FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.   Why should we pay more for Music With Mary J when other teachers charge  

      less?

Mary J Renneckar's musical training and experience is almost unparalleled in Columbia, and experience affects cost.  Her musicianship is influenced through performances with  Leonard Bernstein, Leopold Stokowski (the conductor in Fantasia), Eugene Ormandy.  She performed with the National Symphony during the opening season of The Kennedy Center.  

Mary J has also taught public school music and directed church choirs of 4 year olds, elementary, middle school, high school students, plus adults.  She also has worked in several Special Education Classes.

2.   Why should that make a difference when teaching beginners?

Everything in a teacher's background adds knowledge and depth to every lesson.

3.   Is there a commonality among the Studio's students?

Among the Studio's students are a grandmother who wants to sing with her grandchildren, another grandmother with a puppet ministry who is learning how to sing with her muppet-like puppet, a librarian with Columbia Public Schools who wants to challenge her brain and dexterity, as well as middle - high school piano and voice students and elementary age beginners.

 

4.  Do we have to register for the full year?  

Private Lessons are the foundation of learning to play the piano or increase one's singing strength and range because the goal is to continually build the skills of music literacy, technic, and repertoire.  This requires a long term commitment that is renewed one year at a time.

Public, Private, or Homeschool groups may have a  specific purpose in mind in which case a contract may be made that accommodates the purposes time span.

5.   How many times a week are lessons, and do I need a piano or keyboard at home?

Lessons are once a week. Together we will select a day and time for your lessons.  Piano students do need a way to practice their songs.  A table top keyboard is sufficient for beginners if the student can sit high enough for a good hand position.

6.   What is a Master Class?

A Master Class is an hour session that includes all students.  Parents are encouraged to come.  Each student shares a piece of music that they are practicing or a recently completed song.  The only way to conquer nerves is through practice.  Poise and confidence in front of groups are built, bowing is practiced, public speaking is rehearsed through announcing one's song.  Sometimes musical games are played or students may play in residential settings such as Lenoir.

7.   Who selects and provides the music?

During the "Getting Acquainted Lesson" the student and student discuss preferences in style and the best progressive curriculum.  The teacher purchases the music, and the parent reimburses the teacher.

8.   What does an adult do during a child's lesson?

There are several options for adults, siblings, or friends during a lesson.  Mary J has a study where one may read or use electronic devices.  Also the Studio is near Sams, Walmart, Hy-Vee, and Starbucks.  A parent may either stay or run some errands.

9.  Where do we park?

There is plenty of parking right in front of the Studio.

10. How much do I have to practice?

Lives are busy.  The ideal is practicing 5 times a week, however sometimes this is unrealistic.  Much is accomplished during each lesson.  Practicing ensures new songs; lack of practicing brings boredom because songs are assigned until they are mastered.