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About Joan Koenig

Joan Koenig is the Founder of L’Ecole Koenig - American Conservatory, Preschool & Kindergarten. She wrote the Koenig Method which she applies in her school, putting music in a central place of the school’s program. At the moment, she is writing a book compiling 30 years of her own research, experiences and observations on how music affects the child’s brain. She recently signed with the Zoe Pagnamenta literary Agency.

Joan Koenig began the piano when she was five years old and the flute at the age of nine. She graduated from the Juilliard School in 1981, then pursued her studies in France with Jean Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion, and in Switzerland with Aurèle Nicolet. In Europe, Joan played as a soloist and chamber musician with Alexander Lagoya, Patrice Fontanarosa and Frédérique l’Odéon, among others.

Passionate about teaching, Joan taught in several Parisian conservatories before deciding to create the Ecole Koenig American Conservatory. Koenig was quickly joined by Betsy Schlesinger, who becomes the Director of the Conservatory in 2015. Since then, the school has never ceased developing and expanding its programs.

While raising two bilingual children, Joan became intrigued with the relationship between music and language and developed her original, bilingual program enabling children to learn French and English using music as a vector. Joan Koenig’s research and innovative work with music and early childhood, along with her talented teaching team, have earned the school a solid reputation in the Parisian community.

Joan was invited to the Salzburg Global Seminar conference on “The Neuroscience of Art” in 2014. She continues to collaborate with the neuroscientific community around the world sharing her empiric data, and integrating the important elements of cutting edge research into her continually evolving programs.