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- Children's Piano Methods
- Classical Piano
- Popular Piano
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Piano Students: there are some piano diseases going around and I want to be sure that you don't catch them. Here is what they are:
Forgot to practicetosis
Forgot my bookenza
In order to avoid these holiday diseases, here is what you must do:
Play your piano every day
Read your assignment books and follow the instructions
Play Piano Maestro everyday.
So I will see all my healthy students this week...
This is my message to all parents this week. I thought you would enjoy reading it.
New class on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5:30-6:15 pm for kinder through high school. Classes meet once a week and are $18 each payable by the month in advance. There is a $60 registration fee per student. Students must have a full sized piano at home before beginning classes. Many parents who don't play piano don't understand a 61 key keyboard is not appropriate for learning to play a weighted key piano, and if I let them start on a keyboard first, it is sometimes a hassle to get the parents to purchase a piano. Today, entry level digital pianos can be had for very little more that a small keyboard so why waste money on a 61 key keyboard unless you can afford both? If you still don't want to buy a piano without trying out lessons first, Valley Keyboards in McAllen does rent pianos.
This studio teaches all styles in all classes such as traditional method books, classical, jazz, popular, Christmas music at the holidays, as well as other holiday music, and patriotic songs. Students who have an IPad also have home access to backing tracks and teaching material on a studio paid app which is used in class with assignments to use at home. It works with tuned acoustic or digital pianos.
SUMMER LESSONS: To keep students from forgetting what they have learned during the school year, lessons continue in the summer and are $18 each. Students are allowed to take time off for vacations, generally one or two weeks, at no charge with advance notice.
If you have ever considered lessons for yourself or your children, I would be happy to talk to you. I've successfully taught many students of all ages over the years and would enjoy talking to you about how learning music benefits your entire life! I will be glad to answer any and all of your questions and concerns. And remember, regardless of your age, it's never too late to learn! Adults that have always wanted to learn to read and play piano but never had the time, well, NOW is the time.
I love teaching group lessons and enjoy the classes! I have taught privately for over 40 years and group for several years, and now almost all my students are in a group. I have also served as Choir Director/Organist for various churches in Boerne, San Antonio, and in the Rio Grande Valley. I began piano at the age of 7, and continued through college, adding 7 years of organ study at UTSA in San Antonio as an adult. I grew up in Pharr but my husband and I left when he went to work for Delta Air Lines. I also worked for United Air Lines for 10 years in New York City and Atlanta until shortly after our son was born. When my husband retired we returned to the Valley and we now live in Weslaco. Currently I am playing at Grace Episcopal Church twice a month.
Safety is a big issue in today's society and I have gone though a background check by working as a permanent substitute teacher in McAllen. After moving here I worked at McAllen High School as a substitute teacher in the choir department as accompanist for the middle school and high school choirs. In Weslaco I have worked as organist and piano accompanist at the Lutheran Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the Episcopal Church. I now teach primarily group piano and occasionally fill in as substitute organist or pianist at various churches.
I prefer teaching at home instead of the office I used to teach in because it is a safer environment for the children if they need to excuse themselves from the classroom for a couple of minutes plus the only adults around are parents waiting for their children. No one is going to walk into the classroom who isn't supposed to be here. Also we are able to adjust the temperature so that everyone is comfortable.
Making music and making friends combine in classes to create a rewarding musical experience. A class takes on a spirit and energy that is impossible to achieve in individual lessons.
You may email to set up a time to register. I am located South of Business 83 and one block West of Border Ave. near John Knox and Memorial Elementary School.
If you are interested in learning to play, I would look forward to meeting and working with you.
Centrally located to Weslaco, Donna, Alamo, San Juan, Edinburg, Edcouch, Elsa, Mercedes, and Progreso.
2 blocks north of John Knox Village on west 8th St, one block west of Border Ave.