Tracey Baetzel has a Bachelor of Music with honors (Piano and Ethnomusicology) from U of M and a Master’s in Business Administration (Operations Research and Information Systems) from Eastern Michigan University. She was a technology director at a large multi-state law firm for 25 years. While working in technology, Tracey taught courses in Business Information Systems at Wayne State University, served in a variety of positions (including President) for the International Legal Technology Association (a professional educational association), and published several papers on IT staffing and management.
During this time, she kept up piano by accompanying singers and recitals at EMU, receiving coaching on solo, chamber music and vocal repertoire from local pianists and competed in an international piano competition at the Sorbonne in Paris in 2007. She holds teaching certification at all levels from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Tracey has taught for 15 years, and recently agreed to participate in a pilot teaching internship/apprenticeship with an EMU piano major.
Upon leaving institutional employment in 2014, Tracey received a Foundation grant to study sequencing (I.e., programming music) in order to develop backing tracks for student pieces and explore the interface between music and technology. She did an online research project/paper and presented results at the local and state meetings in 2016. She believes that continuing education for music teachers and students contributes to the well being of the local community.