Mary Rodgers Music Lessons
I specialize in giving students the skills they needs to learn and grow for the rest of their lives. I teach them how to teach themselves. I show them efficient ways to practice and apply what we are doing. I encourage creativity with composition and games :)
Music is in my soul. I enjoy every moment of it. Teaching contributes to that passion. Each lesson enhances my life as much as the student's life :)
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Each student gets a tailored experience. From beginner to advanced, I asses the students goals and how to best help them get there! I like to mix in songs, scales, flashcards, ear training, music theory and fun games!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
-Bachelor's of Arts in Music on Saxophone from UW-Milwaukee.
-2013 winner of "Reed/Brass Player of the Year Award" WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry)
-Member of the Nashville Accordion Society
-10 years experience working at the music archive of Greg Drust
-on recordings with The Uptown Savages, Hillbilly Casino, The Invaders, Midwest Death Rattle, Will Payne Harrison, Jeff Moon, and many more including own fully original album: "To The Ghost of Mary Rodgers...".
How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching my saxophone professors' waiting list in 2006. From there I picked up my own students at his music store, Lakeshore Conservatory. I expanded my instruments and continued to teach at various stores such as Cascio Interstate Music, Fanny's House of Music, and in home lessons.
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with a large variety of students ranging from 7 years of age...to mid-80's. I can help students who are just starting their journey to those that are looking to make this their profession!
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I had an adult student that was returning to their instrument after many years off. They didn't much like scales or understand the need for them. I explained the real root of where scales come from. I also showed them how they work in music both classical and improvisationally. They walked away real excited to learn scales and I could tell it had all "clicked".
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Make sure to find a teacher that has a passion for learning. There are a lot of great musicians out there. The right teacher for you will help you relate to the material you are working on.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
It is really important to communicate anything that could change the way a teacher approaches learning. Things like Dyslexia, ADHD, Vision impairment, Hearing issues, Forms of Autism, behavior patterns. I want to tailor the material of my lesson to best suit the student. But a teacher can only do that if they know what you need!