It's Never too Late to Take Music Lessons (Again)
Mary Marina resumed her piano lessons after almost 80 years at age 92
DUNEDIN -- Melanie McWilliams teaches voice and piano lessons at the new Dunedin Community Center in Highlander Park (located at the corner of Pinehurst Road and Michigan Blvd). Melanie also uses her talents at the keyboard to accompany the Dunedin Community Chorus. Over her many years of teaching adult piano classes, Melanie has encountered quite a few students who took piano lessons as children but were discouraged when they were ridiculed or had their fingers whacked for making mistakes.
In describing the progress of her adult piano students, Melanie says (only half seriously), "Once they find out that I am patient and won't whack them, it's amazing how they bloom and how much fun they have!" Melanie is very proud of the progress that her oldest piano student, Mary Marina has made over the past three years. Mary started piano lessons again at age 92. At age 95, Mary has just finished a difficult piano piece from Tchaikowsky's "Swan Lake." Mary thought that the piece would be too complicated to learn because it made her "count" too much. Mary said that she just would rather work on some jazz. But after going through some popular music books and picking out a few pieces, Mary is jammin' away to her heart's content.
If you would like to resume your piano or voice lessons or would like to start taking lessons for the very first time, contact the registration desk at the Dunedin Community Center by calling 812-4530.
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