A wise man once said, “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” When I try to explain my philosophy, I often find myself thinking about the intangible way music makes people feel. As a piano teacher, this is what’s important to me—that my students experience music, and enjoy it. I believe that music should be fun. If nothing else, I want my students to enjoy playing the piano.
My goal is to give proper instruction that will help my students learn independence. They should be able to practice correctly, count, articulate, set goals, perform, and share their knowledge and love of music to others.
When my students learn independence, they reinforce their self-esteem and create the motivation to continue learning. I strive to create an environment where my students feel welcome and happy. Understanding what they bring to the table helps me develop a teaching style that will fit them personally.
Giving the gift of music to children is one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life!
My piano studio consists of two brightly lit rooms. The atmosphere is fun, inviting and conducive to learning.
In one studio are two new Yamaha Clavinovas and an Mac Book Pro laptop , connected to one of the Clavinovas for sight-reading, notating and printing music. This set-up allows students to record, compose, and play ensemble pieces together, which are all favorite activities. Each Clavinova has ear phones, which enables the student and his/her teacher to work independently. In the other room is an a Kawai Baby Grand and a 27′ inch iMac computer an two apple iPads that is used for supplementing theory, rhythm skills sight-reading and ear training.
I hold weekly lessons in my home piano studio. Each student has a three-ring binder with five sections: technique, assignment sheets, music terminology, reference materials, and staff paper.
Unique to my studio are teacher assistants. They are selected from my older students and/or others who are qualified to assist me. The use of teacher assistants is twofold. First, teacher assistants allow flexibility and meet the needs of multiple students. Second, the teacher assistants themselves gain valuable teaching experience. This arrangement allows 40 minutes of piano time for each student.
Students from Beginning to Intermediate levels will have one hour lessons with three other students.
During the lesson time, Students rotate every 20 minutes:
- 20 minutes of technique material, music terms, and theory
- 20 minutes working on performance pieces
- 20 minutes – off the bench activities, use of technology, educational iPad apps ie; sight-reading, music history, composers, and theory-based games etc.
Students who are Beginning to Intermediate and are not scheduled in a rotating lesson with three students, will have a private 40 minute lesson.
Students who are in Late Intermediate to Advanced levels have private one-on-one lessons with me. These lessons are 45 minutes.
I provide three different pianos in my studio: a Kawai baby grand and two Yamaha Clavinova digital pianos. The first instrument encourages students to listen to the nuance and emotion that can be heard on a quality acoustic piano. All the instruments provided encourage the development of proper technique. In addition to the baby grand, the two digital pianos help in daily lessons, and allow for fun engagement with the creative sounds and back tracks they provide. All instruments are properly maintained and tuned to ensure optimal function.
About Piano Lessons
My piano students enjoy my playful approach to learning. I have a clear long-term vision for my students and provide them with the step-by-step instruction that nurtures a feeling of success.
Balance is important to me. I blend traditional teaching with technology, I mix playfulness with practice, and I carefully balance my lessons to cover:
- reading skill development
- listening skills
- composition and improvisation
- chords and lead sheets
- technique development
- written theory homework
- pieces in a variety of styles
Learn more about registering your child for piano lessons at Marie’s Piano Studio.
WHAT SETS MY STUDIO APART?
My studio is unique from most others in this region for several reasons. Here are a few of my favorites.
- Innovative teaching approach focused on learning technique, theory, and performance.
- Students learn to read music fluently and to speak the language of music so it’s conveyed through their performances.
- Independent musicianship encouraged to increase self-confidence in music and other areas of life.
- Technology and traditional teaching techniques provide a balanced and thorough musical education.
- Providing a wide variety of musical styles to learn and experiment with.
- Recital performances, both formal and informal, providing opportunities to collaborate and become educated in ways that only performing provides.
- Well-planned incentive programs to aid students in their motivation and education.
- We have a TON of fun!