Miss. Mary Ann Heym
My Mom loved to play the piano, inspiring me and my sister as children. When I grew, I was awarded a few scholarships and prizes in competitions and adjudications which was encouraging and fun! My favorites were for the Interlochen Arts Camp and The Meadowbrook Festival of Music, where I was happy to sing in the Youth Chorus conducted by Robert Shaw.
After some serious decision making, I entered and graduated from THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL with a Bachelor of Music Degree as a student of Ilona Kabos. While attending, I played for the studios of Dorothy DeLay, Gerald Schwartz, and others. I was offered a Teaching Assistant position at SUNY at Stonybrook, NY, where I earned my Master of Music degree studying Piano Performance with Martin Canin. I also worked in the studio of Bernard Greenhouse, playing for lessons and concerts with his students. There were competitions as well, and prizes! The hardest, and my favorite, was the Busoni International Competition, in Bolzano, Italy.
While I was pursuing a performance career, it happened one day that I helped a colleague by teaching at his school. Students of all ages, some with happy parents, touched my heart with their enthusiasm for learning ALL I could possibly get into a lesson.That day proved I was indeed the daughter and granddaughter of educators. My Mother taught 4th grade, my Grandma taught Kindergarten, and my Grandpa was a high school principal. Finding just the best way to engage and lead each individual seemed natural, and many years of happy success followed. I’m so grateful for the opportunity given me.
To develop Talent in others, Teacher Training is a “must” and I spent weeks and weeks and hundreds of happy hours actively taking classes and observing Master Teachers. Primarily, I studied under Carole Bigler and Valerie Lloyd-Watts at MusicFest/Suzuki Kingston , a Summer Institute located at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Among those I observed were Mary Craig Powell, Alice Joy Lewis, Ray Landers and John Perry. After completing a special class in the Suzuki Piano Method designed for music major graduates, I was invited to return to MusicFest Kingston as an Instructor. I have also studied Parent Education under Jeanne Luedke, and observed and studied Montessori Schools. As time went on, I also became a judge, for special scholarship events, MTNA events, and for The Piano Guild.