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Paula F. Greiner - Piano and Voice Instructor

·         Studied voice with Peter Elvins, Demetra George and Gale Fuller

·         Coached with J. Scott Brumit and Michael Strauss

·         Studied piano with Craig J. Stine

·         Teaching voice and piano for 35 years

·         Director and co-founder of the Queset Community Chorus

·         Founder of The Puppet Project

·         Co-founder of The Shovel Town Ten-minute Play Festival

·         Owner of the Stedfast School of Music and Arts

Paula has been singing professionally since the age of 12 and is best known in the area for her work as a soloist, accompanist, director and teacher. Although her vocal specialties include opera, art song, Broadway and sacred music, she believes that every voice is unique and that sound technique transcends any musical style. She loves to sing and play the piano and is enthusiastic in sharing that joy with others, not only in her performing but also in her teaching. She is devoted to encouraging her students to realize their musical potential through knowledge, performance and hard work.

Contact Paula directly at 508-238-6949 or greiner.paula@gmail.com

 

Mary Parker - Piano, Voice, Recording and Songwriting Instructor

·         13 years of private classical and contemporary piano and voice lessons

·         3 years of jazz piano and ear training classes with Ran Blake at New England Conservatory

·         1 year of piano accompaniment for voice with Gerry Bergonzi (Dave Brubeck Quartet)

·         10 years as piano, keyboard and voice instructor at Mary’s Music Studio in North Easton

·         25 years teaching private piano and voice

·         Musical influences include Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Leonard Cohen, Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles and Norah Jones

Mary has discovered that her strength as a piano and voice teacher comes from over 35 years of constantly improving her own skills. Her success as a good piano and voice teacher has definitely stood the test of time. Many of her students have gone on to incorporating music into their college studies and some have even made music a successful career choice. In addition, her valuable experience as a performer adds another long list of benefits for her students who are interested in auditioning for school plays and musicals, for bands, for professional performances and/or for sharing their talents in church. She has also learned that a patient and relaxed attitude works wonders with people of all ages. She says, “Learning to play the piano or sing songs can be great fun but it requires a serious practice schedule in order for the student to make progress. I feel that at least one year’s commitment to the study of piano and/or voice is needed for that solid beginning to set the stage for better things to come.”

Contact Mary directly at 781-575-1807 or mael20@comcast.net

 

Suzanne Sheppard – Piano, Composition and Theory Instructor

·         Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music – University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

·         Bachelor of Music – New England Conservatory of Music, Boston

·         Over 20 years of teaching experience to students of all ages and levels

·         Experience teaching in own private studio, various community music schools and college campuses

·         Pianist for The Sheppard Sisters, a professional vocal and piano duo, co-founded with mezzo-soprano Lisa Sheppard Hadley, Suzanne’s sister and Easton resident.

·         Former Principal Pianist for The Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education

·         Former Accompanist for the professional ensemble, Labyrinth Choir

·         Former Pianist for the Live Piano Music Program, T.F. Green Airport, Providence, Rhode Island

·         Recipient of numerous awards and grants, including prizes from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, the Composers Guild and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council

·         Published by C.F. Peters Corp., self-published on www.SheetMusicPlus.com

·         Self-produced solo piano CD, On Dove’s Wings, featuring original arrangements, available for listening on www.CDBaby.com/CD/SuzanneSheppard

Suzanne is an accomplished pianist, published composer and experienced educator who enjoys sharing her knowledge with all who are eager to learn. She believes in the value and importance of providing each of her students with a thorough musical education. Therefore, she instructs her piano students in technique, sight-reading, theory, performance skills and general musicianship. Improvisation and/or arranging may be included, with lessons tailored to each individual student. Although classically trained, Suzanne is exceptionally versatile. She will often include a variety of materials in her teaching, seeking to provide a solid foundation while accommodating each student’s individual tastes. Yearly recitals and occasional, informal piano gatherings are organized, so students may gain performance experience. For more information, visit Suzanne’s website at www.SuzanneSheppard.com

Contact Suzanne directly at: 508-801-4241 or Suzanne@SuzanneSheppard.com