I offer high-quality music education to students of all ages, levels, backgrounds, and abilities in engaging, nurturing spaces and formats that are universally designed to optimize learning, build music literacy, foster a life-long love of music, and develop critical life skills.
My students represent an age-diverse, neuro-diverse, background-diverse population of individuals, including:
students from 6 months to 106 years!
students from different ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds
students at different levels of music literacy
typically developing students
gifted and twice exceptional learners
- students with a wide range of exceptionalities, such as autism, ADD, ADHD, physical handicaps, cognitive impairments, social-emotional impairments, behavioral challenges, and learning disabilities
- Fellow educators, education professionals, and parents
I founded my music studio, Markard Music, in 2015 to offer early childhood music classes and private piano lessons to students of all ages on the East End of Long Island. I yearned to deepen my own teaching and expand my studio, so I entered the Music Education and Autism program at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music in 2018. I also joined the teaching staff of the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (the BIAESN) and began teaching a wide range of students in the Boston area. I learned more from these experiences than I ever expected. Not only did I deepen my own skill set, but I became a master teacher, an education innovator, and an music education advocate for students of all ages, levels, backgrounds, and abilities.
Eager to serve a much broader population of students, parents, and education professionals, I have expanded Markard Music through the years. My studio is now inclusive, offering general music classes and private piano lessons to students of all ages, levels, backgrounds, abilities, and exceptionalities. I now serve students on the East End of Long Island and in the Boston area. In 2019, I established IncludED, my professional development practice, offering professional development workshops to education professionals, parents, and homeschoolers. And in 2020, I launched MusiKids, a monthly children's music magazine for children, developmental ages five through eight.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and differentiated instruction are cornerstones of my teaching. These philosophies are reflected in the lesson plans I design, the materials I create, the classes I teach, the students I inspire, and the parents and professionals I support. My students experience learning in safe, nurturing and engaging spaces that are designed to educate the whole student while building music literacy, fostering a life-long love of music, facilitating social-emotional development, and cultivating critical life skills.
I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning. - Plato