Piano Studio Of Margaret Burr

Piano Studio Of Margaret Burr

5.0 (2)
2 hires on Lessons.com
15 years in business

About this pro

I have been teaching piano now since 2004; I have taught in both Maryland and Utah, and have experience teaching all levels and all ages.  I have a degree in piano performance from Utah Valley University.  I'm a certified member of MTNA, and a member of the UVU chapter of the Utah Music Teachers Association.  I'm also part of a local organization called Encore, which offers performing opportunities and fun piano events for students in the area.  I love all genres of piano music and encourage my students to learn a variety of styles.  Please visit my website at margaretburrpiano.com for more information.

I love teaching one-on-one and watching each student discover individual strengths and gifts they already possess, then develop them over time.  I am inspired by the vast array of beautiful piano music from all over the world and love to share it and watch my students fall in love with it too.  I also enjoy teaching occasional group classes in my studio.  I love having recitals twice a year where my students can shine as they perform the pieces they've been working on for friends and family.

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Orem, UT 84097
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2 Reviews

5.0

  • Gaven Sepulveda

    Awesome teacher, and person. As long as you communicate with what you're working towards, she'll help you the best she can. She helped me understand Jazz a lot better, which was super fun.

  • Amy Raty

    I have a 12 year old son who struggled to learn a piece. It just wasn't working. She tried a different method and he got it in a week! He's a kid who struggles in so many areas, but he looks forward to piano each week, and he's 12! She tries to make the experience and music interesting so the students want to engage.



FAQs


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

I like to get to know new students by finding out what kind of music they listen to, what they are interested in learning, and what they have already worked on if they have previous experience on the piano.  I try to get a feel for their learning style, i.e., visual, aural, kinesthetic, or a combination, so that I can personalize my teaching method for them.  I'll have them bring any music they have plus a notebook, then I'll get them started with appropriate-level exercises they can work on throughout the week.  I have plenty of music they can choose from if they'd like, or I will tell them what I recommend they buy online or at a music store.


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

I have a bachelor's degree in piano performance from Utah Valley University.  As part of my degree program, I studied piano pedagogy and had hands-on training with teaching both children and adults, beginners through advanced college-level piano students.

I am also MTNA certified and belong to my local chapter of the Utah Music Teachers Association.


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

Yes, I charge $70 per single student, $60 each for two students from the same household/family, and $50 each for three or more students.


How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching in 2004 in Waldorf, Maryland, and continued when I moved to Arnold, MD in 2008.  Following a move to Orem, Utah, I began a new piano studio in 2013, and have built it up since then.


What types of students have you worked with?

My youngest students started when they were 5, some couldn't quite read yet.  My oldest so far is in her 30's, a mom with several children.  I've also taught college students.  Most are elementary and high school aged students.  I've taught many beginners as their very first teacher, but most of my students have come to me from another teacher. 

Some of my students have learning challenges such as ADD and autism.  I have students that are primarily visual learners, others that learn best by ear, and some who rely on muscle memory as their strongest learning suit.


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I was very proud of several of my students who received superior ratings and prizes at the recent Encore Solo Festival in February 2017.  I love listening to my students play whenever they perform in festivals, competitions, or recitals.


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

Look for a teacher who is open-minded, who uses a variety of resources, methods, and ideas, and is not stuck in a rut of using the same books, pieces, and methods for every student for years on end.  An important quality of a great teacher is the ability to inspire confidence in self and love for the piano in his/her students.


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

Can I obtain a good keyboard or piano to practice on daily, and commit to practicing regularly?

Keeping in mind that people generally get what they pay for, am I willing to pay a teacher what he/she is worth?

What are my short and long term goals for learning to play the piano?


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