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Michelle Bende

Enterprise, AL 36330 (map)

Lessons Offered

Music, Piano

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

About Me

Hi and thank you for checking out my page.  I teach in Enterprise, Andalusia, Elba/Opp and Kinston.  So you want to learn to play the piano! That's great - it's fun, rewarding and good for your brain!  I can teach you how, whether you are 4 or 104 years old.  I'm patient, encouraging and have tons of experience.  I want my students to  learn the kind of music they are interested in learning - pop, rock, classical, sacred, jazz, country or a combination of any of the above. I'm a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Alabama Music Teachers Association, and the Wiregrass Music Teachers Forum and  my students have the opportunity to participate in piano recitals, sonatina festivals and hymn festivals. I have played piano since age five and and grew up playing in Piano Guild Auditions. While my degrees are in forestry and environmental science, I also earned secondary science education certificates and I have a minor in music. My training as a teacher helps me to teach according to my students' interests and learning styles. I began teaching piano when I married an Army pilot in 1988 and have taught ever since. We moved to Ft. Rucker in 1994 and have lived in the Enterprise/Elba/Opp area since then. I also play for weddings and special occasions,  lead music in vacation Bible school and conferences. I love to take photographs, hike, camp, canoe, read, cook and I bake great cookies. I believe that anyone with the interest and willingness to practice is capable of playing piano. Please don't hesitate to contact me - you are never too old (and almost never too young) to learn!

My Musical Education Background

I minored in music in college. I grew up participating in Piano Guild Auditions. I'm constantly learning by attending music teachers' forums and conferences and participating in various on-line musician and teacher groups. Secondary education certification.

Genres and Subjects Taught

Classical, modern, sacred, pop, rock, country, jazz.

Lesson Rates

$88/month for weekly 30 minute lessons. $130/month for weekly 45 minute lessons.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

4 - 104, beginners through advanced

My Certifications and Awards

Member of Music Teachers National Association, Alabama Music Teachers Association and the Wiregrass Music Teachers Forum, 2007 Music Student of the Year at Enterprise State Junior College.

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Student Reviews

Enterprise, AL

Michelle is an amazing piano teacher! My two daughters, ages 7 and 17, and I all take lessons. In spite of our vast differences in age and skill level, Michelle is able to individually tailor the style in which she teaches each of us. She gently motivates and makes the piano so enjoyable that we all really look forward to our weekly lessons. Seeing how quickly my children progressed convinced me to take lessons myself. I've always wanted to play piano but had zero experience and was worried that I was too old to learn. Michelle understood my anxiety and allayed my fears. She easily transmits her love of music and joy of playing to her students. An added bonus is that she comes to our house to give the lessons, making it so much easier on me! Michelle is a wonderful woman and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a piano teacher.

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