I provide a very relaxed pace atmosphere and help the student understand and accomplish their goals at their pace.
My expertise lies in Classical, Popular, Inspirational Music as well as Composition, Performance, Recording, Arranging, and Practicing skills.
It brings me great pleasure to pass on knowledge and help to encourage students with their process of learning towards their goals. I help them enjoy the process of practicing which encourages them to continue learning.
Mark is a very kind and professional music educator. He has an extensive knowledge of the piano and piano literature. He has been a wonderful piano teacher for my daughter for the past three years. She has improved her playing beyond expectation during that time period thanks to his guidance. I would highly recommend Mark as a piano teacher not only for my own children, but for my music students at Lake Brantley High School as well.
Mark is a gem of a teacher. Having decades of experience as a composer, music director and performer, he has been the perfect fit for my three boys. Each of my children excel in different ways musically, and Mark has guided each boy in increasing his musicianship and skills according to the child’s strengths. He is classically trained and skilled in composing and technology, giving him the ability and flexibility to guide his students in growing musically according to each student’s needs. He is an excellent teacher for technique, artistry and performance.
I started taking lessons with Mark to prepare for my college auditions to purse a piano performance degree. While studying with Mark I excelled and learned practice techniques that I still use today. When it was time for my auditions, I felt extremely prepared and confident. I auditioned at Stetson University in DeLand, FL and was accepted into their music school, receiving the highest scholarship award allowed for a Piano Major. I also went on to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I am now a Music Teacher at a private school, and have previously worked as an Assistant Music Director and Contract Pianist. I learned so much while studying with Mark. He helped me grow as a pianist and prepared me for college and my musical career.
He patient with me. Best of all.....he is extremely knowledgeable. I'm learning so much more than i ever even dreamed about! Theory, says to practice which are most effective and it makes it all worthwhile and fun!
I assess where they are if they are a beginner or have had prior piano lessons and design a curriculum which meets their goals.
When I was 13, my teacher at the time suggested I begin teaching lessons because I would learn a lot from them too and he was right. I studied piano performance at OSU from 1975-79 and have continued teaching piano.
I have read many books on piano curriculum and keep up to date with current curriculums. No one curriculum has everything, so I must add in what is left out so the student has a full and broad understanding of music, theory, piano theory, good practicing skillsets, a constantly growing memorized repertoire, and good performance skills.
I have worked with very young beginners as young as 3 and all age groups through adults in their middle 80s. I have worked with all levels, beginners through advanced, college level prep, post college level pianists, piano teachers wanting to improve their own skillsets. In all of this have been many different variations of goals. Some want just classical, some want popular, or jazz, or composition, or inspirational, or arranging skills.