Marie-France MacDonald

Marie-France M.

Waldwick, NJ

About Marie-France M.

Background check: Last verified 12/23/2016
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Marie-France teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: March 1966
Last sign in: 2 days ago


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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54 Reviews on Marie-France M.

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krithi Mar 12, 2017
· Piano · Online
you are the best piano teacher because you make everything easy and you are kind
Gokce Jan 25, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Both myself (a 42-year old adult who decided to learn piano) and my son (a 6-year old boy) are taking lessons from Marie-France. The way that she can work with both of us with such proficiency, care and attention and they way she can quickly figure out how "you" learn and adapt her teaching to that is remarkable. We love working with her. She is amazing.
Krithi Jan 14, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very nice intro
Anne G. Dec 22, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Anne enjoyed her first lesson with Ms. Marie. She is such a dynamic teacher and we can't wait for another lesson. Great job!
Samantha Dec 17, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher! Helped me so much in preparation for my audition!
Anaira P. Nov 26, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
I found this teacher very helpful and she was nice and she understood everything and I a great teacher. I will continue taking classes with her because she is going to help me get somewhere I enjoy taking classes with her
Morgan S. Oct 26, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Excellent piano instructor for my 6 year old.
Qin Oct 25, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Awesome teacher, patient and skillful, know my daughter's special needs, strength and weakness, also very well rounded in what she teaches. Love her!
primy Oct 25, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Ms marie is very good with the kids. She understands her student and gives the right focus on them. She polishes the students strongest area at the same time also strengthen their improvement areas.
Giavanna G. Sep 14, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
She an excellent singing instructor and Giavanna loves her!! Miss Marie has a lot of patience with her and make the lesson a lot of fun. I actually enjoy watching myself. So glad she decided to try out singing lessons : )
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