Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
I, Maureen Keil, enjoy teaching piano students of all ages, levels, and abilities because I believe knowing how to play the piano, whether professionally or for one's own enjoyment, is one of the most rewarding and lasting skills there is to learn.
My Musical Education Background
I began piano lessons when I was six years old and at twelve I was playing for Sunday School and sometimes church on the organ. In high school I accompanied choruses, played clarinet in the band, and entered state competitions, winning first place for four years. I also entered and won first place in a radio competition in Minneapolis and performed for radio in LaCrosse, WI.
At St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN I accompanied the freshman girls' chorus and then sang in the famed St. Olaf Choir, privileged to go on tour to Norway, Sweden and Germany.
I have a B.S. in Music Education (with high distinction) from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from University of Colorado, Boulder.
I am nationally certified by Music Teachers National Association
to teach piano at all levels.
My teaching experience includes six years at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA where I also taught recorder. Subsequently I taught six years at the Denver Music Academy. I began teaching in high school and have taught many years in my home studio.
Genres and Subjects Taught
My piano lessons include theory, keyboard harmony, ear training, and emphasis on sightreading skills. Special attention is paid to development of a free, full-body technique which will make expressive playing possible and tension-free. A sense of pulse and good rhythm is central to musical playing, and ability to count is learned from the beginning. Listening is stressed throughout the learning process.
There are many opportunities provided for public performance and learning to play from memory is encouraged.
There are three quarters of twelve weeks each during the school year for students in school. Tuition is due at the beginning of each quarter. Summer lessons are scheduled when possible for student and teacher and are charged as given.
Individual arrangements are made for adult students but regularity of lessons is encouraged.
I give complimentary interviews to potential students at which time fees and scheduling are discussed.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I welcome students of all ages, but I do encourage parents of very young students to give their children lessons in Dalcroze or Orff if they are younger than six years of age. I will gladly give names and phone numbers of potential teachers in these wonderful disciplines.
I have taught students who are eighty years of age, blind students, and students with various learning disabilities. I believe everyone benefits from learning to play a musical instrument.
My Certifications and Awards
I am nationally certified by Music Teachers National Association to teach piano at all levels.
I served for three years on the Board of Directors of the National Repertory Orchestra and I presently serve on the Board of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra as secretary and chair of the Outreach Committee which has sponsored four masterclass competitions for young artists.
I have been a frequent judge for various competitions and festivals and am a judge of applicants for certification by The Suzuki Association of the Americas.
I have been very active in Colorado State Music Teachers Association, serving as certification chair for five years and in various capacities for local associations. I have also presented several papers on piano pedagogy for local associations as well as for CSMTA.
My Musical Influences
My wonderful teachers in Boston included Kalman Novak, Director of the Longy School of Music, fine pianist, and conductor of the Haydn and Handel Society. Frances Baker Burnett was a concert pianist who often premiered contemporary works and taught at Longy. She later became a professor at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
My University of Colorado piano professor was Howard Waltz who was given the prestitious Stearns award from the University. He was a frequent performer in Boulder for many years.
My high school teacher was a student of the famous
Theodore Leschetizsky, often called the finest teacher of his time. I remember my teacher best for her ability to emphasize heartfelt expression of the music.
Mrs.Keil was an excellent teacher who taught me not just how to read and play music but how to love it as well. I took lessons with Mrs. Keil from my freshman year in high school through my senior year. I still have a strong love of the piano and classical music because of Mrs. Keil. She taught me so many unique ways to get to know the music such as silent fingering, clapping it out before I would actually play it, and much more. All mentioned were ways that have truly helped me to improve in playing the piano. Also Mrs. Keil encouraged sight reading which really helped me improve in reading music. Mrs. Keil had such an impact on me as a person and created a fire in me and an appreciation for the arts.