- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 11+
- Teaching since:
I am an active performer eager to teach organ, piano, voice, and general musicianship skills to youth and adults. Private lessons are given at Trinity Lutheran Church in Worcester. I also teach in-home piano lessons. My students have gone on to undergraduate and graduate performance schools and hold full-time positions in churches, schools, and other performing organizations around the country. I believe music is not only an aesthetic pursuit, but also a primary way to develop one's sense of self-esteem, community, trust, openness, and character. Building skill as a musician exercises the brain, builds logic, and fosters discipline.
I have been elected Dean of the Worcester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, with a two year term beginning July 2018.
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Director of congregational music ministry. Organist for all liturgies. Conductor of the Trinity Choir and Trinity Choristers. Artistic Director of the Music at Trinity series.
Cantor to the daily chapel. Conductor of the Seminary Choir.
Organist for all congregational liturgies. Conductor of the Chorus, Choristers, and Junior Choristers. Organist for Bach Society Houston
Organist for daily chapel; Director of the Seminary Choir; Instructor of applied organ, service playing, and courses in hymnody and church music.
The Association of Lutheran Church Musicians is a service and professional organization dedicated to strengthening the ministry of worship and music in the Lutheran church. ALCM serves through a wide range of publications, conferences, and local, regional, and national events. Membership is drawn from all major Lutheran bodies and is open to all church musicians, pastors, congregations, and lay people who share the goals of the organization.+ Read More
The mission of the American Guild of Organists is to enrich lives through organ and choral music. To achieve this we: 1. Encourage excellence in the performance of organ and choral music 2.Inspire, educate, and offer certification for organists and choral conductors 3. Provide networking, fellowship, and mutual support 4.Nurture future generations of organists 5. Promote the organ in its historic and evolving roles; and 6. Engage wider audiences with organ and choral music.+ Read More
Mark is a wonderful teacher and has a passion for teaching the organ. My daughter is very productive with Mark every week and I am happy to see her improvement. He gives her helpful input and guidance in playing the organ. We are lucky to have him.
Mark is helping our children become disciplined, confident pianists. Prior to beginning lessons with Mark, our two children would advance from song to song but they weren't maximizing the learning opportunities inherent in their music. Mark has helped them learn to use the metronome as a tool (but not a crutch), enhanced their understanding of theory, focused them on dynamics and all around made them better musicians. He has done this with an emphasis on making the kids feel a sense of accomplishment which drives their motivation.+ Read More
Great teacher-very patient and accommodating. Has a great approach with students. My son enjoyed taking lessons with him very much! Would highly recommend him!
I cannot begin to express the depth of my enthusiasm and gratitude for Mark. He is a superlative teacher, being both exceptionally talented and dedicated to excellence in the performing arts. Beyond this, Mark is always encouraging and gentle when I struggle to get it right. He provides the perfect mix of understanding, inspiration, and technical and artistic guidance.+ Read More
Mark is a treasure. After our daughter’s very first organ lesson, she adopted better practice techniques and keener musical interpretation skills. Mark is witty, kind, personable, generous, and of course talented. He is a role model both as a musician and as a person. A. also started taking voice lessons with Mark, and her growth both as a singer and as an organist has been exponential as a result. We count ourselves fortunate to know Mark, and we are grateful that he is our daughter’s teacher.+ Read More
I love learning from Mark! He's upbeat and kind, and has an unbelievable breadth of skill and knowledge. He has a lot of patience, which is comforting as I've never played before. He explains things in a way that is easy to understand. He can pick up on my frustrations and has a variety of ways to help me move forward without being tedious. It's so much fun to learn from him!+ Read More
I am thrilled with not only Mark's talent, experience and skills, but his ability to assess my needs and deficiencies. His solutions and remedies are stated with the most calm and disarming manner. I learned a great deal in five lessons; so much that my pedalling technique has built my level of confidence!+ Read More
Some teachers teach you how to read black dots on a page. Others help you to make music beyond the printed page. Having studied with Mark for a number of years, I can attest to Mark's ability not only as a fabulous musician himself, but as a teacher who helps others go "off the page" to discover the heart of musical expression. He is a gift!+ Read More
Mark is a very gifted teacher, patient and eager to share his vast knowledge in a natural way that students respond well to. Takes time to explain subject material and reasons for teaching methods. He goes the extra mile and his passion for music is contagious and evident. He is an excellent teacher and we are lucky to have him.+ Read More
Mark is an excellent educator whose instruction was always appropriate for my level, yet pushed me to greater heights. He provided me with the tools I needed to continue to develop as a musician and to build up my skills quickly. A loving, caring person, Mark cares about the whole student and I count the time spent with him as some of the best investment I've made in myself.+ Read More
Mark has been my teacher and mentor for over half of my life, and I could never have asked for a better teacher. He gave me tools to succeed in private study and as a professional musician. He taught me to practice well and inspired my career path. Mark has an incredible capacity to identify his students' weaknesses and turn them into strengths. He will expect much of you and you will be better for it.+ Read More