Winter/Spring 2014 Classes
Mary will be offering the following classes for adults (ages 18+) live online:
1. Music Theory Level 1: Monday @ noon (all classes are eastern time)
2. Music Theory Level 2: Wednesday @ noon
3. Music Appreciation Level 1: Friday @ noon
4. Intro to Sound Therapy: Saturday @ 4 pm
5. Christian Sound Therapy: Saturday @ 5pm
Here are some details:
Format: Live online
Class length: 45 minutes each, once a week
Session length: 6 weeks
Session dates: Session I: 2/3 – 3/15 Session II: 3/17 – 4/26
Cost: $75 per 6 week session per class
Requirements: Classes will run with 5-10 people per class. Books, recordings, and other resources will be recommended, but there are no requirements outside of class.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for Level 1 classes or sound therapy classes. Level 2 classes and above require a certain knowledge base. Potential students for those classes will be given a short questionnaire to fill out.
Payment: Secure payment can be made by credit card or directly from a checking or savings acct. through PayPal.
Technical: We can help you with set up. If there is any downtime during a class due to technical issues, that time will be made up.
Please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org or call us toll-free: (855) 768-5668 for more details about classes and to sign up. We look forward to having you in class!
If you would like to learn something that is not offered above, please let us know! If we don’t offer it as a class, you can learn it in a private lesson!
Good Mornin’ Music!
Mary will be teaching the next session of Good Mornin’ Music!, a program of Commonwealth Youthchoirs (cychoirs.org). The class is geared to children from pre-school through 2nd grade. It’s a fun, interactive class which offers your child an opportunity to sing, play brand new Orff percussion instruments, move to, listen to, and create music. They’ll also learn many fundamentals of music.
Here are the details for the Winter/Spring Session:
When: Sat. Feb. 1 through Sat. April 5 (10 weeks)
Where: First Presbyterian Church of Germantown, located at: 35 W. Chelten Ave. Philadelphia 19114 (click address for map).
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.
We have had the privilege of having Mary as our music teacher for the past eight years. She has designed our music program to encompass theory, vocal, and instrumental learning. Most of all she makes music come alive for the children and gives them a wonderful foundation in the arts. Mary is dependable, prepared, and always shows patience with the children. – Barb K.
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.