Maria Prentice, from Granville, Ohio, graduated from Capital University with Bachelor’s degrees in Piano Pedagogy and Performance. As a student, she has earned several music scholarships, including the Presser Award. Maria started playing piano in 2006 through the Denison University Suzuki Program. She has been teaching, using the Suzuki Philosophy, since 2016; and began taking Suzuki Teacher Training in 2018. Her previous teachers include Tianshu Wang, Chad Baker, Maryfrances Kirsh, and Orlay Alonso. She is currently a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Music Teachers’ National Association.
Maria has been teaching private piano lessons to students ranging from the ages of three to adult, as well as tutoring college music students in Class Keyboard. Every student is unique, and Maria tailors the way she teaches in order to best fit each student’s personality and learning style. She feels that everyone can learn to play piano if they work hard and are taught in the way best-suited to them, and she strives to help all of her students to gain a good understanding of piano playing, as well as a love and appreciation for music overall.