Mariah Gillespie, Coronado Piano Teacher and Founder of Ms. Mariah’s Music School
Coronado-based Ms. Mariah (Gillespie) is a certified Yamaha Music Education teacher, with more than a decade of teaching experience in both Australia and the United States. Passionate about music education, Mariah teaches exclusively in-home piano lessons to children and adults of all ages throughout Coronado, California. She also plays the harp.
In addition to serving as the Arts Education and Musical Arts Commissioner for the City of Coronado, Mariah was the pianist for the Coronado Island Film Festival VIP Filmmakers’ Bash in November 2017. During the holidays, she is the pianist for the Coronado Christmas Parade, playing Christmas carols on the public piano in Rotary Plaza as Coronadians sing along. She even made an appearance on KUSI news! She’s played with local Coronado band Fossil Fuel at Costa Azul, and has enjoyed playing on the beautiful Steinway of Ed and Carole McVaney in their stunning Coronado home. She periodically provides piano music for events at Emerald C Gallery, such as wine and paint nights and art exhibitions. Mariah is a member of the Coronado Public Arts Team, the Coronado Historical Association and Coronado Friends of the Library. In January 2018, Mariah was inducted into the Coronado Rotary Club and is Chair of the Music Committee.
Mariah has a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and a Masters in Journalism and Communications from the University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia).
City of Coronado Arts Education and Musical Arts Commissioner
BA, Music, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
MA, Journalism & Communications, UNSW (Sydney, Australia)
Member, Coronado Rotary Club
Member, Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC)
Member, National Association for Music Educators (NAfME)
Member, California Music Educators Association (CMEA)
Member, Amateur Pianists Society of San Diego
Volunteer, San Diego Symphony Orchestra
The Ms. Mariah's Music Method
Mission statement: to instill a love and appreciation of music in every student through comprehensive music education
Anyone can learn to play the piano; an app or a YouTube tutorial can teach you that. Making music, on the other hand, requires a dedication beyond reading notes from a page. How loud or soft are you playing (dynamics)? Are the notes short or smooth (articulation)? Fast or slow (tempo)? Ms. Mariah’s Music teaches comprehensive music lessons, meaning it’s not just about learning to play the piano. Lessons with Ms. Mariah incorporate 5 core subject areas (TERMS):
1. Technique (the relationship between our body and our instrument)
2. Ear Training (identifying pitches, intervals, melodies, rhythms, etc. solely by ear)
3. Repertoire (songs/pieces that we prepare to perform for others or ourselves)
4. Music Theory (written work)
5. Sight Reading (playing music we’ve never seen before)