Reisinger Conservatory of Music

Lakeville, MN

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I teach Piano, Keyboard, & Music Theory. I also prepare students who are trying to get a scholarship for college. I am a Nationally Certified Piano Teacher. I adjudicate for the State of Minnesota Music Teachers Association Piano, Ensemble, Contest and Theory exams. I have a Master's Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy (the art of teaching Piano.) I perform for many events and have released a CD called White Christmas. I teach any age student,any level and ability. I have taught a wide range of handicapped students .I also teach many preschool and homeschool students. I have taught for over 33 years. I tailor my lessons to fit with the students goals and interests. I have had many, many students who have gone into music as a career. I try to make the lessons as fun as possible. I have digital pianos, and several music programs that students may enjoy. I also use games and incentive programs such as my Trophy programs. I offer Two formal recitals per year and many other opportunities for those who are interested.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love to teach my passion! This is the best "job" in the world! It really isn't a job at all! It is fun! I love to have all the varieties of students. No two students are exactly alike. My day changes constantly as each student comes through the door.
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Lakeville, MN 55044

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18 Reviews
  • Jill S. Apr 5, 2016
    Piano Lessons
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  • Kelly R. Sep 15, 2015
    Piano Lessons
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  • Deb B. Aug 24, 2015
    Piano Lessons (for children or teenagers)
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  • Marcy B. Jun 26, 2015
    Piano Lessons
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  • Kelly G. Dec 9, 2014
    Piano Lessons
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    Carolyn is a wonderful piano teacher. My daughter started with Carolyn 2 months ago and absolutely loves her. She has innovative programs that engage the students in learning music in addition to offering traditional lessons.
  • Michael B. May 13, 2014
    Piano Lessons
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    Very flexible and a great teacher!
  • Krishnan N. Apr 29, 2014
    My 5-year old son has been taking lessons with Carolyn for about 5 months now. She genuinely takes interest in his progress and he enjoys the class. Though my son was not interested at the start his interest has grown over time. As a parent with a young child I have to follow up diligently at home. It might be helpful to provide resources for me so I can help him. If I didn't have a musical background it would be very difficult.
  • Heather R. Apr 29, 2014
    My 11 year old son has been taking piano lessons with Carolyn for almost 3 years. Carolyn is an absolutely a wonderful teacher. She hand picks all the music so it suits the student's level and interests. It is very motivating to my son because he has a learning disability with how he processes information. Carolyn helps him understand how to read music by playing music computer games and board games which keeps him interested in playing the piano. Since taking piano lessons with Carolyn my son's confidence has soared and he can't wait to attend his next lesson. Carolyn has a unique gift for teaching children how to play the piano and I would recommend her as a piano teacher to anyone. She is the best!!
  • Heidi C. Apr 29, 2014
    Carolyn started lessons with my 5 year old daughter this past fall and my daughter (and us) are loving it! My daughter has learned and memorized songs and is confident to share with anyone that will listen. Carolyn is patient, encouraging and flexible. Our daughter is learning hand position, writing and reading music from different age appropriate tools. We are happy we found her and excited to continue working with her!
  • Marilyn S. Apr 29, 2014
    My kids love her. She offers a well rounded program and opportunities for,lesson style. She emphasizes theory and has many computer games and opportunities. She has a practice incentive program as well, kids,like getting awards!
  • Brian M. May 29, 2013
    Piano Lessons
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    Great teacher makes learning easy and fun. I recommend highly
  • Mary R. Mar 24, 2013
    I just started my piano lessons about 4 months ago and I have been very impressed with how much I am learning. Carolyn has an extensive music background and she is so friendly and comfortable to work with. I highly recommend her as a piano teacher. She stretches you to go beyond your comfort zone with music that I truly enjoy playing. I am learning so much about reading music and music theory. She does not overload you but reviews bits and pieces as they fall into place with the pieces you practice. I can't believe how much I am learning. I am very pleased.
  • Julian K. Mar 22, 2013
    She is very nice and respects the children
  • Laura Y. Mar 22, 2013
    Carolyn teaches both my son and myself. She is very good with kids and adults. She lets you move at your own pace, but she also keeps you motivated and moving forward.
  • Carrie R. Mar 21, 2013
    Great piano teacher. Carolyn keeps older students motivated by letting them pick current songs to learn and perform at recitals. Carolyn was very helpful in scheduling my daughter's lessons around her participation in high school swimming and nordic skiing. She understood that my daughter wanted to continue playing piano but was having some issues with time constraints. My daughter started lessons with another teacher and transferred to Carolyn during middle school. She stated she probably would have quit piano if not for switching to Carolyn.
  • Cindy F. Mar 21, 2013
    My son, Austin, has been going to piano lessons for over 10 years. We recently switched to Reisinger and are very pleased with the results! Carolyn has taught my son quite a bit in just 6 months and is helping him get ready for college! I would recommend her for any level of lessons.
  • Grazi O. Mar 21, 2013
    Carolyn Reisinger teaches two of my children and does a wonderful job. My kids are loving piano lessons and learning fast! She is very professional on what she does, still a very kind and loving teacher. I would recommend her over and over again!
  • Donna S. May 30, 2012
    Piano Lessons
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    Carolyn has been very responsive and professional throughout this process. In spite of having many other piano instructors on your list, she was one of only three who responded. She also did so in a way that was respectful of my individual situation and I feel like I'm getting my particular needs addressed. I'm just having my second lesson with her tomorrow, but so far am very pleased.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Currently, I have a special trial offer of only $80 a month for a maximum of 3 months (if paid in advance.) After that, I charge a flat rate every month that includes everything. All lessons, books, group lessons etc. That way when a student starts piano. They will always know what their bill is going to be. There are no surprise bills. The more rapidly a student progress, the more books they will need-so books can be a huge expense.With the flat rate-you do not have to pay for the books. Please see my website tuition information page for detailed information.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I like to meet them before the lessons begin to best evaluate the situation and to be sure we are the right fit for each other:)
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Reasearch, research, research! Learning all social media avenues to keep up with the younger students. In today's society, students use technology more and more. We as teachers, need to recognize and adapt rather than fight. Students today are used to immediate availability. In my studio, if a student shows me a You Tube video that they want to learn-we will. Sometimes,(usually) the song is so new that there is no sheet music available for it. That means, we will sit down, listen to the song. And figure it out on our own. Students love being able to impress friends with the latest music!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I was four years old, I saw a pianist on the television. That was the day I was hooked! Unfortunately, my parents could not afford piano lessons and an instrument for me. I had to wait until I was old enough to get a job and pay my own way. By then, I was a senior in high school. I progressed rapidly due to enormous amounts of daily practice. by the fall of my senior year, I was accepted into music school.The greatest day of my life! I have been loving it ever since.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I teach everything with a piano keyboard. Organ, piano, keyboard, synthesizer, etc. I have had many years experience teaching ear training, theory, improvisation, how to play with a band, how to perform for money. I teach all ages of students ages 4 and up. Mainly, I do private one on one piano lessons. However, I have taught in group situations before and am certified in Kindermusik. I have a Master's degree in Performance, Pedagogy and Education. Since 1985, I have taught many students with handicaps and other conditions. I always try to make each student feel successful in my studio.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I have an 9 year old student who is a beginner. His family is from Nepal. One day he came to me with the sheet music for the Nepali National Anthem and wanted to learn it. Not only did he learn how to play it- but I showed him how to use my Finale music compostion software and he made an orchestral version of the piece for his family celebration! I can tell you that is one huge accomplishment for a beginner! And, as a plus- he and his family will be able to cherish that arrangement forever!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
When choosing a music teacher- be sure to find out about the educational background of the instructor. Find out what organizations they are involved in and find out if they are music teachers full time. Also, it is good to find a music teacher who performs.If they perform, they are still doing what they are teaching. Be sure the instructor is interested in finding out about what you want from the music lessons. Some instructors will only teach in a specific style. If you are interested in pop, jazz, blues etc. and take lessons from a Classical instructor-you may not be happy with the lessons. Always make sure you ask many questions so that you receive what you want.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
In my profession, the piano lesson is only a small amount of time I spend on my student each week. I spend many outside hours on lesson planning and preparations. I spend hours every day doing research on songs my students have requested. Since I do tailor my lessons individually, that requires much more planning than just being there at the lesson. Also, I spend a lot of time on recitals, piano festivals, music teacher meetings, continuing education, new music research, preparing students for testing etc. It is a large amount of work that most people do not realize happens.