French Horn, Piano, Music
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
I have taught piano lessons for many years and still enjoy it. I have a Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance. I stay current by participating in many musical activities such as playing for parties, weddings, etc., singing in the Community chorus and last year started a trio called, appropriately, the Mary Slaton Trio. This trio consists of me on piano, a saxophonist and a drummer. I perform both classical and pop music. I have also just started a community band in which I play French horn.
I am a member of the national, state and local professional musical organizations. I attend the state conventions to keep learning and also attended the national convention in March, 2011 My students do well in local and state competitions. I also teach music appreciation at Southern Union Community College.
My Musical Education Background
Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance - University of Montevallo
Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance - Memphis State University
Genres and Subjects Taught
I teach from the traditional method books, augmenting with other music and worksheets as needed. I have no opposition to teaching pop music as long as they learn the basics of music. I stress correct rhythm and do a lot of chord recognition. If the student has the desire and ability, I work with them to enter classical competitions.
I encourage all my students to enter the performances sponsored by our local music organization. I also have a fun Christmas party in which the students perform pieces and play musical games. There is also a recital in the Spring.
I charge $75.00 per month due at the first of the month.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I feel that I am qualified to teach all ages including very advanced students. I have also recently begun teaching a 3 yr. old, something that I never thought I would do. This only works if the parent is actively involved.
My Certifications and Awards
State winner in 2009 and 2012 ,several honorable mentions
Many winners in local festival
I perform several times each year for the Lunch performances at Jule Collins Smith Museum
Co-President for the 2013 - 2014 AOMTA (local music teachers organization.
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