Teaching Philosophy

Manuscript of scribe from renaissance period book

Ten Reasons to Join Marc’s Studio:
1. We sing, play, and have fun with music games!
2. Siblings or parents can take lessons together for twice the learning.
3. Students gain a strong fundamental understanding of music theory.
4. You have the flexibility to take lessons at home or in the studio, playing on a grand piano.
5. All students will have extra classes on piano construction and maintenance. I also encourage learning to focus on a student’s own personal interests.
6. Students can receive frequent discounted piano tunings.
7. Lesson scheduling is flexible and make ups are easy to accommodate, unlike bigger lesson companies and studios.
8. I provide all lesson materials so that you save time not searching for them online or in the store.
9. If you wish to upgrade from a keyboard to a piano, or upgrade your existing instrument, I will happily accompany you on your search for your ideal instrument. We will investigate the best options together.
10. My experience lecturing, administering entrance examinations, and holding auditions at universities and musical ensembles allows me to guide you toward your goals. I also have many professional contacts around the country and world that may be helpful when looking at different music programs or festivals.

Music is a language; it is one of the many ways that human beings communicate and connect with one another. Composers writing music hide secrets and meaning that waits to be unlocked by musicians. Developing improvisation and performance skills allow students to express their own ideas and emotions. In my own musical journey, I have learned that performing music well is only possible once the fundamentals of music construction is truly understood. That is why I guide my students toward music fluency through knowledge of music theory, as well as the history that surrounded its formulation. I also believe that I do not teach piano or voice; I teach music as a holistic practice. Piano students will use their voice in lessons to hone their attention to melodic interests. We examine the physics of harmony and how to exploit it to create richer sonorities. We study  the evolution of piano construction and its relation to changing attitudes in composition. We all approach music in our own individual ways, and our performance is influenced by the collection of our past experiences. My teaching varies to reflect the individuality and interests of my students. It is in this way that we gain a full and profound appreciation for authentic music that will last for the rest of our lives.