Val Letenyei
Director & Lead Piano Instructor

Val Letenyei has had a life-long love of music and has 17 years of teaching experience.  She opened MusicEveryday! in May of 2015 after moving back to her home state of Michigan and has enjoyed building a musical community of excellent teachers and amazing students! 

To read more about Val's background in music, click the "ABOUT" tab on the main menu. 

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.
Shar Boerma
Lead Vocal Instructor & Piano Instructor

Shar Boerema has been teaching at MusicEveryday! since 2016.  She works with several vocal students who have earned leading roles in area musicals both in the high school and community youth theatres. She is also the Director of the MusicEveryday! Homeschool Choir. Shar grew up in Holland, where she began singing publicly at age three, and started piano lessons at seven. She enjoyed wonderful years of music education and touring experiences, receiving years of private lessons in voice, piano, and organ with great teachers, including Hope & Calvin College faculty.  She brings great classical training to the studio, but uses many types of music genre with her students.

Shar recorded two cds, writing and playing her own arrangements of sacred music, from her church
traditions and more contemporary worship as well as her own original works.
 
Shar is married to Ed Boerema, and they have five grown children, one son-in-law (a public safety officer in Grand Haven), and 2 grandchildren. She loves writing and has recently published a book about life with their oldest son, entitled "Silent Aspirations, A Nonverbal Son, His Art, His Mother’s Faith and Family’s Bond".

Teresa Bellamy
Lead Strings Instructor

Teresa Bellamy received a Bachelor of Arts in Violin Performance from the University of Akron and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University. Passionate about contemporary music and working directly with today’s composers, she has performed regularly with the VIVE! Ensemble, a Bowling Green based ensemble which focuses on contemporary music, and the Bowling Green State University New Music Ensemble. Her love of chamber music has led to her involvement in many small ensembles with varying instrumentation. In her ten years of teaching experience, she has taught private lessons to violin and viola students of all ages and experience levels. She has also coached chamber ensembles as well as directed workshops for school string programs.  Teresa is very excited to be back in her home state of Michigan to teach and to play with the Holland Symphony Orchestra and West Michigan Symphony.

Kaili Prins
Piano Instructor

Kaili Prins plays both organ and piano and is the organist for 4 local Christian Reformed Churches.  Kaili placed 2nd in the Annamae Rotman Organ Competition in 2018.

I’ve been teaching piano at MusicEveryday! since September of 2019! while continuing to teach private piano lessons from home.

I have studied piano with Dr. Kayleen Bobbitt of Hope Bible College and organ with Dr. Howard Slenk.


 

Annie Schmieder
Flute 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!"
Keith Van Dyke
Percussion & Low Brass Instructor

Keith van Dyke majored in Music at Western Michigan University, obtaining a degree in Music Therapy and later a Masters Degree in Social Work.  Keith worked in behavioral health system for 40 yrs until retirement in 2018.

Keith was raised here in Spring Lake in a family of musicians.  His father was a band director who played woodwinds and his mother was a piano teacher who gave lessons from home.  Keith started piano lessons at age 5 and played trombone until 9th grade then switched to baritone/euphonium.  His performance experience includes playing in rock and country bands, jazz and church ensembles.   He values each individual's learning style and strives to adapt a method appropriate for each student.  He also appreciates finding new ways to build inspiration to motivate students to maximize their practice time.

Ashley Lomasney
Kindermusik Educator

Ashley Lomasney earned a Bachelor in Music Education at Calvin College. While attending college, she worked as Director’s Assistant for the Grand Rapids Symphony Prelude Youth Chorus.  She was a teacher's aide at Breton Downs Elementary, and completed her student-teaching at East Oakview Elementary. She has served as a substitute for homeschool music classes and at Ada Christian School and Hudsonville Christian School.  

​According to her mother, Miss Ashley sang from the time she was a baby. Miss Ashley remembers the music played and sung in her childhood home, and the singing in church and school. She found her love for children through babysitting and nannying during high school and college, and decided to pursue a career in teaching music to children.

As a Licensed Kindermusik Educator, Miss Ashley provides a comfortable environment for you and your child to strengthen your bond, and begin your child’s journey toward a lifelong love of music and learning.

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.

Jennifer Verwey
Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Verwey started at MusicEveryday! as a vocal student in January 2017 and after experiencing the welcoming environment and caring attention of the teachers, offered to volunteer with fundraisers which would benefit all of the students.  Soon, it was clear that she was a good fit for a bigger need, helping Director/Teacher Val Letenyei with the administrative tasks which were growing as the studio went from 25 - 175 students!  Jennifer greets our afternoon and evening students with a warm and welcoming smile and helps keep the teachers on schedule during our busy after-school hours.  Jennifer also helps with schedule changes and special event preparation along with many other administrative duties.  All of the teachers and especially Val appreciate her dedication and the fun-loving spirit she brings to the studio each day!