Marci Schroeder

Marci S.

Lawrence, KS
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Welcome to my piano studio!

I am a Lawrence native, and my piano studio is in my home. I have bounced between Lenexa and Lawrence a few times in my adult life, and I moved back to Lawrence 3 years ago, this time to stay.

I began classical piano studies at 8 years old, in the private studio of a local concert pianist. I participated in recitals, concerts, camps and master classes, and in the 7th grade I started performing in a variety of venues, as an accompanist for vocalists, instrumentalists, choirs and musicals.

I have a B.A. and M.A. from KU, and acquired my Kansas State Teaching License at Washburn University. I am classified as "highly qualified" in the fields of Psychology, Biology and General Science. I taught school in Topeka, then in the Shawnee Mission Public Schools. My graduate degree is in Human Development, and I taught Child Behavior & Development classes at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. I believe I am a unique piano teacher, having studied children and young adults and how they learn. I encourage my students to work towards their goals, but I'm patient and know 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 student'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!

Curricula:
For beginning piano curriculum, I like 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, but makes it fun! For older students, I like Czerny and Hanon exercises to strengthen fingers and hands. I focus on reading music, and I work on sight-reading skills with adolescents and young adults. 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.

Lastly, I do most of the choosing of music for students to study. There are lots of things to consider when choosing a piece or a book for a young pianist to study. But I do like to explore, and am open to suggestions from my students. It's easier to practice when you are playing something you really enjoy. Not every song makes a good piano piece, but I will work with you!

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

*** Specialties ***
Keyboard basics, music theory, playing technique, sight-reading music. Working with little ones.

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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Awarded Claire from Take Lessons

Reviews (29)

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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!

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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!

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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!!

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Sugandhi S. May 5, 2014
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Good Learning

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

Addison A. Mar 12, 2014
Piano ·

Very caring

Marci is an awesome teacher. She is very caring and very aware of the students needs. She has really helped our daughter a lot.

Chunhua L. Mar 6, 2014
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encouragement

After take her lesson, my daughter likes to play piano and sit there in front of piano one to two hours without interruption everyday. That is change on my daughter I can see.

Jordan B. Feb 7, 2014
Piano ·

Marci is a great piano teacher!

My 8 year old daughter loves going to see Marci for lessons each week! Marci teaches with care and yet gives just enough guidance. My daughter loves to practice and does so without prompting. Thank you, Marci!

Tonya B. Feb 5, 2014
Piano ·

Wonderful!

Marci, is a great singing teacher. She always gives positive feedback and always takes interest in my personal life. She let me try new music, and is the one who showed me my potential, and introduced me to my favorite genre--Broadway. She is very flexible and works around my schedule. She makes every lesson fun and interesting and I've grown as a singer/performer because of her. Thank you for everything, Marci!!!

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Nancy B. Feb 5, 2014
Piano ·

My daughter loves her!

I knew the minute my daughter started lessons that she and Marci clicked! My daughter looks forward to her piano lessons...not only to learn piano but because she enjoys her time with Marci. We are very pleased with the progress she has made.

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Chunhua L. Feb 3, 2014
Piano ·

Great!!!

I am a teenager. Marci is very nice and patient to me. I feel very confident in playing piano after taking Marci's lesson. I really like my teacher Marci.

Julie N. May 10, 2013
Piano ·

Marci is a great teacher

I cannot believe it's been over 2 years since I wrote my first review of Marci. My son, Arthur, is still enjoying his piano lessons and has made good progress. Marci is patient and encouraging and she always gives positive feedback. A great teacher really can make a difference, and Marci is a great teacher.

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Aprilm Jul 26, 2012
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My daughter enjoys her lessons with Marci and looks forward to going every week. She is a positive teacher and really listens to the child.

AngieS1 Jul 18, 2012
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My daughter just loves her lessons. I wasn't sure she could sing at all and to my surprise Marci taught her to carry a tune. And to my delight her voice keeps getting stronger. Thank you!

NancyB Jul 11, 2012
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Hannah just loves her!

JordanB Jul 9, 2012
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Great with young beginners!

My 6-year old daughter has been taking lessons for about a month and a half, and we are blown away with how much she's already learned! Thank you, Marci!

JeanieA Jun 13, 2012
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Grandmother

We are experiencing difficulty in making lessons due to summer activities. Marci is a good teacher and brings us together in a confident way. We are all shy (embarrassed) and she helps bring us out of it. We are always pleased when she compliments us.

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DavidL May 18, 2012
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Marci is doing a very nice job bringing out the musical knowledge that I acquired decades ago. She is patient with me, yet also pushes me to excel.

LisaD1 Sep 29, 2011
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Mother of one of Marci's Students

My eight-year-old daughter loves working with Marci!

MelodyS Aug 1, 2011
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She is so patient and kind to my 5 year old. Max feels comfortable around her. GREAT teacher for younger kids.

LisaD May 17, 2011
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Mom

My 11-year old daughter has been taking voice lessons from Marci for three weeks now, and has really bonded with Marci already! This is the most excited I have ever seen her about something. She comes away from every lesson very "pumped" about singing and talking constantly about everything she's learned! Great job, Marci!

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TonyK May 10, 2011
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Thanks Marci for teaching Charly. She enjoys every lesson with you.

JulieN Feb 20, 2011
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Enjoy your piano lessons with Marci!

Marci encourages my son greatly and he responds very positively to her style of teaching. He likes the fact that Marci allows him to choose the piano music he would like to learn. A super teacher!

ShawnaH May 25, 2009
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Awesome

The lessons are going very well. I like everything about my lessons so far. Marci is a nice teacher.


Lesson Details

Biology

Levels Taught:
Middle School, High School

Can help with learning content as well as helping students to develop learning strategies and study skills.

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Experience

Piano Instructor
Mar 2009 - Present

TakeLessons.com

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.

Assistant Children's Choir Director
Aug 2015 - May 2016

Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universal Church

I created and directed a youth choir, working with kids ages 10-15 in this group. These kids learned to read a choral score, and learned to sing in two-part harmony. We performed periodically during services.

Co-director, Children's Choir
Aug 2010 - Aug 2015

Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church

I co-directed children's choir at a local church. We taught singing: pitch-matching, interval recognition, blending voices, rhythm, learning to sing in rounds which later facilitates part-singing skills. We worked with soloists and young instrumentalists. I either directed or accompanied the choir which performed about 4 times a year at Sunday services.

Science Teacher- Summer School
Jun 2008 - Jul 2008

Shawnee Mission Public Schools

Taught General Science in Summer School to students in grades 9-12.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2003 - May 2008

University of Kansas

Taught Inroduction to Child Behavor and Development- an undergraduate class in the Department of Human Development and Family Life (now the Department of Applied Behavioral Sciences) at the University of Kansas.

Science Teacher
Aug 1998 - May 2003

Shawnee Mission Public Schools

Taught 7th and 8th grade science Supervised after school tutoring- "Success Club"

Science Teacher- Summer School
Jun 1998 - Jul 1998

Topeka Public Schools

Taught General Science in Summer School to students in grades 9-12.


Education

MA Human Development
Aug 2003 - May 2006

University of Kansas

Teaching Certificate
Aug 1996 - May 1998

Washburn University

BA Psychology and Human Biology
Aug 1986 - May 1996

University of Kansas


Certifications

Kansas Teaching Certificate
Jun 1998

Washburn University

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

Awards

Claire
Apr 2016

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