Patricia A. Fisher

Patricia A. Fisher

39 years in business

About this pro

My many students are accomplished and their parents are enthusiastic about my teaching.  Parents appreciate my gentle thoroughness.  I have been teaching piano and cello for years and also am teaching violin and viola in one of our local studios. My background is unique in that I studied these instruments to a level that I allows me to perform and teach with ease and compentency.

I began piano lessons at 5 with Nellie Tholen in Portland, OR. A few years later I began studying the cello and eventually was a member of the Oregon Symphony.  All the while I kept up with my piano skills.  My first degree is from Univ. of Minnesota in Music Education.  My masters studies were done in Ontario Canada.  I've a long professional bio.

Giving music lessons allows me to enjoy other people on a personal level at the same time watch them surpass their own performance expectations.  When accompanying my students on the piano, or playing duets with them both the students and I realize how much fun we're having, at the same time making music come alive.

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Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Lesson one - Get acquainted (free lesson) and begin assessing where to begin their instruction

Lesson 2 and beyond - If student has been studying, begin using their own music to learn their point of progress and learning style.  We begin using an age-appropriate series with a beginner.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

BS from U of Minnesota in Music Education 

Piano lessons began at 5 years old and continued on and off for many years, along with studies into the post graduate level enabling me to be a profession cellist.  My graduate studies were done at Univ. of Western Ontario in London, Ont. Canada

My complete bio is posted on Scottsdale Studio of Music website.  Also please check Bridge to Music.  Both speak less about my piano teaching experience and background but I've had great outcomes with beginning and intermediate students through the years.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Lessons given in my home:

30 min. lessons - $30

45 min.            -   40

60 min.            -   50

Family plan available as well as senior discount

Most music is paid for by the student or parent

How did you get started teaching?

When my daughter was in 5th grade and we were given a violin, she began private lessons and that gave the impetus to enroll in teacher's college.  Since I've  always owned and played piano, that instrument has formed the bedrock of all my other musical activities including teaching.

What types of students have you worked with?

Ages 5 thru 70 and beyond.  All levels of capability from challenged through talented.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Going along with a young student to a store to purchase her first instrument.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Be informed and ask for references.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

*  Do l have the time to follow through with home practice?

*  Can I attend lessons regularly?

*  Will music take on paramount importance in my life or will it be a hobby?  (Either goal is fine)