Mary Beth Purchase is an active teacher and adjudicator, opening her  studio in 1986. Mary Beth is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University (FAU), earning her Bachelor of Arts in Music, Summa Cum Laude. She continued in graduate studies of piano and pedagogy with the internationally acclaimed Judith Burganger, FAU’s Artist in Residence. She was a fully licensed Kindermusik teacher and Mayron Cole certified group instructor and is presently a private teacher of piano and music theory.

Mary Beth is nationally certified by the Music Teachers National Association as well as state certified by the Florida State Music Teachers Association (FSMTA). Mrs Purchase was also inducted into the National Guild of Piano Teachers Hall of Fame and is listed on the National Honor Roll of the American College of Musicians. She is certified to adjudicate by FSMTA at all levels. She also adjudicates for the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the Federated Music Clubs of America and other entities as requested. 

Mrs. Purchase specializes in teaching students from earliest study to preparing for college auditions. She has had multiple students who have auditioned and been accepted to prestigious schools of music, all receiving full or partial scholarships. These (former) students are currently majoring in music and music related fields at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Some having graduated, are now pursuing successful careers in the field of music.

Mrs. Purchase has been an active member of the Broward County Music Teachers Association (BCMTA) since 1994. Mrs. Purchase is presently the Florida State Music Teachers Association President-Elect, immediate FSMTA Past-Vice President for District and Local Presidents, FSMTA District VI Past-President and is a BCMTA Past-President and present Director. She also served as Chairman of the Cultural Arts Advisory Board for the City of Pompano Beach for 7 years.

Mrs. Purchase also serves BCMTA as Chair of the Pompano Beach Children in the Arts Piano Competition. Her tenure as Chair began in 1996. This event has earned a prestigious reputation throughout Florida for recognizing South Florida’s most promising and gifted young pianists.

Mrs. Purchase maintains a teaching studio in Pompano Beach, Florida, where she resides with her husband, Edward, and family which has grown from 4 children to 4 married children and 15 grandchildren.