Darlene Stammer has taught private piano lessons for over forty five years, including two years of preschool music. She started to study music at the age of five and continued to take private lessons well into her adult years. Mrs. Stammer has attended seminars and workshops at schools throughout the area including Bowling Green State University (including a class in 1986 that emphasized teaching students ages four to nine), University of Toledo, Ohio State University, and the University of Michigan. Featured speakers have included piano pedagogy experts Dennis Alexander, Virginia Marks, Jane and Lisa Bastien, Gayle Kowalchyk, Bradley Sowash, Cristos Tsitaros, the Arganbrights, Maurice Hinson, and Tom Gerou. She is an active member of the Toledo Piano Teachers Association, which, since 2004, has included being a member of the board as the historian. As a member of the TPTA, Mrs. Stammer’s students have participated in master classes with guest artists from around the world. Mrs. Stammer has also been an active member of the Toledo Symphony League’s Educational Program and served as the chairman of the Young Artist Competition for five years. Through the Ohio Music Teachers Association she chaired the Ohio Music Festival at the University of Toledo for several years. In 1998 she was chosen to be 1 of 25 teachers nationwide to attend the Roland Corporation’s Annual Technology Retreat. Many of Mrs. Stammer’s students have continued their music endeavors by majoring in some area of music in college. Many of those who don’t major in music continue music through extracurricular music activities in college and their communities.
Cindy Edwards has taught private piano lessons for over thirty years. She began to study music at age five. For ten years she studied with Elizabeth Gould-Hochman, international composer and pianist. Mrs. Edwards attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, where she studied piano pedagogy and business administration. She has attended seminars and workshops throughout the area including the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, and Bob Jones University. Featured piano pedagogy experts have included Jane and Lisa Bastien, Gayle Kowalchyk, Bradley Sowash, Cristos Tsitsaros, the Arganbrights, Maurice Hinson, and Tom Gerou. Mrs. Edwards has taught and played professionally on military posts in Germany and California. In 1999 she was chosen to be 1 of 40 teachers nationwide to attend the Roland Corporation’s Annual Technology Retreat in Los Angeles, CA, which featured Walter and Carol Noona. As part of the Toledo Piano Teachers Association, Mrs. Edwards’ students have participated in master classes with Lambis Vassiliadis and Mary Touse-Beck. In July 2006 she became the Assistant to the Music Director at Emmanuel Christian School in Toledo, Ohio. Part of her responsibilities includes teaching general music to middle school and maintaining the technology in the music department. In February 2009 Mrs. Edwards became a state board member of the Ohio chapter of the Technology Institute of Music Educators.