I love teaching young people I teach students as young as 4 years and up. I have 26 years of successful teaching experience. I prefer to start students using Suzuki philosophy, though I feel everyone can benefit from high quality pedagogy. Children and their families have a comprehensive and rewarding, as well as fun, experience of music in my studio.
I love sharing each child's growth and success as they experience playing piano. I love working with both children and their parents exploring learning through the Suzuki philosophy of every child can learn to play music beautifully.
She is amazing, personal, energetic, the perfect piano teacher.
Gail is an outstanding piano teacher for my children. She is highly trained in the Suzuki method, but also incorporates other excellent materials for sight reading, theory, etc. She has high expectations of the students and has their respect. At the same time she is very patient, engaging, and loving. Gail puts a lot of effort into using techniques which will motivate each child at each stage of his development. Through the studio we also engage in valuable group classes, recitals, social events, workshops, competitions, and piano performance as a service opportunity in the community. Being part of the studio is much more than a weekly lesson. Highly recommend!
Gail is incredibly patient with even the youngest of students. She creates a warm, comfortable learning environment. Our girls look forward to lessons! We are grateful to be a part of this lovely studio. It is our piano "family".
1. Her piano expertise is key now that my kids are more advanced with their piano playing 2. Her skills for encouraging and motivating kids to improve 3. She is experienced and very skilled teaching with the Suzuki method, which we prefer
1. Short interview with parent and student
2. Watch 1 lesson of a current student at similar age and level if possible
3. Begin with basic keyboard topography, rhythm, musicality
Bachelor of Music, With Distinction, University of Michigan
Master of Music, Wayne State University
Suzuki Registered Teacher
Suzuki Teacher Trainer
My pricing is based on the length of each individual lesson plus weekly or monthly group class. Tuition is paid on a monthly basis September through June. Summer lessons are charged per lesson.
I have been teaching privately prior to beginning University of Michigan. I started my Suzuki teaching at Preucil School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa in 1991. Since 1993, I have been teaching independently from my home.
I have worked with students ages 3-93. In addition to my home teaching, I am part-time faculty at Wayne State University. I teach students of many backgrounds, aspirations and socio-economic status. I currently have 2 students on the autism spectrum, and have also worked with several ADHD students.
A 7 year old student who has been struggling with a technical challenge in a new piece just got it!! He was so excited and could see that the work he did made a difference. This is my favorite teaching moment, when someone has persevered and achieved a breakthrough with a piece or practice spot that they didn't believe they could master.
Watch one or two lessons of whatever teacher you are thinking of hiring. You get to see how they really work with a student, how they interact during a lesson, their pacing, their strategies for presenting material. Your child can also safely observe the teacher without having to directly interact.
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