About Marlene Markard
Marlene (pron. Mar-lay-na) Markard has been making music since she was a young child and is passionate about playing, teaching, and making music with others. A classically-trained pianist, licensed Musikgarten teacher, and music educator with more than 10 years of teaching experience, Marlene is the Founder of Markard Music, a vibrant music studio serving the East End of Long Island. Marlene gives private in-home piano lessons to students of all ages and teaches early childhood music classes as part of the Musikgarten curriculum. Marlene is on the faculty of the Children's Museum of the East End, the Southampton Cultural Center, and the East End Arts School. Most recently, she was also a teaching artist at The Rainbow School in Bridgehampton and the Childcare Center of the Hamptons in Southampton.
From January - July 2019, Marlene is taking a working sabbatical in Boston, where she is completing her Graduate Certificate in Music Education and Autism at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music. This program is being offered in conjunction with the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (BIAESN). Marlene has also joined the Saturday faculty of BIAESN at the Boston Conservatory, where she teaches piano and general music to students with special needs and twice exceptional students. As part of her graduate-level work, Marlene has been developing a set of strategies to help high-functioning special needs student learn to play the piano. She is scheduled to present her strategies at BIAESN's ABLE (Arts Better the Lives of Everyone) conference in April 2019 at the Berklee College of Music.
In addition to teaching, Marlene has enjoyed an active concert schedule as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and church musician on Long Island. She attended the Pre-College Divisions of The Juilliard School, The Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music, from which she earned her Music Certificate. She holds a B.A, cum laude, in English Literature and Music from Barnard College, where she was a cross-registration student at The Manhattan School of Music. Marlene has participated in international music festivals and in master classes with Yo Yo Ma and Yevgeny Kissin. Her teachers have included Dalia Sakas, Jane Carlson, Solomon Mikowsky, Arkady Aronov, and Blanche Abram.
She is a member of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA). An advocate for early childhood music education, Marlene has appeared as a guest speaker at libraries, schools, churches, and other venues in the Hamptons and on Long Island to speak with parents and educators about the benefits of early childhood music education. She has also written and published children’s books that are intended to introduce children to different aspects of music.
In 2008, Marlene self-financed and recorded her first CD, Healing Harmony, at The Looking Glass Studio, Philip Glass’ recording studio in New York City. Inspired by her mother’s battle with breast cancer, Marlene recorded Healing Harmony to lift the spirits and improve the quality of life of those living with cancer. She donates a portion of the proceeds from sales of Healing Harmony to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Marlene is currently working on her second CD, which will be a collection of traditional and untraditional lullabies for children.
Born and raised in New York City, Marlene lives in East Hampton with her family.
Marlene is thrilled to be able to share music with you and your family. She looks forward to guiding you and your child down the road to music literacy and to a life-long love of music!
Musikgarten was founded in 1994 by Dr. Lorna Lutz Heyge and Audrey Sillick, both eary childhood music educators for over 35 years. Musikgarten is a leader in early childhood music education. The full Musikgarten program offers a complete multi-year educational program that helps infants, toddlers, and children develop a deep love of music and the ability to express it. Musikgarten has created beautiful audio CD consisting of music sung and recorded by professional musicians and youth choirs from around the world. These CDs include the songs we sing in class. Musikgarten also provides age-appropriate instruments, parent guidebooks, and parent education materials. These home materials reinforce lessons and involve the whole family in making music.
Musikgarten’s teachers are expertly-trained music and education professionals with a love of music and early music education. Musikgarten has teachers throughout the world, including hundreds of Musikgarten studios in North America. The Musikgarten curricula have also been adapted and are used extensively in many foreign countries, including Germany, Malaysia, Korea, China, Austria, Switzerland, South Africa, New Zealand, and Taiwan.
Musikgarten believes in teaching children to value and respect our natural environment, which is evident in its commitment to use instruments and packaging that are eco-friendly.
For years, studies have shown the cognitive, developmental, social, and emotional benefits of early music education. Participating in the Musikgarten program can give your child a learning advantage for life at an affordable price.