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!
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-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.
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.
Certifies me to teach:
At the 7-12 levels in the state of Kansas
I have also been deemed "highly qualified" according to No Child Left Behind specifications.