Traverse City School of Music Instructors

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Woodwinds

Katherine Beier

Flute & Saxophone

Katherine Beier is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree. Beier also holds a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Wisconsin. She is currently the associate principal flutist for the Northport Concert Band, a master class instructor and soloist, and a woodwind quintet and flute choir member.

 

“My teaching style was developed to enhance every individual and help students reach their goals. Commitment, competitiveness, and a love of music are qualities that I encourage and develop in my teaching of music as a universal language.”

Kathy Will

Bassoon

Kathy Will brings over 30 years of teaching experience to Marshall Music.  A graduate of the University of Cincinnati (CCM) and the University of Michigan School of Music, she teaches piano, voice, and bassoon.  Kathy has spent most of her career teaching instrumental and vocal music in the public schools, and also spent eight years as principal bassoonist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Today she is the Music and Worship Coordinator at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City, where she directs both an adult and a children’s choir, and serves as organist.

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Orchestral Strings

 

​Margaret O'Leary

Violin & Viola

Margaret O'Leary is a Traverse City native who has enjoyed playing viola for the past eight years. She recently graduated from Traverse City West Senior High School in 2017 and is currently attending Northwestern Michigan College. She plans to continue her education to achieve a degree in occupational therapy and music therapy. O’Leary enjoys playing with the Benzie Area Symphony Orchestra. She teaches with the Suzuki method for beginning violinists and violists.

Christine Williams

Cello, Fiddle, & Beginning Violin

Christine Williams received a BA in music from Western Michigan University. In 1983 she became a registered Suzuki instructor. Williams has earned an elementary endorsement and a master’s degree from Grand Valley State University in gifted and talented education. She has taught music in various schools including Northwestern Michigan College and the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. She has created Baker’s Dozen Music Books for teaching fiddle tunes to students with different playing abilities. Williams’ mission is to strengthen families and build community through shared musical enjoyment, quality instruction, and customized support materials.

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Guitar & Percussion

 

Katherine Beier

Percussion

Katherine Beier is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree. Beier also holds a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Wisconsin. She is currently the associate principal flutist for the Northport Concert Band, a master class instructor and soloist, and a woodwind quintet and flute choir member.

 

“My teaching style was developed to enhance every individual and help students reach their goals. Commitment, competitiveness, and a love of music are qualities that I encourage and develop in my teaching of music as a universal language.”

Lisa Clement

Guitar

Lisa Clement has taught at Marshall Music since November of 2008. She has been instructing students her share her passion for music since 1980. At the age of eight, Clement was enrolled in formal piano instruction and continued her study for 10 years, her last two years of which were under the instruction of a teacher she connected with through the Interlochen Arts Academy. She has been proficient on the guitar since the age of 15. She has had the pleasure of accompanying students on the piano during Solo and Ensemble and is the Worship Leader/Pianist for Honor Congregational Church, a position she has held for over 20 years. Her students have ranged from 5 to 80 years of age. Clement has had the privilege of teaching students with different levels of musicianship and learning ability. She enjoys working with her students and helping them to develop the musical talent within.

Lukas Krolikowski

Guitar

Lukas A. Krolikowski grew up in rural Illinois and received his first guitar in middle school. He quickly took to rock and roll and began teaching his friends lessons after school, learning then that music was his calling. After he received his Bachelor of Music degree from Millikin University in 2009, Krolikowski went on to teach at a local music shop while pursuing his Masters of Music from Illinois State University, where he graduated in 2013. He began teaching at Millikin in 2011, where he also led guitar summer camps. He would go on to serve on the faculty of Illinois State University, the preparatory department of Illinois Wesleyan, as well as Illinois Central College and Heartland Community College.

 

Krolikowski is an active performer, playing at restaurants, bars, coffee shops, art galleries, retirement communities, and libraries, and he continues to give annual recitals. He has played in many bands including The Great Waltz as the lead guitarist and producer, and The Illinois Nationals, where he played banjo, harmonica, drums, and auxiliary percussion, among other parts. Krolikowski is dedicated to continuing the long standing tradition of the composer/guitarist by writing new works for solo guitar, guitar ensemble, and chamber music featuring the guitar, as well as arranging popular music for the instrument. He resides in Traverse City with his wife Renée and their cat Boris.

Martha Meek

Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, & Mandolin

Martha Meek is a graduate of Rockford Public High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies from Albion College.

Meek’s private teaching is her main endeavor. She has taught music lessons privately in the Suttons Bay area and beyond, on and off, since the late ‘70s, and full time since the late ‘90s. Meek teaches students of all ages on guitar, piano, band instruments, bass guitar, ukulele, and mandolin. She also teaches music theory and composition.

Meeks says, “Teaching is my gift, and I really love it! I love watching students grow musically. Some people are born performers; others are composers; still, others are great at sound engineering. I am a teacher first and foremost.”

Her dedication to her students is obvious the first day they meet her. Her schedule revolves around their needs. She is constantly finding opportunities for individual student’s interests. She does not have the distractions of a touring musician and is committed to teaching beyond the short term. Some of her students have been with her for 10 years! One such student began her first recital with “How Much is that Doggie in the Window,” and through the years has gathered enough knowledge, experience, and wisdom to perform before 2,000 people.

In addition to a busy teaching schedule, Meek has also been involved in music ministry for many churches over the years.

Matt Sharp

Acoustic, Electric, & Bass Guitar

Matt Sharp knew at the early age of seven that he was destined to study and perform in the music industry. His mother’s love of classical music was a major influence in his desire to become a musician. Sharp has been playing guitar for over 31 years and has been teaching all ages and experience levels for 17 years. He has spent the last 12 years teaching at Marshall Music.

 

Sharp teaches all genres of music and specializes in theory, rock, metal, blues, funk, country, and fold. He also teaches introduction to finger style and classical music along with different bass picking, finger, and slap techniques. His tools of the trade are electric, bass, steel, and nylon string acoustic guitar.

 

In recent years, Sharp has been awarded a top three spot in the Red Hot Best and was a 2014 nominee. He has had the pleasure of studying with many talented musicians and instructors such as Danny Gill, Tom Kolb, Jamie Findley, Paul Hanson, and Nick Nolan, while earning a degree from the Musician’s Institute (GIT) in Los Angeles. Sharp stays busy not only teaching at Marshall Music, but also playing locally with bands for openers, festivals, showcases, and fillers. Nothing brings him greater pleasure than seeing his students sharing their talents with family and friends while continuing their music education through college and music school.

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Piano & Voice

 

Katherine Beier

Piano

Katherine Beier is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree. Beier also holds a Master of Music degree in flute performance from Wisconsin. She is currently the associate principal flutist for the Northport Concert Band, a master class instructor and soloist, and a woodwind quintet and flute choir member.

 

“My teaching style was developed to enhance every individual and help students reach their goals. Commitment, competitiveness, and a love of music are qualities that I encourage and develop in my teaching of music as a universal language.”

Lisa Clement

Piano & Voice

Lisa Clement has taught at Marshall Music since November of 2008. She has been instructing students her share her passion for music since 1980. At the age of eight, Clement was enrolled in formal piano instruction and continued her study for 10 years, her last two years of which were under the instruction of a teacher she connected with through the Interlochen Arts Academy. She has been proficient on the guitar since the age of 15. She has had the pleasure of accompanying students on the piano during Solo and Ensemble and is the Worship Leader/Pianist for Honor Congregational Church, a position she has held for over 20 years. Her students have ranged from 5 to 80 years of age. Clement has had the privilege of teaching students with different levels of musicianship and learning ability. She enjoys working with her students and helping them to develop the musical talent within.

Martha Meek

Piano

Martha Meek is a graduate of Rockford Public High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies from Albion College.

Meek’s private teaching is her main endeavor. She has taught music lessons privately in the Suttons Bay area and beyond, on and off, since the late ‘70s, and full time since the late ‘90s. Meek teaches students of all ages on guitar, piano, band instruments, bass guitar, ukulele, and mandolin. She also teaches music theory and composition.

Meeks says, “Teaching is my gift, and I really love it! I love watching students grow musically. Some people are born performers; others are composers; still, others are great at sound engineering. I am a teacher first and foremost.”

Her dedication to her students is obvious the first day they meet her. Her schedule revolves around their needs. She is constantly finding opportunities for individual student’s interests. She does not have the distractions of a touring musician and is committed to teaching beyond the short term. Some of her students have been with her for 10 years! One such student began her first recital with “How Much is that Doggie in the Window,” and through the years has gathered enough knowledge, experience, and wisdom to perform before 2,000 people.

In addition to a busy teaching schedule, Meek has also been involved in music ministry for many churches over the years.

Linda Stark

Piano

Linda Stark began learning the piano as a kindergarten student at the age of five. Stark furthered her classical instruction under the tutelage of Ms. Elda Sutter, a classical concert pianist and organist who studied at the Eastman school of Music. Growing up, she accompanied middle school and high school choirs and attended the Interlochen Music Camp for piano. She later studied American Music with a minor in piano at Ohio University. During her time at OSU she accompanied a number of other college music majors in a variety of performances. Since college Linda has taught piano, owned her own studio downstate, and helped to create a Center for the Arts Program at Faith Lutheran Church in Troy, Michigan. Stark continues to teach individuals of all age groups and loves to play recreationally. She also accompanies many students at their solo and ensemble festivals.

Kathy Will

Piano & Voice

Kathy Will brings over 30 years of teaching experience to Marshall Music.  A graduate of the University of Cincinnati (CCM) and the University of Michigan School of Music, she teaches piano, voice, and bassoon.  Will has spent most of her career teaching instrumental and vocal music in the public schools, and also spent eight years as principal bassoonist with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra. Today she is the Music and Worship Coordinator at Grace Episcopal Church in Traverse City, where she directs both an adult and a children’s choir, and serves as organist.

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