Dr. Michael Coonrod

Instructor of Piano, Interlochen Arts Academy and Interlochen Arts Camp
Faculty, Interlochen Piano Institute


D.M.A., M.M.A., Peabody Conservatory of Music; B.M., University of Montana; Three summers at the Aspen Music School

Dr. Michael Coonrod has been a mentor to hundreds of piano students at the Interlochen Arts Academy and Arts Camp since 1976.

Coonrod’s role as a professional performing pianist, a counselor for maturing young musicians, and a teacher of musical style, practice skills, and technique has created a healthy environment for students to achieve their maximum ability. He has performed and given master classes at the Qingdao University in China; the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland; and the Eastman School of Music.

Coonrod earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Konrad Wolff. Additional training came from Leon Fleischer, Adele Marcus, George Walker, and Lucien Hut at the University of Montana

He is married to Jean Merce Coonrod, and has three grown children and three grandchildren.