About Winde Marshall
Get to know Winde Marshall
Winde always knew music would be a part of her life. She grew up singing and playing piano in her home church from a very young age. She began piano lessons at age 4 with Ken Birdsong of the Birdsong studios in Tyler, Texas. She sang in school choirs from grade school to high school and when it came time to choose a profession, it was a no brainer. After studying both voice and piano at Tyler Junior College and University of Texas at Tyler, Winde opened her private studio and has been instructing students for 34 years. She has taught students from ages 3 to 82, and teaches all levels, specializing in beginning piano. Winde is a high energy person and her lessons are fun and exciting. She loves music theory and has a talent for explaining difficult concepts in an easy way. Through the years, she has taught children with ADHD, dyslexia, and autism and she welcomes special needs students. She's very patient with her students -- a gift she believes is a prerequisite for all piano teachers.
Winde says that this is the best time to be a music teacher. "I am so excited to be a music teacher in this new age of technology. There are practically endless music apps and websites that make learning music fun! I incorporate many of these sites & apps into my lessons to the delight of my students. I still use traditional methods, but embrace the fact that this is the future of music instruction."
Winde was blessed to have been mentored in the ways of piano instruction by her beloved teacher of 13 years, Ken Birdsong. "He taught me how to play and how to teach, and I have patterned my lesson style after his. He demanded excellence in my playing and never skimmed over theory, but we had a blast together! We laughed all the time. There were many times I wanted to quit practicing the piano -- that's normal. But I never wanted to quit going to my lessons. I credit him with that. That's what I want my students to think about me."