A living note in the song of life.
Miss Marcy


Piano Lessons 

Miss Marcy



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A Prelude to the Classics Music Academy of Performing Arts  


 Additional Instruments Taught:

Drums   Guitar   Bass,   Vocal, Violin,   Viola,   Ukulele,   Banjo, Mandolin

Classical Piano Competitions   Kids Rock Bands 


Rated the Top Kids Program in Sarasota

Over 400 students taught in the last 7 years!




Skype Lessons Available 

Click here for the December 2015 Performance

Click To View the January 2015 Performance on You Tube

Click to view the August 2015 performance



Private and Group Lessons With

Miss Marcy  

Private lessons: Ages 2 to adult. All levels - Beginner to Advanced. Unique, customized approach for 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 and Tuesdays, and in Boca Raton on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and by appointment on weekends.


Private lessons: 30 minute to 90 minute lessons $45 for 30 minutes. $55 for 45 minutes, $65 for an hour and $100 for 90 minutes lessons. Fees are per week and are paid monthly at the beginning of the month.


Gifted Students: Ages 3 and up. 95% of Miss Marcy’s students have gifted IQ’s and lessons are structured on an individualized basis to accommodate and encourage advanced learning techniques.


Learning Disabled Students:  Ages 3 and up. 40% of Miss Marcy’s students have learning disabilities including Autism, ADD, ADHD and Dyslexia. Most 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.


The Child Prodigy Series Top rated children's preschool-kindergarten piano program in Sarasota also coming to Boca Raton. Unique Group lessons for preschoolers. Children play on quality baby grand piano in variety of colors,ages 2-5.  Tuesdays 9AM to 9:30 AM. Note reading and rhythm taught in a fun and educational environment with small colorful baby grand pianos and percussion. Kids sing, learn to play the piano and dance and "shake their sillies out!!". Small classes.

30 minute classes $25 per week paid upfront monthly.


Music Company - Rock and Roll Bands for Elementary and Teen students. Students perform throughout the year on keyboard, vocal with harmonization, drums, bass, guitar. Music includes: Classic Rock, Jazz Fusion, Broadway Musicals, and other themes.

Boca Raton students work with Miss Marcy in Boca studio and perform in Sarasota at the two large performances per year with Music Company.


Junior Company- Ages 5 - 10 Mon 7PM-7:30 in Sarasota, and Sundays 10:30 - 11AM in Boca Raton. $20 per week paid upfront monthly.


Senior Company -Ages10-17 Tues 7:30-8:00 in Sarasota and Wednesdays 6:30pm - 7PM in Boca Raton. $25 per week paid upfront monthly.


Note Bee Class - Ages 4-10, group class. Kids learn advanced techniques in note reading, keyboard identification of notes, key signatures, time signatures, note values. Monthly "note bees" with prizes! Classes are taught in an advanced manner and students learn advanced music theory and note reading at a fast pace.

Mondays Sarasota 6:30-7PM and Sundays 11AM - 11:30AM in Boca Raton. $25 per week paid upfront monthly. 


Locations: Miss Marcy Director, teaches in the Sarasota Studio on Mondays and Tuesdays and by appointment on Sundays located in the Bee Ridge/Tuttle vicinity in the newly renovated "Funky Vintage" 1920's Studio located off Bee Ridge and Swift.



Miss Marcy personally teaches on  Mondays from 11AM until 9PM, Tuesdays from 7:00AM until 8PM, and Sundays by appointment   Miss Marcy teaches in the Boca Raton Studio Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9AM until 8PM, and Fridays from 9AM until 4:30 PM and Sunday mornings. 


Credentials: Miss Marcy maintains her Bachelors degree in Piano Performance and Music Management, her Masters in Business Administration Degree with concentration in Organizational Behavior, and her Executive Juris Doctor and completed the Harvard Investment Banking Program. She is  Chairperson for FINRA, judging Investment Arbitrations, is an Expert Witness for the Investment Field, and  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). She attended New York University, Hartt College of Music, Barney School of Business and Concord Law School.






Lessons with Miss Donna, Miss Robynne, and Miss Elizabeth:

Private Piano lessons with Miss Donna:

Private Piano lessons are available Monday through Friday, from the hours of 2PM until 8PM, and Saturdays from the hours of 9AM until 1PM. Students are accepted from the age of 6 to adult, beginner to intermediate. Genres include classical and easy listening.

Lessons are structured in 30, 45 and 60 minute time slots.

Fees are $40, $50 and $60 respectively.

Group lessons are conducted in music theory. Please contact the Academy for information of dates and times of the classes.


Private Piano lessons with Miss Robynne:

Private lessons in guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, autoharp, and violin.

Lesson times: Monday through Friday, from the hours of 3PM until 8PM, and Saturdays from the hours of 9AM until 1PM.

Students are accepted from the age of 5 to adult, beginner to advanced.  All genres of music are taught including classical and rock.

Lessons are 30 minutes in length.

Fees are $40 per lesson.


Private Piano lessons with Miss Elizabeth:

Private Piano lessons are available Monday through Friday, from the hours of 4PM AM until 8PM, and Saturdays from the hours of 9AM until 5PM. Students are accepted from the age of 5 to 10, beginner to advanced beginner.

Lessons are 30 minutes in length and include technique, theory, note reading, and repertoire.

Fees are $30 per lesson.





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. Click below:


Click here to view the most recent December 2015 performance

Link to Video of the Academy's performance January 2015

Link to article published about Marcy Gilroy, The Director and Founder.  Click below:

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

View  Videos Of  Classical Competition Students
and Music Company Students Performing: 
  Click Here

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. April 2015

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) 2012

"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 2014

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  5/2010


"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) 2012

"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) 2012


"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) 2014






Miss Marcy with student performing

Miss Marcy with student performing

Miss Marcy with student performing

Student in main studio