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.  Eileen Klein  9 years of previous piano lessons. degrees in Education and English.  Boca Raton. April 2012

"A Prelude to the Classics is a music studio that is beyond compare. My 9 year old son has been playing with Marcy for a year and a half, and he sounds like he has been playing since he was two. 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 come to one of her lessons, her students always have a smile on their faces! Joining A Prelude to the Classics is 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 Curran, mother of Maxfield Curran, age 9, who will compete in the Nationals this year). June 2011

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 Gilroy (Laughner) / Recommendation 

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


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by Jeff   08/22/2009 I would highly recommend Marcy as a piano teacher. She has done a tremendous job with my child, who had never played the piano before. She can read music fluently, understands the theory behind the music, and loves to play. She is playing at a level far more advanced than her friends who have been playing much longer. She is involved in selecting her piano pieces, and Marcy works with her in picking pieces she enjoys playing. Each lesson Marcy is enthusiastic and encouraging. My daughter can't wait to practice, and loves to go to her lessons. She would go daily if we had the time, and now takes several lessons per week. She is even considering music as a field of study for college. Marcy is innovative in her approach, and is fun to be around. She has fabulous credentials and plans out each lessons based on what my daughter has worked on during the prior week. I can't get over her advancement and love of the piano. I would highly recommend Marcy.

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by Cindy  08/22/2009 I have been taking lessons with Marcy for several months. She is an remarkable teacher. I have progressed far beyond where any of my friends are, or hope to be in the near future. I am playing advanced pieces, and learning in a fun and stimulating environment. Each lesson is something unique and ties into the piece I am playing. I have learned about technique, theory, can read notes, can sight read, and even do some composing. Marcy has a great sense of humor,and is extrememly intelligent. She goes the extra mile for each lesson. I would highly recommend her for any level of student, any age.

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 by Kerry  07/12/2009 Outstanding piano teacher! Marcy tailored the lessons each week to fit what I was trying to achieve. She covered a lot of material in a thorough way, and I can't believe how quickly I am playing regular piano pieces. She is patient and calm, with a sense of humor. She is very intelligent and organized. I take 90 minute lessons twice per week and am never bored. I would highly recommend Marcy. She also has a tremendous background and credentials. Great website!


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Sarasota, FL

I would like to highly recommend Marcy, owner of A Prelude to the Classics Piano Studio, for all ages of lessons. My two children take lessons with Marcy, I take lessons as an adult, and my youngest will be starting in her new preschool class, The Child Prodigy Series, which includes the most adorable
 baby grand piano in red!
She is incredible with the kids, and gets them to do their best because they want to please her with their studies. She is patient and fun, and has a great sense of humor. She gets the students to play at the fastest pace I have seen compared to other students my kids know. I am playing and enjoying every minute of it. The kids can't wait to see her each week. She is also highly credentialed, and is an executive level
banker as well with Morgan Stanely! Super job Marcy! Check out the pictures in the Observer and Sarasota Magazine online from the Designing Women event, where she had some students, kids and adults perform.(She is a Board member at Designing Women as well as the Asolo Theatre).

Sarasota, FL

I recently began taking piano lessons as a mature adult with Marcy. She is an outstanding teacher, enthusiatic, witty, and has enabled me to learn how to read the notes and play extremely quickly. She works with me on my goals, which are to enjoy playing as relaxation, occasionally play for friends at a dinner party, and play some old classics. She has fabulous credentials, and I like the fact that she is so well known in the community, especially with charitable organizations like the Asolo Theatre and Designing Women as well as the Heart Association. I was at an event at Designing Women in December and watched several of her younger students perform. It was wonderful, and her students just adore her.

For those seniors interested in either learning to play the piano for enjoyment, or those that played years ago, Marcy is the way to go!