Mary believes every beginning piano student is unique. There are
many method books available today and one method isn't suitable for all
students. Her long experience as a piano teacher has given her the ability
to accurately administer particular methods for the beginning pianist.
The beginning students in her piano studio learn the fundamentals of
piano: correct positioning, sight-reading simple melodies, understanding
rhythm and meter, creative thinking, and one of the most important of
all – listening. Mary strives for a healthy student-teacher relationship in
which the lessons learned reach far beyond those of a musical nature.
The intermediate level piano students in Mary's studio have a
firm grasp on meter, rhythm, and simple harmony. This is the stage where
the knowledge of keys, harmonic progressions, complex rhythms, and a
keen ear for good tone become imperative for further advancement at the
The intermediate student will learn about style among the
different periods of music and will focus on important composers of
those periods. These students will have the opportunity to try their
music in front of a peer audience.
With a firm foundation of music theory, the advanced piano
students gain an understanding of the structure of particular works.
Advanced students will learn to move beyond what is right or wrong and
will begin to ask more subjective questions. Learning about the context
of a particular work becomes important in answering these questions.