Washington School

136-J Washington St. SE

Albuquerque, NM 87108


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Montgomery School

10701 Montgomery Blvd. NE

Albuquerque, NM 87111


Fred Kronacher

Fred Kronacher joined the NMSM faculty in 2016.  Mr. Kronacher has been a dedicated teacher for 35 years - the last 28 of which were in Seattle, Washington.  He is also a performing concert pianist, and feels very fortunate to have been able to combine his love of teaching and performing.


"I have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, working with many wonderful students; both children and adults, ranging in level from beginners on through advanced, accomplished pianists. It is always rewarding to guide a pupil on his or her musical journey.  I believe I have been a successful teacher because I truly love music and I also love people.


I am a classical pianist, and as a teacher I stress the basic fundamentals of good musicianship. I teach not just piano technique, but music. I try to also be flexible and sensitive to each individual student’s needs. It is always my goal to nurture a lifelong love for music, while instilling the value of careful, disciplined practice."  


Mr. Kronacher received his BA in piano performance from Ithaca College, where he studied with George Driscoll.  He received his Masters in piano at The Manhattan School of Music in New York where he studied with the noted pianist, Robert Goldsand.


He has performed many recitals, both solo and chamber, in the New York area, including a debut solo recital at Carnegie Recital Hall.  He also served on the piano faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music in New York.  In Seattle, he was the co-founder and artistic director of Musical Experiences, and appeared frequently on both KING-FM and KUOW-FM radio.  He has served on the faculty of Pacific Northwest Ballet, giving classes in music appreciation.  In 2013, Mr. Kronacher appeared in a live broadcast performance of Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion at Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery in Woodinville, Washington.


Mr. Kronacher has recorded seven CDs, including the most recent All Bach Program.  He has written three articles for MSNBC on the pleasures of listening to great music.  He has recently published Piano Variations, a book-length collection of personal vignettes taken from his life in music.