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Mary Pryer
Lead Guitar Instructor
Mary Pryer has been the Lead Guitar Instructor at MusicEveryday! since 2016 and also offers lessons in Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, French Horn, Clarinet & Bassoon. She received her Bachelors of Music from Grace Bible College and is an experienced woodwind/brass musician. While in college she worked for Grace Bible College as the Music Theory Assistant and is currently working with several students from area middle and high school marching bands. Mary is presently singing and playing for the duo Pryer Times and also writes original material for them. She plays and teaches a variety of styles including Folk, Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, and more. Mary is passionate about helping her students at MusicEveryday! reach their goals in music by working with each student’s learning style.

Justin Merriman
Guitar Instructor

Justin Merriman has been teaching guitar, ukulele & banjo at MusicEveryday! since 2015.  He will be a graduate of Hope College as of May 5, 2019, where he has was awarded both a viola and banjo performance scholarship and minored in music. Justin is an experienced and versatile musician who has been playing since he was in the 4th grade, and has been a member of Gotak, a fiddle/Celtic performance group from Grand Haven, as well as a member of the Mona Shores Fiddlers. He has been playing gigs and performing for audiences since he was in 6th grade, where he first played in the Holland Street Performer Series. He also was the principle violist for Grand Haven High School’s top orchestra, and has been a member of several different string quartets. With those quartets he has been very successful and has earned straight 1’s at both district and state festival for every year of his middle/high school career. At Hope, Justin was a member of several bluegrass bands and was able to further pursue his musical interests, specifically with banjo and guitar. He is a private accounting and business double major who loves to share his passion for music with his students in his free time.

Annie Schmieder
Guitar Instructor
Annie Schmieder holds a BS in Education from Central Michigan University with an emphasis in music, art and childhood development. She has over 35 years of professional musical experience as a music educator, music grad student, performer, and music director in many area churches. She taught the last 15 years at East Grand Rapid Public Schools, as one of their elementary music and PE teachers. Annie began her teaching career teaching 6th and 4th grade at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Grand Rapids. While teaching full time, she began teaching private piano, voice, flute, and guitar. As she and her husband began having a family, Annie started going “part time” and focused on her art studio and music teaching in schools and privately. While raising her four children, she continued K-8 Music, education along with singing/playing at hundreds of weddings, funerals and church services for the schools, and weekend liturgies (especially at Immaculate Heart). A big highlight in her career, was directing musicals that led into directing children’s choirs for Broadway tour groups. This part of Annie’s career really inspired her to keep teaching voice with your whole “body, mind, spirit and voice!"

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