Marcia Johnson - PCT Foundational

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Marcia Johnson is a graduate of the BYU Piano Department, an accomplished musician, and a Licensed and Credentialed teacher of the Peery Method. 

Ms. Johnson began teaching piano in High School and has been teaching or practicing with students ever since. She performed with the Phoenix Symphony in High School and has studied in Greensboro, NC for 1 summer and at The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA for 2 summers. At BYU, she studied with Paul Pollei, Robert Smith, Reid Nibley and Marlene Bachelder. She accompanied for Ron Staheli's Oratorio choir and played in recital as accompanist with several faculty members as well as with the Deseret String Quartet. 

Currently, Ms. Johnson is a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 

The Peery Method takes the highest level Classical Conservatory piano playing principles and distills them down so that they are useful to the everyday student. It teaches a recreational player how to shape a phrase, play musically and sound like a professional Classical pianist.  Because Peery trained students are taught correct principles from the beginning, if they choose to put in more time and training at any point in their piano journey, they will have the proper Habits to support them in whatever path they choose.   

The Peery Program has three areas of development:  Muscular Skills, Practical Skills and Musical Skills.  Your student will receive assignments in each area preparing them to pass a certification in Muscular Skills and Musical Skills at every Peery level.  The requirements for each certification are listed in the Workbook for that level.  Certifying in Muscular Skills and Musical Skills involves sending a video clip to a Peery Master Teacher who will return feedback and any needed corrections.  Different than other evaluation systems, if corrections are needed the student can send in another video with improvements until all Peery skills have been achieved.  As the teacher and student go through this video certification process together the student will achieve a mastery level on important foundational skills. 

The Peery Levels are: 

 - Beginning Habits - Levels 1-3 (1 to 2 years to complete all levels) 

 - Intermediate Players - Levels 1-6 (approximately 1 year per level) 

 - Advanced Givers - Levels 7-10 (approximately 1 year per level)


The Peery system is a very structured system and needs a consistent commitment to have a successful outcome. Peery HABITS students who allow a minimum of 40 minutes in their daily schedule to prepare for their lesson will find themselves making good and consistent progress with the ability to get past difficult points in the journey. Less time spent will mean the progress will be slower, but being consistent with a daily lesson preparation 
will pay off with steady progress. 

Students who transfer to this system later in their development will make the quickest progress when they focus solely on the foundation that the system has built into it. They will learn important concepts quickly on short pieces and then more easily transfer those concepts to other pieces. 

This system requires a sustained level of commitment from the teacher, the student, and the parent. In general, a PLAYERS student can accomplish great things with less than an hour a day throughout the 6 levels of that program. Throughout those 6 years the role of the parent changes from a practice partner to a cheer leader and the student takes increasing responsibility for understanding and remembering the content covered at lessons. Parents should attend every lesson when their students are 5 and 6. When they are 7 and 8 a student will generally do better if the parent continues to attend the majority of the lessons. Between 9 and 12 it is important to start training independence and personal accountability by having a parent gradually attend fewer of the lessons each year. Most often, it is best if the parent is not attending lessons from 12 on to facilitate these goals, but also maintains contact with the teacher when necessary to help keep assignments clarified. When a child is around 12 it is important that they take ownership of their talent and its development. It is also important that they learn the skills of communicating directly with the teacher themselves. 

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At Peery Piano Academy our mission is to offer the highest quality musical training to teachers and students.  We believe that music is about connection.  We recognize the importance of sound in this connection and understand that sound production is tied to specific muscular movement.  We train students and teachers to understand and master the physical movements required to produce the sounds they desire.  Sound is magical.  Human manipulation of sound is miraculous.  Peery is honored to be a part of your musical journey.