Marlene Stenuf inside her newly opened music studio on Fennell Street in Skaneateles.
Skaneateles residents interested in learning to play piano or getting one-on-one piano or vocal instruction now have an option available without leaving town.
As of Aug. 1, Stenuf Music Studio is open for business in Skaneateles. Owner and instructor Marlene Stenuf specializes in piano and voice lessons and takes students of any age or experience level.
After spending 10 years in Camillus and 20 years in Marcellus, Stenuf said she moved her business to be closer to her home (in Skaneateles) and also to fill a need that she saw in the community for music instruction.
Her new location is at 27 Fennell St. in the village, accessible from the rear of the building that houses CVS Pharmacy.
“I wanted to come to Skaneateles to afford the community an opportunity to take lessons from a highly-trained, well-educated professional,” she said.
The daughter of Austrian immigrants, Stenuf is a graduate of Syracuse University, where she earned a master’s degree specializing in both music performance and music education, an ideal combination for a music teacher, she said.
Though she studied under a number of renowned instructors and has performed in ensembles over the years, she said she no longer is interested in performing and wants to focus more on teaching.
The one-room studio used to be an office space but was refurbished to be more suitable for music as well as relaxation, Stenuf said.
Having a lifestyle that involves playing an instrument and appreciating music on a daily basis should be something everyone does, Stenuf said.
“I cannot imagine getting up in the morning and not enjoying music in my life. It’s so enriching; it’s so beautiful” she said.
Playing music has been shown to improve performance in school as well as overall critical thinking in people of all ages, she said.