Conducting, Keyboard, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Music
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
As a retired teacher from the State of Kentucky I find it a privilege to be able to spend so much time at the piano! Music is my passion and brings me so much joy, peace, and happiness. My goal is to inspire and encourage my students to enjoy what music can also do for them! I live in one of the Villages of Springhurst in east Louisville.
My Musical Education Background
1973-BME (Bachelor of Music Education)DegreeMurray State University
1977 MAE (Master of Arts In Education) Degree-Murray State University
1980-Masters + 30 (Rank I) in Education-Murray State University
Genres and Subjects Taught
1974-76 Grade & 5 G.C, BURKHEAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Elizabethtown, KY (Hardin County Schools) [Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, English]
1977-1980 SEDALIA HIGH SCHOOL, Sedalia, KY (Graves County Schools) [K-12 Music. Kindergarten, Elementary, Secondary, Jr. High, High School Music. Choral Director . Christmas and Graduation yearly programs]
1981-83 Grade 3 & 5, LATONIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, Covington, KY (Covington Independent Schools) [Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, English]
1984-2000 NORTHERN KENTUCKY TECHNICAL COLLEGE, Covington, KY (KCTCS) [Reading, Math, Algebra, Trigonometry, English, Social Studies, Science, Consumer Economics, and GED]
Lessons average out to be $22.92 per student. Siblings receive a 5% discount for 2 students...$21.77 per student. Additionally there is a 10% discount for 3 siblings...$20.63 per student.
Lessons are a MINIMUM of 30 minutes. I schedule my students so that there is a 15 minute break between lessons. This 15 minute slot allows for a smooth transition between students and the extra minutes also serve as a tool for "making up" time for missed lessons by simply extending the 30 minute lesson to a 35, 40, or 45 minute lesson.
As a retired teacher for the State of Kentucky, I can and am totally flexible with times/schedules/and make up lessons...My goal is to accomodate you and your student's ever-changing schedules. Music music is a passion of mine so I enjoy teaching piano no matter what time it is!
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I teach all ages, starting with age four. Learning to play the piano not only provides enjoyment but is a fun way to exercise the brain while increasing arm, hand, and upper body strength as well as finger dexterity. Playing the piano builds strength not only physically, but mentally as well. It utilizes the motor skills as well as the mental skills of the individual and has been known to increase intelligence and IQ. Music therapy is an interest of mine because it helps the elderly and those suffering from alzheimers disease and other memory problems. It brings these patients alive..they start "remembering" these songs and it makes them happy.
My Certifications and Awards
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF MUSIC CLUBS certifies that Marietta O'Bryan attained NATIONAL HONOR in the National Federation Festivals Junior & Senior Division held in Louisville, KY
1967--- Piano Solo---Music Advanced II---Superior
1968--- Piano Solo---Music Advanced II---Superior +
1968--- Piano Concerto---Junior---Superior +
1969---Piano Solo---Music Advanced II---Superior
May 4, 1969
THE WHAS CRUSADE FOR CHILDREN PRESENTS TO MARIETTA O'BRYAN The Crusader Certificate . This is to certify that the recipient was a qualified performer in the Crusade talent contest on WHAS-TV, Channell 11, Louisville, Kentucky and through this performance did help to promote the cause of aiding Physically and Mentally Handicapped Children of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
My Musical Influences
Church Pianist/Organist/Music Director
Presently I am organist at Christ Church Anglican
Dr. Garth(previous principal of Bardstown H.S.) and his wife Edwina Petrie encouraged me to pursue my music studies at Murray State University where Mrs. Petrie had majored in music. Campus Lights yearly production at MSU(a musical play/performance for the community and college students) Was inspired to perform at restaurants, private parties, church and beauty pageants. Accompanied students at the university. Taught private piano starting at age 13. Beginning at age 10, I played the organ at St Catherine Catholic Church weekday mornings for the 5:40 and 6:20 masses. Played the organ in Murray, KY while a student there. Played weddings in Murray, and Covington. Received a music scholarship to Murray State University for excellence in the field of piano performance.
I'm a current student, and have been for several years. I love going to the lessons and learning how to smoothly play the most amazing pieces. Miss Marietta has taught me extremely well, using helpful lesson books and encouraging all the time. I started out playing pieces less challenging than "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and am now playing advanced pieces like "Danse Macabre" by Saint-Saens. Miss Marietta has opened my eyes to classical music, and I am so grateful for everything she has taught me and given me. She is perfect for any person, any age!
My daughter took piano lessons with Miss Marietta for 4+ years. I am amazed at how my daughter progressed in her ability to play and sight read over those four years! My daughter was always challenged and played some beautiful pieces for the yearly recitals. Miss Marietta was always accommodating of our ever changing schedule and was always willing to make up any lessons we had to miss. I would recommend her to anyone looking to improve their piano playing ability!