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I am most of all a mother, a wife anda grandmother. Relationships are paramount, and many of my past students are now friends for life...

I enjoy and do many things for pleasure and to enhance the lives of those I come in contact with.

About Piano and Performance Pedagogy

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I teach piano & voice lessons with grace and style at my studio. If you know anything about a Thomas Jefferson approach to teaching, I use many of those principles.

I offer piano and voice instruction with an emphasis on the student, instead of the desires of the instructor.

I provide a varied lesson which is well balanced and includes theory, exercises, fun, performance and quality work.

Twenty-five years plus of teaching have given insights impossible for a new instructor.

As a life coach in addition, your lesson will ultimately include skills in many areas of goal setting, success and confidence.

Previous students now bring their children to PPP to carry on the tradition of class, education and a love of the arts.


Roseville, CA 95747

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  • 5/5 stars

    She is amazing and has taught my son so much. I would recommend her to everyone

  • 5/5 stars

    Wonderful teacher! Experienced and fun, she helps where ever your student needs help by meeting them where they are. I have seen great improvement in my own voice and music theory. Would definitely recommend.

  • 5/5 stars

    Marsha was one of my dance students back in So. San Francisco in the 60's and 70's. After moving to Rocklin, we lost touch until I needed a singing lesson for an upcoming audition. Low and behold I found her on the internet without even knowing who she was...during my first lesson, we talked about dance and discovered that I was her first dance teacher...and now she is my voice teacher...It's a small world and a good one at that....good having you in my life again...Best of Luck to you

  • 5/5 stars

    My son has taken lessons with Mrs. Keller for over six months now. I have really noticed a boost in his self esteem! She takes the time with him and encourages him. I don't know that his singing will be his life, however I know it is his joy.

  • 5/5 stars

    I have not personally been taught by Marsha but that does not mean I have not seen her in action. She is very much talented and cared about her students. Growing up being friends with her daughter she was always there to help guide and teach all of the kids that walked into her life. If you want someone who cares and can teach and really help you learn she is the go to teacher.

  • 5/5 stars

    I've been working with Marsha for many, many years and my experience is always a good one. She is very skilled and talented, and I love her philosophies of teaching as well. She doesn't *just* teach my daughter the notes, she helps her *learn* and learn to think. She helps her set goals and be intrinsically motivated to play. I am very grateful for her expertise and willingness to share her knowledge with us.

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

A. I teach voice lessons with my own syllabus and style, an emphasis on the student's vocal choices, challenges and talents.

I teach piano for beginners through late intermediate.

I have master classes for all students to join together and meet one another, play for one another and to enjoy games, refreshments and learning about other musical emphasis that there is no time for in a usual 30 minute lesson.

I have recitals in the fall or spring as well as perform at the Granite bay Nativity exhibit yearly.

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

A. Make sure they offer a free introductory lesson to see if you are a good fit. Many excellent teachers are not the best fit for every teacher. You have to feel comfortable and trust your instructor or you will not progress as you wish.

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

A. You will obtain whatever level it is that you deeply desire. It is all in what you choose. An instructor can only do so much, and then your own committment and effort is what truly divides the great from the not-so-much.

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

A. Ask why they are doing what they are doing. If an instructor does it only for the money, they will be missing the passion that comes with teaching.

Ask what their expectations are.

Ask if they offer options for referrals, depth and discounts.

Ask if there is a contract involved.

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

A. I have a long history of successful training. I have several programs that I have created to motivate in different ways for different types of learners. I have the skills to teach students how to write their own music, perform successfully, or simply enjoy music for their own experience.

I have Master Classes quarterly that enhance and expand a students involvement, performance experiences and creates a unified school of music as students share their talents with their peers.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. I love watching a student 'get it'. That moment when after long (or short!) lessons on a subject, they light up and actually understand the principle and are able to repeat it consistently. I love getting to know them and working with them with a little bit of my life-coaching practice tossed in to accentuate the learning.

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

A. I adore that 'light bulb' moment when a student realizes their potential and changed from enjoyment to passion.

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