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Top Rated Piano Lessons for Preschool & K1, Kids & Teens
Specializing in Gifted Students and The Twice Exceptional Student on the Spectrum:
Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Einstein Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, ADD, Oppositional
Group Specialty Classes and Private Lessons
Sarasota: 1920 Vintage Studio (between corner
Bee Ridge & Tuttle)
Stage Studios (Clintmore between Congress &
Florida Atlantic University - Professional
Tutor in the 'CLASS' Program for Music Theory & Applied Piano
Shalom Preschool - Music Director
Top Credentials: Graduate NYU School of Performing Arts & Hartt College of Music Piano
Performance and Music Management
|Top Rated Piano and Music Studio
|Miss Marcy, Director, Piano Teacher, Faculty, FAU, Boca Raton and Sarasota
17 year old student performing for international competition
Student performing in competition age 6
9 1/2. year old student performing for international competition.
Student age 6 1/2 performing in international competition
9 year old student competing in international competition.
The Child Prodigy Series for PreSchool
and K-1: Program ages 2-6
Just Opened in Boca! Waitlisted in Sarasota!!
Wednesdays 6:15-6:45 at Boca Raton Studio
The Child Prodigy Series (“CPS” ™) is a nurturing and instructional
music program that is geared toward preschoolers, ages 2-6. The program provides an early start to note reading, rhythm, and
playing the piano. The program fosters the ability to easily segue into private instruction on the piano, vocal, guitar, or
The Child Prodigy Series (“CPS”) is a weekly, 30 minute,
educational and nurturing program, with a student- teacher ratio of 6: 1. The program is structured, and learning activities
flow smoothly, encouraging and enabling the attention and focus of the students. The facility is a large, colorful, upbeat
and playful room, which hosts 6 colorful, ‘kids-sized’ baby grand pianos. The students learn to read notes, play
the piano, and use the Dalcroze Eurthymics method for learning tempos and rhythm, using a plethora
of percussion instruments and body movement. An electric keyboard is played by the instructor, introducing a variety of musical
sounds, played to the same song, enabling the student to learn to differentiate different timbres (timbre distinguishes different
types of sound production, such as string, woodwind, and brass instruments). The program runs throughout the year, and parents
sign up for one month at a time, with no limit for continuing in the program. Spots are limited, so early sign up is encouraged.
I'm excited to announce that Miss
Marcy has been named Best of Lessons.com
Online lessons available: Skype, What’s
App, Facetime, Google Hangout
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.
Miss Marcy has been selected to become a Co-Founder and Partner for the New
York Franz Schubert International Music Competition. She was selected based on her influence as a music instructor within
the Florida region.
perform at the acclaimed Foley Gallery of contemporary
art in Manhattan, New York City, in December, 2019.
Miss Marcy has been a Professional Tutor at Florida Atlantic University since 2014 for the Music Department,
is the Director of Music for Shalom Preschool in Ft. Lauderdale, and is the Founder and Director of A Prelude to the Classics
Music Academy of Performing Arts & Music Therapy, and The Child Prodigy Series for Preschoolers.
Top rated Preschoolers Program for ages 2-5 Teach all levels: Beginner - Advanced,
Provide Tutoring for Auditions, College Entry, Host Classical Competitions, Produce Kids Musicals and
Rock Bands for Kids!
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
are on the Spectrum, with learning disabilities ( ADHD, Autism, Einstein Syndrome, Dyslexia 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,
Miss Marcy specializes in advanced and customized techniques
for rapidly learning to play the piano, focusing on technique, theory, note reading, and repertoire. Students compete within their first year in Regional and International Competitions, and
attend group classes, in addition to their private lessons, teaching advanced music theory. Children are also eligible to participate in the studio’s recitals twice per year,
which includes kids’ musicals productions. Miss Marcy also
specializes in supporting children on the Spectrum. She has shown
proven success with mainstreaming these students through her unique teaching methods that address and drive the children’s
Piano is proven
to assist in the development and improvement of language, communication, behavior, and social skills for highly intelligent
and talented children who are on the Spectrum with Autism , ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia , and other learning challenges. Research
has shown that when autistic children interact with music, and most specifically piano, on a regular basis, their cognitive
abilities are enhanced.
The piano assists in the higher level development of advanced brain
and social abilities, based on the the numerous patterns, analytics, memorization, repetition, and emotions associated
with learning to play the piano, especially at the advanced levels. Further, playing the piano, for these gifted children,
aids in relieving, or reducing the anxiety associated with their challenges, and can provide valuable support
in unlocking their true potential, both musically and intellectually.
of Musical Instruction for Pre K - Adult
Private (Pre K to Adult) Group (Pre K to Adult), Individual
Tutoring, Skype and 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
- NYU School of Performing
Arts & Hartt College of Music
Click on link for prior performance
Click on link for video from additional performance
Click on tab above "videos from prior performances" for additional videos
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
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.
Sarasota lessons: Mondays 6 am - 8:30 pm and weekends by appointment.
Boca Raton lessons: Wednesdays 12:30 pm - 9pm, Thursdays 2pm - 9pm, Fridays and weekends
Private lessons (in person, or skype): 30, 45, 60, 90 and 120 minute lessons 1,2 or 3x per week:
is paid monthly at the beginning of the month.
Learning Disabled Students and on the spectrum: Ages 2 +. Many of Miss Marcy’s students have learning disabilities
including Autism, Aspergers, Einstein Syndrome, ADD, ADHD and Dyslexia. All of these students have high IQ levels. Lessons are structured on an individualized basis to work
with mainstreaming these students into traditional school curriculums whenever possible. In addition to Piano, and vocal,
Miss Marcy often assists with homeschooling students in Language Arts.
Note Bee Class: Sarasota studio: Mondays 5:15-5:45 pm. Boca Raton: Thursdays 5:30-6 pm. Maximum 8 students. $100 per month. Kids
favorite class! Ages 4-12. Students learn to read music fluently in a 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.
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 Intermediate Ages 5 - 11. $100 per month.
The Child Prodigy Series - a 30 minute 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 children
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! Wednesdays 1:45 and 6:15 PM.
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 and Tuesdays 6AM until
9:30 PM and Wednesdays 6am - 8 am, and Weekends by appointment in the centrally located studio by the Bee Ridge/Tuttle vicinity in a
newly renovated "Funky Vintage" 1920's Studio. Miss Marcy teaches in the Sarasota
on Mondays private lessons and Note Bee Class. She teaches in the Boca Raton Studio located in On Stage Studios on Clintmore between Congress and Military
in Boca Raton on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 - 9pm and Fridays ans weekends by appointment. Miss Marcy teaches at
Florida Atlantic University on Thursdays and Fridays 8am -12 PM.
Skype, google hangout, facetime, and what’s
app lessons are available throughout the week and weekend, by appointment, and are a convenient way to take lessons, as well
as multiple lessons per week.
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 for Applied Piano and Graduate and Undergraduate
Music Theory. She also teaches as a Professional Writing Consultant for the University. 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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and Music Company
|Student performing with Music Company
Finding an instructor for an adult with piano experience has
not been an easy task. Throughout the years I tried several teachers 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 new pieces and impressed me by playing them
beautifully. I was appreciative that Marcy respected my musical influences and asked me for input when choosing 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 given 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.
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) Sarasota
Thank you so much for your devotion and support with teaching the
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
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 slowly. 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 Sarasota
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) Boca Raton
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) Boca Raton
|Miss Marcy with student performing
|Miss Marcy with student performing
|Miss Marcy with student performing