As a piano teacher for more than 25 years, Mary Kay has a full toolbox of teaching techniques, relating to her piano students in a patient and nurturing way. They are encouraged to explore many styles of music as they learn musicianship skills for pianists. Lessons are for any age or level and provide also the fundamentals for those who would choose music as a career. Children may begin lessons as young as five where they are introduced to the keyboard, musical alphabet and beginning songs through games, stories, and improvisation.
There is not an ideal age to begin to learn to play as much depends on the individual. Beginners, advancing players and adult students are always welcome. Mary Kay tailors lessons to fit the individualized learning needs of each student and welcomes students with learning issues such as dyslexia and autism. She teaches using traditional methods as well as Suzuki techniques.
Knowing that there is always more to learn about how we learn, she regularly attends conferences and seeks out research related to how we actually learn music. Some of her students have had the opportunity to play for master classes with faculty of the Eastman School of Music, North Carolina School for the Arts, Mansfield State University and Boston University. Her students perform consistently well at auditions and adjudicated festivals, while others play for their own enjoyment.
Over her career, Mary Kay has played piano for solo venues, musical theatre productions, opera workshops, 171 Cedar Arts Women's Chorale, Mansfield University Concert Choir and various chamber music, church events and NYSSMA festivals to name a few. She can offer valuable insights into preparation for players who accompany or wish to play with others in ensembles. Simply put, she loves to share all things keyboard!
Mary Kay holds degrees from Mansfield State University and Elmira College with additional studies at Penn State University and Westminster Choir College. She attended the Pennsylvania Fine Arts Program for the Gifted as a pianist at the age of 15. Her piano teachers were Gladys Fetterly, Angeline Schmid, Mary Ann Covert, Richard Hull and Diane Birr. In her leisure moments, Mary Kay enjoys antiquing, needle arts, spending time in the beautiful Finger Lakes and Blue Ridge Mountains and quiet time with her little granddaughters, Nika and Nadia.