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Studio Music Instructor

Carissa Pitkin Cox has been recognized for her expressive conviction and commanding precision as both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist. Passionate about the power of music as a platform for social change and engagement, she served as an ambassador with the Mélange International Music Foundation, which offers music programs for children in developing countries. She has presented research on the music of fin-de-siècle Paris, and avant-garde aesthetics (expression theory). Her scholarly interests include music and philosophy, music entrepreneurship, and piano pedagogy. Cox previously taught at The Boston Conservatory and the University of Cincinnati-College-Conservatory of Music.

Cox holds a B.A. degree in Piano Performance with a minor in Education from Whitman College, and M.M. degrees in Piano Performance (The Boston Conservatory) and Musicology (University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music). Her primary mentors have included Leonard Richter, Lee Thompson, Max Levinson, and Jonathan Kregor.

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