Mary Anne Block Piano Studio
I offer a unique combination of note reading, through an easy landmark/interval approach, ear training and music theory that provides a firm foundation for further instruction in piano, voice or any other musical instrument. Students will learn to play in any key and the CD accompaniments will make piano playing for the beginner especially fun and rewarding! Private piano lessons for children ages 5 to 18 and private or group piano lessons for adults. I offer multiple performance opportunities, from relaxed group classes to recitals, exams and competitions.
I love working with students of all ages and levels and enjoy watching them build their reading skills, technique and musicianship. My work is much more than developing musical skills. I always try to help students build their confidence and learn valuable life skills -whether it's learning to perform in public, developing good work habits or finding ways to make music an outlet for stress and anxiety.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I generally give them a trial lesson. No commitment up front.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Please see my website: mablock.musicteachershelper.com
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Please see my website
What types of students have you worked with?
All ages, 5-adult
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I love the program offered by the Illinois State Music Teachers Association: Achievement in Music; a complete music theory, technique and performance curriculum. It offers a great incentive for students to work hard, without the pressure of a competition and offers multiple levels so every student can work at their own pace.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Look for someone who has a music degree as well as experience and can offer different performance opportunties and methods to measure achievement.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What are their short term and long term goals in pursuing piano? What type of music are they looking to play? Are they willing to study standard classical repertoire, play traditional technique (scales, chords, arpeggios etc.) and learn the associated theory concepts before branching out to different genres of music (pop, jazz etc.)?