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Bachelor Degree: Southwestern Adventist University
Associate Degree: Garden City Community College
Hi, my name is Marianne! I graduated from Garden City Community College in 2011 with an Associate of Arts degree in Piano. From there I transferred to Southwestern Adventist University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences and minored in Vocal Music. I love to share my passion for music with others, and I hope to convey that to my students as well. My goal is to ignite that passion in my students so that not only they will want to share with others, but that they will find joy in it.
My teaching experience has been with my church choir. I started out as the accompanist and helper. A year or so later I found myself in the conductor's seat. For two years I worked with my church's choir to bring out the best that they could be, and to bring joy to the congregation. Not only did I conduct the choir, but I was their accompanist as well. I tried to bring a mix of old and contemporary to the table because I believe being a well-rounded musician. My job is to make sure that my students love music and are having fun learning. I hope that by working with a variety of music, my students will motivated to always practice and to seek out more instruction.
For beginning students who are children, I like to start with Hal Leonard's Piano for Beginners. Progress will depend on the students' willingness to learn and practice as well as encouragement from their parents. For students who already have an understanding of basic fundamentals, I will assess their skill level and select music appropriate for their progression and level of play. Adult beginner students are more than welcome to use piano books. I suggest Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course.
For voice lessons you are more than welcome to use music-learning/singing lessons books. I do recommend a song book with your favorite songs. We will spend a lot of time properly warming up before tackling solo pieces. My beginning students will begin with the basic fundamentals such as music-reading and proper warms ups.
Each student is different from the other, so every lesson will be tailored to their skill level and wants. I like to set goals. For me it keeps it interesting, and it makes me work hard to achieve them. My goal as a teacher is to keep students interested and challenged. Each lesson will end with realistic goal for the next lesson. The very first lesson will talk about long-term goals and as well as weekly goals so that it gives the students incentive to practice and work hard. That being said, goals that we set are to be realistic and achievable. Difficult enough to keep them interested but easy enough to keep them from giving up.
With each lesson we will discuss both goals and expectations. Afterwards we will begin with warm-ups that are tailored to each student's skill level:
For my beginner students we will warm up with basic music reading.
For my more advanced students we will warm up with scales.
From there we move on:
Beginner students will work on basic fundamentals.
Advanced students will work on the chosen piano piece.
Afterwards will discuss what next lesson's goal will be. In order for students to achieve their goals, both long-term and short-term, it is expected of them to practice at least 30 minutes a day. For beginner students who are children, I would like them to work up to 30 minutes. I would suggest starting with 10 - 15 minutes of practice time everyday.
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