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Reisinger Conservatory of Music

Lakeville, MN

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About Reisinger Conservatory of Music

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I am located in Lakeville Minnesota. I teach any age students. I have over 33 years teaching experience.I make the lessons enjoyable for everybody:)I teach piano, keyboard, and music theory. I also prepare students who are trying to get a scholarship for college. I am a nationally certified piano teacher. I judge for the State of Minnesota Music Teachers Association Piano, Ensemble, Contest and Theory exams.

I have a master's degree in piano performance and pedagogy (the art of teaching piano.) I perform for many events and have released a CD called White Christmas. I teach any age student, any level and ability. I have taught a wide range of handicapped students. I also teach many preschool and home-schooled students. I have taught for over 33 years.

I tailor my lessons to fit with the student's goals and interests. I have had many, many students who have gone into music as a career. I try to make the lessons interesting and enjoyable with a focus on learning in a pleasant atmosphere. I have digital pianos and several music programs that students may enjoy. I also have a Boston Grand Piano.I use games, awards and incentive programs to help motivate students to learn.
I offer two formal recitals per year and many other opportunities for those who are interested. I am a long time member of MMTA< NFMC< MNTA< SSMTA>AVMTA music organizations to name a few. I am a Nationally Certified Music instructor.If you have any questions, feel free to call, or e-mail me at any time. I am here to make music a part of your life!

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Lakeville, MN 55044

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  • 5/5 stars May 13, 2014

    Very flexible and a great teacher!

  • 5/5 stars April 29, 2014

    My 5-year old son has been taking lessons with Carolyn for about 5 months now. She genuinely takes interest in his progress and he enjoys the class. Though my son was not interested at the start his interest has grown over time.

    As a parent with a young child I have to follow up diligently at home. It might be helpful to provide resources for me so I can help him. If I didn't have a musical background it would be very difficult.

  • 5/5 stars April 29, 2014

    My 11 year old son has been taking piano lessons with Carolyn for almost 3 years. Carolyn is an absolutely a wonderful teacher. She hand picks all the music so it suits the student's level and interests.

    It is very motivating to my son because he has a learning disability with how he processes information. Carolyn helps him understand how to read music by playing music computer games and board games which keeps him interested in playing the piano. Since taking piano lessons with Carolyn my son's confidence has soared and he can't wait to attend his next lesson. Carolyn has a unique gift for teaching children how to play the piano and I would recommend her as a piano teacher to anyone. She is the best!!

  • 5/5 stars April 29, 2014

    Carolyn started lessons with my 5 year old daughter this past fall and my daughter (and us) are loving it! My daughter has learned and memorized songs and is confident to share with anyone that will listen. Carolyn is patient, encouraging and flexible. Our daughter is learning hand position, writing and reading music from different age appropriate tools. We are happy we found her and excited to continue working with her!

  • 5/5 stars April 29, 2014

    My kids love her. She offers a well rounded program and opportunities for,lesson style. She emphasizes theory and has many computer games and opportunities. She has a practice incentive program as well, kids,like getting awards!

  • 5/5 stars May 29, 2013

    Great teacher makes learning easy and fun. I recommend highly

  • 5/5 stars March 24, 2013

    I just started my piano lessons about 4 months ago and I have been very impressed with how much I am learning. Carolyn has an extensive music background and she is so friendly and comfortable to work with. I highly recommend her as a piano teacher. She stretches you to go beyond your comfort zone with music that I truly enjoy playing. I am learning so much about reading music and music theory. She does not overload you but reviews bits and pieces as they fall into place with the pieces you practice. I can't believe how much I am learning. I am very pleased.

  • 5/5 stars March 22, 2013

    She is very nice and respects the children

  • 5/5 stars March 22, 2013

    Carolyn teaches both my son and myself. She is very good with kids and adults. She lets you move at your own pace, but she also keeps you motivated and moving forward.

  • 5/5 stars March 21, 2013

    Great piano teacher. Carolyn keeps older students motivated by letting them pick current songs to learn and perform at recitals. Carolyn was very helpful in scheduling my daughter's lessons around her participation in high school swimming and nordic skiing. She understood that my daughter wanted to continue playing piano but was having some issues with time constraints. My daughter started lessons with another teacher and transferred to Carolyn during middle school. She stated she probably would have quit piano if not for switching to Carolyn.

  • 5/5 stars March 21, 2013

    My son, Austin, has been going to piano lessons for over 10 years. We recently switched to Reisinger and are very pleased with the results! Carolyn has taught my son quite a bit in just 6 months and is helping him get ready for college! I would recommend her for any level of lessons.

  • 5/5 stars March 21, 2013

    Carolyn Reisinger teaches two of my children and does a wonderful job. My kids are loving piano lessons and learning fast! She is very professional on what she does, still a very kind and loving teacher. I would recommend her over and over again!

  • 4/5 stars May 30, 2012

    Carolyn has been very responsive and professional throughout this process. In spite of having many other piano instructors on your list, she was one of only three who responded. She also did so in a way that was respectful of my individual situation and I feel like I'm getting my particular needs addressed. I'm just having my second lesson with her tomorrow, but so far am very pleased.

  • 5/5 stars April 20, 2012

    As a fifty-something beginning piano student I was fortunate to find Carolyn to teach me how to play. Besides being a gifted pianist, she is a very positive and encouraging instructor who inspires me to work hard while enjoying it. Over the course of four years she has taught me how to play a wide variety of music including classical, jazz, blues, and pop. To further my musical development, she has encouraged me to set longer term goals by participating in the Minnesota Music Teachers Association Music Theory and Piano Examinations Programs. Carolyn is everything one could ask for in a piano teacher and she has my highest recommendation!

  • 5/5 stars April 20, 2012

    My daughter began her lessons with Mrs. Reisinger June of 2006 when she was just 5 years old. Now six years later, she still enjoys her lessons as much as ever if not more. Carolyn has taught her so much and so well that now one of her favorite hobbies is listening to a song on the radio and then trying to play it on the piano. Carolyn works with her students on NFMC and MMTA , piano recitals and those are wonderful experiences and confidence builders for the student. Carolyn is kind and patient which has really helped my daughter enjoy and stick to her lessons.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. I teach everything with a piano keyboard. Organ, piano, keyboard, synthesizer, etc. I have had many years experience teaching ear training, theory, improvisation, how to play with a band, how to perform for money. I teach all ages of students ages 4 and up. Mainly, I do private one on one piano lessons. However, I have taught in group situations before and am certified in Kindermusik. I have a Master's degree in Performance, Pedagogy and Education. Since 1985, I have taught many students with handicaps and other conditions. I always try to make each student feel successful in my studio.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. When choosing a music teacher- be sure to find out about the educational background of the instructor. Find out what organizations they are involved in and find out if they are music teachers full time. Also, it is good to find a music teacher who performs.If they perform, they are still doing what they are teaching. Be sure the instructor is interested in finding out about what you want from the music lessons. Some instructors will only teach in a specific style. If you are interested in pop, jazz, blues etc. and take lessons from a Classical instructor-you may not be happy with the lessons. Always make sure you ask many questions so that you receive what you want.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. In music, there are many ways to do the same thing. One teacher may only be willing to teach a specific way. As an instructor, you need to be open minded to other possibilities. There is not ONE WAY to do everything.There are many ways! Also, when you choose an instructor, be sure that YOU know what it is you want from the lessons before you make your call. The clearer you can be, the better choices you can make. Another important thing about music lessons is that many people who start lessons will think it is OK to buy a cheap instrument just to "try it out". Not a good idea. When you play an instrument-if it is not a good quality-right from the start-you will not enjoy it. It is always better to invest in a quality instrument.

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. Location.What instruments they teach.Certification and qualifications, Degrees, past work history &
do they perform? What ages and abilities do they teach? What are the hours they teach?What do they expect from the student as far as practice time, recitals & other events? Have they ever had any student go into music as a career? What do they have at their studio? What do they do to make the lessons fun and interesting? How do they address any student questions during the practice week? Also ask them what age group they work best with.How long are the lessons? Price per lesson. What do they do about missed lessons? Always ask to see their Policy Statement.

Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?

A. Anyone who is considering to start taking music lessons needs to be sure that they have the time to practice. Lessons alone will not make you a musical. You need to devote daily practice time to your instrument. For the very young students, parents also need to make time to practice. Preschoolers cannot practice alone. If your child has handicaps or other issues, please notify potential teachers so that they will know how to best work with your child. Also, be sure to find an instructor with endless patience. The true key to teach with.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I teach Piano, Keyboard, & Music Theory. I also prepare students who are trying to get a scholarship for college. I am a Nationally Certified Piano Teacher. I adjudicate for the State of Minnesota Music Teachers Association Piano, Ensemble, Contest and Theory exams. I have a Master's Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy (the art of teaching Piano.) I perform for many events and have released a CD called White Christmas. I teach any age student,any level and ability. I have taught a wide range of handicapped students .I also teach many preschool and homeschool students. I have taught for over 33 years. I tailor my lessons to fit with the students goals and interests. I have had many, many students who have gone into music as a career. I try to make the lessons as fun as possible. I have digital pianos, and several music programs that students may enjoy. I also use games and incentive programs such as my Trophy programs. I offer Two formal recitals per year and many other opportunities for those who are interested.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love to teach my passion! This is the best "job" in the world! It really isn't a job at all! It is fun! I love to have all the varieties of students. No two students are exactly alike. My day changes constantly as each student comes through the door.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. The first thing most people ask is "how much"? before any other question! I always wish people would ask more important questions first. you will get what you pay for. If you are looking for the cheapest-you will probably get it. Look for experience, degrees, former student success', knowledge, programs offered. Also be sure they will teach you what it is you seek. The most important thing about music study is that you receive an instructor that is highly qualified and patient.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. In my profession, the piano lesson is only a small amount of time I spend on my student each week. I spend many outside hours on lesson planning and preparations. I spend hours every day doing research on songs my students have requested. Since I do tailor my lessons individually, that requires much more planning than just being there at the lesson. Also, I spend a lot of time on recitals, piano festivals, music teacher meetings, continuing education, new music research, preparing students for testing etc. It is a large amount of work that most people do not realize happens.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. When I was four years old, I saw a pianist on the television. That was the day I was hooked! Unfortunately, my parents could not afford piano lessons and an instrument for me. I had to wait until I was old enough to get a job and pay my own way. By then, I was a senior in high school. I progressed rapidly due to enormous amounts of daily practice. by the fall of my senior year, I was accepted into music school.The greatest day of my life! I have been loving it ever since.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. I have an 9 year old student who is a beginner. His family is from Nepal. One day he came to me with the sheet music for the Nepali National Anthem and wanted to learn it. Not only did he learn how to play it- but I showed him how to use my Finale music compostion software and he made an orchestral version of the piece for his family celebration! I can tell you that is one huge accomplishment for a beginner! And, as a plus- he and his family will be able to cherish that arrangement forever!

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Reasearch, research, research! Learning all social media avenues to keep up with the younger students. In today's society, students use technology more and more. We as teachers, need to recognize and adapt rather than fight. Students today are used to immediate availability. In my studio, if a student shows me a You Tube video that they want to learn-we will. Sometimes,(usually) the song is so new that there is no sheet music available for it. That means, we will sit down, listen to the song. And figure it out on our own. Students love being able to impress friends with the latest music!

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. The latest development in my field is that teachers are finally starting to realize that they are professionals and should act accordingly. Music training is an enormous amount of work and aquiring a lifetime of musical skills is an amazing accomplishment! Teachers do not always realize how important they are. When a student trusts us with their musical future- we take on an enormous job. Teachers provide not only music instruction but also they help the student become a better person. They teach self-confidence and give the student the gift of a lifetime.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. Within the last year, I have installed a student rest room which cost approximately $2500. I have also purchased a new Boston 5'10" grand piano for my studio for the unbelieveable price of $25,000! I have also purchased new music software $650 and new bookkeeping software $395. In addition to that I bought an I-phone to immediate video uploads of students, I also took several classes to continue my education and remain in the loop. Total cost for classes $2500. In all, I feel it is of the greatest importance to have quality equipment for my students! I try to add updated materials to my studio on a regular basis.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. Currently, I have a special trial offer of only $80 a month for a maximum of 3 months (if paid in advance.) After that, I charge a flat rate every month that includes everything. All lessons, books, group lessons etc. That way when a student starts piano. They will always know what their bill is going to be. There are no surprise bills. The more rapidly a student progress, the more books they will need-so books can be a huge expense.With the flat rate-you do not have to pay for the books. Please see my website tuition information page for detailed information.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. Wow! that is a huge question and an even larger answer! Keep in mind this answer is only a minimal amount of my answer. I have had many, many, many students who have studied with me that have gone into music professionally. The most important item would be (if you are going into music school) is to be sure to pick the right school. By this, I mean you need someone not only to teach you how to play, but they need to teach you how to live on your talent. Music, as much as I love it- is easy to enjoy. The bookeeping and supporting yourself is another story. If I was able to I would teach for free. Unfortunately, I do need to pay my bills. Most colleges that teach music -do not teach how to be self sufficient. Therefore, in a nutshell -find a college that can teach you self support and how to play.

Q. What is your greatest strength?

A. My greatest strength would have to be my Unbelieveable patience and a fun spirit! I love to teach and have been doing it for over 30 years. I have the greatest job on earth!
My students know from taking lessons with me, that I try to make everything as exciting as possible. I am trained in every style of music. So that means when a student wants to learn a piece-I will be sure to teach it to them. In my years of teaching, I have come to realize that every student is different from the one before. That means they ALL need to be treated indivually.

Q. What are you currently working on improving?

A. Right now, I am becoming more tecnology savvy. I have incorporated many programs to increase the students musical adventure. One such program, is called Finale. Students write their own original compositions and we can even copywrite and print it off in sheet music form. Very cool! Also, I have learned to use and I-pad and I have a digital piano which is unbelieveable! It can do everything.I am also working on some really fun ideas with music camps, workshops, field trips etc. I have a great deal of new adventures I am currently planning. I am continuously trying to stay in the loop. And on the same page as my students!

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