Music Theory, Piano
Where are Lessons Offered
In Teacher Studio
I am a Nationally Certified Teacher of Piano through the Music Teachers National Association. I have been teaching piano in the Everett/Snohomish area for 30 years. I am actively involved in the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association, and am an adjudicator for the Washington State Music Teachers Association.
I perform regularly as pianist on call with the Everett Symphony, and on a PianoTeam®, as well as accompanying various soloists.
My students regularly win Scholarships through the Snohomish County Music Teachers Association. Several of my students have played with the Everett Symphony as winners of the SCMTA Concerto competition.
Visit my website: sierpianostudio.com to view student performances, and see a picture of my studio!
My Musical Education Background
I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University, and ABT from University of Missouri-Kansas City, both in Piano Performance
I have studied with with N. Jane Tan in advanced Piano Pedagogy training in the Well-Prepared Pianist Institute for the past 7years. Jane Tan is the first Piano Pedagogue to be recognized as a Steinway Artist. I am a certified Teacher-Trainer for the Well-Prepared Pianist Institute
I am certified to teach the Ultimate Music Theory series which prepares students to take the Royal Conservatory Theory Exams.
Genres and Subjects Taught
I tailor my approach to the individual student's interest and ability, utilizing materials from The Well-Prepared Pianist in addition to various teaching materials and standard repertoire for the piano. I love to teach Classical and Jazz repertoire, and incorporate some improvisation as well.
I teach to the four main "playing partners": the eyes, the ears, the hands and the mind, so students receive an education that enables them to enjoy playing the piano for rest of their lives even after formal lessons have ended.
My students perform for their peers once a month in a Repertoire Class, and we also have fun with some Theory Games. I hold two Studio Recitals each year for parents and family members to celebrate their children's accomplishments.
Call or check out my website: sierpianostudio.musicteachershelper.com. My studio policy lists my rates. You can access it by clicking on Resources and scrolling down to "Files"
I offer a no-cost, no-obligation interview to meet with you and your child to see if we would be a good fit. If you have had lessons before, I ask that you be prepared to play one or two pieces for me. They do not have to be memorized.
Ages / Skill Levels Taught
I enjoy teaching all levels, from Beginner through Advanced. I start students as early as age 4 or 5 if the parent is committed to coming to lessons, taking notes and practicing with the child. I have students who have gone on to major in Piano Performance. Several students have received their Master's Degrees in Piano Performance. I have two students who now hold Doctorates and one who is starting his Doctorate in Piano Studies at Oxford University.
My Certifications and Awards
Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through the Music Teachers National Association
Certified through the Well-Prepared Pianist Institute
Teacher-Trainer for the Well-Prepared Pianist Institute
Adjudicator for Washington State Music Teachers' Association
Maria Sier is an amazingly competent teacher who knows all of the ins and outs of music and how to teach it. She has been my teacher for years, and I can't say enough positive things about her abilities and teaching methods. If any of her piano students have had struggles with technique prior to going to her for lessons, Mrs. Sier will remedy them. One has only to listen to her students perform to appreciate how far she takes them! It is an inspiration to hear them play, and the many rewards one reaps from being her student are tangible. ~ Bev