Your approach fits Ella’s learning style and emotional sensitivity very well and she beams with confidence when she talks about and plays her instrument.
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Ella clarinet student
Beams with Confidence

Meg is always professional, and is very patient and encouraging. She has a proven track record with both youth and adult students at all levels from new-to-music to advanced. She provides support and encouragement not just during the lesson but outside it as well through email.
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Davis Einolf
The perfect teacher!

I’d recommend any sax student to work with you. You show particular aptitude for working with middle school musicians. We are very happy with the lessons Ally has had with Mary Ellen. Ally always comes home eager to tackle an issue that was discussed in the lesson. – Tom Shuell
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Ally Shuell
Lessons bring understanding and eagerness

Mary Ellen’s personality, style of teaching, and genuine love of music allowed me to really relax playing an instrument. Her recitals became a place to showcase how my abilities had improved and gave me the confidence to not only play for my own personal enjoyment but to join a large concert band and play for hundreds of people.
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Brian Harris
Lessons Nurture Self-Expression

Whenever you teach me a new rhythm or a new note you do it in a way that makes me remember it and learn how to use it. Clarinet lessons with Mary Ellen are fun, helpful and tough. ~ Jackson Weinberg
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Jackson, 7th grade clarinetist
The Confidence To Play!

The most valuable thing about having Mary Ellen as my teacher is that she is my friend as well as my teacher. ~ Marcus Matsumura
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Marcus Matsumura
It’s cool to learn music!

Clarinet lessons have helped me focus more on my embouchure.
I’ve had to put in hard work to improve my skills. The results have been very good!
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Dooley Kim
Hard work improves my skills

We had some friends over for breakfast one morning and our son Alan gave a lovely performance of Old King Wenceslas, Ode to Joy, and Old MacDonald. They were impressed that Alan has only been playing for a few months.
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Alan Patterson
On your mark, get set, go!

Mary Ellen is a knowledgeable clarinet teacher with a great sense of humor. I look forward to coming to my lessons and to practicing.
She’s prepared, relaxed, artistic, and flexible. She is professional and knowledgeable but also relaxed and easy going. It’s obvious that she enjoys what she does.
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Deborah Hoff
Stress is reduced by learning to play clarinet

Private clarinet lessons have made a difference in my life. I’m learning things I hadn’t heard from my band teacher. I may be busier now but I like playing music more!
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Alexi Phares-Culver
I like playing music more now!

If you have a son or daughter that is curious or motivated [about sax or clarinet] or even in a rut looking for new challenges, ideas, and practice methods, give [lessons with Mary Ellen] a shot! If you’re clear about your goals, Mary Ellen always responds and is flexible with her teaching techniques.
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Zea tenor sax student
Give it a shot!

Since taking saxophone lessons with Mary Ellen Grace, I’ve become a lot more confident in my playing. I’ve learned things about playing the sax that I wasn’t taught at school and I always leave class with more knowledge.
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Omar Vargas, Jr
More Confident Playing