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About Marie

Giving the gift of music to children is one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life!

I began teaching piano professionally in 1988, shortly after discovering and joining the Utah Music Teachers Association (UMTA). I am a member of two local chapters and have served in these chapters in a variety of positions, including Membership Chair, Teacher Referrals Chair, Webmaster, Recital and Ensemble Chair, Recital Committee member, Secretary, and President of the Sandy Chapter of the Utah Music Teachers Association. I also served as the Festival Chairman for the Sandy Area as part of the Utah Federation of Music Clubs (UFMC), affiliated with the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC).

I have presented workshops on motivational ideas and effective summertime games for piano teachers to the Sandy Chapter, the Jordan River Chapter, and Salt Lake Music Associations, sharing my favorite books to further piano teacher education. I have also been part of a local teacher panel discussing technique, theory, pedagogy, and recitals.

Along with serving in local chapters of the UMTA, I maintain a thriving piano studio. In 2016, I was awarded the Permanent Professional Certified Teacher of Music in Piano, granted by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

I offer a vital mentoring program for high school and college students to mentor current music students. Several of my students have pursued professional pedagogical studies, joined professional music organizations, and are now successfully teaching students of their own.

Over the last 29 years and through the Sandy UMTA, my students and I have organized and participated in large-scale ensemble concerts, some of which were under my direction. These annual eight-piano benefit performances took place in the local mall to benefit those with cystic fibrosis, leukemia, and muscular dystrophy. The most recent benefit concert in May 2013 was for the Nathan and Jennifer Strong family. My students raised significant funding for these causes through their participation. In 2000, we received a grant from the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) for our community efforts.

I enjoy judging music competitions for our local community school district for the Reflections Contest. I also volunteer in local schools teaching music theory, and offer my services at high school music events during the year.

“Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it” ~ Charles Swindoll