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Andover Yamaha Instructors Shine at National Yamaha Training Seminar

Written by Jim Keenan | February 25, 2016

Rigorous week of training and fun at the Yamaha Music Education System (YMES) center in Buena Park, CA sets the stage for accelerated Yamaha music class growth at Andover Real School. 


ANDOVER, MA, Feb 23, 2016 --- Real School of Music instructors Everly McCormack and Michele Cronin recently returned from a week of intensive teacher training at the Yamaha Music Education System (YMES) center in Buena Park, CA. In completing the 6-day seminar, Everly and Michele joined an international network of Yamaha teachers devoted to sharing the joys of music making for pre-school through elementary ages. 

"Everly and Michele are established, popular instructors at Real School and we're excited about expanding their roles to include Yamaha classes," said Yamaha Program Director Heather Luhn. "They've both received glowing reviews from Andover parents, and will help to establish the Yamaha program as the premier choice for pre-school and elementary aged music lessons in the area." 

Both Everly and Michele will be teaching the full range of Yamaha classes, including Music Wonderland (age 3), Junior Music Course (ages 4-5), and the Young Musicians Course (ages 6-7). 

Everly McCormack is a graduate of University of Massachusetts Lowellwhere she received her degree in Music Education (with honors) with a heavy concentration in piano performance. Everly enjoys teaching students of all ages and learning styles and loves discovering innovative ways of demonstrating musical concepts to her students. Her varied teaching methods are adaptable to the needs of each individual student, and she has a passion for teaching students with special needs. 

Michele Cronin is an accomplished violin teacher and performer throughout Southern New Hampshire. A graduate of Wheaton Collegeand first violinist in the Merrimack Philharmonic Orchestra under the director of George Monseur, Michele has played with the Andover Chamber Players, co-founded a successful string trio, and performed in various musical theater shows at Bradford College in the orchestra pit and acting on stage. Michele grew up with a musical family: her mother a well-known piano teacher in the Merrimack Valley for over 40 years, and her father was a violinist. Both parents ignited her passion for the music.  Michele's teaching approach combines a love for children, a focus on cultivating their natural creative spark, and using a nurturing style perfect for motivating young musicians.