Bachelor's of Music Education from Miami University, Master's of Music from the Ohio State University
Performance experience includes Big Bands and accompanist for "The Pleasure Guild's Children's Theater"
Over 30 years teaching experience
About Mary Ellen
This is what Mary has to say about her lessons studio:
I believe that classical music is the foundation on which all other styles of music are built. I also beleive that music lessons should be fun, which is why I intersperse the classical music I teach with pop music as well. I have great patience and set goals that are realistic for each individual student. I believe that parents are a vital link in the learning experience with younger students. For that reason I encourage one parent to sit in on lessons for the first little while. I start lessons with children as young as 7 but I also teach a number of adult students.
I believe that performance opportunities are very important to the development of a musician which is why I provide numerous recital events each year. On top of the recitals available at the store almost every other month I provide outside performances as well. At least twice a year the older students get the opportunity to perform on a harpsicord. We also have Ice Cream Recitals which I host at my home where the students are able to perform a prepared piece on a concert grand piano.
Learning music helps my students to develop self-confidence, a sense of responsibility and the ability to stay focused. Everyone should have the opportunity to take music lessons.