On The Horizon 2019 - Page 17

T he Mary Melodies Music Studio is adding a new tune to Main Street Royse City, hoping to share its love of music with the community. Mary Hanna has been singing as long as she can remember and music has always been part of her life. In February earlier this year, Hanna opened a studio at the corner of Arch Street and Main Street. She said she loved the historical, industrial feel of the building and preserved a rustic feel to the studio through her renovation. Now, she has the chance to live out her dream of teaching kids in her own studio in Royse City. “Part of my college degree is pedagogy, and that is the art of teaching,” Hanna said. “I didn’t do performance, I did music educa- tion.” That of course, did not stop her from a career in performance. Her love for music has taken her to theatres across the country, and though she started out singing country songs, she now sings for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. She is also an expert in woodwind instru- ments and has played piano all throughout her life. Despite her different talents, her specialty has always been her ability to inspire love for music in students. Hanna knows that the notes, spaces and lines on the music sheet are important just as much as any other professional musician, but she said seeing new students begin their musical journey is a special experience. Rather than robbing students of that experi- ence with overbearing rules and attitudes, Hanna said her music school is about teaching students what STORY & PHOTOS BY HOJUN CHOI MUSIC STUDIO BRINGS AREA YOUTH A NEW SONG PROFESSIONAL SINGER LEAVES TOURING LIFE, OPENS BUSINESS, AIMS TO INSPIRE YOUTH THROUGH VOICE, INSTRUMENT LESSONS Michael and Mary Hannah at the new Mary Melodies music studio in downtown Royse City. CONTINUED ON NEXT PAGE SPRING 2019 On the Horizon 17