Marie Rossborough

Marie Rossborough

34 years in business

About this pro

My background in music ed and therapy allows me to reach the student where he or she is; through intellect, or play, taylored to classical, current contemporary styles as well as musicals and other such genre.  For more information go to

I love the people I get to teach... each person is different.  I see each as a puzzle piece I get to figure out! Through our interactions it becomes apparent 'how' to teach to their needs.  

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Rush, NY 14543
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We usually discuss their goals to begin with.  I'll usually work through a methods book with them in addition to teaching them the music theory they need to understand in order to progress. Technic will be a part of the whole picture when appropriate.  I'll visually assess heir body mechanics and we work on that to perfect how the body needs to move effectively to play the music assigned.  After the student has a grasp of the basics, I'll add in supplimental music from the music library  here to keep things interesting.

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

I have attended the Eastman school of music in their music education program. I have also attended the music therapy program from Duquesne University. I hold a BSME in music ed/therapy. I have been teaching since 1988. 

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

I treat this as a business which it is.  As such payment is set up as tuition much like other arts centers. The tuition is based on a 36 week year with mayments from September through July.  The tuition is comparable to other instructors who have similar backgrounds as my own.  

How did you get started teaching?

I fell into it one day and loved it! 

What types of students have you worked with?

Average students, adults and children alike. I have worked with very focused kids as well as those with ADD. 

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

Look for a well rounded who will teach not only the basics (note reading, rhythm), but also technical skills, music theory, musicianship, and who pays attention to body mechanics (how the fingers, hands, wrists, arms move in a relaxed and efficient manner). The more experience the better. 

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

Why do I want to learn the instrument?  What kind of instrument will I need? How much should I practice? What kind of music would I like to be able to play someday? 

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