© Mary Radspinner 2012
I am a responsible, enthusiastic musician and teacher. I enjoy giving people a chance to shine, for themselves or others. Learning music is about self expression and joy.
My Teaching Background
I have performed and taught throughout the US, and I have knowledge of arranging, publishing and music notation programs. My degree is in music education, and I have a lifetime certification as a music educator in the state of Texas (PK-12). I've taught everything from band to music theory to sight reading. For a 5-year period I was first call sub harpist for the Houston Symphony, and for 2 seasons I played second harp in the Houston Ballet orchestra. As a publisher of harp print music, I have extended knowledge of harp pedagogy. My first love was piano, starting lessons in the 2nd grade. I love to accompany and play with other people. Currently I am the rehearsal pianist for the Waller ISD choir department. I'm also a substitute church keyboardist. As a soloist, I enjoy playing meditative music for sacred spaces. I perform in a trio, and as a duo with my cello playing husband. This fall I'll be a member of a hand-bell choir.
My Teaching Philosophy
Music is about self expression. Your instrument is an extension of yourself. I respect the reasons people make music, and realize it is not solely to win competitions. Adult students generally wish to play for self enjoyment, younger students are involved in orchestra or school ensembles. Each individual's involvement in music is unique and is to be respected. The teaching reflects the student and their needs. I am able to work with just about any student, unless you want to learn pure jazz! That's not my area, but I'm working on it!
Rates And Availability
Currently I teach private lessons at Unity Church in Milwaukee (Wauwatosa), and via SKYPE. I also frequently travel to Houston to teach and perform.