Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Meet Ms. Marie

Hello! I'm Marie and I'm a certified Let's Play Music and Sound Beginnings Instructor. I am an Arizona native, and currently reside with my husband and 6 children in the southwest corner of Mesa, bordering Tempe and Chandler.

I received my BM in Music Education from ASU in 2005 in both choral and instrumental music. This means I took a lot of music classes! Cello is my main instrument along with singing soprano, but I took lessons and classes in piano, violin, viola, bass, guitar, woodwinds, upper brass, percussion, conducting, theory, music history and ear training, along with numerous music education classes specific to every age. I love teaching music! It was my pleasure to teach elementary orchestra with Gilbert Public Schools before starting my own family and getting my Masters degree in education.

When I am not teaching Let's Play Music, I am teaching cello lessons to my amazing cello students. I also enjoy playing with my String Quartet, and playing cello with EVMCO. I love to swim or ride the flowrider in the summer, cooking something yummy, and sewing or playing at the park with my kids.

I discovered Let's Play Music when I was looking for a music program for my own children. My oldest daughter started the program. As I experienced it with her, I knew it was something that I really wanted to be a part of! The curriculum was spot on with everything I had learned in college, and it was so much fun! My 3 oldest children are LPM graduates and currently taking private piano, violin and cello lessons. My younger 3 children are in Sound Beginnings and LPM

Music brings me so much joy, and I love being able to share that joy with other families through Let's Play Music. If you have never seen a Let's Play Music class in action and would like to, you are welcome to come and sample a class. Please contact me to schedule a visit or ask any questions you may have!


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Sound Beginnings

I am so excited to be teaching the Sound Beginnings class this year.  It is the perfect class for anyone with young children.

About Sound Beginnings Classes:

Students age 0-4 may participate in any of the 6 non-sequential semesters.  There is no pre-requisite, cumulative curriculum, or required homework (fun home exercises are offered).  A younger sibling may also register and attend.  Sound Beginnings provides excellent preparation for success in Let's Play Music, or any other musical endeavors.

Classes Held: Once a week for 4 months,The fall semester begins in August and the Spring Semester begins in January. Each semester has 15 lessons.

Class Location: Marie teaches at her home studio near Guadalupe and the 101 Freeway (Price Rd)

Class Size and Duration:  8-10 children per class.  Sound Beginnings classes are 30 minutes long

Parent Participation:
A parent, grandparent, or caregiver attends every week with the SB student.
Younger siblings may register to attend the SB class. All children attending Sound Beginnings Classes must be registered for the class.

If you are looking for information about the philosophy, curriculum, and foundations of Sound Beginnings, head on over to the  corporate website.

SB Tuition is fer family
Single Student (age 0-4)  $150/semester
*Can choose 4 monthly payments or $40

Family Rate (up to 3 siblings): $200/semester

*Can choose 4 monthly payments of $55

Tuition Due: Tuition is due at the beginning of the semester, and can be split into 4 monthly payments due the first class of each month, if needed.

SB Materials: $35 per semester per family (plus AZ tax). This includes a workbook, CD, and small rhythm instrument. Extra workbooks ($10) and extra instruments ($5) may be purchased for additional siblings in the class. It is highly recommended that each child have their own instrument (ages 1+ ) and their own workbook (for siblings are 2+)

Missed Classes:  There are no refunds or make-ups for missed classes. Weekly emails and the parent handbook will help you know what was missed and what to practice if you do miss.

Contact Marie Guthrie:    
Phone: 602-405-7800

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What is Let's Play Music?

More information about the philosophy, curriculum, and foundations of Let's Play Music are found at the informative corporate website and corporate blog

Let's Play Music is an exciting, reputable music curriculum which teaches advanced musical skills to young children through play, experience, and discovery! We are a complete three-year music course that emphasizes total musicianship through piano playing, singing, classical music, note reading, and ear training...and it's all accomplished through PLAY!

The curriculum is organized into three sequential years. The first year, we use engaging games and songs and incorporate Tone Bells to teach staff awareness and rhythm reading skills. The second year, we transfer these skills to playing the piano where we also learn chord notation, intervals, and harmonic improvisation. By the end of the third year, students are playing piano at level 1-2, transposing music, composing their own music,and  sight-reading music. They are also prepared to excel in further private piano instruction or other instrumental instruction. 

The lesson plans of Let's Play Music are centered in the teachings of the music masters Kodaly, Orff and Dalcroze.