Piano Instructor Biography
Mary Varni’s first memories of music were with her grandma, who taught Mary and her sisters how to play fun tunes on the piano. Her dad was also instrumental in encouraging a love of music in his daughters; Mary was part of the band and helped lead singing at St. Francis Borgia Parish in grade school and junior high.
In fifth grade, Mary enrolled in private piano lessons with Mrs. Jacqueline Miller, Washington. “Aunt Jackie” challenged Mary to broaden her musical studies beyond weekly lessons. With her encouragement, Mary attended master’s classes, played at recitals, entered local and state piano competitions and shared her gift of music with the community.
As Mary’s creative interests grew, music remained an important part of her life. While she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications at Culver-Stockton College, she continued taking private piano lessons, singing in the campus choir, participating in recitals and playing piano at college and church events.
Over the years, Mary has been invited to play piano and sing at weddings, and she has served as a song leader and choir member at several Catholic parishes. She currently accompanies the Immaculate Conception Parish Children’s Choir, directed by Nora Bellows, and sings second soprano in the Washington Civic Chorus.
Mary enjoys teaching beginner and intermediate pianists of any age; her current students range from kindergarten students to grandparents. She wants to not only help her students improve their abilities, but also encourage them to love and appreciate music. She has been teaching piano since 2009, and joined the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) in 2014.