Mclean Piano Journey Studio

Mclean Piano Journey Studio

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Roanoke, TX 76262
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  • Jennifer Williams

    Ms Maria is the best teacher, ever!


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

I typically introduce a new student to the entire keyboard by teaching simple broken chords in different hand positions, encompassing the entire keyboard. This teaches a recognition of specific hand placement technique. Additionally, students begin simple note reading and simple to play popular pieces, so that they feel a sense of mastery, early on.

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

Undergraduate and graduate classes.

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

 $110 per month for 45 minutes sessions each week.

How did you get started teaching?

i starter teaching Kindergarten classes in my senior year of college in 1978 and soon began to receive referrals to teach privately. I loved it so much that I have continued teaching, while continuing my music education throughout the years.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with children as young as age 4, with deaf and mildly autistic children and children who were extremely gifted, musically. My favorite student is one who is excited to learn, no matter the talent. All with the desire to learn will ultimately be able to play beautifully!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I host monthly group classes where students perform for each other in a party setting. We have pizza and treats and mini recitals approximately once a month. It is such fun when so many students ask to play a second or third or more pieces; many, by memory! I have an amazing grout of students who love to play!

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

Find a teacher who allows the family to sit in on lessons, who uses positive reinforcement and is encouraging and guiding, rather than demanding and critical. Find a teacher who balances all pat of learning: theory, ear training, note reading, improvisation, composing and so on. Lessons should not solely be about playing out of a book for the entire time.

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

What do you want to accomplish by learning the piano? Do you want to play for pleasure, perform at competitions or simply get a basic knowledge of piano and music? I prefer working with people wanting to learn for pleasure and more. Therefore, my students enjoy working on learning their pieces rather than simply trying to fulfill the minutes expected in practicing. Piano lessons should lead you to a place where you have fun and fulfill your curiosity with practice. It is not supposed to be a chore.

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