Laura Allnutt, a graduate of University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance, teaches piano with passion, precision, and patience. She has studied piano with Alfred Mouledous at Southern Methodist University, Dr. Irina Vorobieva at the University of Kentucky, Sergei Polusmiak at Northern Kentucky University, and Dr. Rachel Taylor in Georgetown, Kentucky. Laura has received many scholarships to study and perform at universities and abroad. In the fall of 2007, she won first prize in the KMTA Bluegrass Young Artist Division and first prize in the KMTA Bluegrass College Piano Ensemble Competition. Laura adjudicated a piano festival for the National Federated Music Club in 2009. Currently an active collaborator, she has worked with the Allen High School in Allen, Texas and performed at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble contest in Austin, Texas in May 2012, 2013, and 2014. Laura and her husband, John, have played for several musicals together, including Bat Boy, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Songs from a New World, Tarzan, Fame, and The Wizard of Oz. John and Laura played for Tarzan in fall of 2013 with Plano Children’s Theatre and were both featured on WFAA “Good Morning Texas” to promote the production. They premiered a local production called Broken: The Musical in 2014 at this historic Gilley’s venue.
Laura has experience teaching privately at Allnuttts4music Studio in Allen, TX, the Centre for Musical Minds in Frisco, TX, the Northern Kentucky Music Preparatory Department, the Central Music Academy in Lexington, and at the Seven Hills School in Cincinnati. Her pedagogical training is extensive, and she has attended the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy in 2009, 2011, and 2013 in Chicago and will attend this summer 2017. At the SMU Institute for Piano Teachers in 2014, Laura presented a flash talk on incorporating yoga into piano lessons. She enjoys composing piano duets for beginners and making audio tracks to accompany her students.
Traveling with the King’s Brass across the United States gave her a renewed perspective of performing after 120 concerts from May of 2008 to May of 2009. Inspired from music festivals she attended in France and Austria as an accompanist in 2004-2007, Laura believes that teaching piano is beyond the right notes, rhythms, and fingerings; music is about communicating a message. Music is the most powerful means of expressing oneself, and Laura desires to inspire children and adults alike through learning the universal language of music. She currently serves as a staff accompanist at Eastern Kentucky University and pianist for White Oak Pond Church in Richmond, Kentucky.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.