Hadley McCarroll Piano Studio

Hadley McCarroll Piano Studio

5.0 (10)
1 employee
27 years in business

About this pro

My enthusiasm for the material, performing, and helping students achieve their goals. Check out my youtube channel via the link listed on my profile. You can also read more about me here:https://www.sfcv.org/music-teachers/hadley-mccarroll and here: http://mirageensemble.com/hadley.html

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Bringing students to the next level-whatever that is! Bringing the joy of music to each person. Bringing confidence and unique skills to people in my community.

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Oakland, CA 94611
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10 Reviews


  • Chrissa Kuan

    Hadley is a passionate musician and pianist with very effective teaching methods. She not only gives clear instructions on how I can improve my techniques, recommends different interpretations, and helps shape the music when I play a piece. To deepen my understanding of the music piece, she also explains the background of the piece and the composer. I can notice the contrast of my understanding about the music piece before and after attending her class. I frequently feel that I can play the piece much better and more beautifully after her class. Hadley has improved my overall performance and I am confident that she will help you as well. I am very glad that I have her as my teacher.

  • Leland Wolfson

    I studied classical piano with Hadley for about twelve years up until graduating from high school. This time with Hadley was critical in providing me with skills and experience in engaging with complex projects, far more than any instruction I received in school. Consistency, patience, discipline, rigorousness, focus, curiosity and humility were among the traits I was required to employ in order to have any degree of success in my musical career. Once I was taught a concept, technique, or section of a composition, I was expected to have reviewed that material at home until I was sufficiently familiar with it to consistently recall what I'd learned. This was a blessing in disguise. It provided an excellent opportunity to overcome challenge and grow exponentially as a pianist, assuming I was willing to work independently and voluntarily on what I was taught. Often, I was unwilling to put the work in, I made no progress and received no praise. When I did put the work in and made progress, Hadley was generous with praise, it was deserved and inspiring. Hadley provided a holistic education with a focus on fundamentals, covering theory, technique, sight-reading, public performance through recitals and history. There is much more I could have learned, had I only exhibited interest and inquired; jazz, improvisation, and modern piano are among the things I know she could teach, and wouldn't be surprised if there was much more. Hadley is a no-nonsense teacher, who won't tolerate time wasting behavior during lessons, is quick with criticism and praise, clear and direct in communication; do not expect participation trophies. Hadley is not a music teacher first, but a musician, who was always able to inspire me with her exceptional skill even when I wanted nothing more to do with studying piano, which was frequent for me for the first few years of lessons (no fault of hers). Even though I didn’t pursue piano or music as a profession, I’ve developed a deep appreciation and enjoyment of classical music. My life has been immeasurably enriched by Hadley’s influence. I wholeheartedly recommend Hadley as a piano teacher for all ages.

  • The Wolfson Family

    Hadley has been my family’s piano teacher for 15 years. There is no other teacher as accomplished, creative, devoted to mastering the language of music, and working with each of my children in a way that facilitates their own unique relationship with the piano. She is without question, the very best!!!

  • Joe Wanzala

    Hadley has been my 1st grader’s piano teacher for about seven months. Akena loves! and looks forward to his piano lessons with Hadley. It has been really amazing to witness the huge progress he has made in a relatively short period of time - culminating with his first recital a short while ago. Hadley has an uncanny ability to coax the best out of Akena; combining an acute kid sense with rigorous, exacting standards, while cultivating serious musicality. Her influence and impact on my son’s development as a pianist is already clear and the sheer joy she derives from music as an educator and active performer is infectious. I highly recommend Hadley and can’t wait for Akena’s younger brother to begin lessons with her when he is ready.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I ask for a commitment of one month of lessons. I offer advice/suggestions on repertoire if the student doesn't have any ideas or "dream pieces," or maybe just doesn't have any experiences in picking pieces. I start off working on rhythm and musicianiship, and gradually work in technique and classical piano tips. My students learn how to read fluently and play with expression.

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

Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Teaching and coaching since 1996 in the SF Bay Area. Member of Music Teacher's Association of California. Please see my complete education at my linkedin profile:www.linkedin.com/in/hadleymccarrollpianist

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

I ask for competitive compensation which is in line with that of my local colleagues'. I offer sliding scale for people in need. Please contact me for rates and pricing.

How did you get started teaching?

A love of performing, and wanting to share music and the joy of learning + excelling with others.

What types of students have you worked with?

All kinds! Ages 4-84. All kinds of different people, from retired civil engineers to inquisitive preschoolers.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A performance of "Tosca" at the San Francisco Opera moved me because it was directed by a female director who really brought the "metoo" movement to light in this period piece.

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

Look for a teacher who will match your expectations! Don't be afraid to share any negative feedback or ask as many "dumb" questions as you need to (They probably aren't dumb!)

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

Lesson time scheduling, time for practice at home, and being realistic with the teacher about their goals.