Building character. Testing excellence.
Emily Garner is passionate about music, teaching, and helping others. A native to Central
Florida, Emily started piano lessons at the age of five. While in high school, she moved to
Texas, eventually settling in Humble. Emily became a student at the Moores School of Music
Preparatory and Continuing Studies program, studying under Dr. Courtney Crappell.
Recently, Emily finished her Associates of Music at San Jacinto College where she was on
several music and honor scholarships. There, she was in the studio of Dr. Sarah Spencer and
later, Dr. Steve Termini. During her time at San Jacinto College, Emily was a music theory tutor,
a jazz pianist for the SJC Jazz Ensemble, and presented research on Amy Beach, Anton
Bruckner, György Ligeti, Witold Lutoslawski, and Bohemian National Music.
Apart from the piano, Emily has found success as a composer. She had her first work,
Totentanz, premiered in 2021 at San Jacinto College. Additionally, Emily was president of the
organization Orpheus: Society of Composers for the 2020-2021 academic year.
As a teacher, Emily's goal is to help her students find music enjoyable and as an outlet for
personal expression. She wants all of her students to be successful: developing smart practice
habits, healthy technique, and building a diverse repertoire.
Emily is currently working towards her Bachelors of Music in Piano Performance at the
University of Houston. She is in the studio of Dr. Andrew Staupe.
In her free time, Emily enjoys being with her family and friends, playing with her dogs, and
participating in outdoor activities.