Traditional and Suzuki Violin
Mary Flanagan has a Bachelor of Music degree from Minnesota State University where she studied with acclaimed violinist Lydia Miller and violist Tyler Sieh. Mary is a child of the Suzuki method, starting at the age of five. She has had excellent instruction from numerous teachers, most notably Paula Anderson of the New Ulm Suzuki School. In middle and high school Mary won positions in the Mid Level Honors Orchestra for three consecutive years and to the MN All-State Honors Orchestra.
At age 17 Mary won a position with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, where you can still see her playing first violin. Mary also began teaching at age 17 and has experience teaching players of all ages. She is a 5 time over licensed Suzuki violin teacher and member of SAM (Suzuki Associoation of Minnesota) and SAA (Suzuki Association of The Americas) having received training in Wisconsin and Michigan with well known Suzuki trainers. She loves being a teacher because she agrees with Dr. Suzuki that any person can learn and because she believes that playing and teaching help her be the best version of herself!
Mary has served as Executive Director of MSOM for six years and enjoys the experience of helping all students gain access to music by putting her creative writing skills to good use searching for State & local grants. Growing up in rural MN as the oldest of 8 with two music educators for parents, she understands first hand the difficulty of accessing music lessons & also the struggle to earn a living as a music teacher. Her goal with MSOM is to work tirelessly to solve both problems, providing a living wage for instructors while also ensuring access to the arts for everyone, regardless of their financial situation or location in Southwestern Minnesota.