Laura Garvin serves as member of the Preparatory Piano Advisory Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance and a Master of Arts degree in music history/performance from the New Jersey City State University studying with Thomas Burke, as well with Lori Glaze at the Manhattan School of Music. Garvin’s post-graduate work included the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, piano pedagogy with Francis Clark at the Westminster Choir College and Musikgarten/Early Childhood at the University of Delaware. She studied Suzuki Piano with Barbara Rosenberger at the Peabody Preparatory and received her Suzuki certification with Sue Vasquez at the Greater Washington Suzuki Institute in Virginia. Garvin received certification in Dalcroze at University of Maryland, College Park and ORFF certification at George Mason University. Prior to moving to Baltimore, she worked as a pianist in New York City, a church musician/organist, music educator and piano teacher both privately and in several institutions in the New York/New Jersey area. Garvin has received vocal training with Conrad Osborne of NYC and at the Voice Care Institute of St. John’s University in Minnesota. She completed her American Montessori Society certification in 1999 and served as a faculty member of the Maryland Montessori Teacher Training Institute in Lutherville, MD. Prior to her appointment as Coordinator for Peabody Preparatory’s PYP Program in 2006, Garvin served as a teacher mentor in the Baltimore City Public School System through the Music Teacher Mentoring Program, taught in the Early Childhood department, and coordinated the Preparatory’s Signature Recital Series. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of America (SAA) and AGO. Formerly the director of the Early Childhood Music program at the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, MD for 13 years, Garvin also served as accompanist/coach for the McDonogh High School Choral Programs and collaborative pianist/coach for Senior Recital/Stewart Awards recipients. Garvin also works as an organist serving as assistant organist, and choral accompanist at Second Presbyterian Church on St. Paul and Charles Street, Baltimore City. In addition, she continues pursuing an advanced degree in organ performance and maintains a private piano teaching studio.