There are teachers who genuinely make a difference in your life, and I was proud to have been a student and friend of Portland’s own Mary Kogen. In a career more than five decades long, she taught piano and pedagogy at Eastern Illinois University and spent 26 years on the faculty at Portland State, striving always for the humanity and self-enhancement in music. And as for Breaking Barlines, I can confidently attribute a good deal of my own teaching methods to her influence. I was one of countless music teachers whose lives were touched by Mary’s warmth, unmatched humor, and her commitment to bringing music into people’s lives and souls. Though her time is ended, the light she left belongs to us all, and it will not go out. Thank you, Mary.
To read Mary Kogen’s obituary in OregonLive, please CLICK HERE.