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HAODONG WU

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

Ages Taught: All Ages. Great with Kids!

Styles: Classical, Pop, Theory, Ear Training

Levels Taught:

Piano:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Haodong Wu is a classical pianist and teacher based in NYC.

Born in Shanghai, China, Haodong began studying the piano at age 6. She made her debut with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra playing the Haydn D Major Piano Concerto at age 9 and was selected as one of the only 5 candidates across China to study at the Elementary School affiliated to Shanghai Conservatory of Music. During her study at the Shanghai Conservatory, Ms. Wu won competitions such as the “Zhu Jiang Cup” National Piano Competition, the “Gu Lang Yu” National Piano Competition, and the first prize of the Concerto Competition playing Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto at the Shanghai Conservatory.

At age 18, Ms. Wu was awarded a merit-based scholarship to study at the prestigious Mannes College of Music in New York City. She studied with Pavlina Dokovska, the chair of the Piano department, and later with Cristina Stanescu, the chair of the Collaborative Piano department. Ms. Wu was also awarded the Newton Swift Piano Award upon graduation, for excellence as a solo pianist as well as a collaborative pianist and a chamber musician.

During her study at Mannes, she has had master-classes with such renowned artists as Richard Goode, Vladimir Feltsman, Ann Schein, and with Peter Frankl at the “MusicFest” summer festival in Perugia, Italy. She has graced the stages of major New York City venues, including Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Club, Steinway Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Union Club, Neue Galerie, the German Consulate of New York, and the Polish Consulate of New York. Her performance of the Scriabin Piano Sonata No. 2, known as the “Sonata-Fantasy” was chosen by Robert Sherman and broadcast live on WQXR – the only station solely devoted to classical music in New York.

Highlights of Ms. Wu’s recent performances include her debut as a soloist with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra playing Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto, her chamber music recital with violinist Minghao Li at the Young Artist Forum in Schenectady, NY, and the David G. Whitcomb Foundation Young Performers’ concert series in Germantown, NY. She has also appeared in concert with such renowned pianists as Stephen Gosling, presented by the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society.

In November 2016, she will be performing a Grieg’s piano concerto with the New Amsterdam Symphony Orchestra at Symphony Space, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Ms. Wu currently serves on the faculty of the Westchester Conservatory in White Plains, NY, where she was also hired as the Music Director for the Conservatory’s Music Theatre Immersion Program in summer of 2015 and 2016. She also holds a staff pianist position at Mannes College of Music.

GRACE HYO SEUL SHIN

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Queens

Ages Taught: All Ages.  Great with kids!

Styles: Classical, Pop, Ear Training

Levels Taught:

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Grace Shin is a classical pianist and a prospective music therapist. She earned her Bachelor’s degree with honors in Piano Performance and Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University. She is now pursuing her Master’s degree in Music Therapy at Molloy College. She studied the piano with Jeffrey Cohen at Manhattan School of Music and Hannah Li at Carnegie Mellon University. 

Grace was first recognized as a classical pianist at age 8 by winning at a competition in her native country, South Korea. She has performed at numerous recitals and accompanied at public schools, colleges, and church. In 2011, Grace won the first place at Crescendo International Competition in both solo and chamber division, which led to her debut performance at Carnegie Hall in New York. In 2012, she played with the Ureuk Orchestra at Merkin Concert Hall. Since then, she has performed at various venues and has been acclaimed for her outstanding musicality. 

Grace has taught piano and music since 2009 and has worked with students from preschool to middle school. She has led group music classes and has given private lessons. She has passion for sharing the love and knowledge of music with her students. She always encourages her students to enjoy music and tries to make practice fun!

BRIAN LEE

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau

Ages Taught: All Ages.  Great with kids!

Styles: Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, Theory, Songwriting, Composition, Recording

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Ukulele: Beginning, Intermediate

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate

Brian Lee, Owner of Galliard Music, is a guitarist, pianist, and composer based in New York.

He studied the guitar with Steve Salerno, the piano with Geoffrey Burleson and Gary Hammond, and composition with Sidney Boquiren. Brian holds a Masters of the Arts in Music Education from Hunter College and a Bachelors of Science in Music Performance from Adelphi University.

A licensed NYS certified music teacher, Brian has taught elementary school music in Manhattan and Queens, in both public and private schools. An instructor of the guitar and piano since 2005, Brian has taught students of all ages and levels and is experienced in aiding students with special needs. In addition to preparing most of his students for annual live performances, he has also sent most of his students to NYSSMA all of which have received outstanding scores.

Brian has been performing live since 2003 in multiple bands on the guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, and vocals across Long Island, NYC and other parts of the northeast. Currently, he is making music in a music production duo called "Aurora Spectra". The duo focuses on creating diverse music while collaborating with other artists of a multitude of mediums. 

JOHN GRAY

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

Ages: All Ages

Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Theory, Composition, Recording, Songwriting

Levels Taught:

Bass: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate

Ukulele: Beginning, Intermediate

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate

Since moving to New York City in 2005, John has been one of the most in-demand bassists and teachers in New York. John attended Manhattan School of Music, studying bass with Larry Ridley and Jay Anderson while studying piano and composition with Garry Dial and Richard Sussman.  

After graduation, John formed a band called The Jazz Thieves, and has performed his original compositions with them. The Jazz Thieves have played extensively throughout the city at Spike Hill, Rockwood Music Hall, Tea Lounge, Flatiron Room, and the Greenpoint Gallery to name a few. Their first self-titled album was signed to Fervor Records under the name “The John Gray Band”. They have been featured on radio programs throughout the world, and continue to perform in NYC often.

As a teacher, John has taught piano, guitar and bass to students privately, as well as at Pelham Music Arts Studio in Pelham NY, Dea School of Music and Art in Staten Island, and New Canaan Music in New Canaan, CT. John has also worked at the Caedmon School and St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's schools, helping to produce their fall and spring concerts. John works with students to improve their musical skills, teaching them both important works from the past, and modern, popular songs. John's hopes to inspire confidence in the student's musical and life skills with his teaching method.

John also plays in many other projects. John has played jazz with jazz masters James Moody, John McNeil, and Wayne Bergeron. He also had played with with Jason Trachtenburg (of the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players) and currently plays with Tim Cronin (of Camera Obscura/Freelance Whales/Los Campesinos) in his band Floating Compass, at venues such as the Bowery Ballroom, Mercury Lounge, and Glasslands Gallery.

JOHN VELSOR

Areas of Work: Nassau, Suffolk

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles Taught: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Theory

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Bass: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano: Beginning, Intermediate

John Velsor received his bachelor degree in music performance on guitar in 2010 from Molloy College. In addition to studying under Dan McGann at Molloy, he had also received an associate’s degree in performance at Nassau Community College, studying under the direction of Stephen Leonard and Bill Zito. Although focusing on classical guitar technique and performance for his degree, John has done fieldwork in the field of music therapy, giving him experience working with children on the autistic spectrum as well as children suffering from other learning disabilities. He has the ambition to ultimately become a professor, aiming to do his master degree work in either music education or ethnomusicology.

John has been giving private guitar lessons since 2006, and has been employed through several notable institutions since. His teaching style aims to meet the personal desires and ambitions of his students while simultaneously instilling a solid understanding of music theory and structure. His laid back and patient approach allows students to feel comfortable to learn and develop at their own pace. Each student is developed a specific lesson plan that is custom designed to help the individual reach their musical goals both personal and academically, allowing them to become the competent musician they want to be.

Aside from his academic achievement, John is also an avid performer. He performs locally as well as touring regularly as a one man band under the title "Astronauto", along with playing guitar in the band "Medicine Fish". John's wide array of musical taste and diverse style has also lead him to playing in and working with many different bands of diverse genres.

DAN KEENE

Areas of Work: Queens, Nassau, Suffolk

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, 20th Century, Folk, Metal, Rock, Pop, Blues, Music Theory, Songwriting, Composition

Levels Taught:

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Lute: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano: Beginning

New York native Daniel Keene, cofounder of Galliard Music, is a guitarist, lutenist, chamber musician, and educator. He is currently on the faculty at Nassau Community College where he teaches courses in music theory and guitar. An active and versatile performer, Daniel has concertized extensively in New York and along the East Coast performing at a multitude of venues, halls, and universities. He is a member of the Red Door Chamber Players, the Hudson Flute, and Guitar Duo, and the Samadi-Keene Piano & Guitar Duo. He has also performed with the Bachelor Consort, Long Island Baroque, and Musical Amoeba. A multi-instrumentalist, Daniel plays on an array of plucked string instruments, including the guitar, lute, bandora, and mandolin. An avid performer of new music, Daniel has collaborated with composers all over the globe, premiering many new works. He studied lute and guitar with William Zito, guitar with Stephen Leonard and Jerry Willard, composition with Sidney Boquiren and Paul Moravec, and worked with tenor Jonathan Goodman and pianist Susan Sobolewski on musical interpretation.

For over 15 years, Daniel has been teaching students of all ages and levels in New York City and across Long Island. His students have been accepted to Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, Aaron Copland School of Music, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Purchase, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Fredonia, Ithaca College, The Hartt School, and Adelphi University.

ANDREW SCHILLER

Areas of Work: Manhattan and Brooklyn

Ages Taught: All ages

Styles: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical

Levels Taught:

Bass:  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano:  Beginner

Andrew Schiller is currently residing in Brooklyn, NY after finishing a master’s degree in jazz bass performance at the New England Conservatory. A native of Phoenix, he graduated from Arizona State University under the musical direction of Michael Kocour. His personal mentors have been Ken Schaphorst, Donny McCaslin, Ralph Alessi, and Frank Carlberg. His bass teachers include John Clayton, Dave Holland, and John Lockwood.

Andrew started performing on bass (electric and acoustic) and piano, forming a rock band with friends from his junior high. Since then, he’s worked as both a bandleader and sideman in various musical styles, with the bulk of his concentration on jazz and classical. Andrew strives to perform and compose with a personal and sincere voice while attempting to create something contemporary and original. He enjoys many types of music, often blending different genres and collaborating with a variety of musicians. 

Andrew has a passion for music education in addition to performance. He has spent summers running music clinics at festivals abroad and leading classes and ensembles at the ASU Latin Jazz workshop. He spent a year as a graduate TA at the New England Conservatory for a class that taught harmony, ear training, and composition. Andrew also has plenty of private one-on-one music instruction, working as the interim jazz bass teacher at Arizona State University for a year teaching students at an advanced level while maintaining a private studio of mostly younger students, ages 4-17. 

In 2012, he was recognized in Downbeat Magazine for his work as a soloist and in January 2013, he was awarded the opportunity to perform original compositions at the Panama Jazz Festival with an NEC ensemble. Most recently, Andrew was awarded the ASCAP Young Composers Grant in February 2014.

 

CHING WAI LO

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn

Ages Taught: All Ages.

Styles: Classical, Rock, Pop, Theory, Songwriting, Composition, Production

Levels Taught:

Cello: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Piano: Beginner

Ching Wai Lo is a NYC based cellist, pianist, and composer. He is currently working towards his Bachelors at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, double majoring in Music Composition and English Literature with a minor in Music Production. His teachers and mentors are Iris Jortner (cello), Eli Moskowitz (piano), and Peter Calandra (composing/audio production). 

He is an active musician in the Metropolitan area, playing with several ensembles including the QC Orchestra, Nota Bene Contemporary Ensemble, and the QC Balinese Gamelan. As a freelance cellist, he has performed in many events with his string quartet, and recorded in several recording studios as a session cellist. As a composer and producer, he has collaborated with many up-and-coming film directors and artists, as well as engineered songs of different genres. 

An active teacher since 2009, Ching has taught students of all ages. He is experienced in adapting to the student’s performance level and adjusting teaching style that best suits the student. Incorporation of different genres of music, songwriting, and composition is not uncommon in his lessons.

MARY ALOUETTE

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn

Ages Taught: All Ages. Great with Kids!

Styles: Pop, Classical, Jazz, Musical Theater, Electronic Music, Songwriting, Ear Training

Levels Taught:

Voice: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Guitar: Beginner, Intermediate

Piano:  Beginner

A stunning song siren – award-winning electronic jazz singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Mary Alouette's voice bears both tone and control earned through opera training and the emotional connection of a jazz and soul singer grounded in her work performing as a Gypsy jazz and pop singer. Her songs, full of infectious melodies and dangerous rhythms, have laid the groundwork for a fresh, distinctive, and unforgettable sound.

Mary's Gypsy jazz singing brought her to stay in a Gypsy caravan in France; she’s also headlined at venues including 30 Rockefeller Plaza’s Rainbow Room and SixtyFive Bar, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Blues Alley, and Terra Blues; sung at Carnegie Hall; competed in the Apollo Theater’s tour; performed the US National Anthem for the Major League Baseball teams: the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Nationals and for the Major League Soccer team DC United; studied opera singing at the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria and the Schlern International Music Festival in Italy, as well as received a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from McGill University in Montreal, Canada; and worked in the studio as an audio engineer in Brooklyn. She’s won the Grand Prize in the Washington Area Music Association’s (WAMA) Professional Artist Support System Songwriting Competition, placed as a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition, placed as a finalist in the We Are Listening Singer-Songwriter Competition, won New Artist of the Year (2013) and Best Debut Album (2013) with WAMA, and has twice been nominated by WAMA for Best Jazz Vocalist. She was an Artist in Residence at Strathmore Center for the Arts in Maryland and her performance has been highlighted in the New Yorker. From releasing three EPs of original music that combine Gypsy jazz and electronic music to composing and performing live film scores at Nitehawk Cinema in New York City, her creative muscles have flexed a complex vibrancy reflected from her formative years in Washington, DC and Montreal, Canada.

Mary has been teaching for ten years to students of all ages and levels of experience.  Her students have won the Apollo Theater’s “Amateur Night: Making a Star” Competition, passed the entrance exam to the Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College, and are songwriters with music publishing organization BMG.  They have also won tiny victories that make up more than grand victories.  Mary loves guiding her students to find their passions in music and is their biggest advocate!

HECTOR MORI

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx

Ages Taught: All Ages.  Great with kids!

Styles: Classical, Irish Traditional, Opera

Levels Taught:

Violin: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Voice: Beginning, Intermediate

 

Hector Mori was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1986. At the age of 3, his family moved to Florida, where his grandmother enrolled him in his first violin lessons with a local teacher. At the age of 10, he began studies with Elizabeth McClung and continued his studies with her throughout his years at the Middle School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida (Now Bak Middle School of the Arts). Upon entering high school at Dreyfoos High School of the Arts, Hector began private violin instruction with Laurice Buckton. By his senior year of high school, he began working as a supernumerary with Palm Beach Opera. He continued working with them for 6 years, joining the chorus in his sophomore year of college. He started taking private vocal instruction with Bryon Grohman, with whom he studied for 2 years. With a greater emphasis on his vocal lessons, he stopped studying violin classically and undertook performing with traditional Irish ensembles throughout Palm Beach County. Upon completion of his Bachelors in Psychology, he started studying voice privately with Charles Schneider in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, before beginning lessons with his present teacher Franco Bertacci. He is currently residing back in New York with plans to perform opera professionally.

Hector has a wide variety of instructional experience, within the world of music as well as swimming. Hector is a phenomenal educator; he realizes the many commonalities that go into teaching and learning which help him take experiences from one subject and apply them to the other. He is fluent in Spanish and can also speak advanced French. Hector also has lots of experience teaching special needs students that have both mental and physical delays. This gives him greater insight into how he can help give the gift of music to all of his students. He makes sure all of his pupils understand that the process may be long, but he as their instructor is always on their side and will constantly encourage them and help them enjoy music better in the process.

SARA SLOCUM

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Nassau

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles: Classical

Levels Taught:

Flute: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Sara Slocum has been playing the flute since the age of ten where she studied with Lynette Stoyles at The Hartt School. In 2007, Sara graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Flute Performance from Adelphi University. There, she studied with Linda Wetherill. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Music Therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA.

Sara was a member of the Middletown Symphonic Band and has been performing with New York guitarist Dan Keene since 2007. She often performs at weddings and other special occasions.

Teaching since 2004, Ms. Slocum has taught students of all ages and levels in the Boston and Hartford areas. In addition, Sara served as a faculty member and flute ensemble director at Connecticut Valley School of Music and Dance. She currently resides in New York where she teaches at All Island Music Center in Merrick, Long Island. 

ALEXANDRIA SMITH

Areas of Work: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens

Ages Taught: All ages

Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Contemporary, Electronic, Music Theory, Music Technology

Levels Taught:

Trumpet: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Alexandria Smith is a Manhattan based trumpet player currently working towards her Bachelors at Mannes the New School for Music. She has studied with Thomas Smith (New York Philharmonic), Raymond Riccomini (Metropolitan Opera), Craig Fraedrich (Army Blues), Carl Rowe (Marine Band), and Anthony Coleman (composer/improvisor).

Alexandria has a multifaceted career. Some of her achievements include being a member of the Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, premiering new music at Spectrum NYC, premiering an opera at Roulette, winning Shenandoah University’s solo competition, being chosen as a semi­finalist in National Trumpet Competition, performing many electronic music concerts with Max and Ableton, playing on many sessions for various bands in NYC horn, and she is also a member of many orchestra sublists and summer festivals.

Alexandria also has a huge passion for teaching and has been doing so for the past 7 years. In addition to teaching privately, she taught a group trumpet class at Community Elementary/Middle in Hollins, VA. She's also been a teaching artist, performing outreach concerts with the Brass 5 (Yamaha Performing Artists), the Eastern Music Festival Brass Quintet, and has also formed various outreach ensembles for Mannes.

Her philosophy is that the trumpet is an amplifier for one’s voice, and that there are no limits to what a student can do. Everyone has a different voice and will need a special approach that is catered to their unique ability and their musical imagination. 

AYUMI INOUE

Areas of Work: Suffolk, Nassau

Ages Taught: All Ages

Styles Taught: Rock, Metal, Hip Hop, Electronica, Music Production, Songwriting, Recording, Mixing

Levels Taught:

Music Production:

Logic Pro X: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Propellerhead Reason: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Drums: Beginning, Intermediate

Guitar: Beginning, Intermediate

Ayumi is a self-taught musician, who started playing drums as a teenager. He quickly formed a metal band as a drummer, starting with benefit shows and eventually sharing the stage with touring bands across Long Island. As he developed as a drummer, he played with several bands and musicians to explore the different styles of indie rock and metal.

As he transferred to a new university, he was no longer able to play drums as he once had. A friend introduced him to Propellerhead Reason, a digital audio software, and he began digging deep into music production and songwriting. He picked up guitar, bass, and piano along the way and began creating a repertoire of solo works, influenced by Eastern vibes and hip hop elements.

Currently, he is part of a music production duo, Aurora Spectra, where he utilizes up-to-date softwares such as Logic Pro X and Native Instruments to create diverse works, ranging from atmospheric electronica, alternative rock and video game tunes. Aurora Spectra was given the opportunity to perform in NYC, where they mixed live and electronic elements into their performance. He recently began teaching drums, guitar, and music production to students as young as 8 to students in their 30’s.