With the spirit of excellence for teaching piano, Mark is known for cultivating talent in students of all ages. He drives growth development within the student's own creativity. Musical expression flows in his veins and he loves sharing his passion for lyrical creativity with young people. He strives to build a fun working environment that inspires effective practice and innovation, offering the tools and support students need and thrive upon. Mark ignites that refreshing focus that makes his students feel at ease and excited about learning. When taking on a new student, he quickly identifies and analyzes the student's natural talent and builds a clear vision with a centric focus on the end result. He understands student's behavioral issues of all ages and customizes his teaching approach to maximize the innate talent, often times hidden within each individual student.
Mark began studying piano at age eight and at age twelve, won 1st Place in the Iowa State Piano Competition. He then began his studies with concert pianist, Julian Burn of Cornell College. He again won 1st Place in the Iowa State Piano Competition, at age eighteen. Mark's technical ability gained him acceptance under concert pianist, Menahem Pressler, international award-winning pianist and founder of the Beaux Arts Trio. Mark's studies with Pressler began at the Indiana School of Music in Bloomington, Indiana.
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Mark began instructing our son in piano when he was almost 6 years old and has continued with Mark for the last 4-1/2 years. Mark has a deep passion for teaching children not only how to play piano, but also to appreciate music and performing. While Mark is there to guide and inspire his students, he also instills in them confidence and a sense of independence. He is patient, flexible and kind in his approach to teaching, but also expects his students to apply themselves, practice daily and be committed to the process of learning. In our case, we have had no problems in getting our son to practice almost daily for the last 4 1/2 years, and we attribute this to: 1) the respect our son has for Mark; 2) the work ethic that Mark has instilled in our son and 3) our son's love of the piano that Mark has played a major role in developing. Mark is a joy to work with on all levels and a very special person as well. We are beyond thrilled with our son's piano playing under Mark's instruction. We feel Mark has taken our son's natural abilities and helped them to blossom in beautiful ways. We love that our son loves to play and has never wavered in his desire to continue learning with Mark. He has also had the opportunity to perform in 8 piano recitals in his 4 1/2 years of playing, which have been amazing growing experiences for him. On a scale from 1-10 with 10 being highest, we rate Mark at 10.