Marlene Markard

Marlene Markard is a music educator, education innovator, education advocate, and entrepreneur.  She holds a Graduate Certificate in Music Education and Autism, summa cum laude, from Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music.  She received her J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she served as the Senior Managing Editor of the Cardozo Women's law Journal.  Marlene earned her B.A., cum laude, in Music and English Literature from Barnard College and her Music Certificate from the Mannes College of Music Pre-College Division, where she studied piano performance with Arkady Aronov.  Other teachers have included:  Dalia Sakas, Jane Carlson, Solomon Mikowsky, and Blanche Abram. For the 2020-21 school year, Marlene will serve as a Post-Graduate Fellow at the Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs (the BIAESN).     

Marlene splits her time between the East End of Long Island and Boston.  For the last six years, Marlene has owned and operated Markard Music, a private music studio that offers early childhood music classes, summer music camps, and private piano lessons to students of all ages, levels, and abilities on the East End.  She has served on the faculty of the East End Arts School, Southampton Cultural Center, and Children’s Museum of the East End.  In Boston, Marlene serves as the Director of the Beethoven Ensemble of the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) as one of the top 98 music programs nationwide.  She is also a member of the teaching staff at the BIAESN, where she teaches general music and piano to students with a wide range of exceptionalities. 

Marlene has presented her work at various arts education conferences, including the ABLE Assembly at the BIAESN.  Marlene actively provides professional development workshops and seminars for educators.  Her professional development practice, IncludED, focuses on teaching other educators and homeschooling parents to use adaptive teaching strategies and methods in their lesson plans and classrooms.  Her concentrations are the use of differentiated instruction and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles.  In 2019, Marlene taught the gifted education class in Boston Conservatory at Berklee College of Music's Music Education and Autism graduate program.


In 2020, Marlene launched, MusiKids, a monthly children's music magazine.  MusiKids teaches children developmental ages five through eight about different aspects of music, music theory, composers, musical genres, and music history through fun and engaging games and activities. ​



Director, Beethoven Ensemble, Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, Boston, MA

Instructor, The Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs, Boston, MA

Piano Instructor, Westwood Prodigy Program, Westwood, MA

Faculty, Children's Museum of the East End, Bridgehampton, NY

Partner/Educator, Summer Music Camp Program, LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton, NY



Faculty, Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton, NY 

Partner/Educator, East End Arts School, Riverhead, NY 

Partner/Educator, Summer Music Camp Program, The Nature Conservancy, Shelter Island, NY 

Teaching Artist, The Rainbow School, Sag Harbor, NY

Teaching Artist, Childcare Center of the Hamptons, Southampton, NY 


Marlene provides a level of enthusiasm and zest for her work that is inspiring to her students and to us as teachers. - Classroom teacher, Josiah Quincy Elementary School