Young Mary Ellen at the pianoI love music. I love sharing my knowledge of music. I got an early start with music (that’s me at left) and have continued exploring and tasting all that music has to offer.

All that music has to offer. Music has quite a lot to offer and I don’t feel finished learning. That philosophy and my openness to try new things make me an excellent teacher. Just listen to what some of my students have had to say:

In my late 30’s I decided to learn to play the saxophone. Mary Ellen is detailed oriented and VERY patient. She made the simplest exercises fun, allowing me to forget how difficult learning an instrument can be.  — Brian Harris


Meg, you’re a gem! Our family has been exposed to many music teachers over the years, but none have brought such passion and creativity to each individual lesson. Your efforts to inspire my daughter to do more than simply play a song proficiently is a most commendable gift. (My daughter,) Joie has learned so much working with you – and had fun to boot!  Thank you.” — Deedie Bassham


Mary Ellen with soprano saxMary Ellen is an awesome teacher! She is always positive and energetic and patient. She pushes me out of my comfort zone, though it is for the better. It expands my musical knowledge and skill set.

Taking lessons with Mary Ellen has made me a more determined person. In band class, when I did not know how to play a part or was having difficulty with a section of the music, I would drop out and let the other members of my section cover the part.

Through my lessons, I was forced in a good way, to play through the difficult parts and master the piece. I became more determined to be one of the best clarinet players around!

Mary Ellen is always helpful and insightful. Whenever I need help or am struggling, she tells me of numerous ways to make the tone sound brilliant, or ways to understand and play the music correctly. I am very grateful to Mary Ellen.” — Katy Kimes

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