Accompaniment

Levels Taught: Beginner - Advanced

Accompanying can be such a fun thing to do! Whether you want to take on a job as an accompanist somewhere or just play for yourself when you sing at home, I can help you out! I started accompanying choirs at the age of 12, and here is a list of the different accompanist jobs I have done since then. I hope we can find something that works for you!Children's choir, school choirs-all levels and styles, adult choirs specializing in classical music, solo vocalists - all styles including classical, solo instrumentalists - all styles including classical, string trios, musical theater, worship bands, church choirs including major holiday productions

Specialties: Reading piano chord charts and lyric sheets, Playing choral music, all styles

About Priscilla M.

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Male Ages Taught: 4 to 99
Female Ages Taught: 4 to 99

Overview

I love people of all ages. And I love helping them discover what beautiful things they can create in the world of music! Music is such a powerful way to express ourselves, and I love helping others learn how to do this and really enjoy it.

I have played piano since I was three. When I was able to read at age four, I began lessons, and the rest is history. I graduated from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music with a degree in Piano Performance and completed a Master's degree in Piano Performance at the University of Redlands. I love to perform, have written several songs, produced three CD's all with original music that I perform, and have just completed a fourth CD featuring major classical piano works arranged with favorite hymns. I have also written a musical and am in the process of having it produced.

I have sung in choirs of all types and accompanied them on the piano as well for many years. I have worked extensively in Musical Theater, serving both as Musical Director and Accompanist for shows such as Sound of Music, Annie, and many others.

I love seeing people get touched with music and love to help others create and perform music that really speaks to the heart. It's my passion. I teach all styles of music, and love teaching children, adults, and everything in between!

My goal for the students is for them to feel good about themselves as musicians and to be able to express themselves and reach the highest level of performance possible for them.
The students have the opportunity to perform regularly in recitals as well as other venues, and we have a lot of fun! Lessons are a great experience for us all.

*** Lesson Details ***
I use a standard curriculum for students that teaches the basic concepts of music and gives them creative pieces to use in the process. I expect my students to practice, and reward and encourage them to do so. I believe that positive affirmation is the best teaching tool, so I use that as my main basis for teaching, along with discipline and being challenged appropriately. I love helping people create, so my main goal for a piece is to help the student learn to perform it in the best way possible, with plenty of technique and lots of expression, to really make it their own so they and the audience can really enjoy it.

My students are usually ready to perform at least two or three major pieces of their level at the end of six months. I give them material to challenge them and encourage them to progress. Not too much, not too little! I teach self-confidence as one the biggest tools they can use to help themselves improve.

Come join us in our studio! We have a great time together discovering what we can create in the world of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach in my own private studio with an upright Weber piano excellent for teaching beginning to advanced piano skills and spacious room for voice lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
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*** Specialties ***
Accompaniment, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Christian Gospel, Classical Piano, Composition, Gospel Singing, Improvisation, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Reading Chord Charts, Singing, Songwriting, Transposition. *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

Photos and Videos

After a recital...we had a great time!

Experience

Recording Artist Sep 1989 - Present
Mirror of My Soul Minstries

I have recorded four piano solo CD's of pieces that I have composed and arranged. They vary in style from soft jazz, including Christmas arrangements, to Classical Piano music arranged with Hymns of Peace and Comfort. They have all sold well and are favorites with many of the listeners.

Piano Accompanist for Musical Theater Apr 1997 - Jun 2010
Christian Youth Theater

I worked for over ten years with Christian Community Theater in San Diego. We worked three month sessions with an average of 25 rehearsals and 12 performances for every show. I helped soloists and ensemble members learn their parts and played for all of the performances. Our shows included Sound of Music, Annie and many others.

Musical Director Mar 2010 - May 2010
Christian Youth Theater

I served as Musical Director and Accompanist for an outstanding production of Sound of Music. We had award-winning singers, and the show was a great success. It has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my theater career so far.

Choral Accompanist Sep 2007 - Jun 2008
San Diego State University

I accompanied the mixed choir at San Diego State University where we performed classical music and participated in events such as concerts and competitions.

High School Choir Accompanist Sep 2004 - Jun 2008
Madison High School

I played for the mixed choir as well as the advanced choir at Madison High School in San Diego, CA. I also accompanied all of the musical theater productions that they did during the time that I was there.

Classical Piano Accompanist for Chorale Sep 1981 - May 1984
Wheaton College Women's Chorale

I worked with the Women's Chorale at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music for four years. We traveled throughout Europe and did concerts at home, covering all types of classical music.

Central Texas Girls' Choir Accompanist Sep 1972 - May 1977
Mary Hardin Baylor College, Belton, Texas

I served as a choral accompanist for Girls Preparatory, Advanced, and Jr. High Ensemble Choirs, including regular concert events as well as competitions.

Education

Master's Degree in Music Aug 1984 - Jun 1986
University of Redlands
Bachelor's Degree in Music Aug 1980 - May 1984
Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

Student Reviews

Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 17 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Priscilla is a great singing teacher! I've been taking singing lessons from Priscilla for a year. Mostly Broadway, some blues, some classical. I've learned a lot from Priscilla! I enjoy singing a lot more now and my voice has gotten dramatically better in a year. Priscilla is a fun, very sweet, and she makes you work hard. When I started, I knew how to read music but I didn't have experience singing. She has been a great teacher at every step of the way, even as my skill level has changed dramatically. April 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Teacher :D I cannot say enough about Priscilla. I have a mental disability and she is incredibly patient and supportive. She has helped me work with it and provided support when I got frustrated and angry. February 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Supportive & Patient When I acquired my mother's piano, I was excited and eager to play pieces that I once performed at competitions and at recitals. I was quickly disheartened as I tried re-teaching myself the pieces that I loved. I found a teacher on Craigslist who did not show up for my first lesson and called me 15 minutes late to tell me that she would not make it! I'm still annoyed thinking about it.Working with Priscilla has been the exact opposite experience. She listened to my life history, evaluated my skill level and gave me material to work on to re-introduce me to piano playing and to refine my technique. She also gave me physical exercises that would help me ease the tension that I have when I play the piano. I've never had this exercise before and it really eases my stress level. Priscilla also challenges me appropriately and is eager for me to succeed. I look forward to my lessons with her! Thank you, Priscilla! June 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Priscilla is Awesome Priscilla's is an awesome teacher. Her lessons are always fun and she continually pushes me to get better. I can't believe how much I've learned in just a few lessons. March 12, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very impressed! My 7 year old daughter loves her lessons with Priscilla and has learned so much in just a few lessons! January 3, 2012
Rated 3 out of 5 by Only 3 Lessons Priscilla is technically excellent and worked hard with me. I need to switch to someone else because I want to have more fun. This experience often felt too serious. December 8, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Skye's proud Mama My 5 year old loved her singing lessons with Priscilla. Priscilla provided a fun learning experience as well as encouragement and patience. I would highly recommend her as a teacher. November 21, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by tuesdays are my favorite day priscilla, is a gem of a teacher. She corrects me but encourages me more!I love Tuesdays and she a big reason why!!! September 29, 2011