from students and parents

"Out of my 10 years at piano, I have learned the most from Ms. Cynthia. Expressing myself through music has become easier than ever and I can now apply what I’ve learned outside of classes.” - Jasmine, student 

“My boys love taking piano with Ms. Cynthia. She finds them fun music to play and keeps them engaged during lessons. They look forward to lessons every week!” - J. Sasaki, parent, Orange County, CA

“My kids have taken piano with Ms. Cynthia for many many years. They always feel excited and invigorated after a lesson!  She is a dynamic teacher who is comfortable with music theory and many styles of music. She also teaches composition and improv, which can be very hard to find. We love taking lessons with Ms. Cynthia!!!” - Brenna, parent, Columbia, MD

“You make music so much fun for me because I like when we sing songs at the end of class! You are an amazing piano teacher because you make music fun and you do a really good job teaching me!”  - Riya, student


Cynthia Marie is a Maryland state certified teacher and a member of the Music Teacher's National Association, Maryland MTA, & Howard County MTA.

Here you will find a fun and supportive space to begin or continue your journey.  

With 20 years of teaching experience, Cynthia Marie tailors each piano lesson to her student's interests and creates a well-rounded and exciting repertoire to explore.  Whether it is classical, blues, jazz, folk, or pop, students enjoy playing real songs and understanding their music on a deeper level.

“Would you like to learn the blues or how to improvise?  Play a favorite Chopin piece?  Learn how to accompany yourself with chords, or play a pop song with other musicians? You can do it, whether you are an absolute beginner, or returning to your practice. Let's get started!” -Cynthia 

Online Piano Lessons - Jazz Beginnings

🌸 Online piano lessons available on Zoom. Rates 2023-2024: $45/half-hour Piano lesson.  

My new featured series is “Jazz Beginnings” for Teen & Adult piano learners seeking online Jazz Piano Lessons. 

In-person lessons - Mike's Music 

I love teaching my students here at Mike's Music in Ellicott City, MD and have been for almost 10 years!  If you live in the Howard County area, this is the best place to take in-person lessons in my opinion (and Best of Howard's reader's choice - see Baltimore Sun!).  Students of all ages and instruments meet here for their weekly lessons and parents can wait in the super comfy lounge, watch movies with siblings, or grab a donut next door at Dunkin'.  

Mike's Music hosts annual spring recitals, and a variety of performance opportunities like rock bands, jazz bands, classical ensembles, and open-mics to keep everyone motivated and build community amongst young musicians.  All ages are welcome to learn and study in a variety of styles and enthusiastic teachers and staff are waiting to meet you.  If you are looking to start, this is the place!  Book a lesson with Ms. Cynthia online or by calling the front desk!  www.mikesmusicmd.com

Your Piano Teacher

Cynthia Marie is a pianist & songwriter/arranger, with a background in classical piano, jazz & blues improvisation, and folk music. She studied classical piano with Bonnie Litten and Ann Tanabe, boogie-woogie piano with Caroline Dahl, and jazz piano with Debbie Poryes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Washington School of Music, and is a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Award.   

With 20 years of teaching experience, Ms. Cynthia tailors each lesson to her student's interests and creates a well-rounded and exciting repertoire to explore.  Students enjoy playing real songs, developing their ear, and understanding their music on a deeper level. She is a Maryland state certified teacher, and a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Maryland MTA, and Howard County MTA.

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