106 Fairmount, Oakland, California
(510) 444-3595 hadley@mirageEnsemble.com
Serving Oakland, Piedmont, Berkeley, San Leandro and the Greater Bay Area
Students of all ages welcome -- current students' ages range from 6 to 70!
Weekly 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons available.
Fun, supportive, and motivational environment.
Connecting with students to help them reach their full potential.
Working with students to develop a solid foundation in technique,
theory, ear-training, sight-reading, and musicianship.
Large library of pieces -- there's something for everyone!
Music games and puzzles.
Optional recital opportunities available throughout the year.
Contact Hadley for a FREE Trial Lesson and Consultation!
Over 15 years teaching experience.
Founding President of the East Bay Chapter of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers.
Masters Degree in Piano Performance with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy.
Active performer throughout the Bay Area and the United States.
Faculty, San Francisco Community Music Center.
Hadley is one of the best piano teachers I can imagine. She has taught me not just to hit the notes, but also, about the importance of tone, theory, and rhythm together that make up an entire piece. She has a bag of tricks to help with every technique to help master a piece, and throughout each lesson, fills the time with laughter, learning, beautiful sounds, and fun. I look forward to every lesson with her, and come home being able to play pieces from every level. She helps me to find pieces that I like to play, and are fun instead of basic scales and the same classics that everyone plays. Thank you so much Hadley! I've learned so much from you!
-- Andrea Imhof, Age 13, Studied Piano with Hadley for 5 Years
What do I like about playing piano? I think that being able to play a musical instruments is so impressive. Of course I'm not there yet, I still have a long way to go to be able to really play the piano like I want to! I think it is so wonderful to be able to make music--when you play you really forget everything else about the world and your life. I also love to play piano with Hadley. I have gone though many piano teachers and I have stayed with Hadley the longest. I have figured out that to be able to play piano I need a teacher that is like me and that I enjoy playing with. Hadley is a lot like me and has a lot of the same characteristics as I do. I think that the reason I am still playing piano is because of my wonderful teachers. I have such a great time playing piano and hope to play for many more years.
-- Elias Johansson-Miller, Age 13, Studied piano with Hadley for 5 years
Hadley McCarroll is the ideal piano teacher for my daughter. She embodies just the right combination of exacting technical instruction, love of the art of music, and the utter joy of learning. Her students learn to make music a real part of their lives.
--Victoria Neve, Professor of Piano, San Francisco State University, Daughter Bonnie studied with Hadley for 11 years
"There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction; a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others."
-- Martha Graham
"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents."
-- Ludwig van Beethoven