Rated 5 out of 5 by LynnV Extremely patient
I've loved banjo music for years but never had the courage to learn how to play until recently. I'm a senior citizen with absolutely no musical background. What I like best about Mary is that she's totally patient and encouraging but at the same time pushes me out of my comfort zone so that I learn something new with each lesson. When I struggle with how to do something, she suggests different ways to attack the problem or ways to work around it. In just a few months she's helped me be able to play a song for someone that they can actually recognize, which was the first goal I had set for myself. I look forward to many more goals. I'm so glad to have Mary as my teacher!
May 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Preacher68 Practice more
Mary is an excellent teacher. Having been a teacher for 20 years, I tend to closely observe other teachers. Mary had much more to teach me than I was willing to learn. Playing the guitar is a psycho motor skill and as such it must be practiced diligently to gain the muscle memory necessary to perform the tasks. I didn't do it but Mary kept encouraging me and the more she did, the more I practiced, although I still fall woefully short of 30 minutes every day. Her lessons in music theory, however, are paying dividends since I also play some other instruments.
She is kind, patient, skilled and knows music inside out. I don't think I could have chosen a better teacher. I will start again as soon as I am able. Thanks Mary, job well done!
April 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LoisJ Mary is doing a great job with Tyler. He is enjoying and learning really well with her. I would recommend her very highly to anyone.
July 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by DanielV1 Excellent teacher
Mary has a lot of knowledge and definitely a ton of patience. I've been meaning to learn guitar/singing for 20 years and only now have I been able to conjure up the time and effort to get it done. I have a career, am a single dad, and lots of regular stuff going on so I don't always have time to do all the planned exercises. This was no obstacle for Mary, she got me back on track every time.The educational materials she gave me on betray her years of experience and mastery - she knew the right books, the right charts and the right songs to start me on. I've made more progress of over 4 lessons with her than I did in 2 months of trying alone.
July 5, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by PaulO Very helpful and accomodating
Great lessons. Keeps me on track for a solid musical foundation.
December 1, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by JamieG Maya is enjoying her lessons! Thanks Mary for your patience.
November 5, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by MattM1 highly recommend Mary for piano lessons!
Mary is fantastic! I started piano lessons with her 2 months ago. She's extremely knowledgeable on music theory, and the *why* behind chords, different keys, different fingering positions, etc. She's a professional pianist herself, so it's easy for her to demonstrate to me how something should be played. And she knows what she's talking about when I ask questions about how pianists evolve, the importance of sight reading, and a million other questions I have asked her about this journey I've embarked on. She's also got a great personality: cheerful, patient, supportive, good listener, funny, relaxed, always a smile. Bottom line, I recommend Mary highly!
March 18, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by JeannieE Mom
Mary is great. She is patient with Banjo on the banjo and we are happy with the lessons and the convenience of having the instruction here at home!
January 12, 2010