Rachel Morin, D.M.A.
Rachel Morin, D.M.A.

Rachel Morin, D.M.A.

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Introduction: My students consistently stand out at local competitions and festivals. Some have gone on to careers in music, others still play after ending lessons, for their own enjoyment. I live in Michigan. I offer in person and online lessons in Michigan. I only offer online classes to people who live too far to drive to my house. Please do not contact me if you live too far to drive and are only interested in online lessons. In addition to my 30 years experience as a traditional piano teacher to students of all ages and levels, I have extensive background in The Taubman Approach. I have studied with the most preeminent experts in this approach to piano technique, including Dorothy Taubman and Sheila Paige and am now in the teacher training program in the Keyboard Wellness Seminar. I have experience with rehabilitating professional musicians. This approach to piano technique is peer reviewed and based on sound physiological and mechanical principles. Students who study this approach are able to maximize virtuosity while avoiding or reversing injury. I am passionate about helping students reach their full potential and grow in confidence. I love to help people learn to solve problems through critical thinking and to discover the beauty of music. I am happy to say that although I will continue to teach online for those who prefer that, I have been vaccinated and am ready to return to in person teaching. ps I got my booster shot on 10/9 :)
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Hired 16 times

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30 years in business

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This pro indicated that they reviewed CDC safety guidelines for COVID-19 and pledged to do the following:

Maintain 6 feet of distance from customers

Wear masks during the job

Disinfect surfaces touched during the job

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, professionalism, and value.

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Jingmei S.
Jun 17, 2021
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Both my son and I are taking piano lessons with Rachel. She is very professional and patient. She helps us with both skills and music theories. Every time when I talk to her, I can feel her passion for piano and teaching. She always finds a good way to teach a student to meet his/her needs. I would highly recommend her for any level students!

Details: 6 - 9 years old • No, the student cannot read music • No formal training • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has a piano • 30 minutes • At the pro’s location • My home, venue, etc. • Remotely (phone or internet)

Rachel Morin, D.M.A.'s reply
Thank you so much, Jingmei!
Piano Lessons
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Tyler J.
Dec 6, 2021
Rachel is an excellent teacher and was able to really help me along my piano journey in just a short time. Her knowledge of music theory as well as the physical mechanics of playing difficult music is vast and she is able to communicate that knowledge very clearly. Beyond her skill as a teacher, she provides excellent value. Our “hour long” lessons routinely go over an hour due to my numerous questions. Also, she produced a rather long video for me in between lessons in order to better help me get a sense of how to play a particular piece more musically. She never charged me for the extra time (though she certainly should / could have) My point is she cares about her students and their musical journey and will surely go beyond the call of duty for you as well!
Rachel Morin, D.M.A.'s reply
Thank you so much, Tyler!
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Tekoa F.
Nov 1, 2021
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Rachel is an excellent piano teacher. She has an abundance of knowledge and is talented herself. I am in my 40's learning for the first time but her method makes the complicated concepts easy to retain. She also provided me with supplemental resources that I could use in between my lessons to help keep me on track. I highly recommend Rachel as piano/keyboard instructor.

Details: 26 - 44 years old • No, the student cannot read music • No formal training; some self-taught experience • What the teacher recommends • Yes, the student has a keyboard • 30 minutes • Remotely (phone or internet)

Rachel Morin, D.M.A.'s reply
Thank you so much, Tekoa. You are a joy to teach!
Piano Lessons
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Jack S.
May 21, 2018
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Hired on Thumbtack

Rachel has a strong deep knowledge of the fundamentals of piano playing and the structure of music, particularly classical. She is a very dedicated teacher that works with a variety of students and helps them at their own levels. I am a senior adult beginner who first came to her with an informal knowledge of the piano after intro group lessons and casual playing. She did a great job of improving my overall understanding of the correct way to play. With her background she helped to build a solid foundation for playing the piano.
Rachel Morin, D.M.A.'s reply
Thank you, Jack!
Piano Lessons
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Julie N.
Feb 28, 2018
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I began studying with Rachel about a year ago after finding her through Thumbtack. I was a pianist at the intermediate level, having taken lessons in grade school, but wished to bush up and advance after being asked to become more involved in music ministry at Church. Rachel is an excellent teacher. She is very knowledgeable about theory and proper playing technique and is able to clearly articulate those concepts. She is also patient enough to explain or demonstrate something over again until it is understood without becoming frustrated. She has two pianos side by side in her teaching space which I think is a convenient and efficient way for her to show the proper way to play a passage. I especially appreciate that Rachel challenges me beyond just playing the correct notes and rhythms but to strive towards continually creating a more expressive, beautiful, and musical sound. I feel that I have made considerable progress as a musician in the last year, and I look forward to continuing to work with her for a long time. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for quality instruction.
Rachel Morin, D.M.A.'s reply
Thank you, Julie!
Piano Lessons (for adults)
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I only teach in person lessons for those students who live close enough to drive to my house. Otherwise, all lessons are usually conducted online. Please do not contact me if you live too far to drive to my house and yet want in person lessons. I charge $50 for a one hour lesson, $40 for 45 minutes and $30 for a half hour. Tuition is due the first week of every month and varies with the number of weeks in that particular month. For example, a student taking 4 half hour lessons in February would pay 4x$30, or $120 at the beginning of that month. I always try to make up missed lessons and make allowances for holidays, sickness and adverse weather conditions. My lessons include 2 recitals per year, opportunities to enter competitions if the student desires, an opportunity to learn about a technique that has been peer reviewed and shown to prevent injuries and maximize virtuosity, and a performer/teacher that knows or is willing to learn almost any piece of music you are interested in studying (the Hammerklavier and some of the works by Carl Vine and Charles Ives might be exceptions, but I'd try) in order to give you a head start with your practicing, making your practice more efficient and purposeful.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    I am very thorough when I interview a new student. I make sure I understand the student's musical background and any other issues that might impact learning. Usually, if the student has had lessons in the past, I ask him or her to play something they've prepared. I also have the do some sightreading and answer questions pertaining to musical understanding. I also ask questions about technical background -- whether it was more finger or arm weight/movement oriented.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a doctorate in piano and 25 years experience teaching and learning the Taubman approach to piano.

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