Mary Mathews is a piano teacher and composer who believes in the music teaching method of Shinichi Suzuki. Mary began her musical studies at age 8 and has been fortunate to study with many master teachers. Her musical interests range from Classical to Jazz to Rock. Also passionate about yoga and meditation, Ms. Mathews incorporates her understanding of energy, motion and the body and relates it to the expression of music. She closely connects to children and uses patience and humor to nurture their musical abilities. She also enjoys teaching adults with young hearts and willingness to learn new things.
Realizing that music study is a life-long pursuit, Mary has continued to refine her musical skills by studying theory and composition with Dr. Susan Fee and performing through participation in local amateur piano groups. She has attended master classes or workshops given by Drs. Marvin Blickenstaff, Ruth Slenzynska, Paul Kenyon, Peter Gach, George Fee, Vania Pimentel, and Diane Snodgrass. As a child she studied with Mildred Bradley Smith, Suzanne Rabaud, Denise Johnson, and Alfred Teltschik.
Mary is a member of MTNA, the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and is a founding teacher of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program. Her students who have tested through the MDP have all received high scores in performance and theory, including one who received a Gold Medal nationally and was asked to play at the state teacher’s conference. Mary is registered with the Suzuki Association of the Americas to teach Piano Books One, Two, Three, and Four and received her training for the first three books of study with the late Doris Koppelman, a pioneer in the American Suzuki piano movement. She teaches both Suzuki and traditional classical piano. Mary holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas in Austin.