Having taught children how to play the piano since she was one herself, Keeley Monahan is looking to expand her resume.
The Marinette, Wisconsin native is gearing up for a series of adult education courses in piano, beginning with Adult Piano 1, set to begin at the end of June.
"I actually have a couple of adult students already, and I really enjoy working with them," Monahan said. "They're really passionate about practicing and it gives them something to do. They might be semi-retired, but it keeps their fingers moving and their brains active."
Classes will be offered in three separate sessions Monday and Tuesday evenings, as well as Saturday mornings. The evening sessions will go from 7 to 8:30 p.m. while the morning classes will last from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Each session will last eight weeks.
"I wanted to start them at the beginning of (June), but I postponed them until later this month to try to get the word out to more people," she said. Since we're starting a little bit later, I had to extend the sessions from an hour to an hour and a half."
At only 26 years-old, one might be surprised to learn that Monahan has 13 years of experience in teaching the piano. She began her time on the instrument as many children do, by banging away on a family heirloom.
"My parents signed me up for lessons for my 10th birthday," she said. "That summer, we had a distant cousin drop off this old piano. I was plunking around on it and they signed me up. I just fell in love."
At age 13, Monahan was asked by a family friend to start teaching their son.
"That quickly snowballed into more students and even more through high school," she said. "I moved to Milwaukee about 7 years ago and started to rebuild my student base."
Monahan cites her own parents as being indicative of the baby boomers' desires to continue to pursue new passions and hobbies as they near and enter retirement.
"My parents have been getting into all kinds of new things," she said. "I know that baby boomers want to stay active, and I think piano is a great hobby that a lot of them might like to pick up."
This summer, Adult Piano 1 will teach all of the basics. Monahan is prepared to start from the absolute very beginning.
"I'll teach them everything from how to sit correctly at the piano to having correct hand posture," Monahan said.
Monahan plans to offer Adult Piano 2 in the fall, but she also hopes to continue seeing new students enroll for the beginner course.
For more information on Monahan and her educational offerings, interested parties can find her on Facebook by searching Keely Monahan Piano. She can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 736-0096.
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