Marlene Stenuf inside her newly opened music studio on Fennell Street in Skaneateles.
She has had students whose music skills earned them a scholarship for college. Some schools even offer scholarships for students who minor in music and major in another discipline, she said.
Currently she has students ranging from ages 6 to 86 and says that it is never too late to take up a new instrument.
In fact, many of her students are adults who use playing piano as a way to relax and forget about their stresses and frustrations from work.
A typical class schedule for a beginner is one half-hour session per week, though more advanced students sometimes receive instruction for longer. The types of music the student studies are up to them too. Stenuf said she has students who play jazz, ragtime, classical, showtunes and contemporary pieces for piano and voice.
She also offers special group classes to teach seasonal music for Halloween, Christmas and other holidays and she teaches specialty programs such as music composition.
Stenuf offers classes Monday through Friday. Anyone interested in scheduling a class or learning more about lessons, can reach her at 685-8244 or 554-8114.
Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at email@example.com.