Mark Richins Music

Mark Richins Music

5.0 (2)
9 years in business

About this pro

I've been teaching piano for more than 5 years. I have a bachelor's degree in music from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a Masters degree in music therapy.   I am a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through the Music Teacher's National Association and also work as a board certified music therapist.  I work hard to shape weekly lessons around the needs of each individual.  I also provide adapted lessons for those with unique learning styles.  

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Fort Wayne, IN 46818
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2 Reviews


  • Emily Ricks

    Mark has such a kind heart, and understands the power of music to lift and inspire. If you're looking for someone who can help you reach your potential, Mark is your guy!

  • Stephen Allen

    Mark is a compassionate teacher. He motivates his students by encouraging self-expression. His pleasant character and gentle approach combined with his strong understanding of music promote a healthy and successful learning environment.


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

The first initial meeting is free. At this meeting we can get to know each other, your musical background, your goals, and work out details.

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

I have a music degree from Brigham Young University - Idaho and am currently working towards a masters degree in music therapy at Illinois State University. I am active in the Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA) and am pending certification. I have been trained in the Taubman technique, an injury preventative approach, and teach principles of it to my students.

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

I charge a monthly fee due at the beginning of the month. The prices are based on a 4 week month, so 5 week months are a bonus for you.

How did you get started teaching?

I've been playing piano since I was 11. Honestly, my brother started lessons and I got jealous. I learned the basics from a family friend and continued practicing music I really enjoyed. Now, more than 10 years later I'm teaching, writing music and performing.

What types of students have you worked with?

I've worked with all age groups and levels. I've taught kids, teens and adults. I've started from scratch teaching people who think they know nothing about music all the way to advanced students who have entered into competitions.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I will always remember my college music training with fondness. I literally spent 2 to 4 hours each day practicing, sometimes more. My priorities have shifted now that I'm pursuing music therapy, but that period of time revolutionized my musical skills and required a level of discipline I will never forget.

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

You get what you pay for. Look into their credentials and who their own music influences came from. You can take music lessons from anyone, but make sure to do your homework.

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

How much time are you willing to commit each day to practicing? Even doing 10 or 15 minutes a day can make a huge difference for beginners. If you can't devote consistent times each week to practicing you may want to reconsider your priorities and if music is really something you want to devote real time to.