Will Walker

Safe Space To Make Mistakes

I think the best thing about lessons with Mary Ellen is that she makes music fun, and Will is excited enough about music that he makes time to practice almost every day without any reminders from his parents. --Laurel Walker
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Colson Nov 2021 recital

Lessons provide mastery & motivation

Colson's playing after 2 years with her seriously blows us away. Playing with her and having the experience of regular recitals vs. just playing in band has given him a sense of mastery that has motivated him to commit to another year. He admires the older kids at the recitals and the exposure to them really gives him something to strive for.  We can't recommend Mary Ellen enough! --Jennifer New
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Alan Patterson 2021

Social Connection & Positive Activity

The lessons you've provided have been such a positive thing for Alan. For a shy guy, it has provided a great opportunity to find confidence in front of a crowd, and provided a nice place to land in high school -- to be in the concert band. - Jen Patterson, 2021
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Ella clarinet student

Beams with Confidence

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. -- Steph Evans
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Dooley Kim

Hard work improves my skills

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! --Dooley Kim
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Deborah Hoff

Stress is reduced by learning to play clarinet

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. --Deborah Hoff
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Alexi Phares-Culver

I like playing music more now!

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! --Lexi Phares-Culver
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