Wentzville Music

Wentzville Music


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We have experienced, certified teachers.  We are involved in competitions for the students, including theory.  We have 2 - recitals and master classes per year. We have everything needed to get a music student started from new and used instruments rental or purchase, published music, instrument accessories, musical gifts. We are conveniently located in Wentzville. 

Teaching the joy of music making to those that want to learn.  I have been teaching piano for 27 years and I never get bored.  Each individual has added to my life and each student and taught me something as well.  

Our web site is www.academymae.com.  It hasn't been updated in awhile but most of the information is still applicable.  We have moved from 950 Corp. Pkwy to 702 W Pearce Blvd. Wentzville, MO 63385

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Wentzville, MO 63385
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I start with determining which method they are best suited to learn with and find out what they already know about music.  Most students have some understanding about music in general from classes at school.  We then begin the task of learning the names of the keys and finger numbers, then we are off. 

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

I have studied at Hannible LeGrange Bapt. College, Lindenwood University, Maryville College and East Cental College.  I am Certified in Suzuki and have been teaching for 27 years, first in my home and 13 years in Wentzville. 

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

Our lessons are $80/mo. for 1/2 hour each week.  We have not raised our prices in 13 years. It rounds out to $20 per lesson with 4 lessons not being charge as we close for 1 week between Christmas and New Years, the teachers are allowed to take a one week vacation without being penilized and that leaves 2 weeks for student to go on vacation or miss 2 lessons if makeups are not able to be worked out between teacher and student.  Otherwise they get 2 free lessons a year.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching when my daughter wanted to learn to take and we had such a good time, I decided to go back to school to learn more myself so I could teach through Advanced levels.  

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages, from 3 1/2 to 78 years old.  I have worked with special needs students, including autistic, ADHD, down syndrome and other learning differences. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My favorite event would have to be the competition we do every summer.  It is with Mid America Music Assoc. that has been around for over 50 years.  Last year (2016) was at the Lodge of the Four Seasons in Lake of the Ozarks.  This year it will be in Kansas City at the Adams Mark.  It is a lot of fun. The students prepare 2 pieces by memory, 1 off a required list and one their choice.  We also have students that also enjoy the quiz bowl which is between other studios with the focus on theory.  Makes theory understanding stronger and is fun.  If they place they receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze medal.  We place every year.

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

To choose a teacher, it is important to met with them to make sure they are a good fit for their child.  It is important that they click in order for the best learning experience. 

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

Everything that was asked in this list are the questions one should ask when interviewing a teacher.  The one thing that is important what the parents roll will be in the learning process. With Suzuki, it is a much bigger roll then with traditional methods.