Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
In Student Home
My credo is to share my love and knowledge of music, to offer as much information as the student will gobbble up. My teaching materials are based on visual and poetic influences along with musical appreciation. For instance, Bartok needs art and pictures of Hungary to help the student to get through some of the early pieces which are helpful because they are repetitive, but they also teach the student two hands together very quickly. Basically, I base my musical choices on good folk music, Bartok, and other classical composers as soon as they are ready. I feel strongly that I need to show student of today GOOD music and that will stay with them forever. Bach and Beethoven as soon as possible! There are many children today who don't know who they are!!!
My Musical Education Background
Bennington College, Bennington, VT BA in music/Piano
New England Conservatory of Music, Boston MA Voice
Boston Conservatory of Music, Boston, MA /Composition, Mus. Ed.
Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA / Composition
Tufts University, Somerville, MA / Composition
University of Istanbul, Turkey / Turkish Music
Oxford, England /Voice, Harpsichord
Genres and Subjects Taught
I have taught music for many years... 6 years in Istanbul The American College for Girls where my husband and I created the music department and got the girls to perform in operas and ensemble work. Then on to Oxford University where my husband worked on his PhD and I studied voice and harpsichord. I also taught at the Oxford School for Girls. We later came back to the US and taught music, later created Harvardhouse, School of the Arts and Humanities in Mass. All the while doing concerts and as much music activity as possible. I say in conclusion I played music from Istanbul, Oxford, to Boston and now to SC where I have played at the Unitarian Church of Clemson and other churches. Private piano teaching is my great specialty and I have put together teaching materials that utilize many visual aids...mainly great art and musical appreciation. Their learning is based on a wide variety of material. Naturally, theory and harmony are part and parcel of the whole experience also.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
All age levels are acceptable to me. I usually think beginners shouldn't start before they can read easily! 7 years old is fine. But I teach all ages and custom to their needs and wants. I am a classically trained pianist, so that is my preference, but if a child or adult wants to play popular music , I will help them to achieve what they wish to do.
The main thrust of my teaching method is that the student enjoys what he or she is doing.
Jane McDonough is a thoroughly professional pianist and teacher. She is able to achieve results quickly and with ease and joy. Though Jane is a classically trained pianist, she happily taught me popular music. I would recommend her highly.