Priscilla Manion

Priscilla M.

Mesquite, TX

Lesson Details



Priscilla delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 1986

I love people of all ages. And I love helping them discover what beautiful things they can create in the world of music! Music is such a powerful way to express ourselves, and I love helping others learn how to do this and really enjoy it.

I have played piano since I was three. When I was able to read at age four, I began lessons, and the rest is history. I graduated from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music with a degree in Piano Performance and completed a Master's degree in Piano Performance at the University of Redlands. I love to perform, have written several songs, produced three CD's all with original music that I perform, and have just completed a fourth CD featuring major classical piano works arranged with favorite hymns. I have also written a musical and am in the process of having it produced.

I have sung in choirs of all types and accompanied them on the piano as well for many years. I have worked extensively in Musical Theater, serving both as Musical Director and Accompanist for shows such as Sound of Music, Annie, and many others.

I love seeing people get touched with music and love to help others create and perform music that really speaks to the heart. It's my passion. I teach all styles of music, and love teaching children, adults, and everything in between!

My goal for the students is for them to feel good about themselves as musicians and to be able to express themselves and reach the highest level of performance possible for them.
The students have the opportunity to perform regularly in recitals as well as other venues, and we have a lot of fun! Lessons are a great experience for us all.

*** Lesson Details ***
I use a standard curriculum for students that teaches the basic concepts of music and gives them creative pieces to use in the process. I expect my students to practice, and reward and encourage them to do so. I believe that positive affirmation is the best teaching tool, so I use that as my main basis for teaching, along with discipline and being challenged appropriately. I love helping people create, so my main goal for a piece is to help the student learn to perform it in the best way possible, with plenty of technique and lots of expression, to really make it their own so they and the audience can really enjoy it.

My students are usually ready to perform at least two or three major pieces of their level at the end of six months. I give them material to challenge them and encourage them to progress. Not too much, not too little! I teach self-confidence as one the biggest tools they can use to help themselves improve.

Come join us in our studio! We have a great time together discovering what we can create in the world of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach in my own private studio with an upright Weber piano excellent for teaching beginning to advanced piano skills and spacious room for voice lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
Accompaniment, Arrangement and Composition, Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Christian Gospel, Classical Piano, Composition, Gospel Singing, Improvisation, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Reading Chord Charts, Singing, Songwriting, Transposition.

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Recording Artist
Sep 1989 - Present
Mirror of My Soul Minstries

I have recorded four piano solo CD's of pieces that I have composed and arranged. They vary in style from soft jazz, including Christmas arrangements, to Classical Piano music arranged with Hymns of Peace and Comfort. They have all sold well and are favorites with many of the listeners.

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Piano Accompanist for Musical Theater
Apr 1997 - Jun 2010
Christian Youth Theater

I worked for over ten years with Christian Community Theater in San Diego. We worked three month sessions with an average of 25 rehearsals and 12 performances for every show. I helped soloists and ensemble members learn their parts and played for all of the performances. Our shows included Sound of Music, Annie and many others.

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Musical Director
Mar 2010 - May 2010
Christian Youth Theater

I served as Musical Director and Accompanist for an outstanding production of Sound of Music. We had award-winning singers, and the show was a great success. It has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my theater career so far.

Choral Accompanist
Sep 2007 - Jun 2008
San Diego State University

I accompanied the mixed choir at San Diego State University where we performed classical music and participated in events such as concerts and competitions.

High School Choir Accompanist
Sep 2004 - Jun 2008
Madison High School

I played for the mixed choir as well as the advanced choir at Madison High School in San Diego, CA. I also accompanied all of the musical theater productions that they did during the time that I was there.

Classical Piano Accompanist for Chorale
Sep 1981 - May 1984
Wheaton College Women's Chorale

I worked with the Women's Chorale at Wheaton College Conservatory of Music for four years. We traveled throughout Europe and did concerts at home, covering all types of classical music.

Central Texas Girls' Choir Accompanist
Sep 1972 - May 1977
Mary Hardin Baylor College, Belton, Texas

I served as a choral accompanist for Girls Preparatory, Advanced, and Jr. High Ensemble Choirs, including regular concert events as well as competitions.


Master's Degree in Music
Aug 1984 - Jun 1986
University of Redlands
Bachelor's Degree in Music
Aug 1980 - May 1984
Wheaton College Conservatory of Music


Winner of National Talent Search
Nov 1994
Christian Broadcasting Network

Photos & Videos

After a recital...we had a great time!

Come join me!  Ages 5 to 99 are welcome.  You'll be glad you did!

Photo by Priscilla M.
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25 Reviews

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Brenda N. Sep 16, 2015
Piano · Online

She was very encouraging when it comes to learning. Really helps you focus on your weaknesses to help you get better. Very flexible with schedule always on time and very punctual as well. I had a little bit of knowledge when I started but Priscilla help me improve immensely. I would choose her for a teacher any day!

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Dominick Aug 29, 2015
Piano · In studio

My kids are doing great in just 2 weeks

Alyssa G. Aug 19, 2015
Piano · In studio

Priscilla was patient and understanding as I fumbled through my first lesson.

Sophia B. Aug 13, 2015
Piano · In studio

Great first impression! A teacher that cares enough to make sure the student understands the concepts, will enjoy piano & wants a three prong system to success that includes parent, teacher & student.

Mauricio T. Jun 26, 2015
Piano · In home

The first class went very smooth. .I can see Priscilla is very knowledgeable.

Genevieve E. Jun 9, 2015
Piano · In studio

Priscilla is a very patient, motivating and kind teacher. I'm an adult student who had taken years of piano lessons in my youth. I already knew the basics but had picked up a lot of bad habits from not practicing correctly.

Priscilla helped me break some of those habits and helped me get to my next level of playing.

She believes in the importance of making whatever you're playing sound beautiful. This makes the lessons fun as you're working on making music instead of just practicing the same boring technical exercises over and over.

Besides being a great teacher, she's also very professional and kind. You can expect her to be very organized and always prepared to give a great lesson.

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Lucy M. Aug 2, 2014
Piano · In studio

I am very proud of knowing Priscilla and introducing her to be my son and nephew’s piano teacher. She is a very professional, responsible and high-level teacher. She loves teaching and loves to pass her music passion to her students. What’s more, she is also a composer. I love her solo CDs which have become my home and car background music, in which people can feel the elements of calmness, happiness, purity, maturity, delight and gratefulness, all beautiful alive feelings from life. Being instructed by such a wonderful teacher with beautiful inner spirit, no wonder all her students play beautiful music

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Devon S. Jul 29, 2014
Piano · Online

Priscilla is nothing short of fantastic! I took lessons from her when she lived here in San Diego and enjoyed them so much I am now taking online lessons from her since she moved. She is profoundly knowledgeable, patient, dedicated and kind. Her teaching methods are clear and help to make learning the piano both interesting and fun. I am an adult student, but I also know that she is very skilled at teaching children of all ages.

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Catherine E. Apr 8, 2014
Broadway Singing ·

Priscilla is a great singing teacher!

I've been taking singing lessons from Priscilla for a year. Mostly Broadway, some blues, some classical. I've learned a lot from Priscilla! I enjoy singing a lot more now and my voice has gotten dramatically better in a year. Priscilla is a fun, very sweet, and she makes you work hard. When I started, I knew how to read music but I didn't have experience singing. She has been a great teacher at every step of the way, even as my skill level has changed dramatically.

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Karen M. Feb 13, 2013
Singing ·

Great Teacher :D

I cannot say enough about Priscilla.
I have a mental disability and she is incredibly patient and supportive. She has helped me work with it and provided support when I got frustrated and angry.

SusanK3 Jun 21, 2012

Supportive & Patient

When I acquired my mother's piano, I was excited and eager to play pieces that I once performed at competitions and at recitals. I was quickly disheartened as I tried re-teaching myself the pieces that I loved. I found a teacher on Craigslist who did not show up for my first lesson and called me 15 minutes late to tell me that she would not make it! I'm still annoyed thinking about it.Working with Priscilla has been the exact opposite experience. She listened to my life history, evaluated my skill level and gave me material to work on to re-introduce me to piano playing and to refine my technique. She also gave me physical exercises that would help me ease the tension that I have when I play the piano. I've never had this exercise before and it really eases my stress level. Priscilla also challenges me appropriately and is eager for me to succeed. I look forward to my lessons with her! Thank you, Priscilla!

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BenR1 Mar 12, 2012

Priscilla is Awesome

Priscilla's is an awesome teacher. Her lessons are always fun and she continually pushes me to get better. I can't believe how much I've learned in just a few lessons.

HarmonyS Jan 3, 2012

Very impressed!

My 7 year old daughter loves her lessons with Priscilla and has learned so much in just a few lessons!

BonnieO Dec 8, 2011

Only 3 Lessons

Priscilla is technically excellent and worked hard with me. I need to switch to someone else because I want to have more fun. This experience often felt too serious.

PhoebeE Nov 21, 2011

Skye's proud Mama

My 5 year old loved her singing lessons with Priscilla. Priscilla provided a fun learning experience as well as encouragement and patience. I would highly recommend her as a teacher.

teresab Sep 29, 2011

tuesdays are my favorite day

priscilla, is a gem of a teacher. She corrects me but encourages me more!I love Tuesdays and she a big reason why!!!

ManshuA Sep 14, 2011

A wonderfully intuitive teacher who is as compassionate and warm as she is technically gifted.

JoP May 7, 2011

Wonderful intstructor. Meets personal needs. I'm traveling a great big now so won't be taking lessons for while, but if and when I do, it will be with Priscilla. I highly recommend her and have told 5 of my friends about her. Jo

DavidB2 Mar 8, 2011

Great Teacher

Priscilla is so nice and comfortable to be around, makes the learning process very nice. Her instruction is always at the right times.

RaymondW Jan 2, 2011


RickM Dec 25, 2010

A great teacher

Priscilla is a great teacher. She knows what the student needs at the moment, and she meets the student's needs with patience, kindness, and consideration.

DannyF1 Nov 5, 2010

Highly recommended

Priscilla is such a wonderful teacher! Very patient and pleasant, and we kept each other laughing most of the time :)

PenniT Oct 8, 2010

Priscilla is very methodic and clear. She is great at answering questions and I always know exactly what I need to do/practice. She is fun and helpful.

BarbaraA Sep 10, 2010

Really enjoy her enthusiasm. She has truly inspired my daughter to work hard- my daughter loves piano, and practices without any nagging. She's making great progress!

ValerieG Aug 6, 2010

Valerie Gwin

Her patience and understanding are truly remarkable. She makes learning to play the piano a joy.

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