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Marcia Vahl

Maple Grove MN | 55369

About me

Marcia Vahl is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through Music Teachers National Association. She obtained these credentials after completing rigorous testing in June 2006. Mrs. Vahl is versatile in teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced students, with 35 years of experience in teaching all ages from preschool through adults on beginning through advanced levels. The "Wall of Fame" in the studio includes photos of 11 students Marcia has mentored through their senior year in high school. Mrs. Vahl holds two degrees; one in Piano Performance and a second degree in Music Education from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. She studied German as a minor in college and spent two summers serving as a student missionary in Bad Tolz and Munich, Germany. In addition to piano performance and education her experience includes twelve years of classroom teaching in elementary and secondary music, choir, band, orchestra, music theory, and music history. Marcia served the Minnesota Music Teachers Association as the Vice President of Piano Contests from 2006-2010, and is currently serving MMTA as Technology Chair, Co-Chair of the Judge Education and Certification Committee, President of a new local association, Northwest Suburban Music Teachers Associaiton, and mentor to new members of MMTA. She has given presentations on Motivation, Building A Website for Piano Teachers in the 2009 MMTA Studio Management and Business Seminar, Teaching Artistry from the Beginning and Dealing With Difficult People for Minnesota Valley - Mankato Music Teachers, and serves as a judge for piano contests exams through MMTA, National Piano Guild, and Federation.

Specialties

Teaching the junior high and high school student.
Teaching students who are planning university study in piano performance.

Lesson details

Each student receives personal instruction based on their age and experience. The curriculum used for beginners through early intermediate levels is matched to the student's learning style from several choices of current methods series, like Pianimals (Age 4-6); My First Piano Adventure (Age 5-6); Piano Adventures (Ages 7-10); Alfred Premier (Age 7-10). Students also do sight reading, ear training, and work on MusicLearningCommunity.com for music theory games on each level. Students at the early intermediate level begin working on MMTA Theory Level 1 when they are in fifth grade or above.

Intermediate and Advanced students are encouraged to work towards a finishing a piano exam and theory exams with MMTA. Exams are carefully planned for the sequential progress of each student and ensure continued improvement and motivation to continue lessons. Students attend weekly private lessons, practice at home 5-6 days per week, and complete any written assignments.

Twice a year students gather in groups of about 8 students for group lessons. These occur the week of Thanksgiving and the week of Presidents Holiday. Group lessons are an opportunity for students to gain performance skills while learning from their peers. Students learn how to listen analytically to performances by hearing their peers, while offering constructive criticism. Also included in group lessons are fun, competitive games that cement important musical skills, such as note names, chord building, analysis. Group lessons are really FUN for the students and very important to the curriculum. At least once a year, a master teacher is brought in to the studio to work with students in blocks of 15-20 minutes on one or more pieces.

Three recitals are offered throughout the year: Fall Recital in October; Ribbon Festival Recital in January; and Spring Recital in May. Additional performance and competition opportunities are available for students through Minnesota Music Teachers Association and Northwest Suburban Music Teachers Association.

Education and Accreditation

Mrs. Vahl holds a two degrees; one in Piano Performance and a second degree in Music Education from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College. Instructors were Dr. Sigrid Luther and Dr. Joyce Goodman.

Vahl is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through MTNA.

Testimonials

"The time and effort, the sacrifices and energy, and the love that you continually put forth made me the...

Experience

more than 20 years

Rates

$40 - $49

Availability

Monday 9am - 9pm
Tuesday 9am - 9pm
Wednesday 9am - 9pm
Thursday 9am - 9pm

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Classical
Composition
Contemporary
Improvisation
Jazz
Performance
Pop

Methods

Alfred Method
Faber and Faber

Instruments and Subjects

pedagogy
piano
theory – analysis
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments
voice

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Seniors

Languages

English
German

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