Coaching and Pedagogy

Supporting and Sharing

Workshops and Master Classes


Working by specific topics within a group is a great way to learn and deepen our knowledge while making music and interacting with others. I have been invited to teach a wide variety of workshops and master classes for the last 15 years in Spain and the US by institutions such as: Seatte Conservatory, Institut Llongueres, Taller de Musics, Garfield HS Jazz Band, JazzEd, IES Oriol Martorell, Roosevelt HS Jazz Bands, Edmonds High School, Cornish College of the Arts, NW Music Teachers Association, and many others.

This Fall 2020 I launched a series of online workshops that aim to make music an accesible language to everyone. "How does music work?" started on October 5th and focused on revealing and exploring the building blocks of music- rhythm, melody and harmony- and how they create the feeling of call/response (or tension/resolution). Bring your roomate, pets or grandma. Much better with company!

My next workshop is "Cadenza". A space for classically trained musicians to find their way towards improvisation. This one will be available here in the next couple months. For more info contact me here: music@marinaalbero.net 

One-on-one "Piano and beyond"


As a mentor and a coach, I enjoy exploring the potential and guiding the musical journey of each individual. My own background and experience growing up  between stages and conservatories made me realize that there are many ways of understanding, teaching and making music I've found that the most important thing when it comes to learning an art form is using the technical aspects to spark self expression, on which I focus on since day one: experimentation and improvisation will become part of the daily practice as well as reading, theory and listening. My passion is connecting with other people and I believe that everyone has a unique voice so following my desire of truly be helpful  I studied NLP and generative coaching to better understand and guide others in their journey through music and life.                                                                      Art by Elle Luna

My one-on-one sessions are personally and carefully designed to experience progress and to prompt creativity. Choose between:


- Weekly lesson  Minimum commitment of 4 weeks in a row to dig into music theory (applied to the keyboard), practice plans, repertoire, language, improvisation, technique, style, history.. Always with an emphasis on making music and enjoying it. Long story short, you will learn two things:

1- How to practice efectively

2- How music works

In my practice I love playing Bach, Chopin, Scriabin, Debussy.. but also lots of Ellington and Benny Golson, and Camaron and Shankar! I play along with any music or tune that catches my ear and I want you to bring yours to the lesson! We will transcribe, play and sing along, play the rhythm, the chords, melody and bass! The piano works like an orchestra that plays what you want! 


- Younger Students (4 to 8 years old)

Shorter sessions (one month mimimun commitment) where I spark their musical intuition while learning and grounding the basics as well as they learn about posture, ergomomy and physiology. Lots of fun and jam time, so better when one of the parents gets some implication in the process (the younger the kid the better this works! It's not a big work, just a supportive and playful presence).


- Musical coaching sessions  Have you ever felt stuck? Or maybe you're feeling a lack of motivation? Hard to get inspired, to progress or feeling overwhelmed? You have a great technical level on your instrument but want to start improvising or composing and don't know where to start? Do you feel a communication breakdown between you and your audience? Book a first consultation and let's shed some light in to the dark!

In this sessions I'll guide you reconnecting with your "music self" using all the talent you already foster and detecting what tools you need to release your creativity while making the process attainable and enjoyable.  Unlearning and reimagining are challenges that make us more flexible and so more creative. (One session commitment which works as a consultation. For longer processes you might book as needed.)



Both, Weekly lesson and Musical Coaching,  are open to all instrumentalists that want to achieve more freedom in music and to all levels of piano students and players. I also enjoy students who are professionals from other arts and want to add a new layer to their creative process (Crosstraining). My diverse background on teaching and performing includes many musical forms and instruments such as classical, flamenco, early music, Cuban music, jazz, drums, classical percussion, piano, psalterium, composition and pedagogy. I believe music is a language that tears down all barriers between humans and connects us to each other beyond any differences. I believe that when music is played in every household then harmony will spread around the world. How does that sound to you?

Testimonials

BRILLIANT MUSICIAN AND EDUCATOR

I'm a professional guitar instructor, and I expect a lot out of my students, but also from my teachers. :) I messaged Marina some questions ahead of our lesson, and she not only helped me answer those questions, but she was entirely engaged and inspiring throughout our time together. 

I highly recommend Marina Albero for musicians of all ages, styles, and instruments. She is a brilliant musician and educator who I am so grateful to have met."

Susan Palmer

Author of "The Guitar Lesson Companion"

VERY INTERESTED IN THE WELL-BEING OF THE STUDENTS

When I asked Marina to join the staff of summer jazz improvisation coaches at our Edmonds-Woodway High School Summer Jazz Colony I was glad she agreed. She demonstrated herself to be a total pro but also very interested in the well-being of the students.

We survey our students each summer to see what they liked most about the summer series and Marina received many accolades. She brings a unique approach to the piano and to the music classroom. I recommend her highly!

Jake Bergevin

Jazz Band Director at Woodway Highschool, Edmonds (WA)

BEST CLASS EVER

Silas typed that in to the chat window on zoom at the end of the online summer program during the pandemic times.

Silas, 11

Student at JazzED online summer camp

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