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Meet Marsha Medley

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marsha Medley.

Marsha, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I started teaching piano while an undergrad at Mizzou. Since I moved several times with my then husband, I had to restart my teaching business several times in different places. At the same time, I also worked as a church music director and/or organist, where I developed many practical musical skills such as transposing and arranging for amateur musicians. After working at a music studio run by a person of questionable integrity, I decided to start my own music studio where I could teach students and treat people the way I would like to be taught and treated. My goal as a music teacher is to be a better teacher than I had as a young musician. This includes making lessons interesting and fun while teaching excellent techniques and understanding of how to play different musical styles.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Musicians, no matter their particular field, have to hustle. You do not come out of college with a music performance or business degree and step into a job. Many years, I worked side jobs to pay bills while my reputation grew. If you change cities, as I did, you have to start over. Of course, the pandemic forced me to learn to teach online, and I developed a system that made it work well for 90% of my students.

I am so glad to have been in St. Louis for over 25 years, teaching and making music with so many students and musicians who are also now my friends.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I teach children age five through senior citizens. I offer lessons in my home or in the student’s home at different pricing points.

Many of the area music teachers recognize my students by their fine technique and expressiveness of playing. (If music is not expressive, what is the point of doing it?)

I tell history stories about the music and show pictures of composers or places or instruments. Even young students begin to understand different times and cultures.

Since I am also a composer (you can find some of my compositions on sheetmusicplus.com), I started a tradition of composing a unique piece for each of my students as they graduate high school. In order to do so, I think back on pieces the student has enjoyed learning, what his/her personality is or interests are, and what his/her musical skill is. This gift is special for both me and the student.

What matters most to you?
Helping students learn to be good musicians and empathetic people.

How can we live without these?

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