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Stephanie M. - Piano Teacher

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$50per hour

Fun Piano Lessons

Stephanie's lessons:

Piano

Piano Lessons

I provide piano lessons that mix solid musical education with fun games, rewards, and incentives. I follow method books such as Alfred Lesson Books and Theory Books, teach scales and chords, play musical games with my students, and provide stickers and candy for excellent practice habits.

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Specialties
Children's
Classical
Contemporary
Disney
Easy Listening
Oldies
Pop
Romantic
Ages
4 to 75

Overview

Hello! My name is Stephanie Martin, and I am an enthusiastic, committed piano teacher in the Tampa Bay area. I hold my B.A. in Music from Florida College, where I performed extensively as a soloist, pianist with the String Quintet, and accompanist. I have played the piano for sixteen years, and I have been teaching since 2012. My teaching experience includes employment at four different music stores in Tampa Bay. Now, I teach independently and offer piano lessons in students’ homes. I am classically trained in piano performance techniques and music theory, and therefore seek to provide a solid musical foundation for my students’ education. However, I also believe in diversifying my students’ repertoire, and exploring any musical genre they are interested in! The age of my students has ranged from 4 to mid-70s. I am happy to teach beginner level to advanced level. I love to teach and enjoy adding fun aspects to each lesson--including musical games, stickers, candy for excellent practicing, and rewards for finishing music books. Thanks for your interest in music!

Questions and Answers

What experience do you have teaching kids?

I've been teaching children since 2012 in piano lessons, and I had experience before that teaching Sunday school as young as 10 years old. So I actually have a lot of experience with kids, and I love working with kids. As far as piano lessons, I've been teaching age 4 through 18 for children. I'm happy to teach any level, whether it's beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Whatever the child is interested in, I'm happy to teach that subject. I do like to start with a method book, such as Alfred or Bastien, to give them a good solid foundation for their education. But if a child is interested in learning Disney songs, or pop songs--whatever they're interested in, I am happy to explore that with them.

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How do your lessons for adults differ from lessons for children?

I really enjoy teaching adult lessons. My teaching format changes based on what my adult student prefers. Generally, I like to start with an adult method book, such as the Alfred Adult series. I also like to work through an Adult student theory book, and I provide musical exercises to sharpen my student's skill, such as note-naming quizzes, scales, and chords. If an adult student has a preference as far as what music they'd like to learn, I am happy to adjust the lessons to include that. I've had students who wanted to learn 60s and 70s rock and pop, or Classical pieces, or Broadway tunes. It really depends on what the student is passionate about. And I'm happy to contour the lessons to that.

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Why are you a music teacher?

Ever since I was a six-year-old plunking out tunes on my sister's toy piano, I have loved music! I started piano lessons at 8 years old and have loved it ever since. It is something I am truly passionate about, and I just love to share that excitement with my students. I feel that music is something that makes life brighter, and I am fascinated by it. I want to help my students tap into their creative side and find a genre of music that they love to play--something that they can be excited about as well.

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Why should I choose you as my teacher?

Well first, I have a real love for playing and teaching piano. Also, I hold my B.A. in Music with a Piano Performance emphasis. I have performed for fifteen years, and I have been teaching piano since 2012. I love my work, and I seek to make every student feel valued and special. My goal is to give each student 100% of my effort, and give them a great musical education. I also want to instill in them a real excitement for music, and provide a creative dimension for their lives.

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What do you do during the first lesson?

In the first lesson, I generally like to get to know my student's musical tastes and also get an idea of their personality--what subjects they like in school, what their hobbies are. This helps me determine what kind of music they might like to learn eventually. Then we start out with exploring the piano, learning how to sit at the piano, and learning how to hold your hands when you play. Then we learn the basics of middle C through G, your finger numbers, and the difference between right and left hand. The student usually learns at least two songs, and then we play a musical game and talk about my expectations for weekly practice. Then, if they've done a good job in the lesson, they usually receive a small reward--like a small piece of candy, or a sticker, depending on what their parents prefer. And that concludes the first lesson.

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Do you organize any performances for your students?

I organize at least one performance per year for my students. We have a Christmas recital that is held at a nursing home in Tampa Bay. This is an opportunity for my students to get experience with performing, and it's also a good way to give back to their community and brighten someone else's day. We prepare for 4 months for this recital, and then we perform in December for the residents at the nursing home. There is cake and other refreshments after the recital. It's a really enjoyable experience that provides that performance aspect, without being too stiff or formal. So it's comfortable, but also gives them that good experience.

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What performance experience do you personally have?

I started participating in student recitals when I was 10 years old, and performed at least twice a year through my high school graduation. In college, I performed extensively each year as a soloist as well as in ensembles with other musicians. For example, I was the pianist for the Florida College String Ensemble, the pianist for the Bassett Voice Studio at Florida College, and I was also an accompanist for trombonists, trumpet players, violinists, vocalists, and other pianists.

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Do you teach preschoolers?

I do teach preschoolers starting at age 4. I have a curriculum that I use which is published by the Alfred teaching company, and it's called Music for Little Mozarts. It provides a very fun, preschooler-friendly approach to piano lessons. There are cute little animal characters in the method book which little kids just love, and there is a workbook also that teaches music theory through coloring. It's very effective, very age appropriate, and its fun for the students as well. I also include the musical games that I provide for the other students, such as rhythm games, where you have to slap the flashcard that has the correct rhythm on it. Things like that. So I try to keep it really fun for preschoolers, and keep it age appropriate, but also give them a good musical education at the same time.

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Education

B.A. in Music, emphasis on Piano Performance

Aug 2007 - May 2011Florida College

Awards

Piano Achievement Award 2008

Florida College

This award is given to piano majors who excel in their studies and performances. It is given to only one student per school year.

Languages Spoken

  • EnglishFluent/Native Proficiency
  • SpanishLimited Proficiency

Reviews

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Jul 13, 2016
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Stephanie Martin has taught our daughter piano for almost three years now. My daughter has provided me with the following feedback when asked what do you like about taking lessons from Stephanie: "She provides easy to understand step-by-step instructions, provides in-depth reviews/clear directions, makes me feel comfortable, and is always joyful and happy." We’ve seen incredible strides in our daughter’s musical abilities thanks to Stephanie. Stephanie Martin is a true musical professional and talent. We are very pleased with her services and dedication she provides our daughter.Stephanie provides a premium service, instructions, and is a model teacher.If all musical instructors were like Stephanie, we would have more kids embracing both music and piano.

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