Mark Lacey

Mark L.

Las Vegas, NV

About Mark L.

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Mark teaches: Ages 5 and 70
Teaching since: July 1990
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I teach according to your individual needs. I help you become successful on piano, violin, viola, bass, guitar. I help you learn the instrument and learn to read music with my own ideas using fun worksheets and songs you really like to learn how to play. I fill your voids with activities such as practice techniques, sub-lessons, and ear training. I guide you toward proper posture, tone development, and the ability to keep a steady beat. I help you develop your musical independence by tweaking lessons to help you succeed. I believe talent is not a factor in learning. Mastering an instrument is the result of effective instruction and step by step guidance toward foundations and skills. I love to teach private lessons because I believe in spreading the word to make the great gift of playing music available to many. It is an inherited right and gift to enjoy a lifetime of personal satisfaction from playing a musical instrument. I love to help students build confidence and make progress. I help them problem solve by going through problems with them. I teach "how to think" and how to become a life long learner of the instrument. I love the challenge of finding ways to help students become successful at every step of the way. I am excited and enthused to be apart of student progress. I am influenced by many 20th Century performers including Van Cliburn, Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Erroll Garner, Yudi Menuhin, Issac Stern and Horowitz among others. I am passionate in my teaching about providing an effective solution to my student's needs.

I am a professional educator who works with children and has the patience to help them. I am a performer who has over 30 years of public experience in solo playing as well as ensemble work. I have performed at Nordstrom for nine years, and performed at many private functions. I have performed classical as well as jazz music as part as my performance experience. I have taught private lessons for a total of nine years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe in personalizing your approach to the strangeness of the instrument. You need to learn much about posture, and proper tone production within the first year. Method books are not "how to" books. You need a teacher to guide you toward becoming familiar with the instrument. You also need to learn how to listen to the sounds you make as you play. To develop "musical independence" you need to become musically literate, develop tone production skills, and internalize a steady beat. Rhythm and tone are basic concepts that must be mastered to maximize pleasure in playing your instrument. Learning how to problem solve is another skill I teach so you can help yourself toward progress.
I believe in using the instrument in daily activities such as playing "Happy Birthday" at family get together. Christmas Songs or Hanukkah Songs can bring much joy during December family parties.
A musician in the house brings much joy during holidays and celebrations; and the families are brought closer together. Memories are created and last forever. Playing an instrument is exciting and expresses what can not be said using words. I believe in teaching students based on their strengths, and building upon them. I am excited to help you learn!!

You can advance quickly if you are taught to listen to yourself and use common sense, and make sense of the music theory I will teach you.I will guide you every step of the way to understand how music works. Music lessons are fun and enjoyable. I am pleased to guide you through your learning every step of the way. My students in Las Vegas have had much success with my teaching and guidance. I will succeed where others fail. You will reap the benefits of my professional instruction.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano 5'1', Digital Piano 88 Keys, Violin, Viola, Bass Guitar ( 5 String Fretless), electric guitar (Fender), Upright Bass 3/4 Size French/German Bows.
I also have instruments to loan out to new students. They include; Full Size Violin, 3/4 Size Violin, Viola, Various Guitars, and various Keyboards including 88 Key Digital Piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I carry a piano keyboard, guitar, 5 string bass guitar, violin, viola, electric guitar (Fender).

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki for string instruments. Thompson, Schawm for piano. Blues, Jazz and " real book " for jazz piano as well as Frank Mantooth books for chords. I also create materials to suit individual student needs. Classical piano volumes

Photos and Videos

Piano Solos such as "Autumn Leaves" by Roger Williams. Classical Intros for Pop Tunes.



Aug 1992 - Present
Clark County Schools

I've been a music teacher every year since 1992.



Sep 1985 - Jun 1990

Bac. MusEd 1990

Sep 1985 - Jun 1990
Cleveland State University

Languages Spoken

I only speak English. My Spanish is very limited.

Limited Proficiency



May 2015

1 Steinway Place, Long Island City, NY 11105>teachers
I have been approved to become a STEINWAY Piano Teacher by a STEINWAY administrator on May 4, 2015. Go to STEINWAY Website/Teacher Directory to view profile.

Music Education Licence State of Nevada

Aug 2006
Nevada Dept. of Education

Teacher License


Who's Who in American Teachers, Jazz Festival Award

Jul 2005
National Academic Affairs, CCC


National Education Association

Aug 1992

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.

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17 Reviews on Mark L.

Samantha J. Nov 5, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mark was really encouraging the whole time! My first lesson was super informative. I was really happy I was able to learn my first song by the end.
Caroline Oct 10, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
He was prepared and was great communicating before, during, and after the lesson!
Marjorie L. Aug 11, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mark is a great teacher! I like how professional Mark always is and how well he works with my daughter. Marks is very knowledgeable about the material and I couldn't have asked for a more patient teacher than him.
Steven A. Jul 1, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Really enjoying learning to read music and more!
Mayumi M. Jun 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mark did great! My daughter really did a great job on her first lesson. Mark is very patient and knows how to make a little kid like mine to listen to him..what an incredible teacher! but the location from where I live is very far...but it's all worth it.
Denise G. Apr 1, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I'm just starting so it was great to get so much encouragement from Mark! Plus, he helped me find a violin online to purchase. Thanks Mark!!
Marissa D. Mar 28, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mark is so great!!!He has taught my daughter so much in such a short time!!!!Highly recommend him.
Jose B. Feb 11, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Goes the extra mile, and helps with all your weaknesses! Looking forward to my next lesson!
Megan M. Oct 7, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Mark has been teaching our 5 year old son the violin and we could not be happier. If we could give him 10 stars we would! He is an amazing instructor. Our son is growing leaps and bounds under Mark's direction.
Mike R. Aug 9, 2014
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
My 13 year old granddaughter just finished her 1st year of viola at school in June 2014 and she wanted to take summer lessons to stay sharp. There were a lot of teachers available within a 10-15 minute drive, but after trying other teachers, we chose Mark (a 30 minute drive ) because, as others have commented, he is extremely patient and teaches by correcting, not criticizing. He simply has a gift for teaching. I have never regretted the extra drive. Once you've had a lesson with him, you won't want to go to anyone else.