Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
My Musical Education Background
I have been providing musical education for over fifty years, helping students of all ages and skill levels and backgrounds learn to play organ and piano.
I regularly attend National Music Teacher's Conventions and Syllabus programs for my students.
I am also a member of the Oregon Music Teachers Association, all of whose members must meet excellence in music and education qualifications.
Genres and Subjects Taught
I strive to prepare the student to be able to learn to read music and perform it musically. This includes the basics of learning to understand timing, correct fingering and note reading. The scales are stressed as the building blocks to recognize the different keys music is written in.
My students learn to recognize and appreciate the wonderful composers and the gifts of music and compositions they left for us to enjoy and to learn to play in the correct musical forms.
Syllabus is one tool that I utilize with my students. This very popular and well-proven program is based on Levels of skill requiring each level of requirement to be completed before moving on to the next level.
I charge $50.00 per month for weekly half hour lessons or $75.00 per month for weekly 45 minute lessons. I encourage the 45 minute lessons for most students over 10 years of age. Younger children may have a difficult time concentrating for the more lengthy lessons.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
All ages and skill levels are welcome! For children, I recommend starting as early as five or six years old. And I have students in every age range, including one wonderful student in her eighties!
My Certifications and Awards
Several of my students have performed in State competions for excellence in playing ability and music performance.
Many students have qualified to perform in the Ensemble Recitals for an annual recital in Corvalis.
Many have earned awards and trophies at the OMTA recitals and the National Federation of Music Clubs annual festivals held at the U.C.C. Campus in Roseburg.
My Musical Influences
My influences are so varied as to make it difficult to choose few enough to fit this space. Suffice to say that whenever I observe a distinctive performer I strive to incorporate what I learn from them into my own style and into the styles that I teach my students. The world has so many beautiful examples, it would be a shame to limit one's influences to just a handful.
Marti has been working with our son Owen, who is 8 years old, for 6 months now. We are very happy with Owens progress. Marti is simply a terrific teacher and person.