About Brooke Balbuena
Recognized by Steinway & Sons in 2018 as a “Top Teacher,” Brooke Balbuena is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through the Music Teachers National Association. She maintains an active piano studio in which she works with beginning to early advanced students. Brooke embraces a student-focused teaching philosophy and is dedicated to helping each student achieve their personal goals to the very best of their ability.
Originally from upstate New York, Brooke attended the pre-college division at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Alla Kuznetsov. She received the Eastman Preparatory Diploma in Piano with Honors in 2000 and a B.M. Degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2003. Brooke returned to Eastman to further her studies in Music Education from 2003-2005 under the guidance of Dr. Susan Conkling.
Brooke holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in Piano Performance and Pedagogy where she studied with Dr. Kasandra Keeling and Dr. Ivan Hurd. While at UTSA, she won the 2015 Aria & Concerto competition. In 2017 she was awarded the Graduate School’s prestigious “Excellence in Teaching” award for her enthusiastic work with undergraduate class piano students. Her private students have won numerous performance competitions at local and state levels and have earned gold medals in state theory tests.
As an active participant and leader in local music associations, Brooke has held various board positions to contribute to a rich and thriving musical community for music teachers and their students alike. Brooke relocated to Colorado in early 2020 and looks forward to sharing her passion for music and teaching at Dana V. Music.