Rachel Morin, D.M.A.
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She was very easy to communicate with and very patient! She was ill and still showed up to our wedding and played beautifully. I would highly recommend her to anyone.Jan 5, 2019Verified
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!
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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.Feb 28, 2018VerifiedRachel Morin, D.M.A.'s reply
Thank you, Julie!
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!
Piano Lessons (for adults)
Rachel is a patient teacher and knows so much about classical music. She explains concepts clearly and uses creative analogies to help students understand. I would recommend her to students of any age!Nov 17, 2016VerifiedRachel Morin, D.M.A.'s reply
Thank you Chenyu!
- 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.