Teaching Philosophy
Marie's Students at a costume recital

Marie Alatalo has taught piano for over twenty years. Her primary goals are to provide expert teaching to students from the very first lesson and to help students realize their unique musical voice.

From the beginning, students of Marie Alatalo learn the rudiments of music. They are taught to read music and the basics of harmony. The piano is approached with a natural hand position and a technique that focuses on flexibility. Students learn effective and productive practice techniques, and are trained to become self-sufficient pianists. Encouragement is given to make piano and music a part of everyday life, to enjoy lessons and to transfer the self-discipline and confidence gained in piano study to other parts of life.

Besides studying works for solo piano, students frequently team up to play duets and trios. Additionally, students often compose original compositions, which are presented in recitals.

Students of Marie Alatalo have won various competition prizes and attended summer programs at the Interlochen Arts Camp, Chautauqua Institution and Northwestern University.

Marie Alatalo received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Rebecca Penneys. Dr. Alatalo is a former faculty member of the Music Institute of Chicago and the Interlochen Arts Camp.