Marie-France MacDonald

Marie-France M.

16 Reviews
Hyde Park, MA

Average response time: 4 hours

About Marie-France M.

Background check: Last verified 09/26/2014
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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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16 Reviews on Marie-France M.

Paula B. May 18, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
We are thrilled with Marie-france, an insightful, experienced professional and teacher. She had an immediate grasp of what my daughter needed and how to work with her, and as a result she is making progress quickly.
Chris H. Mar 7, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
We've only been going a few weeks, but not only am I having a lot of fun, but I'm learning a lot!
Subbu P. Nov 20, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Marie-France excellent teacher and my kids love to go her classes.
Brian W. Nov 3, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She's really good. I am just a beginner and I am making progress thanks to Marie-France. She gives out homework so you can improve and she tailors each lesson to the needs of that student. I would definitely recommend her to anyone interested in pursuing music.
Bill M. Mar 6, 2014
Verified Student
Miracle Worker

Marie has taken a frog and turned him into a prince.
I didn't think I could sing,well I was wrong.
I could not have chosen a better teacher for me,than Marie.b
Cyndy F. Nov 26, 2013
Verified Student
Marie-France is a wonderful instructor!

I am pleased to have the opportunity to write a review for Marie-France. Marie-France has been a positive influence in our daughter's passion to pursue singing. Through Marie-France, our daughter has gained much confidence and has found her "voice". Marie-France is a fantastic teacher! We find her to be reliable, an inspiration to our daughter and encouraging as a teacher.
Arpi M. Nov 19, 2013
Verified Student
Really Wonderful Teacher

I have always been shy and apprehensive about singing in front of other people, but Marie really makes me feel comfortable and relaxed at every lesson. She has a way of bringing out the positive in every situation and gives attainable goals which makes learning singing really fun and interesting. She also really puts the effort into getting to know you, your musical background, style and tastes so every lesson feels tailored specifically to you. One of the best teachers I've ever had.
Highly recommended A++
Mayah W. Nov 14, 2013
Verified Student
Very special and amazing teacher!! So glad I chose her!

Marie-france is such a professional teacher and she understands how to listen to my voice and know exactly what I need to practice to become better. She also makes the lessons fun, and if she gives you criticism it is only to make you better. You should never take it as discouragement. I enjoy every minute with Marie! I highly recommend her.
Katie L. Nov 13, 2013
Marie-France believes in her students.

From the first time I met Marie-France for singing lessons, she has listened and cared about the student and the voice. She is patient and flexible. She makes sure the homework is not over-loaded, but the rigor is still in contact. Marie checks in with her students to see the progress. She has the best encouragement and the best advice. She sets goals for her students and makes sure her students enjoy the work they are doing. Without Marie, I don't think I could have the courage or potential to perform as well as I do. I thank her so much, and look forward to making music every lesson!
James M. Nov 11, 2013
"Awesome teacher"... and I am not just saying that because I''m her husband!....

Marie-France is a dedicated and caring teacher who focuses on every student as an individual who learns in his or her own particular way. I know how much time she spends outside of the actual lesson time thinking about and preparing the next challenge for each of her students … because I am married to her.
We first met in a theater project on the west coast and I was so impressed with the way she worked as both an actress and director. Her communication skills are extraordinary and her singing and acting skills likewise. She is gifted in being able to find a student’s strengths and then build on them, and I have witnessed the amazing growth in people. Marie-France finds great joy in seeing others grow and develop both their talents and self-confidence which so often go hand in hand.