Mark Lacey

Mark L.

Las Vegas, NV
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Lesson Details

Guitar

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
You will be guided by me through method books. You will use a notation system that suits you best. I have developed a system a 6 year old can read/play on guitar. I will create supplemental materials to help you fill your voids so you can catch up to your appropriate level.
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About

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Mark delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 8 to 70

Teaching since:
July 1990

I teach according to your individual needs. I only teach in my own studio. I do not travel anymore. I help you become successful on piano, violin, cello, viola, bass, guitar, or 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 help you have fun learning to read music for your instrument using my materials. 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 pleased to announce my teaching has awarded a cello student a spot at Del Sol music high school for the 2017-2018 school year. this student of mine passed an audition January of 2017 as a result of my teaching. The student worked very hard and followed my instruction very well. Congratulations!! I am also pleased to announce two of my cello students have both passed auditions to play in the Las Vegas Youth Orchestra starting in September 2017. They both auditioned during May 2017. Congratulations to both of you!!! I also had a violin student who passed auditions for LVA (Las Vegas Academy) a couple of years ago. I have no connection to these organizations. These students all worked hard and followed my instruction. I can help you learn as well. Recently with the development of "octave" strings, if you have been split between learning violin, viola, or cello; these strings installed on a violin or viola make the instrument sound like a cello. It is really something. They are tuned an octave below, so they sound very low. A lot of cello music will have to be transcribed for owners of these instruments installed with "octave" strings. Videos can be found on YOU TUBE of these instruments played. They are ordinary violins or violas strung up with thicker strings to sound an octave below.


I am a professional educator who works with both children and adults, 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 well over 17 years. I'm sorry, as of Summer 2016 I do not travel to student locations. I teach at my studio. If you are among the many parents who home-school your children, you should consider music lessons for them. There are many benefits of home-schooling, but unfortunately students miss out on specials. Practicing an instrument can make up for that and also teach critical learning habits and personal skills toward learning in general.

*** 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!!

I only teach in my own studio. I do not travel anymore.

You can advance quickly if you are taught to listen to yourself and follow my instruction. I will guide you every step of the way to understand how music making 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. I bring a wealth of teaching experience, teacher training, and professional playing experience to every lesson. Most music store studio instructors have very little or no teacher training. Playing experience does not make one a helpful teacher. Failure to learn "how to" teach along with not earning any teaching credentials will not make a satisfying music instructor.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand Piano 5'1', Digital Piano 88 Keys, Violin, Viola, Bass Guitars ( 5 String Fretless), electric guitar (Fender), Upright Bass 3/4 Size French/German Bows.




*** Specialties ***
Suzuki for string instruments. Thompson, Schaum 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.

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Experience

Teacher
Aug 1992 - Present
Clark County Schools

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

Education

Bach.MusEd
Sep 1985 - Jun 1990
CSU
Bac. MusEd 1990
Sep 1985 - Jun 1990
Cleveland State University

Languages

I only speak English. My Spanish is very limited.
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

STEINWAY & SONS PIANO TEACHER
May 2015
STEINWAY & SONS PIANO MFG.

1 Steinway Place, Long Island City, NY 11105

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

Awards

Who's Who in American Teachers, Jazz Festival Award
Jul 2005
National Academic Affairs, CCC

Affiliations

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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Photos & Videos

Piano Solos such as "Autumn Leaves" by Roger Williams.
Classical Intros for Pop Tunes.
How curved fingers look to play piano. Straight hand and low wrist.
Photo by Mark L.

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Grand Hotel Mackinac Ild, Mich.

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Mayor Oscar Goodman

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36 Reviews

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Connie M. Oct 19, 2017
Cello · In studio

Mark is very observant; he saw right away my strong points and where I need help. Very polite, very courteous, what a gentleman.

Erika P. Oct 7, 2017
Piano · In studio

Exelent with my 5 y/o daughter. Very patient and explains how to play piano and read music in a way ahe understands. I very happy with her progress and the leasons

Ben P. Oct 4, 2017
Viola · In studio

Mark is best music teacher .I learn a lot from him very first lesson.

Nawmulan T. Jun 15, 2017
Piano · In studio

Patience and nice teacher.

Adrian Mar 9, 2017
Piano · In studio

Wow! Mark is a great teacher ! I have learned so much these past 7 months. I can now play and read basic music. He is very patient and positive. I recommend him for anyone who wants to learn how to play piano. Thank you again sir

Prezence Jan 2, 2017
Piano · In home

Excellent teacher!

Was patient, encouraging, professional, considerate, and above all very knowledgeable.

I think things are going to work out just fine.

Thank you very much.

With our appreciation and gratitude.

Sincerely,

Chandler.

Taylor H. Nov 16, 2016
Violin · In studio

Mark is so kind and patient. You can tell he is very knowledgeable and loves teaching. So excited to work with him.

Soterita A. Aug 28, 2016
Violin · In home

I learned so much in just my first lesson! Mark makes learning easy!

Carena Aug 25, 2016
Cello · In studio

Very helpful and even though I had one year experience playing the Cello he gave me great information on becoming better Cello player

Aleanna D. Aug 5, 2016
Violin · In home

Mark was wonderful, very knowledgeable! He was able to teach my daughter in a way that she actually understood. My daughter has A.D.D. He was far from my home but TOTALLY worth it. I will continue the lessons with Mark.

Angelina A. Jul 7, 2016
Piano · In studio

My daughter just had her first piano lesson and is excited to go back next week. Mark started teaching her right away and she was starting to play Old Mac Donald by the end of her first lesson.

Steven A. Jul 5, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home

Mark has been a great teacher for my first year! He's not only a bass teacher but a school music teacher also and knows many instruments. I highly recommend him!

Ryan B. Jun 15, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio

Mark is excellent in a teacher and a person . Highly recommended by me . . . .

Quincy J. Apr 21, 2016
Viola · In studio

Good instructor, very informative.

Joseph Apr 8, 2016
Violin · In studio

First lesson was a real confidence booster. Mark had me quickly making music with my violin. And I'm already looking forward to the next lesson! My excitement to know this instrument has increased exponentially.

Holly R. Feb 25, 2016
Violin · In studio

Mark is an amazing teacher. These lessons are for my daughter holly . In one lesson holly was doing amazing . Holly is looking forward to each and every week.

Danyella B. Jan 20, 2016
Violin · In studio

Mr. Mark is an amazing teacher who is very accommodating and so relaxed when he teaches that won't make a student be intimidated at all. I can see that my daughter is very comfortable with him during the lessons especially with sharing some ideas and thoughts for her improvement in playing her violin. After just a few sessions, my daughter already told me that she became more confident in playing with the orchestra in school. She said that Mr. Mark knows what he is talking about. 😊👍

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Danyella B. Jan 18, 2016
Violin · In studio

Mr. Mark is an amazing teacher who is very accommodating and so relaxed when he teaches that won't make a student be intimidated at all. I can see that my daughter is very comfortable with him during the lessons especially with sharing some ideas and thoughts for her improvement in playing her violin. After just a few sessions, my daughter already told me that she became more confident in playing with the orchestra in school. She said that Mr. Mark knows what he is talking about. 😊👍

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Charles Windley Jan 15, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home

Great beginning for an absolute beginner.

Samantha J. Nov 5, 2015
Violin · In studio

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

He was prepared and was great communicating before, during, and after the lesson!

Marjorie L. Aug 11, 2015
Piano · In home

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

Really enjoying learning to read music and more!

Mayumi M. Jun 4, 2015
Piano · In home

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.

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Denise G. Apr 1, 2015
Violin · In home

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

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

Goes the extra mile, and helps with all your weaknesses! Looking forward to my next lesson!

Megan M. Oct 7, 2014
Violin · In home

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

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.

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Kayla W. Mar 12, 2014
Violin ·

The best violin instructor

Mark is a wonderful violin instructor. It has been a joy to watch him teach my daughter. Mark has so many great qualities in his teaching skills in bringing out the best in a student. My daughter has learned to have confidence and a passion for playing the violin and I feel that he is the reason behind it. I highly recommend Mark as an instructor. He is patient and kind and knows how to approach each student to fit their learning needs.

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Pam G. Nov 22, 2013
Violin ·

Wow!

Mark is an excellent teacher. He motivates with praise, and corrects gently. He is so knowledgable that he leads rather than pushes. One of the best teachers I have ever seen!

Meggie S. Nov 6, 2013
Piano ·

The best piano teacher I ever have

I started piano lessons in Hong Kong at 21 years old. I took piano lessons on and off for 5 years before I moved to the states. I am a nurse and piano is not the most easiest thing to learn. I never feel like I can truly learn and play the instrument well with most of my teachers in the past. After 20 yrs without a teacher, I decided to give piano my last attempt. By far, Mr Lacey is the best teacher. He is very patient, knowledgeable and encouraging to his students. I have learned a lot just a few lessons. I am now learning the piano first time ever without the unnecessary stress.

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Linda C. Jan 23, 2013
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best present i could have given my hasband.

The teacher and my husband are both passionate about music, he raves about his lessons after each one.he is so excited. He also wants to take more lessons for the bass.

Marlis M. Sep 1, 2012
Violin ·

Mr. Lacey is the Best!!

My 5 year old LOVES him. Mr. Lacey communicates well with his students. He uses positive reinforcement, but makes it a point to teach that students take ownership. My grandson has only been taking lessons for a couple of months, and is already playing several songs on the violin. I would totally recommend Mr. Lacey to anyone interested in learning an instrument.

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LadonnaJ Dec 12, 2011
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The lessons are going well with Donavon and his instructor Mr. Lacey. He is a very good instructor and takes his time with Donavon. We're glad to have him.

CaroleD Nov 24, 2011
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amazing job

Mark is a dream teacher, patient, kind, knowledgeable. He is my daughter's favorite teacher of all time, he always provide a safe nurturing educative environment for her, making everything work so flawlessly, her skills are improving faster thanks to hos method . We have lucked out with this dream instructor

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