Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
Margaret Germain has been a professional musician and music teacher for over 30 years, with lessons offered in both North Port and Siesta Key, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, where she is the Director of Music.
Margaret has been teaching piano for over 30 years. She is a graduate of Northwestern University where she studied piano and piano pedagogy. She has a Bachelor of Music Ed. in piano, voice, and choral music. Margaret was also a Sarasota public school music teacher for 9 years.
Margaret has developed a method of teaching music to children that helps them become fluent music readers, develops vocal pitch, ear training, and rhythm skills. Theory and chording, for playing pop music, playing in church, or writing music is covered in older student lessons.
Margaret has a special program for young children, which includes many activities from her book, "Sing! Play! Listen and Learn Music! 70 Fun Music Activities."
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My Musical Education Background
Margaret has studied piano and piano pedagogy with Francis Larimer at Northwestern Universtiy. She has also done extra work in how children learn and learning difficulties through the University of Florida. She has been a certified teacher in Music and Varying Exceptionalities.
Margaret taught music in the Sarasota School System for 9 years. She also has a children's choir at St. Michael's church, where she is the Music Director.
Genres and Subjects Taught
Margaret is a specialist at teaching piano to all ages and all levels. She is also a trained singer, singing teacher, and former member of Gloria Musicae, Sarasota's professional choral ensemble, and Key Chorale.
Margaret also teaches guitar and drums to children.
Margaret is a harpist, and plays for weddings and parties in Sarasota.
She is available to teach both lever and pedal harp.
Please call for rates.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I start piano students at 5 years old with my special young beginner's program. This program uses a variety of resources and instruments to teach the concepts of music.
Older students can choose to play piano only, or add a second instrument, like voice, guitar, or drums. The primary instrument is the main focus of the lessons, with the secondary instrument getting less time in the lesson.
Some students choose voice, guitar, or drums as their primary instrument. I usually recommend some piano as well, depending on the student's interest.
I also teach moms - which is great for the mom and kids to learn together.
I teach all levels, up through college prep.
My Certifications and Awards
Bachelor of Music Ed. from Northwestern University
Certification in Music Ed K-12 and Varying Exceptionalities K-12
Member of the American Guild of Organists
Member of the National Pastoral Musician's Association
Author of "Sing! Play! Listen and Learn Music!"
Composer and pianist on recording "Listening to the Angels Sing".
My Musical Influences
Claude Debussy, Bach, Judy Collins
Teachers Francis Larimer, Todd Gresick, Honor Conway
North Port, FL
Margaret has taught me everything about music and playing the piano and harp. She is awesome! I just played my first wedding on the harp, and it was great.
North Port, FL
Margaret has taught me to really enjoy playing the piano. I also like to compose my own music. My friends really like my playing.
It's been 30 years since I took lessons from Margaret, and I still play piano and use what she taught me every day!