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The Owner

Owner

Sherry Miller is the owner and one of the piano teachers at S Music Studio. She has been teaching piano and voice for over 40 years. Her B.S. in Music Education is from West Chester University. Sherry has been involved in music since middle school. She loves teaching, working with children and helping her teachers be the best they can be. Providing music lessons for the residents of the MOT area is a dream come true.

Sherry has been married for over 40 years and has 2 married girls and 6 grandsons and 1 very spoiled little princess. When not teaching she loves spending time with her children and grandchildren, reading books and gardening. Sherry's husband is an associate pastor at Love of Christ Church where she play the keyboard with the worship band. 

 

Director

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Morgan Whitcraft has played violin for 30 years, and has taught for nearly 20 years. She was first enrolled in musical instruction at the age of three, when her grandfather watched her become captivated by violinist Ithzak Perlman's television performance. Soon after she began instruction in flute and piano.

The Suzuki method helped foster Morgan's early musical education, and was influential in developing her passion for music and the desire to share music with others. After completing the method at age twelve she established her own private studio at fourteen; she has not stopped teaching music since. She has received training in the Suzuki method and specializes in teaching younger children.

As a young adult Morgan majored in Violin Performance and Music Education at the Hartt School of Music, as well as studying at the University of Delaware with world-renowned violinist Xiang Gao. She took the role of Assistant Concertmaster in Newark Symphony for four years, and is often found collaborating with other members to form small ensembles for seasonal performances. Morgan is currently a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association, and is also a certified Kindermusik instructor.

Teachers

Penny Mears graduated from Lee University with a degree in music and has taught piano lessons for the past 35 years.  She has accompanied choirs led worship and taught privately throughout her career.  She homeschooled her 4 boys and still teaches history at Mount Sophia Academy.  Penny is an accomplished teacher who loves working with children. 

Andrew Denneny is currently a student at Delaware Technical & Community College, studying to be a math teacher. He has been playing piano since he was 12 years old, and has lots of music experience, including marching band, symphonic band, musical theater, music theory, and concert choir. He is also actively involved in a local competitive drumline team. 

Herbie Maitlandt began playing guitar at an early age, spurred on by his cousin. After initial meetings with his cousin, he decided to leap into the deep end of the pool. His formal studies began with Sal Salvador and Joe Carter in New York. After high school he continued his studies at Lehman College with the primary focus being on performance.

Herb began teaching after one of his teachers recommended him for a teaching position at, The American Institute of Guitar in New York. Along the way he has performed across the country as well as Europe and Asia.

In his lessons, the focus is on the student and how far they wish to take their playing and studies. Above all else, it’s going to be a fun experience for both student and teacher.

Kelly Willburn has enjoyed music since she was a child, starting with singing in church. Soon after that she took piano lessons and started playing violin at her elementary school. As she began middle school she picked up the cello and fell in love with its beautiful sound.

In 7th grade she joined her first youth community orchestra and soon thereafter a more advanced group called the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra. She went on tour at 14 years old with this orchestra and performed in several cities in China as part of the prelude to the 2008 Olympics. At 17, she went on tour again to Germany and Austria. During high school she played with the school orchestra at many California Music Festival competitions, including competing as a part of several quartets.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Food Science. She still enjoys science and baking along with her love of music.

Kelly teaches both cello, her main instrument and violin. She is looking forward to working with cello and violin students at S Music Studio. 

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Manny Scott is a percussion-concentrated Music Student at Delaware state University. His interest in music started at the young age of five years old. Introduced to drums by his father, Manny grew an early love and passion for music. He started playing snare drum for the band in the fourth grade, then, from 5th to 6th grade, he joined the intermediate band. During the spring of 2010 and 2011, He was selected as a percussionist for the Kent County Junior Honors Band. By high school, Manny was playing for every ensemble, including symphonic, jazz, and marching band. In the marching band, he served as the drumline section leader and has been knowledgeable in a variety of different percussion

Manny served a majority of his college matriculation as a Symphonic percussionist, jazz pianist, and marching band percussionist, with prior experience and knowledge on every marching drum. 

He is currently a church organist and drummer in the Delaware area. “Music is my everything.” says Manny. He aspires to teach the next generation after him to develop that same love for music. Manny is approaching his senior year of his Music curriculum, and plans to perform, create, and teach music.

Haley has loved music for as long as she can remember. She began piano lessons at the age of 8 and continued exploring music throughout middle school, high school, and college. She graduated with a BA in Spanish Education from the University of Delaware and has been joyfully teaching both music and Spanish for students of all ages for over 10 years. In her free time, Haley can be found spending time with her family, painting, cooking, and speaking Español.

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Judy Johnson is a student at Appoquinimink High School. She has played piano since she was 3 years old and currently plays piano for her high school jazz band and clarinet for the marching band. Judy can also play bluegrass music on her guitar.

Amanda Ostrusky graduated from Susquehanna University with a degree in music education. Her area of focus in college was instrumental and vocal. This is her 23rd year of teaching. Her experience includes middle school choir, band, theater, and general music. She also taught music, choir, band and theater at Bunker Hill Elementary from 2009-2018. 

She is currently a middle school band director at Cantwell’s Bridge Middle School in Odessa. 

In her spare time she loves to get crafty and create, sing in a local community choir and perform on tuba. She has played tuba and taught brass lessons since 1994. 

At the Barn Amanda teaches piano, voice, and instrumental lessons. (Brass and some woodwinds)

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