About Mary Kogen
"Mary Kogen has literally become
the Piano teachers’ Piano Teacher" -The Oregonian
"Mary Kogen has been nicknamed 'The Question Queen'
for her insatiable curiosity."
Philosophy of Teaching:
Officially retired, Mary is busier than ever. She leads pedagogy presentations all across the country and presents the TaKeTiNa process at numerous universities and conferences throughout the United States and in France. She also has recently begun working with trial attorneys on curiosity, learning, and the art of the question. When not traveling, she does TaKeTiNa and teaches pedagogy and piano lessons in her studio in Portland, Oregon.
Mary Hall Kogen is Professor Emerita at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. Prior to her retirement she taught Piano, Piano Pedagogy, Class Piano, and also supervised Graduate Teaching Assistants.
In 1993, Ms. Kogen founded a summer music camp, “Let Music Be the Food of Peace,” in collaboration with Self Enhancement Inc. For one week, inner-city youth were invited to the PSU campus to explore, compose, and become music. The camp transformed kid's self-esteem and won numerous awards over its ten summers.
In 1998, Mary discovered the experiential rhythm system TaKeTiNa, and her lifelong belief in the power of rhythm and movement led her to join the first US Taketina Teacher Training and become an Advanced Certified TaKeTiNa teacher.
In 2008, she was selected to present “Rhythm and Evolution” for the Music Teachers National Association in Denver, Colorado. She has been a member of the SYMS (Summer Youth Music School) faculty at the University of New Hampshire for the past eight years where she teaches participatory rhythmic skills to high school music students. She has led TaKeTiNa workshops in public schools, women's prison, universities, conferences and corporate retreats.
Mary teaches in her private studio in Portland, OR, and also travels throughout the United states and beyond to bring her unique and innovative teaching wherever it's needed.