Faculty Bio
Marna Makau

Suzuki Piano, Keyboard Ensemble, Chair, Suzuki Piano

Bachelor of Arts, La Verne College
Graduate work at Claremont Graduate School, Columbia Teachers College, UC Santa Cruz and Riverside
Recreational Music Making for Adults

Traditional piano study with Ralph Travis and Nora Teichmann (Padgogische Hochschule, Gottingen, Germany). Suzuki Training through volume 3 with Harlow Mills, Carol Hendrixson and Bruce Anderson. Pipe organ study with Ralph Travis and Doctor Blanchard. Certification in Level One Orff-Schulwerk approach, Multiple Intelligences and Digital Keyboard Ensemble teaching. Former First grade Teacher/Music Specialist, Buena Vista Arts Integrated School. Teacher of the Year, San Bernardino County, 1998, teacher mentor.

Ms. Makau taught at Machakos Teachers' College in Kenya for 9 years, studied at a teachers' college in Germany one year, and has certification to teach English as a Second Language in California. She also retains a California Teacher's Credential to teach through 8th grade. Ms. Makau was also an organist in several churches over a period of about 10 years

Teaching Philosophy:

"I feel that the Suzuki method (mother tongue approach) is an exemplary way to teach, but that age-appropriate theory and pre-reading are also a necessary part of early instruction for keyboard instrument playing. I therefore take the best of both the Suzuki and traditional methods and integrate them in my teaching. I believe in life-long learning and have gained many insights from observing master piano teachers and attending music conferences. Since piano students often feel isolated from their peers who play in bands or orchestras, I like to give them the opportunity to play in ensembles to discover the joy of shared music-making. Finally, I truly believe that music has the capacity to enrich one's life, contribute to wellness, and nurture a beautiful heart that binds us together as fellow human beings."

Piano Program
Suzuki Piano