Shawn Johnson-Woodfin

Piano • Violin • Voice


Loyola University

Shawn is a classically trained musician and the daughter of a New Orleans music legend. She began playing the piano at the age of three and violin at the age of five. Throughout her childhood she garnered many accolades and awards in various local music competitions, began accompanying public middle and high school choirs by the age of nine, and culminated her adolescent musical endeavors with a second-place finish in the Tourgee DeBose National Piano Competition held at Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. She was awarded a scholarship to Loyola University in New Orleans, LA where she majored in Music Therapy.
Shawn has been teaching piano since the age of seventeen, and later added violin and voice to her list of instrument proficiencies. Her teaching experience spans over 40 years, yet her passion and dedication to sharing the gift of music with her students remains paramount today. Many of her students have gone on to major in music performance and music education. Her most prized pupil completed his master’s degree at Juilliard and is now performing in various operatic productions throughout the country.
Shawn’s teaching style emphasizes theory, rhythm, sightreading, and musical expression. While she uses classical music as the primary foundation, she also loves to incorporate current and trending musical selections that her students will both enjoy and identify with. Her goal is to engage her students in such a way that they are inspired with a passion and appreciation for music that will last a lifetime.