians' Association, it was also 'Warmly recommended' by the UK Magazine Piano Professional EPTA as a ‘Very good alternative to what’s offered by America and the UK’.
Agnieszka completed her studies with professor Cezary Sanecki at the Grażyna and Kiejstut Bacewicz Music Academy in Łódź (Poland). With a deep interest for playing ensemble music, in 2019 she participated alongside Elżbieta Tyszecka in the world premiere recording of Aleksander Tansman's Piano Four Hands Music (Acte Préalable).
Her passion for music is reflected in her commitment to teaching piano, in which she has achieved no little success. Her students include laureates of numerous piano and chamber music competitions. For her teaching achievements she was honored with an award from the Mayor of Lodz. In high demand as a piano pedagogy specialist, Agnieszka Lasko lectures on original methods for teaching children at the early stages of their piano education. Among her many presentations she was featured at the National Academic and Artistic Conference ‘Partnership in Music’ at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, Poland, at the 10th and 11th World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia where she taught Special WPC Master Classes, at the Hands-On Research Symposium – Hands-On Piano - at the University of Aveiro, Portugal, at the Kansas Music Teachers Association Virtual State Conference.
Agnieszka is the co-founder, the managing director, and the adjudicator of the MusicAlive 1st International Piano Competition organized in cooperation with the World Piano Teachers Association Poland, Institute of Music in Cieszyn, the University of Silesia in Katowice. She was also invited as an adjudicator for the Art in Experience International Online Music Competition in North Macedonia.
Constantly working on piano compositions for children, she continues her innovative approach to improvisation. Her latest publication 'Little Stories' (published by Euterpe) has received favorable review from Piano Journal - the European Piano Teachers Association official magazine: ‘It is not often that I rave about new music for young pianists but this particular volume of 16 character pieces is a sheer delight’. The publication was also praised by Andrew Eales of British blog Pianodao as a ‘Natural winner’ and a ‘Truly essential addition to the childrens’ pedagogic literature’.
Agnieszka joined the Scientific Piano Teacher in 2021. She particularly wants to share her passion for less-known piano works, and provide her professional advice towards teaching and learning the piece.