Meggan McClincey, Piano And Voice Teacher

Meggan McClincey, Piano And Voice Teacher

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33 years in business

About this pro

I like to have a lot of fun with my students and parents!  Music is fun!  Learning the "language" of music is a rewarding experience and sometimes it even feels magical!  

I've been playing piano since 1979, teaching part-time since 1989, and teaching full-time since 2006.  I took 15 years of classical training and I have a master's degree.  

One of the things that's so great about my work is teaching in the same publications that I learned on in the late 1970s and 1980s!  Yes, the Bastien series hasn't changed much!  It's still a great tool for teaching classical methodology.

I love working with clients of all ages.  Music and piano instruction are my life-long passions!

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Woodbridge, VA 22193
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

The first thing I do is put the client at ease.  Then I ask the client if they have any previous training. I begin to assess where they are in the classical methodology spectrum.  Do they know Group 1 keys? Do they know the first two minor tonalities, the order of the sharps, etc.  There are a number of ways an experienced teacher can accurately assess where a student should begin.

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

I am a classically trained pianist with 30 years of teaching experience ages 6 to 81, so far!  I have a master's degree from George Mason University and I took 15 years of piano lessons.  I've been playing the piano since 1979, 41 years!

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

Lessons are 30 dollars per lesson.  Lesson are weekly, for 30 minutes.

How did you get started teaching?

When I was in high school, my Latin teacher expressed an interest in learning!  She was my first student.  

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students as young as 18 months old, teaching "music appreciation" and my eldest client, an 81-year-old Grandma!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently played the piano for my son's Chorus assembly.  My son is in seventh grade and loves to sing.  I love to help the Music teacher at his school and help out where I can.

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

It's very important to hire a classically trained pianist with teaching experience.  Otherwise, the student will not have the accreditation that he/she will need and deserve.

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

Students should think about their goals for learning classical method.  If the student is switching teachers, moved, etc., making a list of troublesome areas would be helpful to a new teacher.