Beginner to advanced
5 year olds and up (reading age)
Beginning adults and those returning-to-the-piano
Music theory, sight reading, ear training
Solid keyboard fundamentals
Classical curriculum plus options for popular, jazz, religious, duet and 2-piano music
Winter and spring recitals
Side-by-side studio grand pianos
Studio hours: 9 am to 7 pm
When considering a younger child's readiness for lessons, their reading level and ability to focus is critical. Many high school students enjoy adding music to their busy lives (visit my Soundcloud tracks to hear samples). Young and old can and should take up the piano for all it's benefits. Fun, interesting, and well-paced lesson material are keys to success.
Music and Me
From an early age music has been an important part of my existence. My attitude toward practicing was that it
was an opportunity to spend time on the piano. And music has been at the core of my life. My piano studies
earned me degrees in piano performance and sacred music from The American Conservatory of Music and
Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
Sharing music in all it's aspects is a great joy. From directing choirs, teaching music in school settings, performing
at weddings, accompanying students in UIL competitions, providing worship service music to my greatest joy, teaching piano lessons.
My extensive piano teaching experience allows children and adults, beginners to advanced, to explore and expand their abilities. The key is establishing a comfortable but challenging learning pace that is unique to the student.
Materials I use are of the classical tradition and supplemented with light jazz, popular and sacred music. Every student learns fundamentals of sight reading, theory, ear-training; techniques of the masters; playing styles of the different musical time periods; a playing knowledge of chords; and music history. Assistance in choosing/preparing music for special school or church events is offered. Students perform in 2-3 recitals every year and have the option of participating local festivals/events.
When not playing the piano, teaching or practicing you may find me playing with my Welsh corgis,
Piper and Bigby! Piper greets students and stays nearby as they play. Bigby is shy and might peek
at you from a distance. Morley, my cat, occasionally relaxes on the second grand piano.
Those who become musicians express music from their hearts. Composer Ralph Vaughan Williams said, "The art of music above all the other arts is the expression of the soul of a nation." May the soul of our nation be even more beautiful as we play and enjoy the art of the piano.
"My son started piano lessons with Mrs. Dolan last year, and we are amazed at how much he has learned in only six months. She is very patient and clearly has a passion for music and for teaching."
"Mrs. Dolan is an amazing piano teacher. My daughter surpassed in 9 months what took me 3 years to learn when I was taking piano!"
"Thank you for giving the gift of music to our daughter. She has found joy, confidence and strength. You’ve given her more than 30 minutes a week and we are so grateful."
"Your confidence in my son's ability is pulling him forward with his skills just like I'd hoped; you are the perfect teacher for him!"
"Mrs. Dolan is an awesome instructor! From the time we met, I had a sense of a great teacher student connection. One of my retirement goals was to invest in a piano and learn to play. This would be a challenge for sure but Mrs. Dolan has accepted me as a challenge and I am expecting my love for piano music and Mrs. Dolan's teaching skills will fulfill my dream of playing the piano. The best is yet to come!!!"
"I recommend Mrs. Dolan highly. I hadn’t played in 65 years and am happy with my progress."
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