She's nice, but took very little time to get to know other students. She continuously looks and works with the same students and doesn't really give opportunities to other students. I wish she took the time to know me, hence I was in her class for 2 years yet, I only saw her show up to class a few times and it was just to analyse and critique people's work. The programs are labour intensive and she recommends you not get an agent, which is why students don't get anywhere after Wexford!
Anne is not the best for teaching students how to sing, act and dance. Sometimes I feel she thinks of highschool like a production more than a place where people learn to love the arts. I believe that she has single handedly killed my love for the arts by trying to do to many things at once instead of focusing on a few things and actually doing them well.
Ann Merriam so many words to describe a lady with passion, vision and drive. Some may not like her because she does not know how to coddle peoples egos or may not like her because they didn't get the solo they wanted oh so bad. At the end of the day, she is a visionary. I don't use that word lightly. She is a visionary because she sees the magic in people, potential in new material and creates inspiring shows. In all, as a past student I know she has helped change my life for the better!
She has high expectations. There is no 1/2 assed job either you put your best foot forward or you are out. She has taught my daughter that the world isn't fair & though we may think our children are the best for the role the lesson is though you may be the best you may not always be chosen. She is tough but I do think she pulls out the best from the kids. She instills the lesson of put your best forward always & even though you are in the back you to can be seen. Ann has no time for crying
Best teacher ever! Kept my out of a lot of trouble. Strong knowledge of subject matter. Caring, funny, can be strict when necessary, but flexible when needed. I did not have a lead, but I can tell that students who did not but thought it was deserved were the haters. If I had a dime for every student who's life she made better I would be a rich man. The music theatre program was made as a way to keep students engaged and out of trouble. Yes lots of work and can be frustrating but so worth it.
A lot of the ratings here are that Ann is mean. She cares a lot and does everything to make us look the best on stage. She knows what she is doing as a professional. Just because most people didn't get a lead or a solo in a musical or show or anything doesn't mean she is mean, it just means that she is putting the best out there. She is strict but its all for the best reasons. She can be intimidating too. I agree with the favouritism part, she doesn't give people chances at lead roles or solos.
Ann Merriam is the epitome of teamwork and love. She is so passionate at what she does and it is admirable. She dedicates her life to these students and wants to gives positive message to the audience. If one student can affect an audience member and positively change their minds, her job is done. She radiates love. It's quite simple. It's either you're with her or you're not. And the people who don't understand her are people who do not understand how to open themselves to art.
Yes she is extremely tough and serious when it comes to MT and expects all students to act and practice and behave professionals but she can also be nice and funny. She delivers some great shows and deserves respect for that.
Terrible teacher good director.
Favouritism is a huge problem with this teacher. Her ego is too much to deal with too. It`s as if she thinks she`s a famous movie star and all her children are too. Constantly threatening to remove the non favourites in the program if they misbehave.
she's not nice and doesn't care abot other peoples feelings
She gets the job done, but without any sympathy or empathy.
I love this woman, she inspires people a lot! she knows how to motivate her students, and she has made A LOT of sacrifices for us. We have to appreciate her. She is strict, yes, but she's the good kind of strict, the kind you won't regret later on in life. Everyone who rated her poorly, you are just too blind to see this.
As a student, i have to give her props for building up the performing arts program. That being said, it's PERFORMING ARTS, not MUSICAL THEATER! Her favoritism towards some students is incredibly unfair. The school is full of talent and she turns away from it all and only focuses on the few. Those few, get main rolls in plays, musicals, skits, and solos. Every year, those same students own the stage, and honestly, it gets boring.
As a parent of a music theatre student I was disgusted by the favoritism that went on the program. Her daughter walked into a main role in grade 9 while other grade 9s were told they were too young. Her favorites and family were spoiled and the others learned nothing but heartache. You couldn't go to the principal about her or your child would be threatened by her.
She's like a 90lbs. female reincarnation of Niccolo Machiavelli. I'll hand it to her, she runs a great program, and she's probably one of the best at what she does, but her means are seriously questio
It was 1980 something and she had just come back from NY..Wexford was a visual art school..I believe she deserves the credit of gaining the performing arts status...was my cheerleading coach, they wer
She has favourites. She screams and throws tantrums. She has turned MT at Wex into a dictatorship. She's one of the most inspiring teachers I've ever had. She's inspired anger in me, and excellence.
I've gone to the musical theatre camp for a while and i got to say she has really helped me as a performer i think she does yell. I can't say that i'm not scared if i get into M.T.
she might yell sometimes but its so people can improve but she sometimes has favorites
I feel blessed to have worked with her because she prepared me for the "real world" of performance. However, to be fair, she IS the one to introduce me to the world of favouritism for family/friends.
Shes one of those people that I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to have met :)
Extremely unprofessional. Her student teachers teach more than she does and its only about the shows, not about the students. She teaches the good students to be better and the others nothing.
Ann merriam is one of the greatest things to happen to my life. She is a really strict teacher, and she demands respect, but, she also teaches her students many many great lessons that they will need.
she comes across rude, but she is really one of the best teachers I know of. she teaches respect, discipline and many every-day skills. She really cares for her students, and she knows when to show it
Didn't like her. She totally embarresses people in front of others and has no respect for privacy. Did I mention nosey...oh yah...and one time in drama class...
did like her much or any of the music theatre people. They were all stuck up!...students included
Unbelievable.....I had her in 1978 through 1980...she new how to keep us in line. She was fun and imaginative and really pushed me to do my best. She's part of the reason I made it through high school
Merriam is still around. Is there a teaching shortage?
She demands respect from you but when you give it to her she is a good teacher who you can learn a lot from
She believed in me even when I didn't and for me she truly inspired me to be the best performer I could be. I am now acting professionally and I give many thanks to her for not letting me give up.
Anne is a blessing to her students & I can't find the words to describe what she's done for me. Nobody can surpass Anne as far as passion for music and her students are concerned.
She is quite capable of perfecting a musical, but discourages many students with her vicious criticism. Also intimidates students describing some as "jackasses" and "trailer trash"
MRs Merrium is the shizznass ... Seriously, if there was ever a teacher to be yelled at or abused by she is my favourite.
A bit corrupt but respects her stage crew, and makes sure the actors do too. Wants to see everyone get it right, sometimes too much though.
I'm one of the only people that believe what Fe Fe Dobson said about MT. But Ann does do a lot of work for the program, she still has to stop picking favorites.
Shes one of the best teachers in her field. She works us hard but she gets great results. Lots of hard work and can seem frusterating but we get there!
amazing! the way she can stage 120 ppl...most directors have problems with 30! she is freakishly smart, and she doesn't waste time on ppl who don't care.
puts tons of time into every thing that she does is an amazing person and helps people with everything they do she's strict but amazing - best teacher ever
Anne needs to realize that she is a teacher and not a professional director. It is the kids that matter, not the show!!!!
Corrupt. Also, I payed over $80 to get constantly yelled at and stuck in the back of the stage. Ann, you say MT is a privilege, NOT WHEN WE PAY FOR IT!
she does choose favorites but her favorites work the hardest and best I havn't had her 4 long but she's definetly strict and she'll make you work-I respect her
good teacher, not a nice person she claims too much glory from the success of some students and she cares more about the students' money than about them.
she is a great techer ive learned som uch from her im so thankful that I finnaly got a part from her!
Come on! If you expect to be in the biz, get used to it people! Anne is an amazing director, and if you don't like the program, too bad, leave!
Very unconventional, strict but extremely effective. Very talented and caring.
Im sorry but Anne is the most interesting, hard working teacher ive ever met. She makes school entertaining. Those of you who disagree are just bitter!
She always picks her favourites...if she doesnt like you, dont bother...ego is inflated and loves to hear herself talk...sad but true!