Marci Schroeder

Marci S.

Lenexa, KS

About Marci S.

Marci teaches: Ages 4 to 17
Teaching since: August 1998
Last sign in: Within two months


Welcome to my studio!

*Please note that I am a teacher of children only.
Teaching adults requires a specialized set of skills, and I am aware that my particular teaching skills are best for helping only children learn the piano. However, I encourage adults to keep searching for the piano teacher that is the best fit for them.

Here is a recent blurb about me:

Marci began her classical piano studies at 8 years old, in the private studio of concert pianist Elaine de San Miguel. In addition to recitals, concerts, camps and master classes, Marci branched out into performing in a variety of venues, as an accompanist for vocalists, instrumentalists, choirs and musicals. When she wasn't playing the piano for people, she was taking voice lessons, singing in both traditional & show choirs, and performing in musical theater. Her favorite TV show is currently "Phineas & Ferb"! (Great music on that show, if you hadn't noticed!)

Marci holds a teaching license in the state of Kansas, and is classified as "highly qualified" according to the No Child Left Behind Law. She is currently working on finishing a PhD in developmental and behavioral psychology, and for 5 years taught Child Behavior & Development classes at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Because of her education and experience teaching in public schools, she is unique in that she has an understanding of children and young adults and how they learn. She encourages her students to work towards their goals, but is patient and knows when a skill is currently beyond the child's grasp due to his or her individual development. Every child learns and develops differently, so each person's lessons are highly individualized.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a relaxed teaching style, a sense of humor, and lots of patience! I absolutely love the one-on-one teaching experience I get with teaching private lessons. Students tend to feel welcome and comfortable in my home studio. A beginning student will be surprised to be reading and playing music within just a few weeks!

For beginning piano curriculum, I use different piano book series, although lately I have been focusing on the Piano Adventures series by Faber & Faber. I also use a series called A Dozen A Day, technical exercises for the piano which teaches a little theory along the way. For older students, I like Czerny and Hanon exercises to strengthen fingers and hands. I have recently started a series of sight-reading books with my advanced beginner to intermmediate students. There are all kinds of on-line resources that I consult for ideas. Lessons are a combination of theory, learning the keyboard, and learning to read music.

For intermediate piano students, I will determine their level of musical understanding and design an individualized curriculum to address areas of improvement, and to build on each student's strengths.

In addition to the mechanics of music, I try to instill an appreciation for all types and genres of music in my students. I strongly believe that the most competent and interesting musicians are the ones who are familiar with music from all walks of life.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Guitar, Computer, Music Software

*** Specialties ***
Piano-- Keyboard basics, music theory, playing technique, sight-reading music

ALL genres of music are welcome in my studio!

Photos and Videos

Arthur Recital Dec 2015 "The Promise" from the movie "The Piano"


Assistant Children's Choir Director
Aug 2015 - Present
Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universal Church

This year, the UU church officially hired me and now I am part of their staff! My biggest responsibility is to direct a new youth choir called the "Chalice Choir". I work with kids ages 10-18 in this group. We are currently learning to read a choral score, and to sing in two-part harmony. I still work with the younger kids, the "Cherub Choir" as well.

Co-director, Children's Choir
Aug 2010 - Present
Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church

Co-direct children's choir at a local church. Teach singing: pitch-matching, interval recognition, blending voices, rhythm, learning to sing in rounds which later facilitates part-singing skills. Work with soloists and young instrumentalists. Direct or accompany choir which performs about 4 times a year at Sunday services.

Piano Instructor
Mar 2009 - Present

I teach beginning students to intermediate/advanced. 5 is about the earliest age that is appropriate to start piano lessons, although I have had students start at age 4 and they are still with me. It just depends on the child and the family dynamic. I do not teach adults.

Languages Spoken

Limited Proficiency


Kansas Teaching Certificate
Jun 1998
Washburn University

Certifies me to teach:

General Science

At the 7-12 levels in the state of Kansas

I have also been deemed "highly qualified" according to No Child Left Behind specifications.


Apr 2016
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29 Reviews on Marci S.

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Brooke Nash Apr 18, 2016
· Piano · In studio We signed up with Marci for beginner lessons with my 6 year old daughter and couldn't be happier! She is fantastic with children! She is very patient and has many creative ways to motivate, engage and work with young children on their level. One of the many things I love most about working with Marci is that she established a relationship with my daughter which helped tremendously in bringing her "out of her shell". Marci has provided age and level appropriate materials that my daughter loves to play from! Marci, thank you for being such a wonderful teacher!
Nancy Nov 29, 2015
· Piano · In home My 6 year old son and 8 year old daughter love going to piano every week! I am very impressed with the way she teaches and is so patient!
Julie Nov 26, 2015
· Piano · In studio This is my third review of Marci's teaching. My son, Arthur, participates in weekly piano lessons, and is still enjoying them!

Arthur has been practicing hard for his next recital, and I'm really looking forward to hearing him play :)

Keep up the good work!
Wanda S. Nov 22, 2015
· Piano · Online Marci is an amazing teacher!
She's very patient and is Great at explaining when you don't understand something. I've improved so much since I've switched to her! 12/10 recommend. She's amazing
Wanda S. Nov 22, 2015
· Piano · Online Marci is an amazing teacher!
She's very patient and is Great at explaining when you don't understand something. I've improved so much since I've switched to her! 12/10 recommend. She's amazing
Wendy M. Nov 20, 2015
· Piano · In studio Great
Nancy Jun 30, 2015
· Piano · In home We love Marci! Both my kids are taking lessons now and they both adore her.
Wanda S. Jun 5, 2015
· Piano · In studio It was great! My daughter loved going to lessons every week! She's very compassionate. She teaches her at her learning level! She's awesome ! We loved her!
Jan W. May 7, 2014
· Piano · Marci is fabulous with senior citizens!!!

I am 60 years old, retired, and have always wanted to take piano lessons. Our perfect grandson, Max, has been taking lessons with Marci for a couple of years, and his brother, our other perfect grandson, Gibson, will be starting soon. Their mom recommended Marci with no hesitation. I do the same!!

I am a different student for Marci than she is used to. She has the gift of a true teacher to be able to teach any age. (As a retired teacher of 35 years, I can attest to this professionally as well as personally!) She has the gift of dealing with any age and any ability.

I would recommend Marci with my whole heart and no hesitation whatsoever!!
Sugandhi S. May 5, 2014
· · Good Learning

Best Teacher; and good learning practice. Simply the best.
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