With almost 50 years ( I received certification at 14!) of teaching piano, I have a passion for instilling a love and enjoyment of learning to play the piano. I LOVE children and take great pride in their accomplishments. I believe in the process as opposed to the product.
I enjoy working with students who are interested in playing the piano. I have a deep respect for each child and I meet them right where they are and build upon that. Whether they are a beginner or have played for years. I enjoy the curriculum that I've developed and so do my students.
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MaryAlice is extremely qualified. You can tell she loves what she does and she does it so well! The children love her, she’s very welcoming, professional and caring. We are blessed to have her in our children’s lives. They are happy, excited and look forward to their lessons. We have tried a different music program (which was highly rated) in the past, and much to my dismay, the children were not inspired and didn’t want to practice AT ALL! Luckily, a friend referred us to APPLAUSE and MaryAlice. What a blessing she is! All the children love her and the music education program she provides. We can’t say enough about all she has brought to our lives and hearts.
I truly enjoy meeting a potential student and their family before they begin lessons. I feel it is important for the family and child(ren) to feel comfortable before we potentially begin formal lessons. I also like to get to know the student, their likes, dislikes, goals and desires before we begin.
My studio is in a very large room in my home, which includes a waiting room and bathroom. I welcome everyone and give them a tour. I ask quite a few questions of both parents and the potential student.
While the parent fill out an information form, I take the student to the piano. I like to introduce them to their "new best friend, the piano!" I like to introduce a new student, who has never played before, to the geopgraphy of the piano through games and learning a song by rote. We try some inprovisation, rhythm echoes on drums or an instrument of their choice and they answer some questions for me. It's very interactive and allows me to begin to know their learning style. That is important to me because no two children are alike. They are all unique individuals and I teach right where the child is and then grow from there. I try my best to select materials and methods that they will enjoy as well as experience wonderful progress. If the potential student already plays the piano, I ask them to prepare any two songs of contrasting nature to play for me. I also include the skills mentioned above and I ask them to sight read a piece appropriate for the current level of profiecency they are in. We rejoin the grownups and I answer any and all questions they may have.