Marian bases her instruction on the core fundamental's of music. Each phase of instruction is a building block and an important part of  fundamental musicianship neccessary to become an Advanced Student.


Mikesell Music
- Developing talent in Carlisle for over 20 years  
Beginner

  • Covers instruction on basic operation and maintenance of the piano
  • Teaches students the ability to recognize and distinguish between the basic notes
  • Teaches proper finger-to-key habits
  • Assists in the student developing proper fingering
  • The student will gain a proficiency in timing and counting as it appears to the basic written music
  • Beginner level encompasses levels 1 and 2 instruction and students will be required to pass a proficiency test prior to moving into the intermediate level of instruction
  • Beginner's Proficiency Test  will consist of the following:
* Site Read (2) Level 2 Pieces
* Prepare (2) Pieces of different styles and perform without error
* Pass Level (1) and (2) Flash Cards test with 90% Proficiency
* Identify notes by sound

Intermediate

  • Student will be expected to improve upon basic skill sets learned in the Beginner level
  • Student will be given the additional responsibility of site reading on a by lesson basis.
  • Student will be given the opportunity to perform.
  • Intermediate level encompasses levels 3 through 5 instruction and students will be required to pass a proficiency test prior to moving into the Advanced level of instruction
  • Intermediate Proficiency Test  will consist of the following:
* Site Read (2) Level 5 Pieces
* Prepare (3) Pieces of different styles and perform without error
* Pass Level (3, (4)  and (5) Flash Cards test with 90% Proficiency
* Perform  Recital Piece (optional)
* Report on a topic related to piano agreed by teacher and student suggested (not required)

Advanced

The goal of the advanced level student to Master and combine all beginner and intermediate skills. The advanced student will be expected to:
  • Continue to build skill competency
  • Learn to integrate varying techniques in order to translate composer's mood.
  • Begin development of personalized style
  • Personalize course load selection with teacher's assistance
  • Have the ability to perform live
  • Advanced Proficiency Test  will consist of the following: (suggested, but not required)
* Write a detailed paper on subject matter of interest that represents personal style.
* Organize and Perform Recital
* Show proficiency in accompaniment with vocal or another musical instrument.