A key component of Dr. Koerner's teaching and coaching style is the overarching goal of building self-sufficiency and independence in her students. A firm believer that learning is a never-ending process, she strives to give her students the skills necessary to become their own teachers. To accomplish this, her lessons and discussions include setting individual goals, determining outcomes, asking critical-thinking questions, directing student self-assessment, and building resources and connections.   


To better implement her philosophy and teaching goals, Dr. Koerner obtained a Masters in Education, with New York State Certification, and crafted an individualized certificate program at Eastman focusing on College Music Teaching.

“Thank you so much for all of your instruction, Dr. Koerner! I have really loved your classes and how efficiently you covered such a broad subject. I have a much clearer idea now as to how to prepare for the future and what to expect, and I am very grateful to you for all of your responses to my questions.”

Summer Classical Studies Participant, 2020

"Blaire is awesome! I Ioved interacting with her and I always looked forward to talking with her during our office hours! She really helped me understand something when I wasn’t always getting it."

- Anastasia Severson, 2017

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