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 10 years and continues to grow. Sherry is very excited about her second studio called S Music Studio at the Barn, 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 38 years and has 2 married girls and 5 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.
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.
From an early age Claire Lee studied with her mother and other outstanding teachers and participated in many musical activities.
On full scholarship for seven years she earned a bachelor of music degree in piano from Louisiana State University and two master's degrees in musicology and piano performance from Tulane University , New Orleans, La., where she studied with Silvia Zaremba, concert pianist.
She has taught piano and theory in three colleges in Louisiana and Florida, private piano for fifty years, and served as judge for various contests and music festivals.
Her students have placed first in the district concerto competition, performed with the Northwest Florida Symphony, won various competitions, and received consistent superior ratings in the annual National Federation of Music Clubs student day. Many of her students have earned degrees in piano on scholarship.
She writes: "I thoroughly enjoy teaching all ages, building technique and helping each student artistically express himself through music."
Debbie Loftis studied guitar at Caruso’s Music School in Brookhaven, PA where she was trained in a variety of styles.
Following her guitar studies at Caruso’s Music School, she earned a degree in biomedical technology. After working in the field for several years, she returned to her musical roots and taught guitar classes and private lessons at various schools throughout the tri-state area.
Debbie’s teaching experience and personal studies include rock, blues, jazz, contemporary and traditional Christian, solo improvisation, beginner classical, and some country.
With over 20 years of experience as a guitar instructor, Debbie is one of the most-sought after female guitar teachers in the area.
Vanessa Drews is a senior at the University of Delaware studying early childhood development. Vanessa works with our younger children teaching WunderKeys as well as beginner piano. Her students love her and she loves teaching.
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 Elementary Education. 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.
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.
"Jason Golden began studying music in Elementary School on the Alto Saxophone. By High School he had discovered Guitar and spent his first year studying with a blind teacher who was classically trained at Berklee. This inspired Jason to continue his music studies at the University of Delaware where he completed a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Jazz Theory. This is also where he met his awesome wife.
Jason and his wife recently relocated to the Middletown area and welcomed their first son. Jason has taken on the role of full-time dad, opting to stay at home to raise his son. He began teaching guitar part-time and discovered a passion for helping others take their first steps on a life-long music journey. "
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.
Heather Walls has been practicing and performing voice for 18 years. She has performed in local theaters as well as All-State Choir. After high school she continued her studies at Cecil College, earning an Associate's Degree in Music with a Voice concentration. She is passionate about teaching voice as well as the fundamentals of music theory.
Heather is also a mom of two children and loves working with our young kids.
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.
Kyle Merritt has been playing music since the age of 7 and has enjoyed every minutes of it. His main instrument is guitar, and he is extremely passionate about it. In 2019, he played in the Orchestra Pit for the University of Delaware, where he hopes to attend for college as a music major. He also plays Electric guitar weekly in a band at Love of Christ Church.
Julia Cohen is a musician from NYC, and specializes in Voice/Piano instruction. With a bachelor’s degree in both Music (concentration and Composition & Theory) and Psychology from Muhlenberg College, she moved to Delaware in September to teach Music and Horseback riding. In addition to having been a camp counselor for numerous summers, she has experience also teaching musical theatre in classes and workshops (Broadway Bound Kids, the Cathedral School). Her most notable roles include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Narrator), RENT (Mimi Marquez), Guys & Dolls (Adelaide), and even performing at Joe’s Pub in NYC. She trained at Bloomingdale’s School of Music, the Brooklyn Friends School, and was also instructed in piano by Arden Delacey, who continues to support and inspire her through her professional career.