Tracey Baetzel has a Bachelor of Music with Distinction from U of M and a Master’s in Business Administration from EMU. She is certified in teaching piano by the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto at the elementary, intermediate and advanced levels. Her first career, lasting @ 25 years, was as a technology director at a large law firm. She also served as president of an international legal technology professional association, published and presented several papers on law firm IT staffing, and taught a course in Business Systems Management at Wayne State University.
During this time, Tracey continued piano studies with with Michele Cooker, Eugene Bossart, Flavio Varani and Joel Schoenhals. She has done Alexander work for several years and attended workshops with both Barbara Lister Sink (Eastman School of Music) and Alan Fraser (Novi Sad, Serbia) on how to achieve structural integrity in teaching piano technique. She’s familiar with the Taubman system of teaching technique through video instruction.
Tracey is also interested in finding new (but simple) ways to use technology to support teaching and aid students in practice. In 2014, a grant from the AAAPTG Foundation enabled her to learn sequencing in order to introduce its benefits to students and the teaching community. In 2015 she conducted a survey to identify specific technology use by piano teachers and students for a presentation in January, 2016, and will be presenting another session on technology and teaching at the MTNA State Conference in October, 2016.
Tracey spent several years accompanying university voice students at lessons, competitions and recitals, and playing chamber music in a summer program near Philadelphia. She was a concerto soloist with the Toledo Symphony in 1970. In 2007 she participated in an international piano competition in Paris. She has a private studio in her home.