Mary Gustafson

Mary Gustafson, piano teacher, private music lessons

Teaches
Piano
Suzuki Piano
 
Teaching Since
1978
 
Education
Bachelor of Music Degree, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN– Piano and Choral major, 1980
K-12 Certification for Classroom and Choral Music, 1980
Suzuki mentorship under Barbara Rossow, 2000 - 2006
Certification for Suzuki Piano Books 1, 2, 3, and 5

 
Groups/Associations

Minnesota Music Teachers Association
Music Teachers National Association
Suzuki Association of Minnesota
Suzuki Association of the Americas
Suzuki Piano Teacher’s Guild
MMTA Syllabus Committee for Popular Styles–2011-2013

Ongoing Professional Development/Events
Minnesota Music Teachers Convention – 2009, 2011-2013
Suzuki Association of the Americas Convention – May, 2012
Suzuki Music Reading Training – July, 2012
Intermediate Repertoire Workshop – July, 2013
Intermediate Literature Workshop - July, 2014
Intermediate Technique Workshop - March, 2014

 
Piano Teaching and Music Experience

Private Studio Teacher- Adults and Children, 1980 - present
Church Worship Music Leader, 1980 - present
Studio Teacher, Tracy Woods School of Piano, Mahtomedi, MN, 1993 - 96
Choral and Classroom Music Teacher, Calvary Assembly Academy, K-12 school, 1981 - 1985
Classroom Music Teacher, SIM Academy, Liberia, West Africa, 1980 - 1981
 
Curriculum and Performance Opportunities
K&S Studio Recitals
Annual Statewide Suzuki Recitals
Suzuki Book Recitals
Studies in reading chord charts and improvisation
 
Notes
Make-up Policy: One lesson per semester for illness.

Teaching Philosophy
I believe every individual can enjoy making music with excellence.  I seek to discover the individual learning styles of my students and help them grow as musicians. I enjoy teaching improvisation using chord charts and recorded music.  This gives students flexibility as musicians by teaching them practical theory and adds to their classical music curriculum.