Mary Gustafson

 Mary Gustafson , piano teacher, private music lessons

Suzuki Piano
Teaching Since
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, 4 and 5


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
Classical Improvisation Workshop - 2016
Technique Workshop - 2016

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
Duet Recitals
Annual Statewide Suzuki Recitals
Suzuki Book Recitals
Studies in reading chord charts and improvisation
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.