Mary Claire Murphy
Bowling Green, OH
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Mary Claire Murphy

Mary Claire M.

Bowling Green, OH
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Beginner, Intermediate
Hi there! My name is Mary Claire M., and I am so excited that you are exploring piano lessons! You are embarking on an enriching and rewarding journey. My passion is accompanying you on that journey, helping you to discover your inherent musicality and to develop and appreciate its role in your life. I offer 30 or 60-minute piano lessons in an online or in-person format for youth and adults. During lessons with me, you can anticipate to gain knowledge of: reading, writing, and performing music; Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Contemporary, and other musical styles and genres; fundamental theory and analysis, history, listening, and music appreciation. I hope to hear from you soon!

About Mary Claire M.

Mary Claire M. grew up with seven siblings on a small farm in northwest Ohio. She began studying piano when she was eight years old and continued studying music at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. There, Mary Claire was awarded Xavier’s Presidential and McCauley Music scholarships and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Her concentrations were piano performance and composition, which she studied under Dr. Polina Bespalko and Dr. Kaleel Skeirik, respectively. Prior to graduation, she travelled abroad to teach general music and piano lessons in Costa Rica, received the West Hills College Piano Award for her solo performances, and performed as an accompanist for the Cincinnati Children’s Choir.

Mary Claire is now an active member of greater Toledo’s musical community. She has taught Pre-K through 8th grade music at St. Augustine in Napoleon, Ohio, and 6th-12th grade music at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio. Inspired to foster music education, she founded Field Lily Music to offer private piano lessons to local students. Mary Claire was awarded a tuition scholarship and music theory assistantship at Bowling Green State University, where she then completed a Master of Music Composition degree. At Bowling Green, she studied under Marilyn Shrude and Christopher Dietz and received additional instruction from Mikel Kuehn.

The National Federation of Music Clubs recognized Mary Claire’s piano solo Cenote Dos Ojos with the 2019 Marion Richter Composition Award. She continues to take special interest in piano solo composition and has an affinity for writing lullabies. She also strives to write poignant musical narratives which juxtapose moments of thoughtful intimacy with simple grandeur to create an experience that is authentic, unapologetically emotional, and visceral.

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Gerald F. Miller
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I have been taking lessons with Mary Claire for the past three years in her studio. She is absolutely amazing! Very knowledgeable and an extremely good pianist and teacher. I am an adult beginner and has taught me so much. She is very patient with my music and has always given constructive input. She frames things in creative and easy to understand ways. I highly recommend.

Posted Oct 7, 2021

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Experience

Private Piano Lessons Teacher
Jul 2017 - Present

Field Lily Music Studio

Music and Class Piano Teacher (Grades 6-12)
Aug 2020 - May 2021

St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, OH

Graduate Assistant in Music Theory
Aug 2018 - May 2020

Bowling Green State University

Music Teacher (PreK-8)
Aug 2017 - May 2018

St. Augustine in Napoleon, OH

Education

MM in Composition
Aug 2018 - May 2020

Bowling Green State University

BA in music with concentrations in piano performance and composition
Aug 2013 - May 2017

Xavier University

Awards

2019 Marion Richter Composition Award
May 2019

National Federation of Music Clubs

Affiliations

National Federation of Music Clubs
Aug 2018
Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of the United States, and is the only music organization member of the United Nations. NFMC provides opportunities for musical study, performance and appreciation to more than 200,000 senior, student and junior members in 6,500 music-related clubs and organizations nationwide. Members are professional and amateur musicians, vocalists, composers, dancers, performing artists, arts and music educators, music students, generous music patrons and benefactors, and music lovers of all ages.
Music Teachers National Association
Aug 2018
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
ASCAP
Jul 2017
ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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