Jacob Huggins

Piano
Education

Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance with the distinction magna cum laude, Keene State College

Teaching/Performance Bio

As a graduate of Keene State College, Mr. Huggins holds his Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance with the distinction magna cum laude. During his time at Keene, Jacob was chosen to participate in masterclasses with Randall Hodgkinson and Stephen Drury of New England Conservatory as well as masterclasses with CAMI Artist Virginia Eskin and Moscow Conservatory graduate, Vladimir Odinokikh. In these academic years, Jacob performed several solo and collaborative piano recitals and in his last year, was chosen to be inducted into the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society at Keene State College. In the summer of 2018, Jacob was chosen by his former professor, Dr. Christina Wright Ivanova, in demonstrating and explaining the importance of investing in several high quality instruments for Keene State College, provided by Steinway & Sons. In 2022, he was again asked to participate in a Steinway and Sons event as a guest performer, playing alongside his former professors. Since his graduation, Mr. Huggins has been teaching students between the ages of 7 and 65, placing a heavy emphasis on the importance of sound. Mr. Huggins is currently training for future performances under a laureate of the 1986 Tchaikovsky competition, Professor Yovcho Krushev. Mr. Huggins has a special affinity with Baroque and contemporary classicists like that of Bach, Schubert, Reger, and Godowsky amongst many others exemplifying a similar style. He champions simplistic melodic lines accompanied with dense contrapuntal harmonic progressions.

Teaching Philosophy

My job as a teacher on the most fundamental level is to have my students be able to express themselves through the instrument without limitation. In achieving this, an understanding of what happens on the most basic level of the subject must be obtained. Instilling this knowledge into others is my work. I work to pass down the knowledge of piano art using methods from the Eastern European tradition of piano playing. These methods are not my own and I take no credit for them. As I have been taught, this is the highest level of art in piano playing. This school, above all, is the art of sound. A student’s individual sound can reveal itself only when the student is completely relaxed and confident at the instrument, in return, allowing for full expressive freedom. The methods understood by Henrich Neuhaus, Franz Liszt, Godowsky, Medtner, Nikolai Zverev, (teacher of Rachmaninoff and Scriabin) and among many others, are the same methods I utilize to achieve this expressive freedom. Each student will have a very specific practice regiment, always beginning with Hanon, one Czerny etude and one additional piece of music of the students choosing. 

As a teacher, I understand students want to learn music they know and enjoy. A student is allowed to pick out one piece of music of their choice as long as they keep up with their Hanon and étude. I always explain everything to my students. For example, I do not utilize Hanon simply because it is tradition. I have studied each exercise in all keys and play Hanon everyday. I always make it a point to explain why each exercise is important, and to demonstrate how the end results will look, sound, and feel. Demonstration in a lesson is vital in training all ages and levels. I have taught children from the ages of five to eighteen as well as adults for the last five years. Teaching and performing are and will always be my life’s work. I am currently training for future performances under a laureate of the 1986 Tchaikovsky competition, Professor Yovcho Krushev.