- Teaches students:
- Ages 5 to 80
- Teaching since:
- August 2007
I began taking piano lessons on a whim in middle school, but it didn't take long before I realized I was completely in love with music. I enjoy playing and teaching many types of music, from classical to rock to hymns and church music. I learned to play by ear at the same time I learned to sight read, and both approaches have helped me to learn and enjoy the music I play.
I graduated in December 2010 with a BA in Music Performance from North Central University, here in the Twin Cities. I have been teaching and playing piano for the last 9 years. Watching other people learn to play music is one of the greatest rewards I've received.
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I believe music has incredible educational value, but I also believe that it should be enjoyable. Every music student is different and has a different purpose for wanting to learn music, and I enjoy working with students to help them achieve their goals.
Being a well-rounded musician has not only helped me in my music career, but it has helped me experience and enjoy many different kinds of music. I expect students to play different types of music with a main focus on one genre. If you want to learn to play classical music only, I teach sightreading, technical skills, and with a little time and practice you or your child can be playing some of the simpler masterworks by the end of the first year. But I also encourage classical pianist to try out a rock song or improvisation.
The same goes for those who are only interested in learning how to play rock music or church music. Being able to sightread is invaluable to a musician, and after a few lessons on chords and ear-training, I like to introduce basic sight-reading.
Developing a love for the instrument you play is just as important as developing the technical skills to play it. I do my best as a teacher to learn what it is that students enjoy most about playing and incorporate that into lessons.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio--New Kawai upright
Lino Lakes--Baldwin upright, good condition, and electric piano
*** Specialties ***
I can play and teach in a variety of genres, from classical to pop to church music. I teach students to sight-read, and I can also teach students to play off a chord chart or by ear if these are things that student expresses an interest in.
I've found that the method books available to piano students are thorough and effective, especially for beginning students of elementary age. I've used different books, including Faber & Faber, Alfred, and Hal Leonard. All of these have strengths and weaknesses, and I like to pick the method depending on the personality of the student.
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My 5 year old son has so much fun learning piano with Mary!
Mary is a great piano teacher! We are on our 4ht year with her! She is patient and makes it fun for the kids (even the wiggly ones)! My kids never complain about piano lessons which makes it fun for me too!
Mary was awesome! Patient, positive, wonderful teacher. We loved her style. Not pushy but encouraging!
She's very nice!
Mary is a stellar piano teacher. She is so creative in her techniques in helping kids to learn and enjoy playing music. She makes playing piano fun for my son-he even asks if he can practice! I work in the early childhood education field and am so impressed with Mary's skills working with my 6 year. She is a natural!
Mary is EXCELLENT
Mary has been teaching my daughter Ava piano for the past year and a half. Ava loves lessons every week and practices without being asked. Mary is supportive while still challenging Ava. Highly recommend Mary!
A gifted teacher for teaching Piano Lessons
Mary has inspired my daughter Joanne to want to play piano. She has a way of balancing what the kids like to play and what the parents want in a music lesson for their kids. Joanne has not lost interest like we thought she might, but has wanted to Accelerate learning piano. She gets them playing music right away and then little by little explains more and more about music itself. It is an all-around winning strategy, especially when teaching kids.
Mary was able to help me get a basic understanding of the piano and help me to read music. Mary did a terrific job of using my strengths to make it easier for me to learn to play the piano better.
Mary is very helpful without being too demanding. She really lets me take the lead but makes suggestions ranging from how to practice a piece to how to accent it. She is exactly the kind of teacher I was hoping for!
Mary's GREAT! She teaching my 4 year old daughter right now. This coming week will only be our 4 lessons, but my daughter can play the keys with out looking at the notes or numbers on the keys.
Mary always does a wonderful job with our daughter.
Understands what Martin needs, encouraging, and cheerful. Excellent knowledge of theory and technique.