When I began my search for a piano teacher for my daughter, Allie, I knew that I wanted someone who was very skilled at playing the piano, but also someone with a warm, positive approach in dealing with children. Mrs. Harless came highly recommended to me, and I was drawn to and intrigued by her group-style lessons and thought we'd "give it a try." I loved the fact that my daughter would be playing in front of and learning along with a small group of students each week. Well, here we are - 2 1/2 years later - and THRILLED that we found such a wonderful teacher in Mrs. Harless. She is a very consistent and organized teacher, and one who does a great job of communicating with parents on a regular basis. Allie looks forward to attending piano lessons each week, and she adores Mrs. Harless. As a public school teacher myself, I know how important it is to not only teach the curriculum, but also to establish a rapport with your students and give them the self-confidence they need to be successful, and Mrs. Harless certainly has done it all! I have nothing but positive things to say about Mrs. Harless!
Hunter took private lessons with Coralie initially and I thought that was great, but his real progress and learning came when she started the group lessons. Having to keep pace with the other students and his competition to try to be better than the rest has been very motivating for Hunter to practice. It has helped to slow him down to get the notes and fingering right. His skill level has surpassed all of our expectations and now he is composing pieces for the piano and also for orchestra.
I have known Coralie Harless for many years as a teacher, mentor and friend. I took piano lessons from her for five years during which time I gained a greater love for the piano. Coralie has such an enthusiasm for what she does that it's very contagious. It's hard not to enjoy playing the piano when she is around. I also was able to teach piano for several years and was fortunate enough to have Coralie show me the ropes. I have been able to observe her teaching now in a group setting and I see the kids learning so much more than they would on an individual basis. Coralie still gives them instructions individually but they are also able to learn from others and being among their peers motivates them to practice more. I would highly recommend Coralie as a piano teacher to anyone regardless of whether they are just starting out or have been playing for many years. They can learn a lot from her.
Coralie Harless has my highest recommendation as a piano instructor. She is absolutely the best I've seen. Coralie is an amazing concert pianist, as well as an accompanist, and can sight read anything put in front of her. She passes along these critical classical skills to her students, while adding a variety of music and styles to capture and hold the attention of students at every skill level. Her method is brilliant! The small group piano method miraculously accelerates the learning process. As a vocal instructor, I have learned the effectiveness of class voice, which is required by most music colleges. The students are more motivated, and learn more quickly by being exposed to the abilities, and exchanges with their fellow students. The students in my area miss her sorely. This is a teacher that is loved and respected by all of her students. Don't miss the opportunity to be instructed by this phenomenal piano teacher!
We miss having Coralie as Zach's piano teacher. After we moved we got on a waiting list for the "best" teacher in the area. We got in after a few months for a private lesson time of 7:30 a.m. This woman was very talented, but Zachary was bored stiff. The music she gave him was unexciting and he didn't want to practice like he usually did. Finally he said, "Mom, maybe I just like group lessons or something. Either that, or maybe I just like how Mrs. Harless teaches." We discussed that for a while and we decided that your enthusiasm, teaching style, choice of music and the way you motivate kids to practice (without guilt) were some of the things we totally miss. We also miss your wonderful recitals and that they were kept short and sweet.
My husband and I are the parents of five daughters (ages 11-20), all of whom have taken piano lessons from Coralie Harless. I have to say that I was absolutely amazed to see and hear their progress after just a few piano lessons. I couldn't believe what they were capable of doing at the piano in such a short amount of time! Coralie is truly an amazing teacher and not only that, but an amazing person. She has incredible talent, not only for playing the piano herself, and for sharing her passion and love of piano through her teaching style. She has taught my daughters so much about piano theory, history, and just as important, about giving service through their talents at piano. All of my daughters have felt so great after going into convalescent homes and playing for the elderly or retired, or playing in church or at other events. It has been very rewarding to them to share their talents as Coralie has encouraged them to do so in different ways. She is so inspiring to them, as they watch the success she has had in her own life through her powerful teaching style and example. They all have excelled in learning to play because of their experiences with Coralie as their teacher. I really don't think any other teacher could have given them anywhere close to the positive experiences or the rapid learning that they have had with Coralie. I absolutely highly recommend Coralie Harless to everyone as their piano teacher!
My son has thoroughly enjoyed Mrs. Harless' piano classes. Every time I pick him up from his lesson, he always has a big smile on his face and is motivated to do his practicing. She offers group lessons, but still tailors the type of music and difficulty to each child's interests and ability. She also supplements their learning with service opportunities to play for family or elderly people, memorizing certain songs, holiday songs, master classes where the children play for a group of fellow students, recitals for family and friends, summer piano camp when they learn about several aspects of music and different instruments and rewards for practicing at home. I know my son will never forget the wonderful experiences he has had in the last couple of years while attending these classes.
I have known Coralie for 15 years and hold her in the highest regard both personally and professionally. She is an outstanding teacher and pianist-- dedicated to sharing her time and talents with the students and to helping them develop their own musical gifts. Coralie has had a lasting influence on my two daughters through the years as a role model and friend. I would highly recommend her to anyone considering piano lessons for their children or even themselves.
There just aren't enough words to express how deeply we have valued Coralie Harless as a music instructor and mentor to our daughter. Allison started and finished her piano career with Coralie and enjoyed every single minute. The development of Allison as a solo pianist and as an accompanist has been outstanding. Her repertoire is extensive, largely due to Allison and Coralie's shared passion for all kinds of music. I can wholeheartedly recommend Coralie Harless and would welcome the opportunity to talk with anyone that needs more information.