Teaching ages 5 & up, beginner-advanced since 2003, I graduated cum laude in 2013 from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. I combine student goal-based piano lessons using a comprehensive curriculum taught with care, experience, and ongoing education in a positive environment that emphasizes a lifelong love of piano and music in general. A member of AMTA, CSMTA, and MTNA, I teach Monday Thursday & Saturday with some flexibility built into the schedule. My studio is near Orchard & Parker Road, in the Piney Creek subdivision and also online. I offer at least one private student recital yearly, plus other performance opportunities. For more information, please go to my website at: http://maryvanderslicepiano.com/
I really enjoy recognizing, and being able to help students discover and learn how to use their true abilities. Instilling a love of piano and music, and sharing my student's satisfaction in reaching goals, and making progress brings me joy. I love to be able help students surpass their expectations and be motivated to learn and achieve more. Presenting the keys to unlock the world of music, and discover art of the piano is a lifelong and rewarding experience is my gift to share with others.
The first lesson was very good.
She makes piano fun to learn.
It's very important to learn what a student's goal, or goals might be, then work with and build upon what a student already knows. The first thing I do, depending on the level, is to get to know as much as possible about the student through observation, questions and discussion. That way I can start to design a path of learning for that student to follow.
I graduated Cum laude in 2013 with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. I've participated in competitions and master classes, attended adult piano music camp accompanied choirs, attended as well as performed in masterclasses, and performed at various events. I'm an active member of Aurora Music Teachers Association, in the past holding 3rd VP, and President position, and currently as Chair of Premier Performances. I've judged 3 different events in the past. I take ongoing piano lessons on occasion. I've worked at 3 different churches as an accompanist, and praise team band member. I consistently attend piano recitals, chamber music events and orchestra concerts. I also study books, and read professional publications in my field.
All lessons in a month are due at the first lesson of the month. Lesson rates are as follows: $25 for one 30-minute lesson per week; $37.50 for one 45-minute lesson per week; and $50 for one 60-minute lesson per week. There is also a once yearly expense fee of $10 to help defray costs of music, recital, technology, etc.
When my children were first taking piano lessons from another teacher, they seemed frustrated, so I decided to start teaching them. They told their friends about me, so, with increasing interest and encouragement, I decided to make it my profession.
Classical piano students levels Beginner-Advanced, ages 5 through adult is my current policy.