Für Elise Piano School

Für Elise Piano School

5.0 (13)
1 employee
18 years in business

About this pro

My service stands out because I am an excellent communicator. I can simplify any concept or passage of music so that the student will get it extremely easily. This maximizes each lesson's time and greatly benefits the student in the long run. I set clear goals with each piece and lesson, so that the student knows that he/she is continuing to succeed. I also make videos that the student may reference during the week to improve their practice skills. My simple teaching style is coupled with my lengthy experience and education, which includes Masters and doctoral degrees in music. All this results in a high quality musical education for the student.

I love helping people discover and actualize their talents and love for music.

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
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13 Reviews


  • Mike D.

    Mark Howard is top of the line. Patient, flexible, punctual, and most importantly, our son enjoys his time with him. Highly recommend.

  • Susan C.

    Mark has been our kids (aged 11 and 9) piano teacher for a couple years. He is very professional and takes the time to adjust his teachings so that both kids can understand it at their individual levels. Mark is very patient with the kids. He is also very flexible with his schedule, accommodating the times when we need to reschedule the kids' lesson. It has been very convenient to have Mark come to the house to give the kids their lessons. Mark strikes a balance between teaching piano in a way that the kids can understand it, but also instilling the fundamentals of reading music and understanding the musicality of the songs they are learning. It is evident that Mark is very knowledge and has a passion for the piano; that comes through in his teaching.

  • Lindsay R.

    My 8 year old son just started taking piano lessons a little over a month ago. He LOVES it!! Mark is an amazing teacher who arrives to our house on time every time! He works around our schedule. My son askes a ton of questions during the lesson and Mark answers all of them with patience, understanding, and professionalism. I never have to ask my son to practice the piano because he truly enjoys playing and looks forward to his lessons each week. This love of leaning the piano truly came from Mark. So thank you for making this such a fun positive adventure for my son!!

  • Felisa G.

    Mark is an excellent piano teacher. Our daughter has excelled in only six months and enjoys her piano lessons. He offers recitals two times a year. He is responsive, professional, and if I need to change dates around he is flexible. I highly recommend him as a piano teacher!

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

I have a phone meeting with the new customer during which I explain pricing and schedule, answer any and ask questions, and set a day/time for a trial lesson. I then have the trial lesson and proceed to schedule continuous lessons from there. The process is very fluid and easy.

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

Degrees: Bachelor of Music, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy. I am also a member of the Music Teachers Association of California.

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

Yes. I charge $65/hour, $50/45 minutes, and $35/half hour for students who want me to come to them and $60/hour, $45/45 minutes, and $30/half hour for students who come to me or are online. I also offer discounts (sibling, prepay, etc.) and packages.

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching while I was earning my Bachelor degree in piano performance in 2002.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages, levels, and stylistic backgrounds (Classical, Rock, Pop)

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Für Elise Piano School just had its Winter Recital in December. All of the students did a fantastic job and had fun playing for people and earning their trophies. 

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

Make sure that your teacher has a plan for you or your child with clear goals/milestones, and that you express what you would like to get out of playing the piano. 

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

What is taught in the typical lesson?

What are some examples of predetermined goals that you have for your students?

On what styles do you focus?

Is there an opportunity for the student to learn pieces outside of what the teacher assigns and include them in lessons?

Do you bundle lesson packages for a discount?

Will a keyboard, as opposed to an acoustic piano, be sufficient to use in lessons?

How long is the typical lesson?

At what point do you recommend an hour over a half-hour long lesson?