Welcome to my website about learning how to play the piano!
My name is Maria Lewander, and I'm your Online Piano Coach. When I'm not working on this website, I work as a Piano and Ensemble Pedagogue, and have been busy teaching piano and music for 35 years.
OnlinePianoCoach.com is a friendly resource specially tailored for adult beginners who want to start playing the piano and learn music theory from scratch.
Here you'll discover free piano lessons, music theory lessons, and lots of tips and tools to use in your own piano learning adventure!
When I started my own training as a pianist, I had no intention of becoming a piano teacher. But I soon realized how teaching was endlessly more rewarding for me than performing would ever be.
I love my job! Every day I have the privilege to have my students surprising me with something they have learned, composed or invented. It really makes my day!
To see my students bloom, to grow musically... I am truly grateful and blessed to have such a wonderful profession as a piano and music teacher.
In 1998 I opened my own piano studio, and since 2006 I teach full time there. I teach students on all levels and ages in piano, ensemble and music theory.
I don't like things to be "shrouded in mystery" when it comes to learning to play an instrument. Vague or "fluffy" answers to questions of "how exactly" something should be done or learned always drove me crazy as a student.
My personal and constant aim as a piano teacher is to "dust away the cobwebs"; to make the complicated easy to understand. And, a strong belief that there is a solution to every difficulty.
I always strive to giving clear and helpful solutions to beginner pianists problems.
Saving time is another driving force in my teaching. In every aspect of learning there are ways to do it more effectively. In my articles will show you ways to laser focus your efforts to get better results much sooner.
Some things obviously need time to set in, and to mature, but many parts of learning to play the piano can be done in an efficient way. Whenever relevant, I will show you exactly how!
I also want to further the message that learning to play piano for pleasure is for everyone. It's never too late and anyone can learn at any time!
I grew up in Stockholm, Sweden. As a child I started piano lessons with a wonderful teacher in Nacka community music school. Through junior high school I attended Adolf Fredrik Music School.
I continued with the Aesthetic Program directed to music at Sodra Latin High School, and preparatory studies for higher music studies. During my studies I'm grateful that I had the chance to learn from many different piano teachers. This has become a great resource in my own teaching.
I completed my Masters Degree (where Bachelor was included) in Music Education (Equivalent to MFA in MU.Ed) at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and Malmo College of Music in Sweden, specializing in Piano Pedagogy and Ensemble Teaching (I/E).
I studied Musicology at the Stockholm University, took courses in orchestral conducting, harpsichord and baroque music, and continued my post grad studies in a Pre-Research Program in Music Education at the Lund University.
It was through this program I got a scholarship to attend an ISME (International Society for Music Education) conference in the US, where I also met my future Greek husband. This resulted in a move to a new country and culture. A completely new life...
I have been teaching piano and music both in Greece and in Sweden. I have taught privately, in community music schools, at high schools, at the university, at the conservatory, and in my own piano studio.
I have worked as a pianist, cantor, accompanist, music theory teacher, general music high school teacher and held lectures, seminars and workshops about piano teaching and pedagogy. Being a piano teacher sure offers a lot of variation. :)
With OnlinePianoCoach.com I want to help you get started to learn to play this magnificent instrument, and to get lots of ideas and inspiration to continue your music study.
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I'm delighted that you are joining me here at OnlinePianoCoach.com, and I hope that you'll enjoy - and use- all the free lessons, resources, tips and ideas that I create for you!
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