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About this pro

I love the guitar and thanks to the guitar my life has been so much richer in so many ways! So I try to teach you in a way that fits your life and make you want to play music as a part of your life.

I teach both standard notation and/or tablature, folk (chords to accompany songs) as well as classical guitar (melody and accompaniment), blues and Spanish guitar. Whenever possible I offer ensembles and opportunities to play with others. I've been teaching and playing for 35 y.

I've taught classroom music for a long time so I just love working one on one. 

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Credentials

Elkins Park, PA 19027
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11 Reviews

4.9

  • Julien Schremmer

    Marlis was my music teacher in elementary school where she introduced me to the art of playing music with a variety of instruments including guitar, voice, piano, recorder, and drums. I studied guitar with her for about 4 years and since then music has played a massive part in my life. I now regularly perform music and I often remind myself of Marlis's lessons from my childhood to improve my playing. Marlis is kind, skilled, experienced, passionate, and infectiously enthusiastic. If you're looking for a teacher that will teach you not only guitar technique but also the joy of creating music look no further.

  • Alain Schremmer

    I began taking lessons when I was ~7 years old and have vivid memories of Marlis gently challenging me, easily navigating my stubbornness and encouraging me with increasingly interesting songs and scales. I am still playing guitar 20 years later and fondly look back to those lessons. I cannot begin to explain the importance Marlis has had on my guitar playing and I highly recommend her as a teacher.

  • Frank Barch, MD

    I wish I had such an extraordinary teacher when I was a kid learning flute. I had 4 teachers, all professional players, including the first chair of the Pittsburg orchestra and she's the best! Marlis makes learning the guitar fun-and this means I want to practice! She is encouraging and supportive, while also "stretching" me. She is very observant of my flaws in technique and not only gently corrects my mistakes, but shows me different ways to practice successfully. She also helps me think about playing with musicality. I'm retired, but she also has young students. Her fee is very reasonable, and her schedule flexible. BTW, she teaches within walking distance of the Elkins Park rail station.

  • Margaret Sayers

    Marlis is patient, encouraging, and an excellent teacher.


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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First find out what you know about music and what your goals are. That gives us a starting point. 
Then building skills from there in increments that will allow you to be successful, challenged and will motivate you to practice.


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

I was an elementary music teacher for many years and know how to break things down which is a very helpful strategy. I have also played with many other players and learned different styles and approaches beyond my formal guitar training.