Mary Yerks

My passion is teaching music to students of all ages, it is especially rewarding to see a student grasp a new concept and then convert that concept to music.  


Education
            BS in music education from Southwest Minnesota State University
            Also studied Sacred Music at Concordia University, St. Paul, MN 
            Seminars focusing on new teaching materials for all instruments
            Seminars on Handbell techniques

Instruments Studied
            Organ
            Piano
            Clarinet
            Saxophone
            Flute
            Brass Methods
            Percussion Methods
            Guitar
            Handbells

Teaching Experience
            Taught music in Sunday School starting in Junior High
            Began teaching private lessons when in High School
            Tutored band students while in college
            Band Director of grades 5-12 for 2 years
            Private music teacher for over 40 years
            Handbell Musician for over 30 years (directing and teaching workshops)

Performing Experience
            Elementary School – Band
            Junior – Senior High – Band, Choir, Theater, Substitute church organist
            College – Band, Choir, Theater, Substitute church organist
            Adult – Church organist, Church Choir Director, Community Band, Community
                        Choir, Community Theater, Church Handbell Ringer and Director,
                        Bells of the Lakes, Twin Cities Bronze, Maple Grove Jazz Ensemble,
                        Church Brass Ensemble

Memberships
            Music Teachers National Association
            Minnesota Music Teachers Association
            Handbell Musicians of America