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McSweeny’s School of the Performing Arts mission is to nurture the next generation of artists, musicians, and performers through our example, teaching, mentoring and guidance and enhance the quality of life to all involved in these artistic endeavors.  The arts are a lifeline to many, and we have a moral obligation and responsibility to bringing out the performing musician in students of all ages.  Every person, deserves an opportunity to pursue the arts. 


The school is celebrating its 27th year in business.  McSweeny’s School of the Performing Arts has five professional music instructors offering private music lessons in voice, piano, violin, guitar and instrumental music specializing in brass, woodwind, and percussion and participation in the Fort Dodge Area Children's Chorus (grade 1-8).



27 years ago my husband and I took a giant leap of faith and purchased a former church at 101 South 13th Street in Fort Dodge.  During that same time, we were also in the process of adding to our family through the journey of adoption.  In September of 1995, McSweeny’s School of the Performing Arts opened its doors offering voice lessons for all ages. A few years later, the Fort Dodge Area Youth Chorale began, and in 1999, the Fort Dodge Area Children’s Chorus was born.  In 2009, McSweeny’s School relocated to 1633 North 29th Street in Fort Dodge offering a larger space. The entire building was remodeled and updated. Over the years, teachers were added offering voice, piano, violin, guitar, and instrumental music lessons specializing in brass, woodwind, percussion, individualized instruction in music theory, and participation in the Fort Dodge Area Children’s Chorus. 


A special thank you to my family including my husband, Michael and adult children, Sean, Patrick, and Michaleah and area pianist and good friend, Michelle Havlik-Jergens. You have and continue to support me in so many ways and for this I am immensely grateful!  YOU ARE MY ROCK! 


I’ve had the privilege of working with so many amazing students and parents over the years who have all left a special imprint on my life. I am thrilled that MUSIC continues to be a priority in many of your lives.  YOU ARE THE REASON! 


A special thank you to our current staff at McSweeny’s School including Dan Cassady, Jeremy Ober and Gaga Won.  I appreciate your professionalism, commitment to your students, music and the art of teaching.  It is truly a joy working with each of you! 


I consider myself incredibly blessed to be able to have a career and business that now spans 27 years.  We look forward to a wonderful year celebrating our 27th Season! Celebrate every day with music!  Music Forever, MaryAnn


- Fort Dodge Area

Children’s Chorus Grades: 1-8

- Voice Instruction, All Ages




MaryAnn McSweeny-Buhr  Owner, Voice Instructor


Dan Cassady

B.M., M.A

-Instrumental Lessons

-Trombone, Brass Lessons


Anna Miller


-Piano Lessons

- Guitar Lessons

Gaga Won
B.M., M.M

- Piano Lessons

- Violin Lessons

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