Private Lessons

Maren Van Nostrand

Maren in her studio, with marimba and grand piano.

Maren in her studio, with marimba and grand piano.

Consider enhancing your life with piano, marimba or snare drum through lessons with Maren Van Nostrand. Or simply for a consultation about how you can begin a life of more music in general: maren@soundfalls.org.

“For 29 years I have helped people experience the joys of live acoustic music by teaching piano, percussion (including drums), and voice, and by facilitating shows and concerts. I share my work with the goal of helping people discover the creative performer within themselves, for ultimately stronger individuals, friendships and community.”

Contact Maren if you are interested in any of the following:

  • Sound Healing, Voice and Rhythm workshops
  • Soundfalls Shows at Carnation Tree Farm, Vincent School House, Studio Beju, and other locations as announced
  • Private lessons at Studio Beju or my home teaching studio in Carnation, WA (ages 12 and up)
  • Accompanying for tryouts, solo/ensemble competitions, weddings, funerals, and other special events
  • Assistance in locating performance venues and teachers appropriate for you

Using all kinds of percussion instruments, including a grand piano, a rosewood marimba, snare drum, Balinese drums, a full-size drum set, and other percussion instruments, Maren can help you gain confidence to perform in public, for auditions, for recitals, or for other performance venues, including a Soundfalls show if you wish. This is a great opportunity for exposure on the solo or group level, depending on your interest. These learning opportunities often help people who want to be in a band, orchestra or choir but don’t have the knowledge or steps to begin.

Maren the teacher, Yamaha Grand, the piano, Historic home, the studio.

Maren the teacher, Yamaha Grand, the piano, Historic home, the studio. Photo by Janice Van Dyke

Maren specializes in teaching people how to read music and how to understand rhythm. She helps people overcome the fear of the stage, and often provides a performance venue through either her own show, Soundfalls, or through a recital or concert. Aside from her regular quarterly appearances at Soundfalls, you will also see her performing at the piano as an accompanist to a choir or band, or in the percussion section of an various regional orchestras, including Northwest Symphony Orchestra.

If you are already registered for private lessons, it’s simple to pay for lessons here! If you do choose this method, be sure to check in with me that you’ve sent payment. If you are not registered, please email or call me first.

Per half, qtr, or full hour



In the studio: Maren uses her singing voice, piano, marimba, drums, and movement to teach, and focuses on each person’s unique learning styles to craft lessons. Most the lessons occur in the quiet, private setting of her historic home studio in Carnation, WA.

Kerensa playing the full set in Studio.

Kerensa playing the full set in Studio. Photo by Maren

She also organizes creative discussions and group salons, and helps students and Soundfalls performers prepare for performances, by enhancing each person’s unique creative processes, and folds this into the larger group process. Some learning opportunities also occur in other settings. For those students wanting to branch out and express themselves, there are many venues and groups to choose from. Maren will help you connect with them.

 

To learn more or schedule an appointment, contact Maren: maren@soundfalls.org or call 425-466-4594

Maren’s Musical Training and Background     Over the years, Maren Van Nostrand has helped hundreds of people learn music, and has given hundreds more the opportunity to be a part of live performance. Maren has also performed in front of thousands of people. Not all at once, of course, though in the early ’90’s she performed timpani on a floating barge in the middle of City of Seattle’s Lake Union July 4th Celebration! Maren Van Nostrand has taught private lessons and performed in the Snoqualmie Valley, Washington, since 1996, and has taught and performed in the Puget Sound region since 1990.

Maren at Seattle's Benaroya Hall

Maren at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall

Maren accompanies violinist Gwen Burdick on the accordion at a Soundfalls barn show. Photo by Collienne Becker

Maren accompanies violinist Gwen Burdick on the accordion at a Soundfalls barn show. Photo by Collienne Becker

Maren has 15 years of varied musical training on piano, percussion and voice, including rigorous preparation through the Minnesota Music Teachers Association. Maren has a Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College and a Masters degree from the University of Washington. She has performed with the Seattle Symphony Chorale (vocalist), Orchestra Seattle (percussionist), Grinnell College Choir and Opera (vocalist and percussionist), and the University of Washington’s Percussion Ensemble (under the training of Mike Crusoe, Seattle Symphony’s lead timpanist, and Tom Collier, Professor, UW).

Performance in voice and trap set at February Soundfalls show.

Performance in voice and trap set at February Soundfalls show. Photo by Janice Van Dyke

She was the director of an adult choir for four years, organized and/or participated in numerous Seattle groups including Northwest Symphony Orchestra’s annual fundraiser at Benaroya Hall, Ed Hartman’s marimba ensemble that performed at the World Rhythm Festival at the Seattle Center, and she was also Principal Percussionist for the large wind ensemble band, River Winds, in Duvall, Washington. Maren now dedicates her professional energy towards her music studio and organizing and directing events through Soundfalls! If you are interested in performing at a show or other venue, please contact Maren at maren@soundfalls.org.

For more about Maren’s dynamic and ever-transforming professional background, see the Team page and the Home page.

The Rosewood Marimba in the studio is a beautiful instrument to see, to play, and to hear. Photo by Janice Van Dyke

The Rosewood Marimba in the studio is a beautiful instrument to see, to play, and to hear. Photo by Janice Van Dyke