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Adrienne Fontenot

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“Very Inspiring Piano Teachers”


Adrienne Fontenot


Tel: (502) 262-2773

About Me

My first teacher, my sister Anne May (MM, UTK) gave me two hour-long lessons each week from the time I was six, combining both traditional reading and Suzuki methods. In high school I transferred two Fay Adams and attended UT on a full scholarship that was both academic and performance based. I receive my MM from U of L on full scholarship and continue to accompany at U of L. I enjoy working with students and accompany the Singing Cardsmen, U of L’s all men’s choir. I also worked with Thompson Street Opera Company for 3 seasons as rehearsal and performance pianist and enjoy giving recitals with friends and my duet partner, Mary Ann Wilder. Like I tell my students, there is always more music to be learned.

Education & Background

BM, Piano Pedagogy and Literature, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Graduated cum laude. Studied with Fay Adams.

MM, Piano Performance and Pedagogy, the University of Louisville. Studied with Dr. Vernon Cherrix. Graduate Teaching Assistant to Dr. Krista Wallace-Boaz.

Additional studies:

UTK – harpsichord and organ, Dr. John Brock

Brevard Music Center, 1999, 2000, Dr. James Howsmon (Oberlin)

Master classes:

UTK – Awadagin Pratt
U of L – Olga Kern, Maxim Philoppov, Stanislav Oudenitch, Kotaro Fukuma, Ning An, Wendy Chen


What I Teach

I use traditional reading methods such as Faber but enjoy customizing and tailoring lessons to the student’s strengths and weaknesses. We work on technique and integrate history into interpretation. I enjoy teaching music from all compositional periods, especially 20th and 21st century.


Ages/Skill Levels Taught
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced