A living note in the song of life.
Miss Marcy, Director, Piano Teacher

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                                                               I'm excited to announce that Miss Marcy has been named:

                                                                           Best of Lessons.com in 2018!

                          Lessons.com looked at dozens of other professionals in the County, and scored Miss Marcy on more than 10 variables, and hand -                                          picked  Miss Marcy to be part of the program. This is no small feat. In fact, the Best of Lessons.com pros make up less than

                                                                 six percent of all  Lessons.com  professionals.  

                                                                 Congratulations Miss Marcy!!!




Piano Lessons for Kids & Teens


  1920 Vintage Studio

      (between corner Bee Ridge & Tuttle) 


       Boca Raton:


          On Stage Studios  

       (Clintmore between Congress & Military) 


   Florida Atlantic University  Faculty 


Private & Group Kids Classes



 Top rated young kids program for ages 2-5  

    Beginner - Advanced, Graduate Tutoring, Auditions 


Classical Competitions, Musicals and Rock Bands for Kids



Text: 941-266-5847




100 percent of the students  are academically gifted (attend Pineview School for the Gifted in Sarasota, and IB and AP Programs in Sarasota and Boca Raton). This is NOT a requirement for admission to the Academy.  
Many of the students have learning disabilities (moderate ADD, Autism and Aspergers) All students are welcome.
High School students applying to college: ( freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year) complete package including selection of audition songs for vocal and/or piano performance majors, music therapy, music education and music management (music and an MBA) . Includes rehearsals for auditions and tapes for submission, accompanying of performance on tape, writing of essay, completion of application, recommendation.  Available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm and weekends. 

Types of Musical Instruction for Pre K - Adult


 Private (Pre K to Adult) Group (Pre K to Adult), Individual Tutoring and Skype/ Google Hangout.


 Piano, Vocal  Drums, Music Theory, Orchestration,Technique, Repertoire, Note Reading, Audition Training, Tutoring

Highest Rated Music Academy in South Florida
  • Top Credentials * All Levels  * Classical Piano Competitions * Kids Rock Bands



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Link to 12 year old student, playing 4 years with Miss Marcy, classical competition student, rock student, drums, keyboard, piano, bass, guitar, vocal, sax, bassoon playing Piano Man by Billy Joel : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIWvyaFGYoI&feature=youtu.be




Schedule of Lessons:

Private lessons: Ages 2 to adult. Students may pick one, two or three times per week. All levels - Beginner to Advanced.Gifted and learning disabled welcome. Unique, customized approach for a fast start. Genres: Classical, Rock, Easy Listening, Jazz Improvisation, Holiday, Broadway Themes, Rhythm and Blues, Ragtime. Note Reading, Music Composition, Sight Reading, Theory, Technique, Ear Training, Orchestration/Instrumentation and Performance. Lessons in Sarasota are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7am to 10pm and Saturdays by appointment. In Boca Raton Miss Marcy teaches on Thursdays from 1:30 PM until 8:15 PM and Fridays from 4 PM until 7 PM. 

Private lessons: 30 - 90 minute lessons are available: $50+

minutes; call for prices for 45, 60, 75 and 90 minute lessons. Tuition is paid monthly at the beginning of the month. Private lessons available 1,2,or 3x per week  in person or skype.  Group lessons are available. Call the Academy for details for Adult and Child Group lessons. 

Ages Two and a half and up. 100% of Miss Marcy’s students have gifted IQ’s and lessons are structured on an individualized basis to accommodate and encourage advanced learning techniques (Gifted IQ not required).


Learning Disabled Students:  Ages 3 and up. 55% of Miss Marcy’s students have learning disabilities including AutismADDADHD and Dyslexia. All of these children also have high IQ levels. These lessons are  structured on an individualized basis to work with mainstreaming these students into traditional school curriculums.


Note Bee Class: Sarasota studio held Mondays 5:45-6:15 pm and Boca Raton Thursdays 5:30-6 pm weekly. Maximum 8 students. $100 per month. Kids favorite class! Ages 4-12. Students learn in fun and competitive environment utilizing a series of techniques including computer programs (kahoot it used in many schools and universities) with "jeopardy" style quizes created by Miss Marcy for various levels as well as whiteboard and other venues to develop fast note reading and music theory for enhancing the ability to rapidly play the piano.  Kids learn advanced techniques in note reading, keyboard identification of notes, key signatures, time signatures, note values and advanced level music theory in a fun competitive environment. $100 monthly. 

Music Company - Rock and Roll Bands for Elementary and Teen students. Students perform throughout the year on keyboard, vocals with harmonization, drums, bass, guitar and percussion. Music includes: Classic Rock, Jazz Fusion, Broadway Musicals, Broadway Blues, and other themes. Senior Company: Advanced students ages 10 to adult, Junior Music Company : Beginning students to Intemediate Ages 5 - 11. Available at Sarasota Mondays

At 5:45 PM $100 per month.


The Child Prodigy Series - a group class for ages 2 -5 that teaches students to play the piano at a very early age.  Children learn to read musical notes and clefs, learn hand and fingering positions, and will perform at a recital on the piano.  The class is structured and interactive, encouraging imagination with a nurturing environment. The chilsren learn to play on kids sizzle pink and red baby grand pianos. NEW to Boca Raton and waitlisted every semester for 9 years in Sarasota! Thursdays 7-7:20 PM. $60 per month. 


Students from both studios, Sarasota and Boca Raton perform twice per year. Students may attend one or both performances in either or both locations. Boca Raton students perform at Steinway on Federal Highway in Boca Raton, and Sarasota Students perform in the Ballroom at TPC Prestancia in Sarasota on Palmer Ranch Parkway. Performances are generally in December and April.  Piano Competitions are held in April, same locations, with certificates distributed for academic school records, and trophies.     

Note:  Closer to the performances Jr. and Sr. Company will rehearse longer and more frequently at no extra charge.  

 Locations : Miss Marcy Director, teaches Private and Group lessons in the Sarasota Studio on Mondays,  Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7AM until 9:30 PM in the centrally located studio located in the Bee Ridge/Tuttle vicinity in a newly renovated "Funky Vintage" 1920's Studio, and by appointment on Saturday and Sunday mornings in the North Sarasota location.  Miss Marcy teaches private lessons and Note Bee Class  in the Boca Raton Studio located in On Stage Studios on Clintmore between Congress and Military in Boca Raton on Thursdays from 1:30 PM until 9:30 PM and Fridays from 4PM until 7PM (Miss Marcy teaches at Florida Atlantic University on Fridays from 8AM - 3:30 PM). 


Skype lessons and google hangout lessons  are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8AM until 2PM and in the evenings from 5:45 pm  - 9:30 pm and weekends by appointment.


Credentials: Miss Marcy maintains her Bachelors degree in Piano Performance and Music Management, and her Masters in Business Administration Degree with a concentration in Organizational Behavior from New York University, Hartt College of Music, and Barney School of Business, and attended Concord Law School in the Executive Juris Doctor Program and Harvard for the Investment Banking Program. Miss Marcy teaches as a Professional Tutor in the Center for Learning and Student Success for Florida Atlantic University in the Music Department and is a Professional Writing Consultant for FAU as well. Miss Marcy has been a Chairperson for FINRA, judging Investment Arbitrations, since 2002,is an Expert Witness for the Investment Field with Reuters, and a Managing Principal. Miss Marcy performed  as a Classical Pianist throughout Metro NYC. She  accompanied the New Jersey School of Ballet and was a student teacher at The New York City High School Of Performing Arts, (site for the movie FAME). Miss Marcy works with students who are interested in performing as a career in music,students who want to double major in piano and other majors (Pre-Med, Pre-Law, Engineering, Business Management) students who desire to own or direct a Music Studio (Miss Marcy instructs students on the management and business organization of establishing and directing a music studio) and equally enjoys working with students who play music for fun!

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You Tube of Miss Marcy playing the piano for The Sarasota Observer. Scroll to the bottom of the article:

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Student performing with Music Company

2 Year Old on Drums

Finding an instructor for an adult with piano experience has not been an easy task. Throughout the years I tried several teachers who who were not able to motivate or extend my skills. Then I met Marcy Gilroy. From the first lesson I felt excited by her teaching methods. Marcy used appropriated materials and techniques to review finger exercises. Her love for music was evident when she recommended newpieces and impressed me by playing them beautifully. I was appreciative that Marcy respected my musical influences and asked me for input when chossing new pieces to play. She was everything I had looked for in a teacher. Marcy was extremely accomplished, supportive, and encouraging. But, most importantly, marcy knew how to effectively extend my skills. After a few months of lessons I was playing better than I ever have. This has give me great pleasure along with a sense of wonder by how much I had achieved in a short period of time. I highly recommend Marcy Gilroy's teaching style and expertise to any musical adult who dreams of playing the piano well. Adult student Eileen Klein 9 years of previous piano lessons. Degrees in Education and English. Boca Raton. 

Adult student

Ms. Marcy has been, hands down, the best music instructor our daughter Amanda has had. Amanda came to Marcy just six months ago with five years of piano lessons under her belt. Unfortunately she could read very little music, but had near perfect pitch. Marcy promised us that in less than one year she would be able to read all her notes and be able to play any composition she chose. In the short time our daughter has been with A Prelude to the Classics, she has far exceeded our expectations and is on her way to becoming an accomplished piano player – all thanks to Ms. Marcy who understands her students and creates an environment where the student loves to learn and can’t wait until their next lesson. Thank you for all you do! Shana (mother of 13 year old student) 

"Marcy, Thank you so much for your devotion and support with teaching the kids. 
You have taught my children to love playing a musical instrument and for that I truly thank you!"
Janet Kempton

"A Prelude to the Classics is a music studio that is beyond compare. My 13 year old son has been playing with Marcy for five years and was given a full scholarship for the summer music program at the renowned Interlochen Music Camp and was at the top of the class.  Marcy is not only talented herself, but she has a natural way with people. Marcy knows how to read people and speak to their personal abilities. My son is very intelligent, but she can communicate with him in ways that I cannot. She knows how to "reign people in", and always keep it fun! When you cone to one of her lessons, her students always have a smile on their faces! Joining A Prelude to the Classics with without a doubt one of the best decisions we have ever made. We continue to watch our son flourish while he is having a ball!"

Joanna LaRussa - Sarasota

Miss Marcy as appeared in Herald Tribune Article

"Learning to play music was on my “bucket list”, so for my 60th birthday I bought a keyboard. I started with the Easy Play method, but found progress slow.  After just 3 months of lessons with Marcy, I can read music and play scales, along with a wide range of chords. I now have the fundamentals needed to make real progress.  Marcy likes to challenge her students to move forward, but provides ample encouragement.  She makes learning fun, and is highly effective for students of all ages. "  Sam Swope  


"Thank you so much for all the love and support you show Amelia with all her lessons over all the years! She loves and adores you, and so do we! " Sheila (mother 5 year old student) 

"Thank you for all of the lessons and TLC you have shown Devin.  It has been a pleasure getting to know you and we look forward to many more years of working with you..." Ann (mother, 11 year old student) 


"Thank you for all you do all year long! You have become part of our family, and we adore you!!" Ashley (mother, 3 year old student) 






Miss Marcy with student performing

Miss Marcy with student performing

Miss Marcy with student performing

Student in main studio