Megan is currently offering lessons on online formats including Skype, FaceTime, and TakeLessons.
Megan currently maintains a studio in Austin, Texas with local students and online students from around the country. In demand for her clinics and masterclasses, she frequently works with groups in Texas and Florida. Besides also previously maintaining a local private studio in Florida and Michigan, she has served on faculty at the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild's Summer Piano Ensemble Program and has served as a chamber coach at the PhoenixPhest! Chamber Music Festival. Contact Megan Chartier to inquire about openings in her private studio.
pricing and contact information is located on the bottom of this page
I began teaching privately nine years ago, establishing a steady private studio within the past six years. I have used my background as a principal orchestral cellist, chamber musician, and pop-classical crossover musician to inform a unique teaching experience for students ranging from 5 to 95 years old. My eclectic experience helps to tailor each lesson to the individual goals of the student. In addition to volunteering at local public schools, I have been recently on faculty at the Ann Arbor Area Piano Teachers Guild's Summer Piano Ensemble Program as well as the PhoenixPhest! Chamber Music Festival.
For beginning students, I usually begin heavily with physical technique, music theory exercises, and scales. From there, I use Rick Mooney's Position Pieces as well as solo repertoire from the Suzuki books to develop musicality and efficiency. The solo works chosen are designed to work toward the interests and goals of the students (competitions and/or genre interests). For advanced or adult students, I treat our lessons more broadly, integrating cello playing, music history, and an exploration of the genre as a whole to establish passion and long-term goals. The students' interests, then, directly influence the lessons as I provide these students with a handful of pieces to choose from.
As a passionate player, my teaching style heavily relies on sharing and developing my students' excitement for the cello. My educational background in music history, music theory, and body awareness combined with a personal dedication to expressiveness, creativity, and technology help to organize a well-rounded experience for my students. As each student begins different needs, goals, and abilities, I heavily rely on the "beginning with the end in mind" mindset for each individual student. My lessons are typically broken down into scales, etudes, and solo works - and if time allows, a fun exercise chosen by the student (jazz improv, music theory, extra solo work).
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pricing for lessons:
60 minutes = $80
45 minutes = $60
30 minutes = $45