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  • Originally from suburban Boston, Marilynn's earliest piano teachers were Sidney Tratenberg, Charlie Rose, Donald Smith (New England Conservatory) and Leon Tumarkin (Boston University College of Fine Arts) before beginning her undergraduate studies at the prestigious Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. After graduating from Eastman with a Bachelor of Music Degree in music education and piano, Marilynn became a tenured choir and classroom music teacher in the Amherst (Massachusetts) and then in Buffalo Grove (Illinois) public schools. While she was teaching at the public school, she continued to teach private piano students.

    In 1996, Marilynn and her family moved to the Los Angeles area an became immersed in the music scene. Since 1999, she has been a music specialist for the Las Virgenes School District. She also performs as a collaborative pianist and has written and arranged music for instrumental and choral groups. A firm believer that "anyone can learn piano" regardless of perceived abilities, Marilynn's studio is open to children as young as kindergarten age, to school age children and teens, adults and senior citizens. Utilizing the proven pedagogical methodology of Drs. Madsen and Madsen, A Positive Approach to Music Education, all students in Marilynn's studio succeed at learning note reading, rhythmic reading and music theory through applied literature, practice, and constant reinforcement and building of musical concepts.

    Marilynn Musiker Roth maintains a very active piano studio in Agoura Hills, California.

    To contact Marilynn for more information about piano lessons, collaborative work and instrumental coaching, please click on the CONTACT link above.

Back To School, Back To Practice

Promises anew and promises renew for a fresh start to a just beginning school year. With it comes new friends, new books, new classes, (and for some, new glasses,) and yes, lots of homework to take us out of our summer rest. Finding time for it all does not have to be difficult, especially finding time for practicing piano (and in some cases, multiple instruments). One suggestion is to break up the practicing into pieces. Practicing 10 minutes three times a day is just as effective as practicing for a half hour straight. Its the repetition and sending short term muscle memory into that long term muscle memory that provides excellent results. Try it! You may like it!

Disabilities – Doing One’s Best

Saturday, December 3rd will be thes 20th International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This international day of observance promotes recognition of the rights, inherent dignity, and inclusion of people with disability. It gives us an opportunity to join with people around the world to renew our shared commitment to ensuring that people with disabilities realize human and civil rights. It reminds us that there remains work to be done here and abroad.

The United States has been a leader in ending discrimination and exclusion of people with disabilities and our strong body of civil rights laws, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) have been models for laws in other countries, evidenced in DREDF’s Directory of National Disability Non-Discrimination Laws.

How can this be relevant to studying piano? It is actually quite simple: not everyone who studies piano will be the winner of the Van Clyburn Competition. Not everyone can or will be the best. But everyone, regardless of abilities or disabilities, can do one’s best.

Grand Piano

This is it. Now, you don’t need to have this one in particular. The insides are all pretty much the same except for the string crossings. Some are long, some are short, some are tall, some are black, some are brown, some are white, some are vivid colors, some are mirrored. It is how they are played that counts.

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