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Maxine Berghoff

West Bloomfield, MI 48322 (map)

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Where are Lessons Offered

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About Me

I have lived and taught piano to children and adults in five different states, and have been an active member of the Professional Piano Teachers Association in each of those states . I returned back to the Detroit Metropolitan area in 2014 to be near family after my husband passed away.

Private lessons are weekly and include age-appropriate repertoire, technic, and theory.. Participation in performance activities is encouraged for the school age student  as it contributes to maintaining motivation at a higher level.. I  encourage them to participate in the National Piano Guild Auditions  We celebrate accomplishments with trophies and other incentives.

 Adult students all have personal goals Everyone has a different background. Those who studied for a number of years as a child want to build on their experiences and expand their piano repertoire.  Beginners may have dreamed of studying piano for many years and finally have the opportunity to begin. Some adults are beginning again. They studied as a child and now want to continue. Each will move at their own pace. My adult students also have an annual social event where it's optional to perform. They have a great time sharing their learning experiences. I work with adults of all levels and interests.The National Guild Auditions are also available to adult students if they are interested.

My Musical Education Background


Oberlin Conservatory           Piano Studies  --- Joseph Schwartz

Florida Atlantic University    Graduate Piano Pedagogy---J. Burganger

Piano Literature and Pedagogy Seminars ------      Nancy Bachus

Connecticut State College………..Bachelor of Science in Education

Genres and Subjects Taught

 The joys of playing piano include the ability to play not only the great baroque, classical and romantic period music, but the ability to play popular music as well. We are fortunate today to have many editions of popular and jazz music at the earlier piano levels and for all ages.

Pieces and technical skills are carefully selected for the individual student to create the greatest joy and inspiration. Scales and other technical skills are integrated into the music they are learning. I witness the excitement of a student when they achieve those musical and technical goals. 

Adult students come with varying backgrounds.and they all have their own specific goals. Some studied for several years as a child and now want to return with enthusiasm to continue to develop or refine what they did earlier in their lives. Some adult students take piano lessons because they know how important it is to keep training the mind. Others take piano lessons to fulfill the dream of a lifetime. Whatever their goals are, we discuss these goals at the first interview making sure that we understand each other

Lesson Rates

All lessons are weekly. Most lessons are forty -five minutes, or one hour depending on the age and experience. Young children generally have 30 minute lessons.

Details will be discussed at the first interview.




Ages / Skill Levels Taught

My students range from school age through adults, and from the early beginning student to the early advanced level. It is always exciting to see children and adults build their self -confidence, as they experience the cycle of " WORK..... SELF CONFIDENCE.....JOY. The retired and semi -retired adults of today are finding even greater joy in studying piano than in previous generations.

Learning HOW to practice is the greatest skill to learn. Many of my adult students have told me how they wished they had learned the HOW TO PRACTICE when they were young. My young children , of course learn the same skills over a longer period of time.

Through some basic fundamentals of music theory my students become good readers by recognizing intervals rather than isolated notes on the staff and by recognizing chords and scale passages. The lessons are always exciting.. 

Desire and interest are greater factors to a successful learning experience than age is. Learning to read music and to anticipate the sounds of the printed page is a part of ear training , another function of skills learned at the weekly lessons.













My Certifications and Awards

 I have been a Professional Member in Good Standing with Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Florida Music Teachers Associations as well as the National Music Teachers Association for more than 40 years. The American College of Musicians has awarded me a National Honor Roll certificate for the many years that my students have successfully participated in the National Guild Auditions .


My Musical Influences

Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin influenced my musical life. These masters and my special Master Teacher  Dr. Joseph Schwartz of the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, combined with my maturity, and those others who I studied with, have made me the teacher that I am proud to be today.

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Student Reviews

West Bloomfield, MI

I have been studying piano with Maxine for about a year and my progress in that time, with her excellent teaching skills and her supportive attitude has been an inspiration to me. It is one thing to know how to play piano, it is another to be able to teach others. Maxine is a wonderful teacher and I feel so fortunate to be studying piano with her.

West Bloomfield, MI

Your new community is lucky to have a teacher of your caliber moving into the area. Best wishes for continued success in your teaching!

West Bloomfield, MI

I think piano lessons are fun. I had a stomach ache and I practiced piano . Then the ache was gone

West Bloomfield, MI

Dear Mrs. Berghoff, I want to thank you for being the best teacher in the world!

Lake Worth, FL

When I play the piano it makes me feel like I'm floating in thin air. I like it because I have one of the best teachers in the whole world to teach me. I like the way the scales sound when they go up and down. All the songs I play are so nice...I can't pick a favorite one. Best of all I like playing all of those amazing songs in the recitals in front of all those people.

Boynton Beach, FL

I just want to tell you how much I love piano. like that your do recitals because I love being able to play songs for my grandparents and parents. I always get a good feeling when I get a new piece of music or even just sit down to play something. I can't imagine life without piano.

Commerce Twp, MI

Last year I received a flier about group piano lessons for adult beginners held at the Steinway piano store in Commerce. The course is designed for 8 weekly renewable sessions. I met Maxine when I entered the classroom last October. She immediately put me at ease. She is a great teacher, fun loving, smart, and above all very patient and motivating. I have continued to take private lessons with Maxine and I am grateful for all her teaching experience and for enriching my life with the joy of playing the piano. I look forward to my lessons every week.

Commerce Twp, MI

I am a 70 yr. old female piano student of Maxine Berghoff. I joined her beginners group piano class at Steinway Piano Gallery five months ago and I have continued renewing each 8 week period. I have progressed more than I had even hoped to. The music she chooses for us is fun to play while it also challenges my skills. Three of my granddaughters, 12, 14, and 22 years of age, also study piano with Maxine. All of them are enjoying learning. Maxine continually encourages us with our progress and corrects our problems with professionalism. She has proven to be a wonderful instructor for all age groups and I hope she continues to teach for years to come.

West Bloomfield, MI

I am 24 years old and don’t have any music background at all. And I decided I want to learn piano even though many people think is a waste of money for my age to learn music. But hey, nothing is too late. Maxine is a wonderful piano teacher. I found her through lessonrating and her piano background impressed me. I am glad I chose her. It's only been 2 months taking lessons with her; I am from zero knowledge about piano until I can play many basic pieces on my own. She always patiently answer all my questions and often go beyond our 45 minutes lesson to make sure I understand everything. She introduces me to the fun of playing piano and a lot of different techniques that will help me in the future. I just can't wait to be good at it. Thank you Maxine!

White Lake, MI

If you are contemplating taking piano lessons from Maxine Berghoff, my only advice would be, much like the Nike slogan “just do it”. I was a bit wary when I signed up for lessons, being an adult with no discernable musical talent, but I have always wanted to learn piano. The method that Maxine teaches is simple to learn and quite enjoyable. Maxine herself is a wonderful teacher. She explains the concepts clearly and provides extra information not contained in the book. She puts a lot of thought into the lessons. I learned quite a bit in only eight weeks and I am getting a kick out of being able to play the songs in the workbook. In a nutshell, if you want to learn piano, take lessons from Maxine. You won’t be sorry.

Commerce Twp, MI

After driving past the Steinway piano store in Commerce many times, I decided to no longer use my age of 77 years as an excuse for not going in to inquire about piano lessons. During my inquiries the director reminded me about the positive impact studying the piano can have on enhancing the brain cells and other positive outcomes. I have studied piano at earlier times in my life but decided to enroll in the group piano course for adult beginners which is taught by Maxine Berghoff. Not only has being part of a group proven to be rewarding, we have been introduced to a variety of instructional materials and additional fun pieces and practice strategies for improvement. We are always given many opportunities to ask questions and to review. There is a lot of humor, laughter, and encouragement. Maxine makes piano lessons alive.

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