Marji & Dan

Hello from the co-directors of Around Hear!

Greetings! We, Marji Gere (violin) and Dan Sedgwick (piano), are the core musical duo, musical instructors, and co-directors of Around Hear. Having met and fallen in love through music many years ago, we are continually inspired by each other and our shared musical tasks, be it learning a sonata or co-creating an entirely new work of art. We are also inspired by the communities we belong to, our neighbors, our fellow creative and performing artists, and our mentors. Truly, we take inspiration from anyone whose actions are rooted in creativity, curiosity, idealism, and compassion.

As a duo, we are dedicated to regularly including other musicians in our chamber music work. Though there is no shortage of wonderful music for violin and piano, we are socially and aesthetically inclined to mix works of other instrumentations into our programs. The repertoire for piano and violin plus other strings, winds, and voices, just like our musical community, is full of treasures.

As co-teachers, we agree: there is no experience quite like watching someone hold a violin bow or touch a piano keyboard for the first time. It is also a marvel to witness an experienced student's navigation of one of music's many subtle challenges. At whatever stage, it is an honor to play an integral, guiding role on someone's musical journey.

We believe that high quality music education should be available to anyone who wants it. Our students are of all ages, levels of experience, and personalities. We focus on private teaching so we can tailor instruction to each individual, and are striving to prioritize our teaching toward our low-income neighbors, through our Around Hear free music lessons project in the Somerville Housing Authority.

We both grew up in musical families, in American cities with excellent free public school music programs. We’ve been well supported by family, mentors, and institutions, and are tuned into an extensive, deeply connected, idealistic worldwide network of musicians, artists, and thinkers. Through Around Hear, we aim to pass along, as best we can, the love, inspiration, and kindness we have been shown throughout our lives as community-minded artists.

To request résumés, please contact us.

We hope to see you at an upcoming event!

- Marji & Dan