Marlene Kanayson

Piano – ages 3 and up

Tuesday & Wednesday

Ms. Kanayson holds a Juris Doctor from Emory Law, a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Lutheran University, and a Certificate from the Music Teachers Association of California.  Although she has dabbled in clarinet, guitar, harmonium, harmonica, and various percussion instruments, her loyalty has remained with piano for over 20 years.  

Ms. Kanayson started learning piano over twenty years ago and participated in the Music Teacher Association of California’s Certificate of Merit piano program until 2008.  While she pursued her undergraduate degree at California Lutheran University, she took additional piano lessons with Eric Kinsley.  She is now studying with David Watkins in Atlanta, Georgia, to earn her Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Diploma.  She has taught beginning to intermediate piano privately for about six years.

Ms. Kanayson played the harmonium and sang with a World Music touring group in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and California.  She also had the great pleasure of singing with the California Lutheran University Women’s Chorale during their bi-annual performances in Thousand Oaks, California, one of which was directed in part by Eric Whitacre.  On weekends, you can find her practicing, writing songs, hiking, or performing at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Lessons are tailored to the individual needs of each student and are structured to provide a solid foundation in music, as well as the confidence, cognitive benefits, and emotional healing and development that come with learning a musical instrument. Ms. Kanayson loves watching her students progress, and her favorite part about teaching is being able to discover and enhance each student’s unique strengths.  

Before the first lesson, Ms. Kanayson will talk to parents and students about goals and expectations, so that she can begin structuring an effective program that will be the right mix of fun, fulfilling, and educational.  Although Ms. Kanayson makes sure that her students are learning pieces that they want to learn and are enjoying their music lessons, she also encourages technical prowess and basic knowledge of music theory that will allow her students self-sufficiency and preparation in their further musical endeavors.

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