Mrs. Maples began piano lessons at the age of 7. She was trained through Classical Methods. She has studied with Leslie Brooks of Birmingham and Rich Vogelhenerr of Warren. Her Piano Professor in college, Julianne VandenWyngaard, is a graduate from the Eastman School of Music. Mrs. 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 then 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. Mrs. Maples 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 for 9 years. She has taught piano lessons for multiple years during different stages of her life. She is pleased to be able to teach lessons again while her four children are young. Of all her experience teaching, Mrs. Maples 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. Mrs. Maples 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. Your teacher will begin at the level your child begins, taking in mind other music instruction from their life. Your child will determine how fast or slow we progress. 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. Mrs.Maples 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, Mrs. Maples is willing to travel to your home for lessons, provide a flexible time at her home, or provide virtual lessons via Skype or Zoom.