Starr Meneely is the Principal Teacher at Surrey Piano. She is an accomplished pianist and music teacher. With over 20 years teaching experience she has seen students go on to enjoy musical success both as professionals and amateurs. She recently published a music workbook for teachers and students My Music Diary which she has developed over many years. Starr received a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with honours from the University of Alaska Anchorage where she studied music under Dr. Timothy Smith, Dr. George Belden. Dr. Laura Koenig, and the late Professor Walter Olivares.
She placed Alternate in the AMTA/MTNA Collegiate Piano Competition in 2002 with her performance of the Mozart Concerto No. 19 KV 459. Her musical experience spans a variety of instruments and disciplines, including the cello, guitar and voice. She has performed throughout Alaska as a singer/songwriter and has enjoyed many years performing with theatre companies, orchestras and bands.
In 2014 Starr published a children's book titled What a Lovely Sound which introduces young children to music through nature. The book was illustrated by the artist Susan Merrick and endorsed by Howard Goodall OBE. She is greatly influenced by the teaching philosophy of Karl Orff and Rudolf Steiner, and draws on these ideas in her teaching, introducing music to children gently and holistically.