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. S Music Studio has been in business for the past 12 years and continues to grow. Sherry is very excited about the opening of her new location on the West side of Middletown. S Music Studio at the Barn offers more group type classes and is located conveniently close to all the new shopping and restaurants on the West side of Middletown.
Sherry has been married for over 40 years and has 2 married girls and 6 grandsons. When not teaching she loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. Sherry is an active member of Love of Christ Church and plays with the worship band each Sunday.
Carissa Pierce is the Director at S Music Studio. In addition she also teaches both group and private students. Carissa has been trained musically in voice and piano as well as working with young children. She is currently doing online classes at University of Valley Forge where she is majoring in church ministry and minoring in worship arts. Carissa is an accomplished worship leader and keyboardist at her church.
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.
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.
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.
Pierce Deshields held his first pair of drumsticks in his church at the age of five. Since then, he has played with multiple choirs and churches throughout Delaware and Maryland, and enjoys teaching kids at his church.
He played drums in elementary school and throughout high school for the chorus, concert, jazz, and marching bands. In Pierce’s last three years of high school, he served as Drum Section Leader and Band President. During his career, he has mastered the snare, tri-tom, quad, and timpani drums. He also played the vibraphones. Pierce created and arranged many drum cadences for his high school marching band, several of which are still being used today.
Pierce began playing for the Church of God in Christ’s Delaware State Choir at the age of 14, and retired after 19 years of service. However, he continues to play regularly for his home church in Millsboro, Delaware.
Andrew Cunningham is a student at Wilmington University working towards a degree in business. Coming from a musical family he was inspired by his grandfather to learn the piano. His grandfather’s playing created a desire in him as a young boy to become a pianist. Having studied since he was a child he has found the piano to be a comfort in the good and difficult times in his life. Andrew’s passion for music has inspired him to write music as well. His love of the piano and contagious smile will have your child looking forward to coming to lessons each week.
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.
Kelsey Owensby has always had a passion for music and has had training in voice and piano. Kelsey was involved in choir and competed in ASCI multiple years with a choir and girls singing group. Kelsey also has a passion for songwriting and has a huge interest in producing music of her own. She has written multiple songs and wants to teach others the pure joy of songwriting.
Peter Serwik is in his second year at U of D studying elementary education with a minor in special education. He loves working with kids as he shares his passion for music with them. Peter started learning the guitar when he was young and was lead guitarist in a rock band while in Highschool. He is proficient at the guitar but can also teach ukulele. He has been teaching guitar privately for a little over 4 years.
Jon has played guitar and bass collectively for 20 years. He's always enjoyed music and the theory behind it. His background is in rock and blues.
One of his passions is teaching others and seeing young musicians find the same joy he's found and discovering untapped potential.