Real School of Music Promotes Heather Luhn to the Position of Director of Education

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Since joining the faculty of Real School in 2012, Heather Luhn has filled many roles, from violin instructor, to Director of Strings Instruction, Director of Yamaha Music Education, and serving on the Faculty Leadership Team. Now she’s on to her newest challenge as Real School’s new Director of Education.

Heather Luhn has consistently demonstrated leadership, vision, and dependability in a variety of challenging roles. She is a decisive, creative influencer, is highly respected, and is extraordinarily well suited to this new position.

The Real School of Music today announced the promotion of Heather Luhn to the newly created position of Director of Education.

In this role, Ms. Luhn will have primary responsibility for faculty across all instrument categories, and all academic services delivered throughout the company’s music school operations.

“Heather Luhn has consistently demonstrated leadership, vision, and dependability in a variety of challenging roles,” said Real School CEO, Thomas Byrne. “She is a decisive, creative influencer, is highly respected, and is extraordinarily well suited to this new position.”

Ms. Luhn joined Real School as a Strings Instructor in 2012. She was named the “Rookie Of The Year” in 2013, and quickly began taking on roles of increasing responsibility. As Director of Strings Instruction, Ms. Luhn increased the size of the department by five-fold. As Director of Yamaha Music Education, she built and managed several thriving Yamaha music programs—both at Real School corporate and out-of-state affiliate schools.

When asked to describe her goals for this new role, Ms. Luhn said, "I'm honored to be named Real School’s first Director of Education! In this role I hope to assess, develop, and inspire faculty of all instruments to continue learning on a personal and professional level through sharing, presenting, and collaborating in professional development settings. I look forward to challenging the level of education offered at Real School and nurturing the students through the continued learning and inspiration of our faculty."

Originally from Bloomington, Illinois, Ms. Luhn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University, and a Master of Music in String Pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts. Prior to joining Real School, she worked as a violin teacher and performer and founded a 3rd and 4th grade string program at St. Robert School in Shorewood, Wisconsin. Ms. Luhn also co-founded and ran a string quartet based in Bloomington, IL that performed at over 200 private events and weddings. She remains an active performer as a member of the Melrose Symphony Orchestra.

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