In 1969, I fulfilled a lifelong dream and created The Mayron Cole Piano Studio in the living room of my home in Houston, Texas. From the beginning, I was not pleased with the then-available piano methods. There was too much focus on reading fingering numbers and too little emphasis on teaching rhythm counting and note reading. Concepts were presented too fast with practically no reinforcement in later lessons. My students were floundering. Thats when I decided to write the piano method that Id always envisioned. I theorized that playing the piano involves three basic steps:
The first step is a thorough understanding of playing/counting rhythm. I believe that rhythm is the foundation upon which all music is built. Too often, rhythm is the weakest element of a piano method!
The third and most difficult of the three steps is staff note reading. Staff note reading involves abstract reasoning and is the reason too-young students cannot read notes and resort to reading fingering numbers in those other methods.
All of my piano teaching material follows these three basic steps of learning!
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At first, I taught my students private lessons only. But, like so many other piano teachers, I soon began to tire of teaching the same concepts over and over to one private student after another. I also resented the time my students were taking from my own children. So, I began placing some students with the same piano-playing abilities in small groups and teaching all of them at the same time. Surprisingly, the group piano classes created an unexpected surge in enthusiasm and lesson preparation by the students. And, I could easily see that the group taught students were becoming stronger musicians than my few remaining privately taught students. Their rhythm counting and sight-reading skills were superior in every way! By the fall of 1974, THE MAYRON COLE MUSIC CONSERVATORY had been born! In all of the intervening years, the proven, successful lesson plan has not changed.
I wasnt aware of it at the time, but those first group piano students were also testing all of the music for the thousands of students who would eventually study from my books: Within two years, so many students wanted to learn with my piano method that the conservatory had to be moved from my home to a commercial building. The company was incorporated as a "C corp." in 1984 under charter number 7231549-0 from the State of Texas. The Mayron Cole Music Conservatory, Inc.® subsequently became one of the largest privately owned music schools in Texas.
In 2001, my husband, Bill, retired from his profession as an Orthopaedic Surgeon, and we returned to my hometown of Gonzales, Texas. We also moved our publishing business to Gonzales from Houston. Bill took over the reigns as full-time CEO. By 2004 & again in 2006, he directed our expansions into progressively larger warehouses in order to accommodate our increasing inventory and the expanding shipping department.
In 2003, the company added a new division to the Mayron Cole Music Conservatory, Inc. when we opened the John Fauth Guest Cottage in Gonzales, TX. We discovered that the oldest continuously occupied residence in the city was across the street from our home! Mayron supervised an 11 month reconstruction and interior design of the cottage to the way it was when it was built in 2 stages in 1867 and 1876. Mr. Fauth was a master carpenter, barrel maker, carriage builder, and casket maker who built the cottage by hand before electricity. He created beautiful parquet floors, a hand-carved fireplace mantle, & beautifully carved door frames out of long-leaf pine and cypress which are both commercially extinct now. The exterior architecture is "steamboat gothic" (also known as "Craftsman gothic"). This rare style was used only a few homes throughout the south for a short time after the civil war. The John Fauth Guest Cottage is the only remaining example of this architecture in Gonzales county: "An historic cottage in an historic town."sm
A third division of the Mayron Cole Music Conservatory, Inc. was launched in the spring 2005. A new retail product, Piano Made Easy®, was developed by Colleen Cole, Chris Mays, and Mayron Cole over a period of more than 4 years. It came to market in the spring of 2005. By 2006, Piano Made Easy® was for sale online at www.pianomadeeasy.com and Amazon.com. After a review and testing by the independent consultants of The National Parenting Center, Piano Made Easy was awarded the Center's HOLIDAY - 2006 SEAL OF APPROVAL:
Piano Made Easy®teaches the first two out of three steps in learning how to actually read music for beginners from 7 years old to 107 years old. It features an interactive CD-ROM and a 49-key battery operated keyboard with additional DC converter at no extra charge. The piano keyboard is place in front of the computer screen in place of the typing keyboard. The Piano Made Easy® CD-ROM features beautiful artwork and a zany trip through a zoo as the beginner piano/keyboard students learn that reading music is really enjoyable! After completion of the program the students are encouraged to find a teacher in their area to continue learning music by going to our online listing of teachers who use our material and who have requested that we list them on our web site teacher links section. (Privacy Notice)
In November, 2006, Piano Made Easy®was the subject of a newspaper article in the Business Section of the San Antonio Express-News.
From the beginning over 35 years ago, we have conducted our ever-growing business the old fashioned way. We personally answer our phones during work hours whenever possible, and we try our best to ship customers orders within 24 regular workday hours after the paid orders are received. Our toll-freephone lines, toll freefax, firstname.lastname@example.org, online store, and credit card center expedite public school and piano studio orders from all of the U.S. and Canada.
In July2007, we hosted The Group Piano Teachers National Convention in San Antonio, TX. Piano teachers received additional training, gained new insights for their business, and networked with other group piano teachers. With 25 seminars to choose from, The Group Piano Teachers National Convention featured plenty of possibilities for everyone as well as direct instruction from Mayron and Colleen Cole!
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Colleen Mayron Cole
Mayron Ellis Cole
William (Bill) F. Cole, M.D.