Priscilla Manion

Priscilla M.

Mesquite, TX

About Priscilla M.

Priscilla teaches: Ages 4 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 1986
Last sign in: More than two months

Overview

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 ***
NA

*** 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.

Photos and Videos

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

Experience

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.

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.

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.

Education

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

Awards

Winner of National Talent Search
Nov 1994
Christian Broadcasting Network

25 Reviews on Priscilla M.

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Brenda N. Sep 16, 2015
Verified Student · 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
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
My kids are doing great in just 2 weeks
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Alyssa G. Aug 19, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Priscilla was patient and understanding as I fumbled through my first lesson.
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Sophia B. Aug 13, 2015
Verified Student · 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.
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Mauricio T. Jun 26, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In home
The first class went very smooth. .I can see Priscilla is very knowledgeable.
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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
Verified Student · 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
Verified Student · 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
Verified Student · 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
Verified Student · 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.
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