I’ve had an amazing music and performing career – with highs, lows, exhilarating moments and difficult ones. My joy is sharing the fruits with committed change-makers. My excitement is in the results you get, how you transform, how you benefit in your own way, in your own time. Young or older, beginner or professional, you are really MY teachers. We create change and harmony together.
Jane Meryll began studying classical piano at age 4 and was an applied piano major at Boston University (Gladys Ondricek), later working with Edwine Behre (Leszetycki method). She studied jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston with Ray Santisi and later with Sir Roland Hanna, with interim studies at NYU and Juilliard, and holds a certificate in piano pedagogy from Westminster Choir College. She currently works with master teacher Hiroko Miyake Dutton.
Jane holds a master’s degree in child development from Sarah Lawrence College, with additional studies in special education at Manhattanville College. She works with both the gifted and challenged (ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s).
STUDIO MUSICIAN/JINGLE SINGER
Jane spent many years as a studio musician on the New York advertising music and recording scene, wearing many hats—pianist, singer, composer, producer, arranger—and worked alongside the famous (Leonard Bernstein, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Blossom Dearie, Luther Vandross, Eloise Laws, Hubert Laws and Eddie Daniels, to name a few) and the behind-the-scenes famous.
Jane trained privately with David Sorin Collyer, Ann Countryman and Helen Jordan (HHJ method), and studied vocal pedagogy with Abbe Harkavy. She currently works with master vocal coach Norman Simmons.
She had recording contracts and did several hundred jingles (Burger King, Coke, Miller Beer, Purina Cat Chow, Earth Shoes), movie scores and backup vocals. She is a past Grammy nominee and voting member of NARAS. An ASCAP Award Grant winner for original music, she owns two ASCAP publishing companies. She sat on the 2014 Screen Actors Guild nominating committee for the SAG Awards.
Jane is a composer/publisher member of ASCAP and has had several works published, including Ramblebuggies/Belwyn Mills, a children’s educational story with music. In June 2014 her piece Jilligae was premiered in Scarsdale schools. It is part of a book of elementary string orchestra pieces in progress. Her song “So Near So Far” was nominated for a Grammy in the jazz category.
From 2003 to 2009, she was musical director for Bye, Bye Birdie, Grease, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, Jungle Book and The Wizard of Oz at Tuckahoe’s Challenge Camp
CAREER IN EDUCATION AND PSYCHOLOGY
In the 1990s, Jane embarked on a career in education and psychology, returning to school for master’s degrees in both. She became an adjunct faculty member in the Rye, Mamaroneck and Scarsdale school systems. She remains on the Music Department faculty in Scarsdale, accompanying choruses and orchestras.
FOUNDED StageFright Solutions™
In 2004, she co founded StageFright Solutions™. She continues to develop this program, working with a wide variety of clients from musical performers to political candidates. She works one on one or in small groups for highly individualized experiences of lasting transformation.