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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Overview

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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40 Reviews on Marie-France M.

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Josie P. May 23, 2016
Acting · In home
Verified Student
Excellent
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Andres Mar 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Marie is the best. My son has never been so excited before and now he is always looking forward to learn more
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Alina R. Mar 5, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Alina loved Marie-France.
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Grace E. Mar 3, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Fantastic! My 7 year old had a blast and is looking forward to her next leason!
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Kalley Robinson Feb 28, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My first lesson with Marie was a great experience. Her home was cozy and inviting and the lesson was comfortable, at my pace. Even though the time frame in which we had to work with was short I did not feel rushed in any way. I look forward to more lessons and adding in the piano as well.
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Jake E. Feb 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful first music lesson for my son! Will recommend!
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Amanda Feb 21, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She is awesome!!!!!!!!!
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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.
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Susan C. Jul 8, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great instruction. Very knowledgeable. I'm going to learn a lot.Highly recommend.
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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

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