Mary Hanna - Piano, Voice, Woodwind
Owner/Head Teacher Mary Melodies - Mary Hanna graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education K-12 from the University of Arkansas in 1993. She currently performs with the Dallas Symphony Chorus as a Soprano and the McKinney Community Band as Clarinetist. She has taught in Arkansas, Virginia, Oklahoma, London, England and Texas. Mary and her husband, Michael have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. The two oldest are grown and out on their own. The youngest is junior Tarleton State. Mary and Michael have 3 little dogs that they just adore and love spending time with (Prissy, Sky, and Rufus). Mary has been teaching private lessons for 30 years and taught public school for 10. After a lifetime of performing and teaching instrumentally and vocally (since the age of 7 and 23), it is Mary's passion for the gift of music that has inspired her to finally accomplish her dream of opening a private lesson studio. Mary also enjoys performing in music theater and recently was the Music Director for Mary Poppins AND played Mrs. Banks at Artisan Theater in Hurst. And when she gets the chance, it's always fun to visit Winspear Opera House in Dallas for a good musical or opera!!! Mary currently belongs to the Music Teacher's National Association (MTNA)
Makenna Riley - Violin, Viola
Makenna Riley has been studying the violin for over 17 years and is a registered Suzuki teacher. Makenna was first drawn to the violin at six years old after being mesmerized by a friend playing violin at her church. She begged her parents for violin lessons and began studying under that same young woman who drew her to the violin in the first place. It wasn't long after that she began studying classical violin under Bulgarian violinist, Mr. Hagope Amahian. She then began playing in the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. At twelve, her family moved to Texas and Makenna began studying under Mrs. Heidi Itashiki and played in the New Conservatory of Dallas. In high school, Makenna began studying the Susuki method under Mrs. Elizabeth Graves where she honed her violin’s emotional sound. She enjoyed playing beautiful symphonies with the Texas All Region Orchestra and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra and even learned a little fiddling on the side. She found that she really enjoyed the fun and energetic sound of the fiddle and won her first grand prize in the youth division of the Garland Fiddle Contest. Since graduating high school, Makenna enjoys performing at various Dallas venues with her sister in the band, Riley/Riley. She has also performed for weddings, worship concerts, and with The Greater Rockwall Philharmonic, Rockwall Summer Musicals, and Celebrate Freedom Concert. Through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Makenna has received teacher training under Judy Bossuat-Gallic, Charles Krigbaum, and Rolando Freitag.
Howard Deselle IV, Percussion
Howard grew up in central Louisiana and has been playing drums and percussion for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana where he received his Bachelor of Music Education and Masters of Music. While in Natchitoches Desselle was a member of the Spirit of Northwestern Demon Marching Band and performed in many different types of ensembles including percussion ensembles, choir, and symphony orchestra. From 2010-2013 Desselle was the Director of Percussion at Lafayette High School in Lafayette Louisiana where he taught and arranged music for the percussion section and taught music theory classes. While with the LHS mighty lion band they received the National Championship for class AAA at the Bands of America Grand National Championships in Indianapolis Indiana (2011). In 2014 Desselle graduated from the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media in Atlanta, GA where he studied drum set with world renown instructors including Tom Knight (former drummer for TLC), Creig Harber, and Eric Sanders. Upon graduation from AIMM Desselle returned to LA where he gigged with many types of rock, country, funk, blues and jazz bands in New Orleans and continued to teach drum lines and private drum set lessons. Throughout his career Desselle has performed in many different settings including everything from professional symphony orchestras to African hand drumming workshops and contemporary churches, and music festivals. Desselle is currently living in Royse City and teaches percussion for Rockwall ISD.
Tanner Glaess - Guitar, Ukulele
After picking up the guitar at the age of 14, Tanner grew to have a great love for the instrument. Through the majority of the next decade, Tanner spent his time honing his skill with the instrument and pursuing higher education. Years of practice have allowed Tanner to perform at churches, camps and various venues across Texas and Oklahoma. Tanner is a graduate of Texas A&M University – Commerce and is currently the lead guitar player at Highland Terrace Baptist Church.
Sally Riman - Violin, Cello, Brass, Piano
I am a long-time music teacher from up north! I never met an instrument I did not want to play. I began early on piano, moved on to flute, euphonium, viola, guitar and trombone all before the end of High School. I majored in Music Education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. I taught beginning brass band at the Salvation Army while I was in school and then taught music in Rochester. I moved to Canada, where I taught adult guitar, flute and many other instruments (including accordion); having married a Canadian. I had my children while in Ottawa, then moved to Maine, where I taught in elementary schools and middle schools, directed musicals, sang in and directed choirs, joined a Kantele group (go ahead, ask me!), learned/then taught clog dancing, played guitar, keyboard, bass and congas on church worship teams, joined a fiddle group, in which I played fiddle & cello, learned step-dancing and went to adult music camps to learn more. I also collected instruments, which I intended to learn and began taking them to the camps to work on them. Since moving to Texas, I have done three or four long-term music sub positions, which included classroom, band and orchestra and some one-day jobs, too. I am looking forward to making music with you!
Carol graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education k-12 from Evangel University, Springfield, MO. In 1996. She currently teaches various subjects as a substitute teacher for Farmersville and McKinney. She has taught elementary music, middle school and high school choir, high-school drama, private voice, flute and piano in Missouri and Texas. Since age 7, Carol has enjoyed learning various types of instruments including the flute, piano and voice. While obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Evangel University, she had the opportunity to travel with the concert choir to New York and sing on the stage at Carnegie Hall. Carol’s love for musical expression and dramatic interpretation with song, has given her the opportunity to share her love a music for almost 40 years. Carol, her husband Jarl Jackson and their two dogs Piper and Ranger live in Princeton, Texas.
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