Making Piano, English, And Math EZ

Making Piano, English, And Math EZ

5.0 (5)
1 employee
20 years in business

About this pro

I incorporate a variety of techniques to tailor lessons to students’ unique personalities, goals, and learning styles. Parents and adult students have appreciated my passion for teaching, and my use of humor, games, every day experiences, and the internet to not only effectively explain the material but also to EXCITE students about LEARNING.

My techniques help students to become more facile with the subject matter, and to develop good study habits that generalize to other subjects. I also share techniques (such as using acronyms and associations) that help them memorize test material more quickly and reliably.

I'd be happy to discuss with you how I incorporate these strategies for Math, English, and Music students alike.

I enjoy helping students of all ages to not only better understand and apply the material but also to instill in them a passion for learning so they become lifelong learners. 

I'm also invigorated by seeing the student's joy as they become more confident and adept with the material they're learning, as well as the dramatic improvements in grades and feedback they receive from their school teachers. in many of their subjects -- not just the ones in which I’m tutoring them.  

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Oakland, CA 94612
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5 Reviews

5.0

  • Josh Williams

    I recently took an intro to piano class from Marshal via Zoom. He e-mailed the course .pdf materials promptly after booking so that I could visually go over the lesson ahead of time. He had an easy going manner about himself and was okay with me interrupting on several occasions to ask a question or tell him I already knew the material being taught. Definitely recommended for beginners and children!

  • Sheryl Talberth

    😃In addition to being a talented pianist, Marshal is great working with kids and adults. When a music director was unable to lead a high school band in which my son performed, Marshal stepped in at the 11th hour and really delivered. In addition, to working with the performers individually and as a group to polish up the music performance, Marshal found the time to give them tips on soloing. My son and I strongly recommend Marshal for individual or group private lessons.

  • Lyndsey

    Looking for genuinely personalized lessons? Had my first lesson recently, and honestly nothing but good things to note. As someone that teaches more than just piano, he's first off, an excellent communicator and immediately gauged where to start based on my skills and not just a lesson plan that everyone/anyone can get. If you want someone to work with you from where your current skill sets are you shouldn't look elsewhere. Looking forward to learning under Marshal for as long as possible, and I genuinely implore whoever might be considering him to do the same! Truly a real educator.

  • John W

    I recently took a piano class from Marshal via Zoom. He e-mailed the course .pdf materials promptly after booking so that I could visually go over the lesson ahead of time. He had an easy going manner about himself and was okay with me interrupting on several occasions to ask a question or tell him I already knew the material being taught. Definitely recommended for children and adults!


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

I ask their parents and them what are their goals for working with me, what are their favorite subjects and activities, and how they enjoy learning (i.e. reading, working through questions, watching videos, computer games). 

I also ask how much homework they have, in order to avoid overburdening them in an already challenging learning environment. 


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

I hold a BA in History from Yale College, and an MS/MBA from Purdue.  I  have earned certificates in jazz piano and songwriting from the Dick Grove School of Music, along with a teaching certificate from Kaplan in Math and English.  

To further enrich students' learning experiences, I've completed 10 courses in Psychology, including Developmental Psychology.


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

Pricing is on a case-by-case basis, which is based on frequency of lessons, location of lesson, skill level, and age.


How did you get started teaching?

I began tutoring in high school when the academic dean asked me to help his daughter with Math. My Freshman year in college I taught underprivileged students at a public high school in New Haven, CT.

After graduating from Music School, I began offering private piano lessons to grade school and high school students, in addition to substitute teaching English and Music classes at a private school in Hillsborough.  


What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all diverse ages and proficiency with English-- ranging from 7 to 75 years of age;  ESL to native speakers in English. 

Most of my piano students have ranged from beginner to intermediate levels.


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

Select a teacher whose personality meshes with yours (i.e. laid back, serious, or detail-oriented)

Try to figure out if the teacher seems interested in your progress, and isn't just teaching to supplement their income. 


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

How much time they are able to commit to practicing? 

Why do they want to learn how to play music (to play for themselves or friends and family; play in a band; or, to keep busy)

Why are they choosing piano, as opposed to guitar, drums, violin, or singing? 

What styles do they like to listen to and/or what style would they like to play?

Do they have access to a piano, or will they be renting? If renting, they want to make sure that you like the piano?