Field Lily Music

Field Lily Music

5.0 (1)
2 employees
6 years in business

About this pro

Mary Claire Murphy grew up with seven siblings on a small farm in northwest Ohio. She began studying piano in 2003 and continued studying music at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. There, Mary Claire was awarded Xavier’s Presidential and McCauley Music scholarships and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Her concentrations were piano performance and composition, which she studied under Dr. Polina Bespalko and Dr. Kaleel Skeirik, respectively. Prior to graduation, she travelled abroad to teach general music and piano lessons in Costa Rica, received the West Hills College Piano Award for her solo performances, and performed as an accompanist for the Cincinnati Children’s Choir.

Mary Claire is now an active member of greater Toledo’s musical community. She has taught Pre-K through 8th grade music at St. Augustine in Napoleon, Ohio, and 6th-12th grade music at St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio. Inspired to foster music education, she founded Field Lily Music to offer private piano lessons to local students. Mary Claire was awarded a tuition scholarship and music theory assistantship at Bowling Green State University, where she then completed a Master of Music Composition degree. At Bowling Green, she studied under Marilyn Shrude and Christopher Dietz and received additional instruction from Mikel Kuehn.

The National Federation of Music Clubs recognized Mary Claire’s piano solo Cenote Dos Ojos with the 2019 Marion Richter Composition Award. She continues to take special interest in piano solo composition and has an affinity for writing lullabies. She also strives to write poignant musical narratives which juxtapose moments of thoughtful intimacy with simple grandeur to create an experience that is authentic, unapologetically emotional, and visceral.

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Bowling Green, OH 43402
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  • Jenelle Epley

    “My daughter Aftyn has been taking lessons with Mary Claire for years. We absolutely love her and so does Aftyn. The amount of growth we have seen is impressive. I would highly recommend her to anyone. 100% satisfied with her teaching. As long as she is teaching, our children will remain her students.”


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

My goal is to help you reach YOUR goals. I like to start with a free meet-and-greet session so that we can get to know eachother and discuss your musical experience (though none is necessary), interests, and goals. This will help inform me which books and materials might be a great fit for you. 

In a typical lesson with me, you may anitcipate the following elements:

  • Warm-up exercises: note-reading flashcards, major scales, minor scales, modes, cadences, technical exercises, creative exercises
  • Writing music: hand-written and printed via notation software
  • Discussion of solo repertoire, including pertinent historical and theoretical concepts
  • Performance of solo repertoire
  • Development of practice techniques
  • Critical listening
  • Assignments, including daily targeted practice based on lesson commentary

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

1) BA in Music with concentrations in Piano Performance and Composition

2) Masters in Music Composition

3) 18 years of experience playing piano

4) 4 years of experience teaching piano

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