Super Key Music Studios
In 1979, Mark Schwartz established Super Key Music Studios, which grew out of a need for quality instruction that specializes in "Pop" music styles. Pop is sometimes dismissed as being less "serious" music. From the protest songs of the "60s" to the party anthems of today, there's no other music that captures our emotions, in good times or bad, better than pop. So whether your hearts in country, soul, rock or R&B you've found your place at Super Key, Mark felt that combining traditional music techniques with the current pop idol, would give students the tools they need to compete in the ever-changing music industry. In the beginning Super Key only offered music instruction, but Mary progressively transformed the studio into a full-service recording facility. At present the studio is equipped with the latest digital and analogue technology, from software to hardware. Thus allowing the student or recording artist a nurturing environment with hands on experience. Whether you're coming to Super Key for a brush-up on technique or creating a major recording project. Super Key is here no matter what stage of development you're in - beginning or advanced and offers a pleasant enviornment for developing your musical abilities.
I love to share my knowledge with others. I also love music. I’m very thankful to have those two elements combined. I also did not have the opportunities that people have today, to learn with all of the tools available, to jnclude the internet. A positive musical experience can last a lifetime. I feel honored to be able to contribute my share.
Able to read music
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
In the first few lessons the teacher determines if the student is at the beginning, intermediate or advance level. Then we choose which method(s) will work the best for them. To also find out if the student wants to read notation and/or just learn by "ear". If they want to only learn chords, theory and/or both. Since we teach individual instruction each student has their own ambitions and desires on what they would like to acheive.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Attended Soutwestern State University, University of Central Oklahoma, OCU and correspondence course from Berkley College of Music in Boston. Mark started performing and touring with a "Pop" band (The Centuries) when he was 17. Our claim to fame was a hit named "Lonely Girl". Since then Mark has performed and organized, leader of, many local and touring bands. Taught music at Jenkin's Music Company and Mount St Mary's High School. Thirty-seven years teaching as operates/owner of Super Key Music Studios and Super key Recording.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
(4) thirty minute lessons: $80.00
(4) 1 hour lessons: $160.00
(8) thirty minute lessons: $152.00 (includes a 5% discount)
(8) 1 hour lessons: $304.00 (includes a 5% discount)
Lessons are 30 min and/or 1 hr in length meeting once a week at a designated time.
How did you get started teaching?
I formed my own band "The Shifters" when I was 14 years old. The other band members could not read so I would transcribe their parts from the 45rpm record of the song we were working on and teach them their parts.
What types of students have you worked with?
Every type and all ages from beginner to advanced.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
Mya Cobb's Anti-Bulling Project 2017 Fashion Show
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Consult with friends, family and others who are acquainted with teachers in your community. Ask for recommendations from local music teacher organizations, music stores, schools or churches. Arrange to interview prospective teachers, in person if possible, before making a commitment.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
1. What is your professional and educational experience in music?
2. What is your teaching experience? What age groups do you teach?
3. How do you participate in ongoing professional development?
4. Do you have a written studio policy? Will you review it with me?
5. Do you regularly evaluate student progress?
6. What instructional materials do you use?
7. What kinds of music do you teach?
8. What other elements are part of your teaching curriculum?
9. Do you require students to perform in studio recitals during the year?
10. Do you offer other performance opportunities for your students, such as festivals and competition?
11. Do you use technology in your studio, such as computers, music instruction software, digital keyboards?
12. How much practice time do you require each day?
13. What do you expect of your students? Their parents?
14. What is the Parent's Role?
15. Do you charge by lesson or for the month?