His Love of Music Shows in His Teaching at Seton Hill

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His Love of Music Shows in His Teaching at Seton Hill


Smykla, Margaret, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)


When Edward M. Kuhn Jr. was a boy in Mount Pleasant Borough, Westmoreland County, he enjoyed going to his grandmother's house to listen to her play the piano.

With her encouragement, he began taking lessons at age 7.

Even while playing saxophone in the Mount Pleasant Area High School marching and concert bands, he never lost sight of his true love: the piano.

"It really came rather easily to me, and I remember thinking at a young age I'm probably never going to stop taking lessons," Mr. Kuhn, who now lives in Greensburg, said.

On June 7, the associate professor of music at Seton Hill University was named the 2014 Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association at its annual conference at Gettysburg College.

"Ed Kuhn is a lively, energetic faculty member who truly inspires students," Seton Hill president Mary C. Finger said. "The university is delighted he has received this well-deserved honor."

The state group is an affiliate of the Music Teachers National Association, which serves 25,000 independent music teachers committed to the pursuit of excellence in music teaching.

"I realize that my many years of participation [in the Pennsylvania association] has significantly aided my growth in piano pedagogy and scholarship,"' said Mr. Kuhn, who is an association board member.

All of the courses Mr. Kuhn teaches involve the piano.

"It's the greatest instrument to play and listen to and has such a vast repertoire of all types of music," he said.

After graduating with a degree in music from Carlow College, he established a private piano studio in his parents' home while also directing the choir and playing the organ during services at the nearby United Methodist Church.

"That gave me a little bit of money to start out with,"' he said.

As his studio expanded, so did his list of students, and he also taught at several Greensburg music stores. …

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