Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
Welcome to Marcia Torning Piano Studio. My love for music began when I touched the keys at age 4. I remember sitting down and playing "I've Got the Joy Down In My Heart" the day my parents got the piano. That JOY has never left my heart!
My passion for the piano continues as I study advanced repertoire and practice daily. I share this experience with piano students and the community through teaching and performing.
My students are taught the fundamentals of music, technique, ear training and plenty of diverse repertoire. I encourage performing on a regular schedule as this builds character, confidence and communication on a creative level.
My studio is filled with energy, honesty and lots of encouragement. I'm not big on "stickers" and "rewards" but loads of positive feedback is given and homemade cookies are shared at many lessons! I would like to say that I am blessed to be a piano teacher!
My Musical Education Background
My Classical training began with Alma Mehus Studness in Devils Lake N.D. What a nurturing teacher she was!
Dr. Andrew Froehlich: NDSU
Paul Freed: U of M
Recieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Piano Performance from University of Minnesota
*25+years of experience and education in MMTA and SPPTA
*17 years as Choral Accompanist for Stillwater Area High School
Stillwater Jr. High School, & Oakland Jr. High School.
*Adjudicator for MMTA & WMTA
*25+ years experience as organist, pianist & music director in area churches
*Sang with Valley Chamber Chorale for 11 years
*2 years experience working as music/activities assistant at Boutwell's Landing Senior Living
* Dolci Mani Piano Duo
*Performing Artist for Thursday Musical
*Have performed Benefit Concerts
*Perform wedding & memorial Services
Genres and Subjects Taught
Beginning Students will receive their Classical training through Traditional Method Books.
Supplementary Books introducing other styles of music are introduced in the first year of lessons.
Each student will learn theory and ear training on a weekly basis while learning pieces that incorporate these essential skills.
Students are always practicing to achieve a high standard of musicianship and ultimately playing at a quality performance level.
*Beginning Students are encouraged to take half hour lessons
Please call for rates and scheduling (651-307-4093)
*45 minute lessons and hour lessons are encouraged as student advances.
*Accompanying and coaching rates vary depending on difficulty of repertoire and time required for preparation.
*Wedding and Memorial Service rates vary depending on music selections and rehearsal time with other musicians (soloists, intrumentalists).
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
Ideally, I love 2nd graders... I have found that young children catch on quickly and by the time they reach Junior High, they're hooked! If a student begins at a young age, they develop a skill that can provide fulfillment and a sense of accomplishment throughout their life.
It's never too late to begin piano lessons. My adult students over the years have been so delightful! I've found that adults love coming to their lessons...my approach is a bit more laid back and I give them plenty of weekly reinforcement!
My Certifications and Awards
2012 Recipient of Advocate for Choral Excellence Award-
My Musical Influences
Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Chopin
Our children have been taking lessons from Marcia for years, and we have recommended her to several families as well. Marcia's love of music engages her students at all levels. She tailors lesson repertoire to each individual student, which has been a wonderful gift to each of our children (and to parents, as you will not have to listen to multiple students playing the same piece during recitals). She has an uncanny knack for choosing music they will love to learn. We look forward to her recitals twice each year. Recitals are performed at area retirement communities and often feature duets between Marcia and her students. Our children continue to learn and grow musically under Marcia's guidance.
My two older girls have taken piano lessons from Marcia for several years and now all 4 of my kids have her as their piano teacher. Marcia has helped my kids grow in skill and expression at the piano. It is a delight to watch Marcia teach as she joyfully and passionately shares her love of music with her students. She shows much patience with words of encouragement. Marcia seeks to play and teach to the glory of God. I highly recommend her!
I started taking lessons from Marcia when I was in fifth grade and continued all the way up until I graduated from high school. I can honestly say that Marcia was not only the best music teacher I've ever had, but the best teacher in general too. Her enthusiasm and passion for her students and music allows for unlimited growth and learning. I would highly recommend taking from Marcia if you are looking to improve your piano skills and have fun in the process. Plus, she makes the most wonderful cookies that she uses as motivators for her younger students (and her older ones too!).