|A living note in the song of life.
|Miss Marcy, Director, Piano Teacher
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for the Gifted and Talented and Twice Exceptional Student
Unique Approach Fast Start Classical and Rock Ages 2+ to Adult
Sarasota ( main studio) and Boca Raton (satellite studio)
Beginner to College and Graduate Turoring, Auditions and College
Prep for Admission
Florida Atlantic University Faculty
Classical Competitions and Rock Bands for Kids and Adults
Music Dept: Undergrad/ Grad Music Theory and Applied Piano
Writing Center: Consultant
to Advanced Unique and customized methods of teaching
Classical to Rock Pre
K to Adult Private and Group
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.
Half of the students also have learning disabilities (moderate
ADD to severe 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
Click on link for latest performance May, 2016
Click on link for video from January 2016 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. 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.
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).
Disabled Students: Ages 3 and up. 55% of Miss Marcy’s students
have learning disabilities including Autism, ADD, ADHD 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 6pm - 6:30 pm and Boca Raton Thursdays 6:45 - 7:15 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 and Tuesdays 6PM $100 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 centrally located in the Boca Grove Shopping Center in Boca Raton on Thursdays from 1:30 PM until 8:15
PM and Fridays from 4PM until 7PM (Miss Marcy teaches at Florida Atlantic University on Fridays from 8AM - 3:30 PM).
lessons and google hangout lessons are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8AM until 2PM, and weekends
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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to article published about Marcy Gilroy, The Director and Founder. Click below:
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Link to Video of the Academy's performance January 2015
Link to article published about Marcy Gilroy, The Director and Founder. Click
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
|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 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
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)
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!"
"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!"
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
"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