New York City Piano Teachers
Diana Benson is a classical guitarist and pianist originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico. In addition to guitar and piano, she teaches voice, ukulele and songwriting in New York City, where she now resides. She spent the better part of a decade studying closely with two mentors: celebrated classical guitarist Lynn McGrath, and revered pianist Stephen Montoya. As a high school student, Diana regularly performed in recitals and participated in competitions and festivals across the U.S., including the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) and The Parkening Guitar Competition, where she received masterclass instruction from distinguished guitarists like David Russell, Ana Vidovic and Christopher Parkening. She went on to study classical guitar at the North Carolina School for the Arts as the youngest student admitted in her focus at the age of 17, and later completed her studies in music performance, composition, and foreign language at the University of New Mexico. In addition to her classical studies, Diana sang in a variety of traveling choral groups throughout high school and took small roles in the Broadway musicals ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ and ‘Rent’.
In the course of her studies, Diana was honored with awards of excellence from the National Honors Society of Guitar and recognized for her performances with the critically acclaimed woman’s guitar ensemble, ‘Presti Quartet.’ She was selected two years in a row to perform 1st chair in the New Mexico ALLSTATE Guitar Orchestra - the first-ever young woman to earn that position. The following year she was chosen as one of twelve guitarists to represent music in education in the United States.
In the time since her studies, she has called many places home. She lived in New Orleans for several years and in that time her musical interests broadened to embrace traditional American forms, such as jazz and the blues. During her time there, she ran a private music practice, teaching children and young adults to become proficient in these idioms. She continued her travels, her studies and her teachings during the summer of 2017 in Spain. She has been living, studying and teaching in New York City since the fall of 2017, always carrying with her the belief that music should never feel like a chore and that learning music should be curiosity-driven, active, enjoyable, and emphasize self-expression. Diana believes in building a strong foundation of musical knowledge with her students by providing the tools to create good habits from the beginning and encouraging effective, deliberate practice. It is her mission to inspire aspiring musicians as a music educator and bring a life-long love of music to her students.
Liz Hogg is a piano and guitar instructor from NYC. She has taught private and group piano lessons throughout NYC and in Long Island to various ages and skill levels. She has taught freelance and at Brooklyn Musical Arts, Treblemakers Music School, Poppenhusen Institute, Montessori Progressive Learning Center and Dr. Jun Fu Music Learning Program. She enjoys exposing students to music theory, improvisation and the various eras in music history, as well as teaching students how to play songs they already know and love.
Ms. Hogg is also an accomplished guitar instructor. She has taught at Sunset Park School of Music, Staccato Music Center, Hosh Kids and Melody Time Music Center. Performing as a soloist, she has toured nine countries, playing numerous festivals and concert halls. Awards include the Lanciano International Guitar Festival fellowship, Mannes School of Music’s Dean Award, the Maurice Kagan Memorial Scholarship Award for Excellence in an Orchestral Instrument and a Fulbright-García Robles Scholarship semi-finalist. In her hometown, Ms. Hogg has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brookfield Place, Morgan Library, and the Italian Academy, and internationally at venues including Portugal’s Casa da Música and Mexico’s Tlaqná Concert Hall. She has also performed live at radio stations including WFMU, WNYC and WHFR and has been a featured artist at festivals Internacional Camerata 21, CMJ and New Sounds Live. As a composer and performer/singer of her own music and in various groups, Liz has recorded eight full-length albums and eight eps, self-released and released by Don Giovanni Records, Mouca and Acuarela.
Residing in Brooklyn, NY, Colin is an active member of the creative music community. As a drummer/composer, Colin brings a unique approach to his music combining elements of jazz, free improvisation, and 20th century classical music. His music draws heavily from Bartók, Ligeti, Feldman, and Grisey, as well as Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, and Muhal Richard Abrams.
Colin initially began piano lessons at age 4. At age 8, he received a drumset. After 10 year of intense classical piano study, Colin decided to pursue percussion as his main instrument. Outside of performing, he is an active educator in the NYC area. He has privately taught students of all ages and experience levels, as well as group classes at music schools and colleges. He offers lessons on both drums and piano.
Colin has studied drums with Ed Soph, Dan Weiss, Ari Hoenig, Ralph Peterson and Tyshawn Sorey. He has studied composition with Ingrid Laubrock, Tyshawn Sorey, and Eric Wubbels. Colin attended the University of North Texas and City College of New York. He holds a BFA in Jazz Performance and an MA in Music Performance with a focus in 20th century theory and composition.
A native of Berkeley, California, Noah Garabedian holds a BA in Ethnomusicology from the The University of California Los Angeles, and a Master's in Music Performance from New York University. In 2006 he was awarded a John Coltrane National Scholarship, and in 2007 was selected as a finalist for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz graduate program. In March of 2011, Mr. Garabedian was selected to participate in Brad Mehldau's master class at The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, and in June of that same year was selected as a finalist in the ISB Double Bass Competition.
In November of 2016, Mr. Garabedian received a Fulbright Specialist Grant to teach jazz music for one month at Silpakorn University, in Bangkok, Thailand. As an educator Mr. Garabedian currently works with the music outreach program at Jazz At Lincoln Center called Jazz For Young People. He is also currently part-time faculty at The New School in New York City and works as a teaching artist with the New York Pops. In the past he has served as adjunct faculty at NYU, taught with The Weil Institute at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Friend's Summer Jazz Camp, Stanford Jazz Camp, and participated in the music outreach program between UCLA and the Los Angeles Unified School District.
As a sideman, Mr. Garabedian has performed and toured with Ravi Coltrane, Josh Roseman, Ralph Alessi, Andrew D'Angelo, Myron Walden, Nir Felder, Frank LoCrasto, Silver City Bound, Julian Pollack, as well as his own sextet Big Butter And The Egg Men. In March of 2014, Mr. Garabedian represented the US State Department on a seven-week tour of Southeast Asia with Silver City Bound, where they performed for the public, and taught workshops on music in several countries.
Humberto Olivieri began his formal classical piano studies with professor Bruna Monestiroli, a former student of pianist and educator, Alfredo Casella. Montestiroli gave him the basic technique and understanding of tonal western
harmony, as well as introducing him to the art of teaching by letting him borrow some of her younger students and monitor his teaching. He then discovered Jazz, and pursued Jazz studies at the City College of New York where he graduated with a Bachelors in Music Performance.
In New York, he studies with Ray Gallon and Barry Harris and attends workshops with Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch, Bill Charlap and Ted Rosenthal, to name a few. He also studies with saxophonist Jason Rigby, who introduced him to the concept of free jazz.
Lucy Clifford is a bassist, composer and educator from the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. Since receiving her B.A in Jazz performance from Sydney Conservatorium of Music and her Grad.Dip from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Lucy's multi genre bass playing has contributed to her extensive body of work, having performed across the globe with countless artists at festivals, concert halls and venues worldwide. She has performed with the likes of Grammy Winning artists Alejandro Sanz and Jesse & Joy at the Rise Up As One Festival (2016 USA), Mariza of her USA Tour (2017), Grammy Winning Producer Javier Limon & Tonina at the Ellas Crean Festival (2017 Spain), M+E at SXSW Music Festival (2016 USA), Alex Silver Quintet at Edinburgh Jazz Festival & Sydney International Women's Festival (2012 Scotland & AUS), Maher Beauroy at the Martinique Jazz Festival (2016 Martinique), Wollongong Conservatorium of Music Ensemble at the Reno Jazz Festival, Amy & The Engine at The Gillette Stadium (2015 USA), and Mighty Mystic at B.B Kings Blues Club (2016 NYC) to name a few.
Lucy's bass playing appears on a myriad of records from over the years, having worked with artists such as Mariza, Nella, Tonina, Maher Beauroy, Art Note, Peridot, High Key People, Billy Wylder, Nacho Gonzalez and Juan Mejia's Conspiracy among others. Her bass playing encompasses many genres with varying artists, often exploring beyond the fringes of jazz, pop, rnb, afro latin and reggae. Lucy is also heavily involved in educating younger generations at various music establishments throughout Australia and the USA, most recently selected to be on faculty at the Victor Wooten Bass Camp, held at Berklee College of Music in 2017 and 2018. She currently resides in New York City.
Chris has been playing the drums for close to 15 years and performs regularly with many different and unique ensembles. He currently plays in a rock band by the name of The Troubled Clefs, an Indonesian Percussion Orchestra, the Band of Long Island and many more different ensembles. Chris is a recent graduate from the Aaron Copland School of Music of Queens College where he received his Bachelor's degree in music with a concentration in percussion performance. He has learned how to play in many different styles and techniques, and has played performances in Ireland, Bali, and even for a Tedx Talk. Chris also has experience with piano and teaches that as well. He is a flexible teacher and really sets up the lessons to what the student wants to learn as well as keeping the lessons fun, relaxed, and enjoyable for every student.
Dustin Beardsley is a freelance trumpet player in New York City. Earning his Bachelor of Music at New York University, Dustin graduated magna cum laude and was the recipient of the Outstanding Jazz Student Award for his graduating class. He has studied trumpet and improvisation with many renowned performers and teachers: Chris Jaudes, Laurie Frink, Ralph Alessi, Michael Rodriguez, Rich Perry, and Scott Mullett.
A frequent call for musical theater, Dustin held the chair as trumpet player for the New London Barn Playhouse’s summer season for three years (2013-15). Dustin has performed across the country and internationally with several Broadway tours: A Chorus Line (2018) The Producers (2015–16) and Guys and Dolls (2014–15). In New York City, Dustin can be found playing in a number of settings, including: musical theater pits, singer-songwriter horn sections, studio sessions, big bands, jazz combos, and classical ensembles. In addition to performing, Dustin also works as an arranger, composer, and songwriter for original projects and his own groups.
Dustin has given lessons to students of all ages and abilities, from those just beginning their studies to professionals seeking to refine specific techniques. He has also led masterclasses with elementary and high school level ensembles. Adept at finding methods that suit each student’s abilities, Dustin is eager to share the different approaches and techniques assimilated throughout his playing career!
Colin Leeds is a trained multi-instrumentalist, performer and music teacher. Originally form New Jersey, Colin discovered his passion for music at a very early age and has been pursuing his love for the art ever since. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2014, Colin began teaching private lessons for students of all ages as well as teaching and performing at local pre-schools. As a seasoned educator, Colin has turned absolute beginners into gigging musicians. When not on playing music, Colin loves to play basketball, bike, swim, read, write and laugh!
Colin is thrilled to be a part of Henderson Academy of Music and beyond excited inspire his students. Whether you want to become a rockstar, pop-star, or just want to have fun, Colin is a firm believer that everyone has the ability to learn an instrument. Let's get together and play some music!
Nathan Pezzotti, a New York City based composer and pianist, has written and played piano in a variety of musical styles and is excited to transfer his love of music onto students. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Nathan is no stranger to technical training yet seeks to ultimately help his students find their own unique voice and nurture their passion for the music they love. Nathan is proficient in many styles of music including classical, jazz, and other of popular music and has played in both recital halls and in multiple bands. Nathan has 8 years of teaching experience at both the college and beginner level and is comfortable teaching all ages. As a composer, he is equally engaged in the creative side of music making and encourages that development in his piano curriculum.
Vocalist, pianist, composer, educator and producer Vivienne Aerts has international performing experience on stage in The Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, and the US, sharing the stage with both national and international Jazz icons such as Lee Konitz, Kenny Werner, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, Joe Cohn and Florian Weber. Vivienne has been residing in New York City since April, 2015 where she gave a debut performance at the infamous Blue Note Jazz Club and is currently working on her third album.
In addition to her degree in Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, she also has a degree in Choir Directing and a Bachelor and Master's in Clinical Psychology from the Netherlands. Currently Vivienne works with pianist Kenny Werner and the Berklee Effortless Mastery Institute, which helps students to 'let the music play itself'. Vivienne believes in sharing her joy for music with students of all ages and she is adept in all styles of music.
Elizabeth Sullivan has a passion for music. It is both eclectic and electric and she infuses her students with a desire to excel in their chosen art by her outstanding and talented example. Whether it is guitar, piano, or drums, Elizabeth sets the tone and cadence and the rhythm follows. She is able to see each child's unique gifts and nurture those qualities to grow in a life changing and positive way. She is also a very talented vocalist.
Elizabeth attended Ithaca College Music school as a Vocal performance major and is now finishing her Masters in Music Education at Hunter College in Manhattan. She also has extensive experience as a teacher and show director for children at School of Rock. Elizabeth is a teacher, performer and an all around musical extravaganza, wrapped in a small package. In short, she is an inspiration.
Creative pianist and composer Utsav Lal has gained critical acclaim for his innovative handling of a variety of genres such as Jazz, Indian classical, Celtic music, Rock/Pop and classical. This 25 year old pianist has had over 150 solo performances in global venues such as Carnegie Hall NYC, Kennedy Center D.C, National Concert Hall Dublin and the Southbank Center London. Having played at leading festivals such as Edinburgh Jazz festival, Glasgow Jazz festival, Asiatopa Melbourne and Asia on the Edge DC, he also holds the distinction of being the only pianist to perform at Indian classical festivals such as Harivallabh Sangeet Samelan (India’s oldest festival running for 138 years) and Saptak music festival. Five solo records and laurels that include recognition as a Lal’s style has been described by Novara Jazz festival director Corrado Beldi as having “illuminating grace”. A disciple of Dhrupad legend Ustad F.W. Dagar, Lal’s music has been acclaimed for its sincerity, simplicity and depth.
Lal has conducted several workshops titled “Breaking Boundaries” and is well known for his collaborative work with Irish and Scottish musicians, in particular for his “Ragas to Reels” project with performances in India, Ireland and UK and also for his extensive project work with Inventor Geoff Smith on the worlds first ever Fluid Piano on which he recorded a unique album released in July 2016. He has been teaching for over 6 years in private and group situations and has worked with the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra as a Teaching Artist in multiple locations.
Kiho is a professional violinist/violist, based in New York city for over 5 years. Her classical training began at the age of 3 and played in numerous youth orchestras, chamber groups, solos and competitions all through out her childhood.
Upon enrolling at Berklee College of Music, Kiho obtained jazz training, improvisation and other contemporary technique to widen her musical vocabulary and bring herself to become a versatile player. Kiho's teaching career started largely during this time as well, as she was employed as a tutor at Berklee, due to her outstanding GPA to help other students with core music classes including Tonal&Jazz Harmony, Ear Training and Conducting.
After obtaining her bachelor's degree Kiho moved to New York and has played at acclaimed venues such as John F. Kennedy Center, Beacon Theater, Lincoln Center, etc. with various artists of all genres. She has taught over 50 students of all ages and creates worksheets and study materials on her own to help her students achieve their own goals. Her classes can range from meticulous preparation for NYSSMA, ABRSM and Trinity examinations/competitions to fun Jazz improvisational classes.
Eva Arce is a musician, multi-instrumentalist performer and instructor based in Park Slope Brooklyn. She began playing the piano at age 10 and at age 11 began playing the French Horn. She studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College where she received a B.A. in Music with a minor in Psychology. She then completed a year of graduate studies in Music Therapy at SUNY New Paltz. After five years of working closely with geriatric and TBI populations as a Music Therapist, she moved to pursue music as a performing art. Currently she performs regularly in various ensembles which include the UN Symphony Orchestra on French Horn, Funkrust Brass Band on trumpet and Jeremy Cone's 'The Field' project on piano. Performing venues have included Steinway Hall, the Cathedral of St. John the Devine, House of Yes and the Music Under NY program among many others. In addition, she currently provides instrumental instruction to multiple students privately in their homes, having done so since 2004.
At present, she is undertaking intensive piano study under Jack Gedzelman, an accomplished pianist who has studied under and performed alongside Leonard Bernstein. Jack is markedly selective in the students he accepts and currently coaches Giacomo Franci, a successful concert pianist and Maestro of the NY Chamber Players Orchestra. Eva's goal is to achieve the maximum level of mastery in piano performance and teaching.
In Eva's own words, “My reverence for music is a major driving force behind much of my undertakings, both professionally and in leisure. Whether as a performer, teacher, or therapist I find deep reward in sharing the wonders of music with those around me and inspiring them to find excitement, enjoyment and empowerment in engaging in its many forms. In its great flexibility, music has provided me with a medium for which I will never run out of endeavors or ways to share with others.”
Joanna is a New York based opera singer, pianist and educator. She graduated from Bucknell University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Minor in Italian Studies. Joanna has performed a variety of opera roles with local NYC opera companies, at summer festivals and at her academic institutions. She recently completed her Masters degree in Vocal Performance at Hunter College where she focused on new opera and performed in several world premieres. She serves as Music Director for Hofstra University’s Catholic Campus Ministry in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, NY and is one half of “Thaleia Duo.”
Joanna is a passionate music educator who takes an individualized approach to teaching and believes that music education is vital for all children.
Justin has been playing and studying the guitar since he was 13. Now 26, he graduated from Rutgers University, cum laude, and studied under the tutelage of jazz guitar master Vic Juris, in addition to an all-star faculty.
Justin is comfortable playing various styles of music on multiple instruments, performs regularly throughout the tri-state area and has been sharing his love of music through teaching since 2011.
Michael is a local musician who grew up in the heart of New York City. He is a drummer, pianist and lover of all styles of music. He graduated with a Bachelor's of Science from SUNY New Paltz in Contemporary Music Studies and Production in 2014. He has spent the past few years teaching at several music schools in both New York City and the Hudson Valley.
Michael is versed in many styles of music, like rock, jazz, blues, Latin and even classical Indian. He has played drums for fifteen years and added piano and guitar to his musical repertoire. His philosophy is to find a nice balance between academics and having fun in the lessons. Finding a unique way to engage each student is the most important factor. Michael will use a combination of books and exercises to focus on improving your playing whether beginner or advanced. With Michael's help your musical goals will be clarified and reached!
Raf Vertessen received his Masters of Music and Composition from The Conservatory of Amsterdam. He teaches drum, percussion, clarinet, piano, harmony, theory and composition. His background includes classical, jazz, rock, punk, electronic music, avant-garde and improvised music.
As a teacher he has 9 years of experience in music schools in Belgium, The Netherlands and New York city and 9 years of experience teaching to all levels - classically trained - touring and performing musician (America, Europe, Africa, Asia).
Kathy Tai-Hsuan Lee
Taiwanese pianist Kathy Tai-Hsuan Lee has been praised for her "dazzling technique" by South Florida Review. In 2017, she was the winner of the Atlantic Music Festival Piano Competition (ME) and was awarded second prize in the 2015 Busan Maru International Concerto Competition in South Korea. As an avid chamber musician, Kathy most recently appeared at Lincoln Center Stage's Resident Piano Quintet on Holland America Line in collaboration with Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts, performing wide-ranging genres of music from live film music by BBC, jazz & blues, pop classics, movie soundtracks to classical piano trios, quartets and quintets.
During her residency at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Kathy served as Associate Instructor, teaching group classes/private piano lessons to undergraduate and graduate students. As a music educator, Kathy aspires to introduce various kinds of music to younger generations and let it become their lifetime companion. She is experienced in working with K-12 students with international backgrounds and is fluent teaching in English, Mandarin and moderate in French.
In her teaching, Kathy strongly encourages her students to actively learn about musical anecdotes, the piece/composer and its historical background or synopsis whenever possible. Lessons combine Suzuki method for learning through the ear and concepts of Feldrenkrais method for physical wellness at the piano. Students can experience fun body movements, music games, singing in solfège and sight-reading training with Kathy on classical standards, folk/children songs and some popular/jazz tunes.
Kathy graduated from National Taiwan Normal University (B.M.), University of Michigan (M.M.) and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Piano Performance and Literature at Indiana University.
Nick Neuburg is is a drummer/percussionist, pianist and composer originally from the greater Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Nick began music studies at an early age and quickly became an in demand musician among the local community of Jazz musicians by his teens, performing often with Pianists Mike Gerber and Antonio Adolfo and Multi-Instrumentalist and jazz great Ira Sullivan.
After graduating high school, Nick relocated to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with the legendary drummers Rakalam Bob Moses and Billy Hart and studied composition and improvisation with pianist Anthony Coleman and Guitarist Joe Morris. Upon graduating the Conservatory in the spring of 2014 Nick remained in the greater Boston area until the summer of 2018, during which time he both remained active in the creative music scene as a performer and became busy working and teaching. Over those years, Nick was a part of the bands Aykroyd, Letter Castle, Particulars, Ryan Power, Los Greys, Every Kim Parcell, Listening Woman and Creative Healing, among others.
Nick has been teaching private music lessons on both Drums and Piano consistently since 2015 and is excited to continue teaching in NY! As an educator, Nick strives to help students develop the fundamental skills and vocabulary as a musician that will allow them to play the music they most enjoy, making the learning and growing process as much fun as possible along the way. He aims to pass down the knowledge received to him by his many great teachers to the best of his abilities.
Marina was an original aerobic instructor at Body Design by Gilda in 1980 and trained at The American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Alley, Luigi's, The Manhattan School of Music. Marina also trained in Musical Theatre with Helen Gallagher, Albert Hague & Rita Gardner. She's been married for 35 years to her husband and partner Roy Kamen where they have co owned Kamen and Entertainment Group, Inc. servicing the television, theatrical, dance, music and advertising communities.
Marina is also a Certified Fitness Expert residing in Manhattan. Marina Kamen aka MARINA has lost 100 pounds and comes with over 35 years in the Voice/Theatre/Dance/Fitness/Violin & Music Industries. She is a Certified Fitness Trainer, multi Instrumentalist, Director, Choreographer & Grammy Nominated Recording Artist. Also the 1st recipient of the first People's Choice Award for Podcasting she has been featured in publications including Prevention Magazine, Woman's World & Family Circle Magazine.
Her extensive background includes numerous Children's Television appearances along with The Discovery Health Network, PBS, Noggin', WPIX TV & with Tyra Banks. She has worked with Celebrities including Liza Minnelli, Patti Labelle and Britney Spears.
Michael Sanders is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and teacher based out of Brooklyn, NY. He has taught guitar, piano, bass, drums, voice, songwriting/composition and music theory to students of all skill levels. Michael puts an emphasis on teaching to the needs of the individual student. Whether the student is interested in rock/pop, jazz, classical, or any other style he will come up with a strategy catered to the interests of the student.
In the past Michael has been known to create original arrangements of music requested by students fit for their current skill level. If a student is not interested in learning to read music, a more "by ear" approach is used.
Michael can be seen performing around New York with his current bands King Jane and Jenna & the Janes. As a performing member of a band he has been on full U.S. tours with multiple groups. As a studio musician he has recorded on several albums, most recently this summer with his band King Jane at the world renowned Power Station recording studio in Hell's Kitchen.
As a composer, Michael's music has performed by a wide range of ensembles ranging from piano trio to orchestra. He is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he obtained his undergraduate degree in music composition from Louisiana State University, studying with Dinos Constantinides.
In 2018 he completed his masters of music in New York City at the Mannes School of Music at the New School, studying with Lowell Liebermann.
Rachel Lynn Kaufman is a classically-trained vocalist, singer/songwriter and vocal instructor. Rachel studied music at The University of Maryland, College Park and has performed throughout the DMV area and numerous NYC venues including Mercury Lounge and Webster Hall. She has also toured regionally throughout the east coast.
Rachel's EP project, To Street & Transfer, released under the name Rachel Lynn boasts "a powerful voice and top-notch writing ability" (Arena.com). The project has been praised by publications such as The Huffington Post, Pop Matters and Baeble Music, stating, "There's nothing apologetic about Rachel Lynn's voice; with booming soul and charismatic charm, she conquers space fervently and without restraint." (Baeble Music). Rachel was named one of New Music Seminar's Top 100 Artists on the Verge and was selected to officially showcase at CMJ 2014, CMJ 2015 and NACA Mid-Atlantic 2015. She has since opened for acts such as AJR (Warner Bros.), played several shows during SXSW 2017, signed multiple sync licenses (Discovery, E!, Bravo, Netflix, TLC, Oxygen) and received nationwide radio coverage.
Rachel also has extensive experience in musical education, ranging from private teaching (ages four to 63) to developing curriculum in a classroom setting. She previously worked for Soyulla Artists and Little Chopins teaching in-home private lessons throughout Manhattan and was a music teacher in Harlem RBI's REAL Kids program, creating lesson plans for kindergarten and first grade students and similarly, developed and taught choral curriculum in a workshop setting as a counselor at Opequon Quaker Arts Camp. As a music instructor and vocalist with Kidville's Rockin' Railroad program, Rachel taught music fundamentals to children in a "guardian and me" style setting using early childhood education techniques. Additionally, she toured with Pro Arts Management in their Rockstar Camp Program as a vocalist, leading interactive performances of Top 40 and Motown/rock classics.
Rachel currently teaches privately with Keys to Success Music School and Henderson Academy of Music and loves working with young people, encouraging them to strengthen their musical abilities while having fun!
Originally from Atlanta, Will Fulkerson is a jazz pianist, multi-instrumentalist, music producer and music educator. He has been playing the piano since he was 4 years old and now at 23, he specializes in teaching jazz, harmony, improvisation and ear training. Will received his Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from Florida State University where he studied and performed regularly with the likes of Rodney Jordan, Leon Anderson, Nick Finzer, Scotty Barnhart, Bill Peterson, Marcus Roberts and more.
Will has performed at many notable venues including Lincoln Center's "Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola", The Velvet Note, B Sharps Jazz Club and the Atlanta Jazz Festival to name a few. He has worked as a jazz pianist at Disneyland in California, as an orchestra and jazz band instructor at various high schools and as a private lessons teacher in Tallahassee, Atlanta, and now in New York City. Will currently spends time producing his own original music which can be found on all major music platforms such as Spotify or iTunes.
Will is passionate about teaching music and takes an individualized approach tailored to the needs of each of his students. He will help you to reach your full potential on the piano through deepening your understanding of how the music works, helping you to unlock the power of your ears and discovering with you just how rewarding playing music can be.
Yelena Kiseleva is a piano and violin instructor from Portland, Oregon who moved to New York City in June 2018 to pursue further music opportunities. She began to play the piano at age 5 and with the ability to read sheet music began to play the violin in 5th grade and played throughout high school.
Yelena received her Bachelors of Arts degree from Portland State University in June 2010 and taught private and group piano lessons throughout Portland, OR to various ages and skill levels. She has been the church choir piano player for 8 years and enjoys exposing students to music theory, improvisation and the various eras in music history as well as teaching students how to play songs they enjoy and love. In addition, Yelena teaches students how to play and read sheet music and to play most classical songs. With this, each student is tested on his/her ability to read notes.
Students studying classical repertoire with Yelena receive a practice summary and check line at the end of each lesson with a summary of topics covered during the session along with a list of exercises to practice at home. This goal-oriented approach is incorporated in order to assess progress and to improve student's performance. If a student is interested in learning notes and classic music, sheet music will be provided with the intent to practice before the next session.
Spencer Rudolph studied music performance at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, earning his B.A. in 2013. A classically trained string player, Spencer started playing violin at age four, later learning viola, cello, piano and guitar.
Since graduating from SUNY Purchase, Spencer has composed original scores, performed in a wide range of musical venues and taught private as well as small group lessons to students of all ages. Spencer enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages but particularly excels in working with young students with learning differences. Believing that a passion for music lies within all of us, Spencer explores each student's interests, creating individualized lesson plans that might include anything from a discussion of complex music theory concepts to a rendition of Darth Vader's Theme Song.