Maria L. Sier, NCTM, has been teaching in the Everett/Snohomish area for over 25 years. She is State and Nationally Certified through the Music Teachers' National Association, and is Certified through the Well-Prepared Pianist Institute. In addition, she is licensed to teach the Well-Prepared Pianist Institute course to piano teachers. She is active in the local Snohomish County Chapter. Her students regularly participate in chapter events, including recitals, Music in Action, Scholarship Competition, and Young Artist Master Series. She has had many students win Concerto and Scholarship Competitions. Several of her students have gone on to major in Piano Performance at such universities as Central Washington University, Western Washington University, Seattle Pacific University, Amherst College, Northwestern University, Michigan State University, Washington State University and the University of Washington. Mrs. Sier received her Bachelor of Music degree from Pacific Lutheran University, where she was a student of Calvin Knapp. She then went to University of Missouri—Kansas City , where she studied with Richard Cass. She played piano and celeste with the Everett Symphony for over 20 years. She is a member of the Quintessence PianoTeam®, which performs works arranged for five pianos. Mrs. Sier is an adjudicator for Washington State Music Teachers' Association, and gives master lessons in her studio and around the Puget Sound area.

TEACHING STYLE

I teach all ages and levels. My focus is on teaching healthy technique and beautiful tone as the means to playing the piano with great expression and confidence. I believe that carrying on the tradition of private lessons enables me to tailor a program to the unique individual needs of each student. I delight in choosing pieces for each student that excite them and that fit their personalities. At the same time, I feel that students should experience a variety of historical styles to build their musicianship and technique.

Professional Affiliations

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