Winter/Spring 2014 classes will be announced later in December, including online classes!
Stay tuned and Happy Holidays!
Fall 2013 Classes
We are very pleased to announce that Mary has been chosen as the Music Director of Good Mornin’ Music! This is a brand new program of Commonwealth Youthchoirs, a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia. Good Mornin’ Music! is geared to children from pre-school through 2nd grade.
Mary will be teaching a 10 week Sat. morning class for children ages 3-7: Sat. Oct. 5 – Sat. Dec. 14 from 9:45-10:30am. This fun, interactive class is an opportunity for your child to sing, play brand new Orff percussion instruments, move to, listen to, and create music. They’ll also learn many fundamentals of music.
Class is held at the First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, located at: 35 W. Chelten Ave. Philadelphia 19114 (click for map). The cost is $150 per child, and includes participation in a concert on Dec. 15.
For more information or to sign up for class, please contact:
Mariangela Saavedra, Manager
We hope you’ll join us for this class!
If you have a child that likes to sing, we I highly recommend you consider having them join one of Commonwealth’s choirs! They have several groups for children ages 8-18, including the Keystone State Boychoir and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir. For more information about Commonwealth Youthchoirs see: cychoirs.org.
My daughter is an advanced piano player (8 years of study) and has been taking piano lessons from Mary for the last 3 years. We love how Mary interacts with our daughter and always makes sure the time of the lessons is pleasant (as you may know a middle school student at the advanced level, practice time can be tricky and if she does not practice well, the lesson time would have not been pleasant). For the past 3 years, my daughter is not only taking piano lessons, but also music theory, violin, recorder, guitar, and music composition from Mary because Mary covers and teaches all that and it really develops my daughter’s interest in learning and playing music continually. Mary’s passion in music education and her relaxation with kids are the reasons we chose her. If you are looking for a piano teacher who truly cares for your kid(s) with a solid academic background, Mary is your #1 choice. – Fann G.
I have been studying music and learning to play the saxophone with Mary for a year. I have been through many music teachers in my life as I used to play the piano since I was 10 years old. Most of the music teachers I have found are only interested in teaching how to play the instrument. Mary not only teaches the finer things about your instrument of choice but brings to it her overall knowledge of music theory, holistic studies, and her love of God and is able to wrap it all together where you know without a doubt music is definitely a gift from God. The one thing that truly amazes me about Mary is she takes the time to get to know you, your personality, what techniques enable you to learn the best, your experiences and background and is able to intertwine it with her knowledge and experience and brings about a whole new understanding that I have never experienced before with other music teachers. What touches me the most and demonstrates that Mary really is concerned about the individual coming to a wonderful understanding about music is that she prays for each of her students before a lessons and ask God to help her communicate what that particular person needs to understand that day and how through music she can glorify our Lord and Savior. I truly am blessed to find and work with Mary. She definitely brings about a whole new world in music. – Bobbi W.
Ms. Mary Comtois has been my piano teacher for approximately 4 years. She is extremely knowledgeable but also has the unique ability to bring piano playing and theory to a level that is easily understood. Additionally, I feel that the lessons are personalized to fit my learning style. I truly appreciate her patience and encouragement. – Carole D.
Mary has been teaching me for many years and I have learned a lot concerning almost every aspect of music. From learning the basics of an instrument, to music theory. Mary is also extremely knowledgeable on anything music related, whether that be the history of music, or the physics of sound waves. I recommend Mary to any individual who is motivated and passionate about music, and who is willing to put forth the effort necessary to be a successful musician. – Mason C.
A very high recommendation is appropriate for Mary. She has been given a very unique set of gifts and talents to offer to her students. Her level of expertise in music and related fields gives her an edge in teaching. She is very committed to helping others improve their techniques at a variety of levels. The manner in which Mary patiently imparts information is very nurturing. Mary actively pursues cutting edge technology in all of the fields which she instructs and I have personally benefited immensely from her teaching. – Barb C.
Mary Comtois has successfully taught our two sons piano for over three years. Her talent and teaching method have helped them both enjoy and excel in their playing. Both have participated in school and regional ensembles with Mary’s guidance. Mary’s dedication to her students is evident and has influenced our sons’ commitment to continue to play piano. – Judy N.
When I went searching for a music teacher, I was looking for someone very technically competent and intellectual. While I certainly found that in Mary, I found much more that I didn’t expect.
Studying with Mary, there’s always a positive surprise. For example, she has taught me things about relaxing to help me play that have also helped me relax as a person. She teaches not only how to play but how to learn to play.
When I’m not sure where to go with a piece, Mary can always dig a little deeper and show me the way. If you want to talk about technique, philosophy of music, history of music, or feeling the music, Mary can make it relevant. Even when I am not as well-prepared for the lesson as I would like to be, Mary finds a way to make the time valuable and rewarding.
Mary has had a profound effect on my playing and on my life. I know that, wherever my playing goes, Mary will always be right there “on the page” with me. Thanks, Mary! – Nancy W.
Thank you for the opportunity you gave me to have these lessons. I would never have learned the piano as well as I do now without you. Thank you for all that you do and for helping me in my musical skills. All your advice was very helpful. I know I’ll be able to come and ask you about anything if I need to. God bless your music ministry and let His light shine through you and all you do! – Rosemary Q.