Marie-France MacDonald

Marie-France M.

Waldwick, NJ

About Marie-France M.

Background check: Last verified 01/17/2016
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Marie-France teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: March 1966
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I have taught piano and voice most of my adult life. Early on I learned the need to adapt my teaching style to the uniqueness of each student, especially those whose perceptions differ widely from the general populace. I love what I do, helping each student discover and nurture their abilities, no matter what age the student may be.

The Holistic Piano method is especially effective with my Autism-spectrum students, a segment of the population I find particularly rewarding to teach.

The following is a quote from ex-student Karena Krull, author of "Drama Made Easy", and "Rummy Roots."

“Her greatest strength is her ability to find the right direction for each individual. This ability to adapt to the student's needs lends to individual success for student and avoids their frustration. If her current method or communication isn't creating success for a student she will quickly change to another till she finds the right words or method to enable the student to succeed with the least amount of frustration.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I draw on a wide range of materials in The Holistic Piano (and voice) method. The curriculum may be color-based or number-based, we might focus on chord building or sight-reading, or Songwriting, depending on the student's need and desire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large Music Room: one grand piano, 2 keyboards, parents can sit in on lesson from living room

*** Specialties ***
Because each student is an individual, I approach teaching like a coach, custom designing a course of study for each student to meet their individual needs.

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33 Reviews on Marie-France M.

Bill M. Aug 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My voice lessons with Marie Frances have been nothing short of pure joy. Marie literally took a frog and turned me into a prince. Because of Marie, I have gained more confidence in myself than I thought possible. She has been "The Wind Under My Wings" in my endeavor to be able to sing.
Susan C. Jul 8, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great instruction. Very knowledgeable. I'm going to learn a lot.Highly recommend.
kegine M. Jun 24, 2015
Marie France is an outstanding teacher. She has been teaching my son piano for nearly 4 years. When we first started I just wanted to give it a try cause I wasn't sure this is something my son could do giving the fact that he has special needs. With her patience and individualized approach, Marie France has helped build my son's confidence and self-esteem. Today he is able to read and play music independently. My son's passion for music has developed so much since he started getting piano lesson with Marie France, in addition to playing piano he is also interested in learning how to play guitar. We are so fortunate to have found her. I would recommend her on a heart beat to anyone interested in learning music
Susan L. Jun 23, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I am an adult who, as a young student, found joy singing in school plays and performances. I have always wanted to regain that joy, but never found time to follow that dream. When I started taking lessons with Marie-France, she listened to my voice, laid out a lesson plan, coached my progress and I found that joy again! Thank you Marie-France.
Jessica M. Jun 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Marie-France is an absolutely amazing teacher. She adapts to my schedule and learning style & I never leave a class feeling unsatisfied. She has helped me transform my knowledge of singing and reading music into a knowledge of playing piano. It has been such a joy having her as my piano teacher, I would 100% recommend her to anyone who is looking for a teacher.
Siobhan W. Jun 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Marie-France is doing a wonderful job teaching our 7 year old sons piano. Marie-France has created an environment where our active boys are engaged and happy to go to class. She has individualized her approach and given each child the level of work that he is ready for. The boys started in the fall and had their first recital this spring; they did terrific and were so happy to perform. We have been happy with the progress both children have made this year. I would strongly recommend Marie-France as a teacher. She knows and loves music and is able to relate to children - they love her.
Junko O. Jun 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Marie-France is a fantastic teacher. I am a singer - songwriter performing out, and I want to strengthen my vocal ability and have more control of my vocal performance.
She is, first of all, a great singer, pianist, songwriter, performer and producer with so much experiences, and she understands very well what I have to accomplish as a performer. I am very lucky to have her as my teacher because she really understands what I need to improve, and she knows how to guide me to get to the goals. With her advise and teaching, I was very comfortable recording my CD in a studio. With her guidance, I am more confident with my vocal performances.
Thank you so very much Marie - France for being my voice teacher.
Peter B. Jun 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I started with Marie just a few months ago and have enjoyed the lessons immensely. As a adult who had never sung before, I was a bit nervous, but she made me comfortable immediately. And the lessons have been terrific. Under her guidance, I went from never singing in public before to winning a part in an amateur theater production of a Broadway musical in just a few weeks. I continue to make progress and gain confidence. I highly recommend her.
Hazel L. Jun 15, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Wonderfully warm and inviting. My daughter is already excited and practicing.
Kate K. Jun 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I am an adult learner and chose Marie as a teacher because she teaches singing, piano, and songwriting, and these were all things I wanted to learn. I had some background in piano but was a complete (and very nervous) novice when it came to singing.

Marie has been an OUTSTANDING teacher!!! She has been easy-going and flexible with my busy work schedule and totally understanding when life got in the way of practicing between some lessons- we always found a way to make our lesson time productive and fun. She has a warm and upbeat demeanor and is present, fully engaged, and inspiring in our lessons. I have always left lessons with a smile on my face!

Marie has been tremendously encouraging as I've developed my singing voice from virtually nothing to the point where I'm now thinking of joining a community chorus. She's helped me develop confidence, taught me a slew of warm-ups, and gave me some great songs and practice materials to work with.

On the piano, we've worked on classical sheet music, gone over scales and chords, and looked at chord progressions in pop songs to try to create arrangements for me to play and sing.

Marie has my highest recommendation!!!