Sharon MacDermid

Sharon M.

Marysville, WA
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Sharon delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
February 1983

Hi there, my name is Sharon M. I have loved music all my life, however, over the last 25 years my passion and joy has been teaching piano.

Beginning my musical training at a young age it was continued through college and beyond. I performed and accompanied throughout the United States and Europe for many years. Following college (Seattle Pacific University - Music Education/Piano), I received specialized teacher training and certification to teach the Robert Pace Piano Approach (Teachers College, Columbia University). I also have specialized training in teaching all styles of Improvisation with the author of "Pattern Play," Forrest Kinney. My students are excited to discover and create their own music from the very first lesson.

At your lessons you will learn how to read print music, play by ear, create your own music, and much more. The music is interesting, fun to play (never boring) and easy to understand. You will be surprised how fast you will progress! All styles, Classical to New Contemporary, are available musical choices.

I recognize that each student is unique and has different goals and aspirations so each student's lesson is unique and carefully prepared to inspire and create curiosity to make reaching the goal easy, fun and exciting.

My goal is: To discover and encourage each student's musical potential; to nurture and inspire creativity, musical artistry and a love of music; and to develop a strong musical foundation that provides the tools, confidence and enthusiasm to independently learn, create and enjoy music for a lifetime.

I look forward to helping you reach your musical goals!

*** Lesson Details ***
The studio has a comfortable, relaxed setting where you will receive positive encouragement to reach your musical goals. You will quickly discover how fun and easy it is!! Whether big or small every accomplishment is celebrated. No one is ever too young or too old to experience the joy that music brings.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio is professionally equipped with a Kawai piano, staff lined whiteboard, music library, and many other teaching materials.There is a separate waiting room. You will need to have a piano (keyboard) at home for practicing and provide some lesson books/flashcards.

*** Specialties ***
Using the unique Pace Approach to piano instruction, which was discovered and developed by the world-renown dynamic educator, Dr. Robert Pace of Teachers College, Columbia University, who is credited with having revolutionized the art of piano teaching, you will enjoy learning to read, play, and write music in all styles and keys. But what becomes even more fun is to find your own creativity through improvisation, composing, and arranging pieces that you already know andlove. You will become excited to discover that you have your own personal music to share with the world.

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Jan 1980 - Present
A Keyboard Experience

Church pianist, organist, and director.
Toured U.S. and Europe as musical director.
Piano Instructor for over 25 years.

Sep 1980 - May 2015
Keyboard Experience

Piano Instruction


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Robert Pace Piano Pedagogy
Jan 1975
Columbia University

Piano pedagogy in all areas of piano musicianship. Theory, Technic, Transposing, Improvisation, Composition, and Performance

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7 Reviews

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Terry Aug 1, 2018
Piano · In studio

Sharon got straight to the core of my problem and set up a program for me to follow. Her ideas are working for me.

Andrea E. Mar 4, 2018
Piano · In studio

Sharon is a very skilled and FUN teacher. As an adult learner she helped me feel confident in my ability to play the piano. Over 2 years I have advanced considerably. I highly recommend Sharon.

Desiree Jul 28, 2016
Piano · In studio

It was a great first lesson for my daughter.

Janice Y. Mar 23, 2016
Piano · In studio

Sharon is great. I am enjoying my progress very much.

Tammi Feb 11, 2016
Piano · In studio

Sharon is amazing! She has carefully crafted lessons to help our daughter learn and love to play the piano. She is patient and pays attention to detail, while still making lessons fun. I would HIGHLY recommend her for lessons!

Vivian C. Dec 29, 2015
Piano · In home

I think I am going to learn a lot because you give me some easy way to let me remenber things so I can remenber easily and you give examples.

Andrea E. Dec 10, 2015
Piano ·

Andrea loved it!

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