- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
I've worked with all kinds of students and their personal goals. My syllabus covers 50 lessons with quizzes and a vast array of theory, workable exercises and the tools to open your own natural talent as well as improve challenges.
I've taught for over 25 years and had experiences all over Europe and in the Sacramento Choral Society, the Boston Pops and the Sacramento Ballet as well as performances at Carnegie Hall and countless other engagements. I have a dozen CD's with choirs I've been associated with, which only means that I've had the privilege of working with many wonderful conductors and learned at their hands.
My philosophy, is that anyone can learn to sing and enjoy doing so. It does take some dedication, a lot of excitement, sometimes some length of time to retrain your vocal muscles and your mind. You can do it!
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- October 1984
The Recital was fabulous- thanks for all your work.
Goals: Since I am also a Life Coach, we really focus on how to accomplish our hopes and desires. We begin by weekly, then monthly and even a yearly goal.
Each week we also focus on something in my STUDENT PAL - mnemonic. Another is TECHNIQUE. Technique is the ability to have proper position, wrist-lifts and finger curve as well as Theoretic knowledge and application.
I started giving out lickable gold stars, you know, the old-fashioned kind? They are for those students who mark their lesson sheet and come prepared... They really seem to enjoy that, and I adore the nostalgia!
It is a great week when students are nearly all prepared and ready for their lessons. This makes both Coach and student more effective and the time together more enjoyable.
Perhaps you are reading this with both a little excitement and a little concern. Finding the right person for your or your student can be intimidating. A short introduction follows so that you know a little about me and my philosophy which can assist you make an informed decision. If we are a good fit, lessons and learning progress more joyfully.
I have been teaching music, performing music and enjoying music since I was a tiny three-year old. My first piano lessons were at age seven. I have since taught the students of former students! How fun is that?
Music has blessed my life in countless ways and given me opportunities I'd never dreamed of. Teaching at the Young Artists Conservatory of Music; Singing in Carnegie Hall, Performing across Europe and teaching the best students for over 25 years has been a delight.
I believe strongly that those who spend their time and resources for musical education are some of the brightest and most intelligent people around. Each of my students have their own individual goals and reasons for taking music lessons, which we revisit monthly. I believe that my role is to be a support and tool for them/you to accomplish the goals set, working with music that delights and educates.
You want the best teacher, who offers information, example, practice and performance opportunities and then gets out of the way of the student's own "voice" (whether playing or singing) so that they can be free to create their own style.
*** Lesson Details ***
In our lessons, we work with a predictable schedule of balance. We have weekly exercises to make strong fingers and or voices, and technique and theory practice to hone skills that will improve our performances, whether they are for others or for our own benefit. Each student of piano can learn how to create and write their own music in time, choose their own pieces to work on, and have a say in their classical and performance goals.
We have a program of advancement, so you and your loved ones can visually see your progress and measure your skills, complete with awards and trophies.
What you learn, has everything to do with your commitment. Practice doesn't make perfect, Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
Learning the piano ought to be a JOY. I believe in playing the piano, not 'practicing' it. Enjoy what you do, and you'll do it longer and with celebration instead of duty.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano - upright; CD player; Music stands; Dozens of music books and lesson materials; flash cards; computer and music writing program; mic and mirror, syllabus.
*** Travel Equipment ***
*** Specialties ***
Over the years I have dabbled in most methods, but finally come to use my own syllabus and musicianship. I can easily adapt to your favourite if that is your desire. I specialize in a total music education, not merely in learning notes. It is like looking in a mirror and only seeing eyes and skin. Music has many facets and we discover all of them.
This is in addition to my other activities, once or twice a month, I facilitate career fairs, which includes making employees and job seekers comfortable and upbeat about the potential to connect on a personal level. It also includes the supervision of a meal, the physical facilities and the logistics of reporting and collecting data.+ Read More
In addition, I am a life and relationship coach, which highly transfers into my music and other educational coaching. We set goals, learn to be sensitive to challenges and look forward with tools of success.
I've taught for over 25 years. Sung all over the US and Europe, in choirs and solo work in church, schools and community as well as professionally. I've directed many choirs, musical and dance performances. I have taught at Young Artists Conservatory of Music for three years as well.+ Read More
In my many years, I have directed plays, musical performances, written musical programs, directed choirs ~ adult and children and youth. I have been over dance festivals of over 1,000 participants and countless shows, programs and solos. I've loved every one, and every performer!+ Read More
I have a certification in Life and Realtionship coaching from two different schools in the modality of improvement and interpersonal skills.
Certified Life Coach - We make goals and learn how to break down big goals into manageable steps. Since I am a coach, my students automatically get some of these advantages worked into . . .
I was a student of Marsha’s for several years, and I have never had such a qualified instructor! Incredibly bright, positive, flexible, and experienced. Genuinely enjoyed my time learning from her.
Marsha is really nice. My daughter loves her and is looking forward to many more lessons
Marsha is very knowledgeable and experienced. I highly recommend her to any person looking to expand there piano skill. -Robert
I got my monies worth just in the first lesson! I am amazed she can teach me, where several have failed.
Marsha took the time to get to know my daughter and created personal lessons for her.
Marsha is flexible, easy to work with and I really liked the way she taught theory. She's a great teacher!
Ms. Marsha is such a great teacher. My son who is 11 years old is learning a lot in such a short period of time. She makes it easy for him to understand how to read notes and how to play them in such a fun way. We were just going to try 8 sessions, but after just 2 sessions, we would like to continue for more. We just love her! I'm glad she had an opening when we were looking for a teacher.+ Read More
Great Piano Teacher
Marsha is a wonderful teacher!
My daughter has been taking piano with her for about 5 months now and really enjoys playing and practicing!
Marsha makes the lessons enjoyable and interesting.
Good instructor. My daughter seems to have learned a lot in a short amount of time.
Very good instructor.
Marsha is a very good voice instructor and has a way of teaching different techniques in way that the child understands. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
We are very happy customers. We recommend Marsha; she is a professional and very patient.Thank you,Haley (student) and Debra (mom)
Lauren is really connecting with the piano and Mrs. Keller! We appreciate the instruction and how quickly our daughter could play simple songs! Mrs. Keller really knows how to instruct a beginner with patience.
WONDERFUL TEACHER !!
Marsha is absolutely lovely. She is an amazing teacher and really fun to be around. She makes you feel comfortable and confident. She is easy to talk to, very organized, and really makes the lesson individualized. I would recommend Marsha to anyone. She is a wonderful teacher who goes above and beyond! Thank you so much!