President & Co-author
Marie-Therese Gummer is an award-winning pianist who holds a Master of Music degree with Pedagogy Emphasis from The Hartt School, University of Hartford, where she was a faculty member in the undergraduate and community division for many years. Ms. Gummer completed her Bachelor of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Graduate Diploma in Baroque Studies (harpsichord) from the University of Toronto. She completed her Associate Diploma (ARCT) in Piano Performance from The Royal Conservatory of Music at the age of 14 and spent a number of years as a scholarship student in the RCM’s Young Artist Performance Academy. In addition, Ms Gummer spent several summers at The Aspen Music Festival and School, Indiana University and studying in Europe.
Ms. Gummer has done research on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and is currently working on completing a graduate diploma in Autism Behaviour Sciences. With over 15 years of teaching experience in private, group and Montessori classroom music, each lesson is specially tailored to meet the needs of each student and incorporates many practices inspired by Dr. Maria Montessori.
Ms. Gummer is a former Unit Leader with the Sparks Unit in Port Perry with Girl Guides of Canada. Ms. Gummer holds additional certification through the Canadian Red Cross in CPR, First Aid and is a Facilitator for the Babysitting and People Savers (children’s First Aid) courses.
Marie-Therese is the co-author of Pianokids® and the founder of the Port Perry School of Music.
CEO, Curriculum Developer & Co-author
Eleanor Gummer holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from McGill University, a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Manitoba as well as Fellowship and Licentiate diplomas from Trinity College of Music, London and an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Ms. Gummer has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Giuventu Musicale d’Italia and has performed across Canada and in Italy. As a student, she spent several summers studying at the Banff School of Fine Art and in New York City with Karl Ulrich Schnabel.
Eleanor Gummer has been teaching private and group piano classes as well as school music for over 35 years. A trained Early Childhood Music Educator, Ms. Gummer has worked with children from the age of 3 as well as students at the college level. A former National Course Supervisor with Yamaha, she is familiar with Orff, Kodaly and various music programs for children.
Ms. Gummer is active as a workshop clinician, adjudicator with the Canadian Adjudicators Association and is a former senior examiner for the Royal Conservatory of Music and currently examines for Conservatory Canada.
Outside of teaching, Mrs. Gummer enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with her cats Chloe and Max. She also regularly dedicates time to community service around her home town in Ontario to help promote music.
Eleanor Gummer is the founder and Director of the One Eye Publication’s flagship practical teaching school, Whitby School of Music in Whitby, Ontario and continues to develop a curriculum for the methods in the One Eye Publication’s series.
Vice-President of Quality Control & loveable Icon!
Maximus joined the team at One Eye Publications in June 2014 after the May 2014 passing of previous VP of Quality Control, Spartikus. Maximus was brought into Scugog Animal Control in Port Perry, Ontario in mid-May after being found on the side of the road injured and endured extensive surgery to remove an injured eye. Maximus was adopted just days after surgery by Marie-Therese Gummer and he has carried on the legacy name of One Eye Publications due to his One Eye.
Maximus is the overseer of the growth and development of the Pianokids®, Violinkids® and Guitarkids® series and is becoming more comfortable each day adapting to life as a house cat.
Composer & Author
Kristeen Polhamus is a graduate of Weber State University Bachelor of Science music/education and a professional pianist and violinist. She is the author of "Preparing Perfect Pianists" a piano pedagogy guideline. She has been widely published in the category of piano solos and has frequently contributed her writings to the "Clavier" and "Jr. Keynotes" magazines. For over forty years she has greatly enjoyed the very fine art of imparting musical knowledge to piano students . . a joyous, fulfilling endeavor!