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My son has began taking piano class with Rachel for almost 7 years. She really cares about her students and their progress. She teaches both practical and theory in lesson which is awesome as my kid gets thorough understanding of the music and how to play it. Now my son passed level 8. Will keep studying from her.Apr 27, 2018Rachel Morin, D.M.A.'s reply
Thank you, Claire!
My daughters went through a few piano teachers before we finally found Rachel. Rachel is an extremely knowledgeable, patient and dedicated teacher. Her lesson plan is very comprehensive and covers every aspect of the music education, including hearing, music theory, techniques and song performance. She’s especially great with younger kids by performing a lot hands on demonstrations and finding interesting ways to encourage the learning. My daughters love her lessons. They were able to grow from beginners to passing piano SAT test level 6 and level 9 in a few short years.Apr 26, 2018Rachel Morin, D.M.A.'s reply
Thank you, Zena!
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.May 21, 2018VerifiedRachel Morin, D.M.A.'s reply
Thank you, Jack!
My daughter has been studying piano with Rachel for one year now. Rachel pays a lot of attention to adapt the methodology to my daughter's temperament in order to keep her interested in piano. As my daughter has small hands, Rachel helps her work on her hand shape and fingering, so that she would not overstretch her hands or hurt herself. My daughter has enjoyed playing the beautiful pieces carefully chosen by Rachel, she has really made great improvements in terms of technique and musical feeling in the one year.Apr 27, 2018VerifiedRachel Morin, D.M.A.'s reply
Thank you, Xia!
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4 lessons in, so far so good! Rachel is very patient and encouraging. As an adult learner with no prior experience with playing any instrument, I am very pleased with the time I have spent with Rachel.Mar 11, 2017VerifiedRachel Morin, D.M.A.'s reply
Thank you, Rich!
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?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.