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Covington Presents the 2019 Independent Music Teacher Award


We all know how music impacts us individually.  It comforts us, inspires us and connects us to one another.

But music is so much more; there is something about its impact on us physically, emotionally and mentally.  In fact, it helps to develop the left side of the brain which fosters creativity that drives our innovativeness that allows us to solve problems.  In essence it is a facilitator for the betterment of the human experience.

Recognizing the diminishing arts programs in our schools and the many societal challenges that we face we have felt compelled to do something about that and so we have been underwriting music and art programs in our community through our business and family foundations.  Additionally, each year we sponsor the Independent Music Teacher Award facilitated through the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.  This year at the Carmina Burana concert we announced the 2019 honoree as Jacqueline Herbein.

Patrick R. Wallace presents the Independent Music Teacher Award for 2019 to Jacqueline Herbein on April 27, 2019.

Jacqueline Herbein considers the development of physical perception to be a cornerstone of her teaching and she recently added the ProformaVision technology to her studio as a teaching enhancement.  A Certificate in Anatomy and Physiology from the Massage Therapy Institute of Western Pennsylvania provides a solid academic foundation while independent work in Alexander Technique and teacher certification in therapeutic yoga heighten the movement insights she brings to this new technology and her work in general.

Jacqueline Herbein regularly works with teachers and students of all ages and performance levels both in private lessons and master classes. She has become known for her creative approach in unraveling musicians’ pain and injury issues by working with biofeedback, imagery and alternative therapies in order to awaken connections within the body.  Her articles have been published in The American Music Teacher, The Canadian Music Teacher and Clavier Companion journals and she regularly presents sessions on technique, perception and wellness to organizations and university pedagogy classes around the country, including the MTNA National Conference in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013, the American Music Therapy Association Mid-Atlantic Region Conference, the Mississippi Piano Showcase, the Goshen College Piano Workshop and Academy and the Greater Pittsburgh Suzuki Institute.

It is important that we recognize the passion, dedication and societal impact individuals such as Jacqueline Herbein have had and are having on our youth.  In what seems to be more of a tribal selfie driven world, there are actually children taking another path fostered through these teachers of music; a path of discipline, manners, inspiration, positive cognitive development and pure joy.

Please join me in congratulating Jacqueline.

Patrick R. Wallace


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