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Maxine Berghoff

West Bloomfield, MI 48322 (map)

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Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

About Me

I  have been teaching piano for over three decades with  students ranging  in age from 6 to 86 . My own piano studies began at age 5 and continued  through graduate school while raising my 3 children. I have lived in five different states, and have been an active member in every one of those five state's professional associations. I finally returned back to Michigan in 2014. 

Lessons are once a week and  include repertoire, technique,and  theory. Participation in performance activities contributes to maintaining motivation at a higher level. School age students are encouraged to participate in the National Guild Auditions, the National Federation Festivals, or the Michigan Student Achievement Tests  offered by the state. We celebrate accomplishments with trophies and other incentives. Adult students are invited to participate in the National Guild Auditions if they are interested.

 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 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.

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.

Pieces are carefully selected precisely for the individual student to create the greatest joy and inspiration. I have created an incentive program for all school age students to make the study of skills a fun activity. Theory and ear training are an important segment of the lessons.

Adult beginning students generally come because they want to fulfill a dream of a lifetime. The adult student always has their own goals and we discuss the goals together. Some have never taken lessons before and piano lessons are on their "bucket list". Some stopped lessons as a child and now have the time to begin again. Others come with many years of experience that they want to refine.

Lesson Rates

Private weekly lessons are 45 minutes at $145.00 per month September Through June. Some younger children who are not ready for 45 minute lessons may take 30 minute lessons.  Most months have 4 weeks . A few have 5 weeks, and due to holidays, a few have 3 weeks. It balances out ,therefore the fee remains constant  Summer lessons fees are different and are based on the number of lessons scheduled for each student. Tuition is payable the first lesson of each month.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

My students range from children age 6 through adults ; from the early beginning student to the advanced level. It is always exciting to see children and adults build their self confidence, as they experience the "Work-Mastery-Joy- Confidence- Cycle" .

My Certifications and Awards

I am a Member in Good Standing of the National Music Teachers Association, the Michigan Music Teachers Association, Livonia Area Piano Teachers Forum, Oakland Piano Teachers Forum, and previously Florida Music Teachers Association. I have been professionally a Member in Good Standing  with Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Florida Music Teachers Associations as well as the National Music Teachers Association. The American College of Musicians has awarded me a National Honor Roll certificate for each year that my students have successfully participated in the National Guild Auditions .


My Musical Influences

Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin influence my musical life the most. These masters, combined with my maturity and those 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

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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