Mrs. Blankart had her musical education with the renowned Louis Kohler in Konigsberg, East Prussia, Germany.
From the first she wanted to be a concert player. There being no piano in her home, she was compelled to practice at a piano house every morning from eight until twelve o'clock, and she said many times that she could have practiced longer if the military band passing the store daily at noon had not reminded her of the time. She kept up this arduous practice until she broke down with typhoid fever and was near death's door.
When she was able to start work again, Louis Kohler did not recognize her at all, she had changed so much. He encouraged her very much, but stated at once that, under the conditions, she ought to give up all hope of becoming a performer, as she could not stand the strain. He said she could make an excellent teacher and that he would help her in every way.
For two years she taught under the guidance of this great teacher and in 1868 came to America.
She was at the California College, teaching for over twenty years