About Our Music Conservatory

A piano education with emphasis on having fun
through workshops, recitals, master classes,
auditions, competitions, composition, theory, and
music history of the composers lives!
Learn from nationally recognized teacher and
adjudicator, international author and educator:  
Vanessa C. Chasney-Schwarz of Sterling Heights,

Vanessa C. Chasney-Schwarz holds a Bachelor of Arts
Degree from Oakland University, Certifications from
the National Guild of Piano Teachers, along with being
in the National Guild Hall of Fame, National Federation
of Music Clubs, Macomb Festival Chairperson,
Secretary of the Vivace Music Club, American Guild of
Music Teachers, Michigan Music Association (MMA)
Board of Directors and Member, MAC OPEN
INVITATIONAL Chairperson, taught at the Macomb
Center’s Summer Workshops and is a former private
school music teacher.

Vanessa’s students have received top talent ratings at
Guild Auditions, won at State Festival Superior Day
Auditions, won the Opens in piano and voice at MMA,
and won scholarships at MCC Summer Workshops.

Vanessa keeps busy running her Music Achievers
Conservatory located at 14 Mile and Schoenherr in
Sterling Heights. Vanessa is also now available for
lessons in the Lake Orion and Oxford area.

Vanessa continues to keep busy judging at Festival,
AGM, MMA , National Guild auditions and attending
piano workshops and camps to stay on top of all
teaching techniques and technology.

Vanessa has developed an educational program
complete with an original picture rhyme book, movie,
coloring book, activity book, stickers and listening
appreciation game with cd and pictures. Edvard Grieg,
Jon Secada and Joel Somellian are featured.

With 36 years of professional teaching experience,
Vanessa still enjoys starting new projects and ideas.
Vanessa’s goal is to have children enjoy their musical
education so it will last a lifetime. Vanessa encourages
positive attitude and dedication to reach goals that will
help in all aspects of life.

Vanessa, a mother of six, and grandmother to the most
precious baby girl in the world, Nora Laine and three
grandpuppies, enjoys baseball, Detroit Tigers, writing,
reading, traveling, shopping and doing research in her
spare time.  

Alyssa Pajakowski, has an extensive background in
voice and theatre and was awarded Vocal All Around
Winner at AGM's American Invitational Championship
Finals when she was younger and competed.   She
was a member of The Macombers from 2008-2011, and
has starred in various musicals through the years
including: Joseph, Wizard of Oz, Rocky Horror Picture
Show, Grease, Children of Eden and the Suessical the
Musical.  She is presently also a member/actress in
The Murder Mystery Company.  She studied vocal
under Michigan's finest teachers, and wants to share
her knowledge and training with the aspiring singers in
the area.  Her quick wit, sense of humor, great
personality and love of music is a great asset to our

Mark C. Chasney, has been around music, schools,
learning and teaching from the day he was born.
The youngest of three boys, he performed at every
recital, audition, workshop, and competition his mom
had. He always had to work harder to keep up with his
older brothers in every sport, so he knows what
dedication is about. He also sat with her when he was
only 3-5 years old while she taught Music Classes at
Holy Innocents Catholic School in Roseville, MI.  From
that time on, he knew he wanted to be a teacher like his
Mom. So he's been teaching piano here at the Music
Achievers Conservatory for two years now, and goes
to the students homes to teach as well.  Mark now has
a teaching degree from Oakland University, and will be
teaching in the local middle schools and high schools
in the area.
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