Mracek Studios: Discover the best in every child or adult that enters the studio.

Whether you're looking to give your child the gift of a life-long skill and leg-up in the classroom today or are just interested in enjoying music more yourself, Mracek Studios is your musical home!

We offer Piano, Voice, & Composition lessons from beginners to concert level and beyond, with a proud record of both theory and practical preparation.  Mracek Studios features a fully dedicated studio setting conveniently located in St. Louis County. 


Ms. Ann Mracek in her teaching studio.  Ann Mracek, known affectionately as "Miss Ann" to her students, brings her passion for music and creative energy together with a strong educational foundation and years of teaching experience. Having graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition, Piano and Vocal Performance and a Masters of Music degree in Music Composition and Orchestral Conducting, she has been teaching private piano, vocal and composition lessons in her own studio since 1980.

Offering world-class traditional music education as well as music preschool and "music therapy" for special needs children, Miss Ann brings all aspects of music to life for her students with instruction, home exercises, recitals  contests, and field trips.






Conveniently located between Lindbergh and I270 near Creve Coeur


About the Instructor

Ann Mracek brings her passion for music and creative energy together with a strong educational foundation and years of teaching experience. Having graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition, Piano and Vocal Performance and a Masters of Music degree in Music Composition and Orchestral Conducting, she has been teaching private piano, vocal and composition lessons in her own studio since 1980.

What makes this an outstanding studio?

Recitals

It is important to make performance opportunities rewarding and fun. The achievement builds self confidence and poise in front of friends, family and
an audience.

In December, the students match up in duet teams to prepare holiday music to share at local retirement centers. It is a wonderful community service as we share the joy of the holiday season and an excellent way to build ensemble skills. After the performance, it’s off to our annual pizza party. Parents and students enjoy visiting and exploring the nooks and crannies of the City Museum.

The June recital, held in the Steinway Piano Gallery, highlights each student’s solo performance. In the first half of the show each student performs their favorite piece. After intermission we present a festival of music from composers studied in the spring contest. This year the Ragtime and Jazz Festival highlighted works by Scott Joplin and featured works by Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billy Holiday, Nat King Cole and many others.

Contests 

Each spring we conduct an in depth study of a specific style of music and its composers. Every year is a new study. This year’s topic was Ragtime and Jazz. The studio compiles a study booklet of reading material, a fill-in-the-blank questionnaire that serves as a study guide and a CD that contains musical excerpts from the composers being studied. Contest points add up for trophies which are presented on stage at the June Recital. 


Music Pre-School 

Ann has a special connection with the young students and developed a unique pre-school music program. Lessons should be fun and engaging - we laugh a lot! We include marching to musical rhythms and using crayons on worksheets geared to ‘little’ hands, all the while learning keyboard orientation and reading music.

Field trips

Scott Joplin House Tour
To enhance our study of each years contest topic we plan a field trip. For Ragtime and Jazz composers, the studio toured the Scott Joplin House and museum in the City of St. Louis. Students received a guided tour of Joplin’s residence and min-concert of his music. We had fun playing the “player piano”. Some of the piano rolls were cut by Scott Joplin. 






Lessons


Each student starts with age appropriate music theory and note reading. With a Masters of Music degree in Composition, Mrs. Mracek is expert in teaching a complete understanding of the musical score. The students become proficient music readers. We regularly compose our own songs in the student’s manuscript book.

The music repertoire is classically based, but includes a fun mix of pop, Broadway, ragtime, jazz and even movie tunes. Students are taught a 3-step practice method to help organize and maximize their practice time.

As students learn individual songs they are recorded onto individual audio tapes creating a keepsake musical diary of their progress and achievements. Its fun to look back to see how far you’ve come!


Facilities 

The studio is a professional environment that is safe, friendly and above all encouraging. Students take lessons on a Howard grand piano, and a Baldwin console. Complete recording facilities are also available in the studio. A comfortable waiting area is available for parents observing lessons and siblings waiting for their lesson to begin.

 

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