In 1989 Malena started teaching piano and tutoring in French and other subjects, and Malena's Music Lessons was born!
She continued to teach music as a hobby until 2018, when she realized that there are few teachers in the area who can effectively work with people who have disabilities, and this could be something to really bless the community!
In January, 2019 Malena's Music Lessons moved to Limerick, Maine, establishing a music studio & functional waiting room and truly becoming part of the local community. Early 2020 saw the transformation to Malena's Music Lessons & More, offering more homeschool & life enrichment classes!
We believe strongly that everyone should be able to learn and grow, regardless of ability or disability. We have extensive experience working with children and adults with learning disabilities, developmental or intellectual disabilities (including Autism), anxiety, trauma, and physical deformities.
We now offer music lessons, homeschooling, & life enrichment classes! Whether you're a just a beginner or an advanced student needing guidance in a particular area, let's explore learning opportunities together! :)
Music Lessons & Homeschool Class Information
IMPORTANT: Students must download the Tonara app on a smartphone or tablet. Only teachers (at this time) can use a desktop version.
We all know that the more students’ practice, the better they play and the longer they stick with it to feel that incredible joy of creating music.
As such, the student’s experience within Tonara is just as important to Tonara as the teachers’ experience. Finding the motivation to sit down and practice music can be tedious and tiresome at times for kids, that’s why they’ve worked hard to create features and benefits for students that makes practicing more engaging, interactive and also fun.
With features that interact and engage with students, give students real-time feedback, and a level of gamification students are excited for their practice sessions. Students earn points and XP every time you practice! :)
For students, Tonara has a studio & global leaderboard that allows students to always check their standings, and the more they practice the more points they earn. Tonara truly believes in making practice engaging and interactive. Tonara believes in trying to help them see the homework assignments not as something boring which they need to do but rather a fun, interactive activity that they look forward to each day. Teachers upload recordings for students to be able to listen to before playing each assignment, giving them a better idea of how it should sound when it is correct, thus aiding in learning and challenging the student with each practice.
As students continue to practice with Tonara, they are able to see their own growth and progression with statistics and all the fun rewards that they receive as they practice more and complete more assignments.
At Malena's Music Lessons & More we have leaderboards not only for the studio, but also for adults, teens, children, & classes! We also have buddy chats set up for practice challenges & interaction, building & continuing relationships with other students!
Malena's Music & More
Limerick, Maine 04048