Music degree from Lawrence University and Conservatory in Appleton, WI. Graduate work in conducting, piano, and vocal pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. Also certified in Kindermusik for ages newborn to 7. My studio, since 1993 is located in the back of my house and is in a family friendly location. As my education originally was music education, elementary and secondary, I have gone on to be certified in teaching adults, both beginning and returning. There is so much piano and vocal educational material geared to the pre-school, the elementary, Jr-Sr high and Adult beginner and I promise we will have fun while learning..... Anyone can learn an instrument and anyone can learn many different styles. Lessons will be geared toward your interests and goals, which we can work on at your lesson also. The greatest virtues of a music teacher are passion, patience, understanding, and communicating. You will experience this in the studio. Give yourself a treat of two months of lessons and I promise you will be playing and/or singing better than you expected. Member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs), NJFMC (NJ Fed. of Music Clubs). MENC (Music Ed National Conference), *** Lesson Details *** I am generally easy going and laid-back and will work with you to obtain specific goals such as a piece you would really like to learn. I can be strict if assignments are not followed or if there is no progression; we need to analyze why that is. I use many teaching methods as there are many different learning styles. The series I am currently using are Faber, Alfred, and Celebrate Piano! for pianists. Many singers are in Broadway, Disney, and/or English Reliquary and Italian Arias. There are so many wonderful choices! I can guarantee after three months you will be playing some music you like, and you will be reading music, and able to perform if you wish (starting small). With singing you will have basic knowledge of proper posture, breathing, and increased range. I also so enjoy people and communicating so you will feel comfortable taking lessons, and I believe that is one major factor of success in learning an instrument: the student-teacher relationship And second for children, especially the young, is the parent-teacher relationship . *** Studio Equipment *** Studio: Yamaha baby grand piano, Kawaii studio upright and keyboard, Yamaha keyboard, recording abilities, computer software, couch and two chairs, parents can sit in on lesson. Also have computer programs for note learning, composition, as well as giving you apps to download. *** Specialties *** Different methods for different students. Piano: mostly Faber and Alfred series. "Prodigy": Aaron/Thompson series. I've also had graduate study in teaching the Adult Beginner! As I was a church music director 1994 till 2015, I am very familiar with traditional and contemporary sacred music, learning and performing. Now this is my full-time career! If you also wish to combine singing and accompanying yourself on piano or guitar lessons can be tailored.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 1992
Adult piano certification/license
Teaches ages 7+
Has background check
I take both piano and voice with Mary. She is a great teacher and makes learning fun, we have some great laughing/smiling moments while learning. She is perceptive and encouraging. Mary definitely has corrected some vocal glitches I had when I first started with her that previous teachers were not able to help with. Elizabeth
Mary is so kind and encouraging.
I enjoyed learning guitar for the first time with Mary. She is funny and very encouraging. I highly recommend her as a teacher specially for those who think they cannot do it. She is a great teacher overall.