Piano Lessons, Lessons in Music Theory, Piano Improvisation and Composition
Martin C. Anderle
Martin teaches at Knox Presbyterian Church, 55 Hincks Street, St. Thomas. There, lessons are given in the Conservatory of the Church on a Yamaha C7 grand piano. He also teaches at the Guelph School of Music, offers in-home lessons in St. Thomas and Port Stanley and lessons in his home at 219 Woodworth Crescent, St. Thomas, where students may play his exquisite Bösendorfer grand piano. He teaches students of all levels and ages. Martin chooses his perspective of teaching according the strength and requirements of the student. One of Martin's talents is piano improvisation. Many of Martin's students enjoy learning to improvise, thereby creating their own music. Martin prepares candidates for the exams of the Royal Conservatory of Music, including the ARCT (Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto) exam.
Theory lessons include harmony, counterpoint, analysis and history. Lessons in organ and composition are also given. Several of his students are very successful in music writing and composing. He plays piano accompaniment for vocal students and students of string and woodwind instruments.
Martin studied at the University of Music in Vienna, where he was awarded the degree of “Magister der Künste” (Master of Music) in organ. There also he received degrees in piano, piano pedagogy and choral conducting. He further studied at the University of Music “Mozarteum” in Salzburg, where he received a degree in orchestral conducting. With further specialization in piano and composition, Martin now performs his own piano works in various countries. He currently is music director at Knox Presbyterian Church in St. Thomas. Before moving to Ontario, Martin taught piano at the Music Schools in Diessen and Marktoberdorf, Germany and at the Langley Community Music School, British Columbia. He is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association (ORMTA).
Here are some of Martin's students' testimonials:
"Martin is an inspiring and passionate teacher who has extensive knowledge surrounding a wide variety of music. His dedication and expertise have motivated me to play at my very best, and through working with him, I have experienced great improvement in a short period of time. He is a great pianist, composer, and teacher, and is always a pleasure to learn from."
- Calder Morton-Ferguson, High School Student Grade 12
"Martin is a wonderful theory teacher! With his help, I achieved all of the required theory examinations for the ARCT in piano"
-Katherine Zhang, High School Student Grade 11
We want to say thank you for all the work you do with Alexia every lesson. Thank you so much for your constant inspiration and patience! Her progress would not be possible without your dedication, skill, knowledge, and passion.
She got a very high mark for her Royal Conservatory Piano Grade 9 practical exam and great success in her piano festivals and concerts.
Thank you for encouraging Alexia to go out for events. It is wonderful studying with you and she feels very lucky to have you as her musical guide.
She is looking forward to improving as a pianist with you as her teacher. We appreciate everything you have taught her!
Thank you for being Alexia’s teacher!"
-Lilana Gal, mother of Alexia, student age 14
We could not be more impressed with our 9 year old daughter, Szofi's progress in piano under Martin's guidance. Szofi loves going to piano classes, and enjoys the challenges he sets for her. Martin brought the most out of her, while he always stayed gentle and kind. We highly respect Martin as a music teacher and as a musician.
Dalma and Michael Cooper, parents of Szofi, student age 9
Ever since I began taking lessons with Martin in August 2018, I have accelerated dramatically in my piano skill. The first piece I learned with him, he suggested I play at the St. Thomas Rotary Festival, and I did that and received a mark of 92. He has also helped me improve my theory knowledge. We work through theory books and he explains everything clearly. You can tell he is passionate about his studies. Over all I am very happy with how my piano lessons have been going. I am excited to continue my lessons with him until I go to university to study music.
Thomas Bee, High School Student Grade 12
Thank you for the crucial note you have played in our son's education. Liam learned great improvisation and composition skills under your kind and generous teaching approach. We give you our deepest thanks and appreciation for all you have done to set Liam on his lifelong musical journey.
Justine Richardson and Brady Deaton, parents of Liam, High School Student Grade 11