Joan Cushing is Featured in the Washington Post!

Written by Myrna on Sunday, 04 January 2015. Posted in Myrna's Blog, What's New at Middle C , Our Teachers

Article tells the story of the her career as "Mrs. Foggybottom"

And where can you take lesson with this legendary lady? Right here at Middle C Music! Joan is here every Sunday, teaching voice, songwriting, and performance techniques. Joan will also be teaching a special "Torch Songs in Sultry Keys" class this winter. Call and sign up today!

Read the entire Washington Post article here

About the Author


MyrnaMyrna Sislen is the owner of Middle C Music. In 2002, under the store’s previous owner, sales were slow and the store was within one week of closing. Then, local classical guitarist and George Washington University professor Myrna Sislen entered the picture.

It was a Thursday and she was working out at the health club across the street. Leaving her kick boxing class, Sislen ran into another local musician who mentioned that the store was closing. He said, ‘Do you know what she’s asking for it?’

It had never occurred to Sislen to ask. He told her the figure, and she thought “man, I could write a check for that- that’s not very much.” She signed the papers the following Friday.

Sislen’s goal was to make the store into a community—the Middle C Family. Twelve years later, it is more than that -- a draw for the region tucked into an office complex. Middle C Music now serves 400 students a week, 40 to 50 percent of whom are adults, and supports 20 teachers and numerous employees.

Over her twelve years as store owner, Myrna Sislen has doubled the size of the store, transforming Middle C Music into a comfortable, safe and nurturing neighborhood destination for musicians and music lovers of all stripes.