Michele Maples graduated from Grand Valley State University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s of Music degree and school certification (JX K-12) with a major in piano and a minor in voice. She graduated from Oakland University in 2007 with a Master’s in Music Education where she focused her thesis work on the motivation to study music. Michele has served various churches as a Music Minister, Choir Director, and Youth Director. She has also worked in the community as a Piano Accompanist. In addition, she has worked for both the Van Dyke and Chippewa Valley School Districts, multiple Catholic schools, and even taught in homeschool community cooperatives. Michele prefers the one to one tutor style of piano instruction. This method allows the student to move at his or her own pace and accomplish their own goals and objectives. Michele invites parents to participate in the piano/music instruction and even to learn themselves. There are few opportunities for parents to work with their children and learn together! She can provide an Adult method book, if you are interested in learning how to play, too. If you would like your child to perform in a particular setting as a young adult, please discuss these goals with your teacher. Each musical setting requires a unique set of skills which can be introduced into the weekly lesson. Examples include: being a Church Musician-Catholic or Protestant/Traditional or Contemporary, auditioning for local, music camps, or college scholarships, pursuing as a Music Major or Minor, deeper understanding of Music History, Theory, and Music Appreciation, working as an accompanist for solos, ensembles, or choirs, performing as part of an ensemble. Michele is also an excellent resource to discuss pursuit of music as a hobby, amateur, or professional. If your child has questions or needs resources, please don’t hesitate to ask. She would be happy to provide “job” placement and mentoring when applicable.
**During this time, Michele is willing to travel to your home for lessons, provide a flexible time at her home, or provide virtual lessons via Skype or Zoom.
We have a first session to set goals and get to know each other. Next we create a curriculum that fits with each student's goals. We reevaluate every 3 months and make adjustments as needed.
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