- Mary Kay -
Mary Kay grew up in a family who valued music and the arts, inspiring her to love music from an early age and to begin taking dance at age four. At the age of eight, she developed an interest in piano and began piano lessons. In middle school, Mary Kay's chorus teacher asked her to begin accompanying the school choir and soon after she was asked to play with the organist at her church regularly. She joined the church youth ensemble (what would now be called a praise band) and she loved every minute! Now Mary Kay has been playing for church for 45 years!
She continued accompanying the chorus all through high school. It was during this time she decided she wanted to teach piano but it would be a number of years and some life experiences before she would start a private studio. Mary Kay graduated with an A.A. in Fine Arts from Darton College in Albany, Georgia, and then transferred to Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia, where she graduated with a B.S. in Music Education.