Mary Tréès Bio
MT is a performer, piano teacher and facilitates African percussion workshops for educational and therapeutic purposes.
Most recently she devised and delivered a twenty-week program for Junior Primary students at Brompton Primary School, entitled – What is Music? – An exploration of the rudiments of music.
She also has experience constructing various types of music workshops, such as Beats for Beginners, Drumming Up Therapy and Crafting Junk Percussion, for long and short term projects and parades.
MT has worked in over twenty schools in Adelaide and Melbourne; teaching, performing and running percussion workshops. She has worked with a broad range of students, including children at Murputja Area School APY lands (Pitjantjatjara), St Peters Boys College and several years working with foster kids, care of The Child Protection Service, Flinders Medical Centre.
MT has a Diploma of Jazz Piano and is part way through a Bachelor of Music at the Elder Conservatorium.
MT holds all the required certification for working in schools in South Australia.
After riding her bicycle around Ireland at the adventurous age of 19, MT realised for the first time that she actually liked her name, the way the Irish pronounced it, Mary Trees. Hence her stage name was born. These days Marie-Thérèse McInerney is affectionately known as MT.
Raised by a social activist/opera junky and a concert pianist who conducted piano lessons from the children’s bedroom, MT decided early on that she would do whatever it takes to stop the Gilbert and Sullivan from permeating her brain. She tried very hard to not become a musician, however fate would have it that pianos continued to fall in front of her. She’s lucky to be alive!
Whilst completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts at Melbourne University, majoring in Theatre, MT found herself bartering piano lessons for food and other luxuries. She also worked for three private companies delivering piano and guitar lessons to schools around the outer and inner suburbs of Melbourne.
Dissatisfied with the ‘dial a music lesson’ system, MT formed her own business, running piano lessons from friendly churches, until she was lucky enough to acquire her own piano at home. MT managed to attain great results from her students, averaging Honours achievements in AMEB exams.
Having come to view the piano as simply a large percussion instrument, MT found great joy in exploring the rhythms of Irish, African and Latin drumming. So impressed was her djembe instructor by her ability to play drums whilst gargling water, she was invited to co-facilitate the next course of workshops. Thus The Percussion House was born. The 'House' delivered drumming workshops to many schools and communities in both regional and local South Australia. This collaboration with Heather Frahn and Russell Harding continues to be a source of learning, laughter and adventure.
Throughout these adventures, MT has made time to continue to study. Whilst living in Melbourne she pursued her first discipline, classical piano, at The Melba Conservatorium. She has attended numerous drumming workshops and master classes in West African Drumming, Taiko and is an Accredited DRUMBEAT Facilitator. Currently MT is enrolled at the Elder Conservatorium of Music in Adelaide, tackling the ultimate of musical disciplines, the art of jazz.