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. Currently performing with the Dallas Symphony Chorus as a Soprano, she has taught in Arkansas, Virginia, Oklahoma, London, England and Texas. Mary and her husband, Michael have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. The three 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!!! Don Giovanni was FAB!
Austin Page - Guitar
I have been playing acoustic and electric guitar for over 20 years, and I am still a student of this beautiful instrument. I am mostly self taught, and influenced by guitar greats of many different styles. I have received some formal music theory instruction over the years, that has proven to be invaluable to my understanding of the guitar. Now, I would love to share the knowledge and passion that I have gained in my journey as a musician, with anyone who is just getting started playing guitar, or just needs a little help progressing.
Ronnie Carpenter - Piano Ronnie Carpenter is a career musician, having served as a minister of music, Christian School administrator, and public school elementary music teacher before retiring from Royse City ISD in 2014. He has decades of experience with one-on-one private piano instruction. Mr. Carpenter is a Music Education graduate of Sam Houston State University and has a master’s degree as well. He lives in Fate with his wife of 47 years, Elaine. He is the father of two children and four grandchildren.
Makenna Riley - Violin
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
Desselle 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 Champoinships 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 drumlines and private drumset 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.
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