Hired 1 time
14 years in business
(Pacific Time Zone)
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Marina H.Nov 13, 2018Verified
Mark has been teaching me my 7-year-old and 5-year old for nearly 2 years. All 3 of us learn differently and Mark is able to adjust his teaching style as needed. He is very creative at getting young children to learn despite the barriers they put up. He conducts himself in a very professional manner and genuinely wants us all to love piano and to succeed. Mark is flexible in the types of pieces that he teaches, following the student's desires. Mark has put on several recitals in the last few years that the whole family enjoyed. The recitals were relaxed enough that it was not stressful on the children.Nov 8, 2018
Mark is an exceptional piano instructor. His background with a PhD in piano performance provides him with a solid foundation in the mechanics of playing the piano, the background – both theoretical and applied – in the music, and in the theory he incorporates into his lessons. His ability to work with a broad range of student skills and experience reveals a rare talent for teaching at a level, rigor, and understanding appropriate to the individual student., Mark has taught two of my grandchildren who are now six and eleven, the older one for five years. They have very different levels of commitment to the piano, technical skill, and playing experience. Mark is remarkable in how he is able to offer a highly individualized approach in instruction that makes both of them eager to practice and improve. His approach, at least in my experience, is not just ‘learn the notes’ and move on to the next piece. Rather with each piece – even the simplest – he has provided them with important insights that will be valuable at more advanced levels. I recommend Mark as an instructor without qualification. I myself took ten years of piano lessons when I was younger. I only regret that I never used that opportunity to develop the foundation that Mark produces in his students.Oct 16, 2018
I learned a few of instruments when I was young so I can make a comparison if that was possible. Mark is a much better a teacher for both my daughters and nephew than I ever had. I think Mark is fantastic.Oct 15, 2018
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Prices vary depending on whether lessons are in-home or at my studio. Additional expenses include books and other teaching materials and cost on average about $40 per year. Recitals are free and are held at least twice yearly. There are also fees for events and exams sponsored through Music Teachers Association of California. These events are encouraged, but optional.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Before the first lesson I like to have an over-the-phone interview with prospective students. A tuned piano at home and willingness to practice every day are requirements for admission to my studio. I supply materials for the first lesson. Students may then purchase materials from me or on their own, based on my recommendations.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?13 years of teaching private lessons. 7 years of teaching at university level. BA, MA in Piano Performance, DMA expected December 2018.