Lauren (Nashville)   Blue Balloon star teacher Lauren is extremely versatile, equally comfortable working with 3 year olds to write their own songs on a ukulele as she is teaching piano to adults. Her sweet southern charm and incredible dynamism that makes her a favorite among Blue Balloon students. She has an incredible amount of experience working with kids and is also finishing up a Masters in Music Education from Hunter College. Lauren was already an accomplished musician before finishing high school, mastering the piano, guitar, and voice at a very early age. She heads up the band  Dear Georgiana , gifting the world with her beautiful and dreamy vintage pop. She loves engaging the young creative minds of Blue Balloon students!    Lauren teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, voice, ukulele and violin.

Lauren (Nashville)

Blue Balloon star teacher Lauren is extremely versatile, equally comfortable working with 3 year olds to write their own songs on a ukulele as she is teaching piano to adults. Her sweet southern charm and incredible dynamism that makes her a favorite among Blue Balloon students. She has an incredible amount of experience working with kids and is also finishing up a Masters in Music Education from Hunter College. Lauren was already an accomplished musician before finishing high school, mastering the piano, guitar, and voice at a very early age. She heads up the band Dear Georgiana, gifting the world with her beautiful and dreamy vintage pop. She loves engaging the young creative minds of Blue Balloon students!

Lauren teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, voice, ukulele and violin.

  Michael   Michael has a gift of sparking the creativity in every student, encouraging them to write very profound songs. He has contributed music to the HBO series  Bored to Death , toured with  They Might Be Giants , and has worked as an on-set ukulele coach for movie stars. He has written a children’s book called  My First Ghost , which was published by Disney Books. Michael also teaches at Avenues: The World School and The Gotham Writers Workshop. His band,  A Man of Ideas , released an album of beautiful sea songs.    Michael teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, and ukulele.

Michael

Michael has a gift of sparking the creativity in every student, encouraging them to write very profound songs. He has contributed music to the HBO series Bored to Death, toured with They Might Be Giants, and has worked as an on-set ukulele coach for movie stars. He has written a children’s book called My First Ghost, which was published by Disney Books. Michael also teaches at Avenues: The World School and The Gotham Writers Workshop. His band, A Man of Ideas, released an album of beautiful sea songs.

Michael teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, and ukulele.

  Maia   Maia has a very patient teaching style, develops long lasting relationships with her students and becomes very integrated into their lives as songwriters. She has been working with children for more than 15 years and loves the unique ways young creative kids look at the world. Maia has a degree in music composition from Bennington College and performs with her own dreamy electropop band called  Uni Ika Ai , named after a favorite Japanese dish she loved to eat with her father.     Maia teaches songwriting on voice, guitar, and piano.

Maia

Maia has a very patient teaching style, develops long lasting relationships with her students and becomes very integrated into their lives as songwriters. She has been working with children for more than 15 years and loves the unique ways young creative kids look at the world. Maia has a degree in music composition from Bennington College and performs with her own dreamy electropop band called Uni Ika Ai, named after a favorite Japanese dish she loved to eat with her father. 

Maia teaches songwriting on voice, guitar, and piano.

  Laura   Laura comes from both a teaching and theater background and establishes a deep connection with all of her students, working with them to figure out what they need to succeed. As a result, her students create and perform music as beautifully and effortlessly as she does. She is an accomplished teaching artist at Theatreworks USA, Packer Collegiate Institute, and the Berkeley Carroll School. She studied musical composition at UCLA and is currently pursuing an advanced degree in music education at Hunter College.     Laura teaches songwriting on piano, guitar, voice, and ukulele.

Laura

Laura comes from both a teaching and theater background and establishes a deep connection with all of her students, working with them to figure out what they need to succeed. As a result, her students create and perform music as beautifully and effortlessly as she does. She is an accomplished teaching artist at Theatreworks USA, Packer Collegiate Institute, and the Berkeley Carroll School. She studied musical composition at UCLA and is currently pursuing an advanced degree in music education at Hunter College. 

Laura teaches songwriting on piano, guitar, voice, and ukulele.

  Noah   Noah is consistently inspired by the creativity that flows naturally from children. He enjoys guiding this youthful imagination into a positive and engaging learning environment centered around the drum set and songwriting. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory Noah moved to New York City, where he began teaching drums in after-school programs and performing and touring around the world with Pavo Pavo, Man Forever, Eleanor Friedberger, and others. He finds that teaching and performing support each other in profound and unexpected ways, always learning from experiences in one that inspire and bring a different perspective to the other.    Noah teaches songwriting on drums and piano.

Noah

Noah is consistently inspired by the creativity that flows naturally from children. He enjoys guiding this youthful imagination into a positive and engaging learning environment centered around the drum set and songwriting. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory Noah moved to New York City, where he began teaching drums in after-school programs and performing and touring around the world with Pavo Pavo, Man Forever, Eleanor Friedberger, and others. He finds that teaching and performing support each other in profound and unexpected ways, always learning from experiences in one that inspire and bring a different perspective to the other.

Noah teaches songwriting on drums and piano.

  Lily C.   Lily is patient, warm, and pours her heart and soul into her students’ work. Music has been the landscape of her family since birth - her grandfather, dad, and uncles all being successful singer/songwriters. She brings an old school bohemian NYC folk music family vibe to each lesson and helps kids connect and thrive in the world of music. She performs with her sister as  The Chapin Sister s, but also with  She and Him ,  Will Oldham  and her Grammy award winning father,  Tom Chapin .    Lily teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, and voice.

Lily C.

Lily is patient, warm, and pours her heart and soul into her students’ work. Music has been the landscape of her family since birth - her grandfather, dad, and uncles all being successful singer/songwriters. She brings an old school bohemian NYC folk music family vibe to each lesson and helps kids connect and thrive in the world of music. She performs with her sister as The Chapin Sisters, but also with She and HimWill Oldham and her Grammy award winning father, Tom Chapin.

Lily teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, and voice.

  Hopalong Andrew   Hopalong Andrew is an American Western and Folk music singer and humorist who revisions classic cowboy and folk songs to playfully reflect city life for urban cowpokes. His music satisfies toddlers to tweens to grownups – especially the grandfolks that grew up with the singing cowboys of the silver screen. Hopalong Andrew is a fixture of the New York City family music scene and regularly appears at curated events such as Summerstage NYC, Bryant Park, Hudson Park, The Oldtone Roots Music Festival, The Brooklyn Public Library, and more. Hopalong Andrew has received press from Time Out, ABC, CBS, and others, and has earned praise from the blogosphere.     Hopalong Andrew leads singalong classes and birthday parties.

Hopalong Andrew

Hopalong Andrew is an American Western and Folk music singer and humorist who revisions classic cowboy and folk songs to playfully reflect city life for urban cowpokes. His music satisfies toddlers to tweens to grownups – especially the grandfolks that grew up with the singing cowboys of the silver screen. Hopalong Andrew is a fixture of the New York City family music scene and regularly appears at curated events such as Summerstage NYC, Bryant Park, Hudson Park, The Oldtone Roots Music Festival, The Brooklyn Public Library, and more. Hopalong Andrew has received press from Time Out, ABC, CBS, and others, and has earned praise from the blogosphere. 

Hopalong Andrew leads singalong classes and birthday parties.

  Jason A.   Jason is very active as a performer and as a teacher. Since moving to NYC Jason has traveled throughout the world and has performed with artists such as Adele, Weezer, DNCE, Cece Winans, Blood Orange, Porches and Cory Henry. Jason has been teaching for over 10 years: he teaches private lessons as well as group music classes in schools. His lessons are about developing basic techniques on the instrument and applying them both to songwriting and to music you love and want to learn. Jason earned his BA at VCU in Music and has a Masters Degree in music from NYU.    Jason teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, voice, ukulele and saxophone.

Jason A.

Jason is very active as a performer and as a teacher. Since moving to NYC Jason has traveled throughout the world and has performed with artists such as Adele, Weezer, DNCE, Cece Winans, Blood Orange, Porches and Cory Henry. Jason has been teaching for over 10 years: he teaches private lessons as well as group music classes in schools. His lessons are about developing basic techniques on the instrument and applying them both to songwriting and to music you love and want to learn. Jason earned his BA at VCU in Music and has a Masters Degree in music from NYU.

Jason teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, voice, ukulele and saxophone.

  Tiffany   Tiffany is a singer-songwriter living in Brooklyn. She attended Berklee College of Music studying voice and piano performance, music business, and composition. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California but considers New York home. Currently, she’s looking forward to recording her album, performing with her Serbian Folk Group, ROSA, and teaching music to students through Blue Balloon. She loves listening to Nina Simone, Dirty Projectors, Earth Wind & Fire, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Bob Dylan, Lucius, Iris Lune, Imogen Heap, Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, and Jon Brion. Tiffany loves Earl Grey tea and oatmeal with brown sugar for breakfast, ideally with a banana.    Tiffany teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, piano and voice.

Tiffany

Tiffany is a singer-songwriter living in Brooklyn. She attended Berklee College of Music studying voice and piano performance, music business, and composition. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California but considers New York home. Currently, she’s looking forward to recording her album, performing with her Serbian Folk Group, ROSA, and teaching music to students through Blue Balloon. She loves listening to Nina Simone, Dirty Projectors, Earth Wind & Fire, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Bob Dylan, Lucius, Iris Lune, Imogen Heap, Joni Mitchell, Fiona Apple, and Jon Brion. Tiffany loves Earl Grey tea and oatmeal with brown sugar for breakfast, ideally with a banana.

Tiffany teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, piano and voice.

  Pedro   Pedro was born in Lisbon, Portugal where he studied music from an early age. In 2010 he moved to New York to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he studied drums and composition. Pedro has recorded multiple albums of original music and recently started the indie rock band  I, Alexander . He has written music for short films, commercials and on commission and is excited to be currently finishing a new album of original music to be released next year. Pedro loves teaching music and songwriting to students of all ages, from preschoolers to high school students, to adults and has years of experience teaching in both private and group settings. Pedro is a fun and dynamic teacher who enjoys how open minded and curious children are and loves writing songs with them!    Pedro teaches songwriting on drums, guitar, voice and piano.   

Pedro

Pedro was born in Lisbon, Portugal where he studied music from an early age. In 2010 he moved to New York to attend The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he studied drums and composition. Pedro has recorded multiple albums of original music and recently started the indie rock band I, Alexander. He has written music for short films, commercials and on commission and is excited to be currently finishing a new album of original music to be released next year. Pedro loves teaching music and songwriting to students of all ages, from preschoolers to high school students, to adults and has years of experience teaching in both private and group settings. Pedro is a fun and dynamic teacher who enjoys how open minded and curious children are and loves writing songs with them!

Pedro teaches songwriting on drums, guitar, voice and piano. 

  Sterling   Sterling is a singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn. Originally from Dallas, Sterling studied songwriting and music performance at Berklee School of Music in Boston. Sterling loves drawing out the unique imagination of her students to create inspired original songs. Her relaxed yet enthusiastic energy encourages kids to grow in their creativity and musicianship. With over 5 years of experience as a preschool and early education music teacher, her teaching style effortlessly infuses her love of jazz music theory into songwriting and instrument instruction. Sterling performs regularly in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and other major venues in the city with her folk/soul solo project    Sterling Rhyne .     Sterling teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, voice and drums.

Sterling

Sterling is a singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn. Originally from Dallas, Sterling studied songwriting and music performance at Berklee School of Music in Boston. Sterling loves drawing out the unique imagination of her students to create inspired original songs. Her relaxed yet enthusiastic energy encourages kids to grow in their creativity and musicianship. With over 5 years of experience as a preschool and early education music teacher, her teaching style effortlessly infuses her love of jazz music theory into songwriting and instrument instruction. Sterling performs regularly in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall, The Bitter End, and other major venues in the city with her folk/soul solo project Sterling Rhyne

Sterling teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, voice and drums.

  Kelsey   A Miami native with Cuban roots, Kelsey grew up attending performing arts schools for classical piano. She began singing and songwriting when she was 14, and released her first album of original songs by the age of 16. Kelsey studied Music (piano and voice) and Psychology at Wellesley College. She has taught music to children across the world in India, Kenya, Brazil and Ecuador. Kelsey has been a music teacher for the past 3 years and is currently involved in several creative projects around the city. Kelsey teaches piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele. She absolutely loves sharing the gift of music with students of all ages and hopes to one day practice music therapy.     Kelsey teaches songwriting on piano, voice, guitar and ukulele.

Kelsey

A Miami native with Cuban roots, Kelsey grew up attending performing arts schools for classical piano. She began singing and songwriting when she was 14, and released her first album of original songs by the age of 16. Kelsey studied Music (piano and voice) and Psychology at Wellesley College. She has taught music to children across the world in India, Kenya, Brazil and Ecuador. Kelsey has been a music teacher for the past 3 years and is currently involved in several creative projects around the city. Kelsey teaches piano, voice, guitar, and ukulele. She absolutely loves sharing the gift of music with students of all ages and hopes to one day practice music therapy. 

Kelsey teaches songwriting on piano, voice, guitar and ukulele.

  James   After earning a Bachelor of Music degree in horn performance from Manhattan School of Music, James has toured the world with the grammy-nominated band MGMT, with stints as a drummer as well as a guitarist and keyboardist.  Having appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, James has also headlined many world class festivals and opened for Paul McCartney and Beck, among others.  With multiple major label recording credits and countless tours to his name, James brings together a thorough classical education with invaluable rock and roll performance experience.  Through his teaching, James hopes to ignite a sense of fun, joy and discovery in music within each student.    James teaches songwriting on guitar, bass, drums and piano and teaches trumpet and french horn.

James

After earning a Bachelor of Music degree in horn performance from Manhattan School of Music, James has toured the world with the grammy-nominated band MGMT, with stints as a drummer as well as a guitarist and keyboardist.  Having appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, James has also headlined many world class festivals and opened for Paul McCartney and Beck, among others.  With multiple major label recording credits and countless tours to his name, James brings together a thorough classical education with invaluable rock and roll performance experience.  Through his teaching, James hopes to ignite a sense of fun, joy and discovery in music within each student.

James teaches songwriting on guitar, bass, drums and piano and teaches trumpet and french horn.

  Sarah   Classically trained on violin and piano, Sarah has performed internationally, playing concerts in Paris, France, Niger, West Africa and where she is currently based, New York. She signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell for songwriting in 2012. In 2006, Sarah founded a charity called Case Collective. Her organization was able to fund Case-D School, a school for street children in Niamey, Niger for two years. Sarah created a chorus at the school and developed a music and arts program for the students. She enjoys teaching and inspiring children. She currently plays live and tours with her sister Michelle Rose in the electronic duo Frances Rose.    Sarah teaches songwriting on violin, guitar, ukulele, piano, voice and drums.

Sarah

Classically trained on violin and piano, Sarah has performed internationally, playing concerts in Paris, France, Niger, West Africa and where she is currently based, New York. She signed a publishing deal with Warner Chappell for songwriting in 2012. In 2006, Sarah founded a charity called Case Collective. Her organization was able to fund Case-D School, a school for street children in Niamey, Niger for two years. Sarah created a chorus at the school and developed a music and arts program for the students. She enjoys teaching and inspiring children. She currently plays live and tours with her sister Michelle Rose in the electronic duo Frances Rose.

Sarah teaches songwriting on violin, guitar, ukulele, piano, voice and drums.

  Evan T.   Evan’s students love his chill vibe that helps them stay very focused. He inspires kids to not be afraid of the technical side of music instruction, while still keeping lessons upbeat and fun. He teaches his students to work hard and the end result is that they progress very quickly in their musicality. Evan served as the producer, drummer, and band leader for  Bernie Worrell  of  Parliament Funkadeli c and the musical director and multi-instrumentalist for  Jimmy Destri  of  Blondie . He is also an accomplished record producer in both NYC and LA. Under his tutelage, your child will be an extraordinary part of the next generation of musicians.    Evan teaches songwriting on drums, piano, guitar, bass, and ukulele.

Evan T.

Evan’s students love his chill vibe that helps them stay very focused. He inspires kids to not be afraid of the technical side of music instruction, while still keeping lessons upbeat and fun. He teaches his students to work hard and the end result is that they progress very quickly in their musicality. Evan served as the producer, drummer, and band leader for Bernie Worrell of Parliament Funkadelic and the musical director and multi-instrumentalist for Jimmy Destri of Blondie. He is also an accomplished record producer in both NYC and LA. Under his tutelage, your child will be an extraordinary part of the next generation of musicians.

Evan teaches songwriting on drums, piano, guitar, bass, and ukulele.

  Grace   Grace is an incredibly intuitive and compassionate teacher with over 10 years of experience inspiring students of all ages to brave creative waters and write songs from their hearts and imagination. She's spent her years in Brooklyn coaching top teen bands in songwriting, leading songwriting summer camps, and inspiring her private lesson students to write and record their own music. Grace firmly believes anyone can sing and anyone can write a song! Growing up, Grace began making up her first songs on the porch on lazy afternoons and "the blues" (as her mom called it) when she was put in timeout. Songwriting and poetry became a life long passion, as Grace studied both creative writing and music. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in Jazz Studies, Grace pursued and continues to study vocal technique training and coaching with pop singing expert Kim Chandler in the UK/Spain. Grace loves helping people be creative and find their voice in songwriting.   Grace teaches songwriting on piano, voice and guitar.

Grace

Grace is an incredibly intuitive and compassionate teacher with over 10 years of experience inspiring students of all ages to brave creative waters and write songs from their hearts and imagination. She's spent her years in Brooklyn coaching top teen bands in songwriting, leading songwriting summer camps, and inspiring her private lesson students to write and record their own music. Grace firmly believes anyone can sing and anyone can write a song! Growing up, Grace began making up her first songs on the porch on lazy afternoons and "the blues" (as her mom called it) when she was put in timeout. Songwriting and poetry became a life long passion, as Grace studied both creative writing and music. After graduating from the University of North Texas with a degree in Jazz Studies, Grace pursued and continues to study vocal technique training and coaching with pop singing expert Kim Chandler in the UK/Spain. Grace loves helping people be creative and find their voice in songwriting.

Grace teaches songwriting on piano, voice and guitar.

  Megan   Megan is a musician and musical theatre performer originally from Los Angeles, now a happy resident of NYC! A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, she regularly performs as a vocalist, and writes music with her writing partner and amazing husband Marcus. The two are currently collaborating on an exciting new musical webseries, so stay tuned! Megan is a skilled vocalist, and plays guitar, piano and ukulele. Megan has extensive experience as a music teacher and also has worked as a Hebrew school teacher and a Krav Maga instructor! She is a warm, friendly and creative teacher for both children and adults.    Megan teaches songwriting on guitar, piano and voice. 

Megan

Megan is a musician and musical theatre performer originally from Los Angeles, now a happy resident of NYC! A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, she regularly performs as a vocalist, and writes music with her writing partner and amazing husband Marcus. The two are currently collaborating on an exciting new musical webseries, so stay tuned! Megan is a skilled vocalist, and plays guitar, piano and ukulele. Megan has extensive experience as a music teacher and also has worked as a Hebrew school teacher and a Krav Maga instructor! She is a warm, friendly and creative teacher for both children and adults.

Megan teaches songwriting on guitar, piano and voice. 

  Ryan   Ryan is a self-taught guitarist, classically-trained singer, and prolific songwriter, having released his first album at age sixteen. Also a trained actor, he brings a flair of performance to his folksy “dive right in” teaching style, designed to get students excited about music they can create from day one. Ryan has considerable experience with young children and works daily with toddlers and preschoolers in a class setting. Ryan holds a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland and recently released “Stasis EP”. He is currently working on a full-length record.   Ryan teaches songwriting on guitar, piano and voice.          

Ryan

Ryan is a self-taught guitarist, classically-trained singer, and prolific songwriter, having released his first album at age sixteen. Also a trained actor, he brings a flair of performance to his folksy “dive right in” teaching style, designed to get students excited about music they can create from day one. Ryan has considerable experience with young children and works daily with toddlers and preschoolers in a class setting. Ryan holds a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland and recently released “Stasis EP”. He is currently working on a full-length record.

Ryan teaches songwriting on guitar, piano and voice.

 

 

 

  Kristin   Whether weaving in and out of a 6-piece rock band, bouncing against a Wurlitzer, or blending with other unaccompanied voices, Kristin is keenly aware of the boundless capacity of her instrument. In the many musical contexts in which she is engaged, her musicianship is powerful and unmistakably her own. As a vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter in indie pop band Cuddle Magic, Kristin has honed a love of the ensemble and of polyrhythmic pop song while touring nationally. A sought-after collaborator, Kristin has been honored to share stages and studios with a diverse mix of world famous musicians.    Kristin teaches songwriting on piano and voice.

Kristin

Whether weaving in and out of a 6-piece rock band, bouncing against a Wurlitzer, or blending with other unaccompanied voices, Kristin is keenly aware of the boundless capacity of her instrument. In the many musical contexts in which she is engaged, her musicianship is powerful and unmistakably her own. As a vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter in indie pop band Cuddle Magic, Kristin has honed a love of the ensemble and of polyrhythmic pop song while touring nationally. A sought-after collaborator, Kristin has been honored to share stages and studios with a diverse mix of world famous musicians.

Kristin teaches songwriting on piano and voice.

  Robert   Raised in Houston, Texas and based in New York since 2013, guitarist Robert Wolf has etched his way into the improvised music scene, quickly establishing himself as equally comfortable in the jazz, bluegrass and rock idioms. He has been playing and teaching guitar, mandolin and ukulele professionally since the age of 14 and has toured in a ska band, recorded with country bands, sung extended renderings of Hava Nagila, and played solo guitar recitals. Robert has a Masters in Music from  New York University  where he is now and adjunct professor.    Robert teaches songwriting on guitar, mandolin and ukulele.

Robert

Raised in Houston, Texas and based in New York since 2013, guitarist Robert Wolf has etched his way into the improvised music scene, quickly establishing himself as equally comfortable in the jazz, bluegrass and rock idioms. He has been playing and teaching guitar, mandolin and ukulele professionally since the age of 14 and has toured in a ska band, recorded with country bands, sung extended renderings of Hava Nagila, and played solo guitar recitals. Robert has a Masters in Music from New York University where he is now and adjunct professor.

Robert teaches songwriting on guitar, mandolin and ukulele.

  Jason K.   Jason is a former Saint Ann's elementary school teacher with over 15 years experience helping kids discover and realize their musical talents. A graduate of Oberlin College, Jason studied Jazz Guitar at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Jason has released albums and toured internationally as a member of several projects including his own group, Acrylics. He is also a composer for film and television having recently scored a pilot for The Cartoon Network.    Jason teaches songwriting on guitar, bass, piano, and ukulele.

Jason K.

Jason is a former Saint Ann's elementary school teacher with over 15 years experience helping kids discover and realize their musical talents. A graduate of Oberlin College, Jason studied Jazz Guitar at Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Jason has released albums and toured internationally as a member of several projects including his own group, Acrylics. He is also a composer for film and television having recently scored a pilot for The Cartoon Network.

Jason teaches songwriting on guitar, bass, piano, and ukulele.

  Jessica   Jessica Loren is a singer, pianist, songwriter, and musical artist living in Manhattan. Jessica's students love her patience, creativity, and hard working spirit in every lesson. She loves building long term relationships with her students to help them reach their maximum potential. Her versatility stems from many years of vocal performance, theatre training, classical/jazz/pop piano study, live performance, and songwriting. Jessica hopes to inspire her students to become well rounded musicians, songwriters, performers, & artists.     Jessica teaches songwriting on piano, voice and guitar.

Jessica

Jessica Loren is a singer, pianist, songwriter, and musical artist living in Manhattan. Jessica's students love her patience, creativity, and hard working spirit in every lesson. She loves building long term relationships with her students to help them reach their maximum potential. Her versatility stems from many years of vocal performance, theatre training, classical/jazz/pop piano study, live performance, and songwriting. Jessica hopes to inspire her students to become well rounded musicians, songwriters, performers, & artists. 

Jessica teaches songwriting on piano, voice and guitar.

  Andrew R.   With over 17 years teaching experience, Andrew is also an experienced performer, having toured the USA and Europe as a solo artist as well as with the bands Ultraviolet Astronomy, Future in Plastics, and Tens of Thousands. He's appeared on 6 albums, and his work was picked up by MOMA PS1 and has additionally appeared on film soundtracks, in art installations, and in theater. A classically trained pianist, Andrew enjoys working in all music genres. He is currently getting an MA in piano performance at Hunter College, studying with Geoffrey Burleson. A classically trained pianist, Andrew enjoys working in all music genres.    Andrew teaches songwriting on piano and voice.

Andrew R.

With over 17 years teaching experience, Andrew is also an experienced performer, having toured the USA and Europe as a solo artist as well as with the bands Ultraviolet Astronomy, Future in Plastics, and Tens of Thousands. He's appeared on 6 albums, and his work was picked up by MOMA PS1 and has additionally appeared on film soundtracks, in art installations, and in theater. A classically trained pianist, Andrew enjoys working in all music genres. He is currently getting an MA in piano performance at Hunter College, studying with Geoffrey Burleson. A classically trained pianist, Andrew enjoys working in all music genres.

Andrew teaches songwriting on piano and voice.

  Alyssa   Alyssa is an actress, musician, songwriter and singer and writes her own songs with piano and voice. She has performed in numerous shows (Little Shop of Horrors and Jekyll & Hyde the Musical )  with the Wilson Theater Company in Pennsylvania. Alyssa has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education in Voice, and a minor in Theater from  West Chester University  of PA. Alyssa Cofounded an Improv Comedy Club and was the Founder of a Songwriting Club. She has a strong improvisational background, and her fun personality illuminates her teaching. Alyssa is patient, kind, flexible and loves to teach and develop a creative confidence in students!    Alyssa teaches songwriting on piano, voice and trumpet.

Alyssa

Alyssa is an actress, musician, songwriter and singer and writes her own songs with piano and voice. She has performed in numerous shows (Little Shop of Horrors and Jekyll & Hyde the Musicalwith the Wilson Theater Company in Pennsylvania. Alyssa has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education in Voice, and a minor in Theater from West Chester University of PA. Alyssa Cofounded an Improv Comedy Club and was the Founder of a Songwriting Club. She has a strong improvisational background, and her fun personality illuminates her teaching. Alyssa is patient, kind, flexible and loves to teach and develop a creative confidence in students!

Alyssa teaches songwriting on piano, voice and trumpet.

  Evan M.   Evan moved from California to New York City with nothing more than an old suitcase and a guitar. Making his way through this urban jungle has helped define who he is and has been the adventure of a lifetime! Evan began studying guitar with his father at the age of seven and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Purchase in Jazz Guitar. When Evan isn't teaching, he spends his time writing, producing, and performing original music. Recently, Evan secured a song placement with Sony/EMI and landed a publishing deal with the Royalty Network. As a producer and teacher, he draws from his understanding of many different genres and strives to best use technology and his knowledge of instrumentation to create a sound that is unique to each artist. Evan teaches students of all ages, including those with special needs.    Evan teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele and piano and leads singalong classes and birthday parties.

Evan M.

Evan moved from California to New York City with nothing more than an old suitcase and a guitar. Making his way through this urban jungle has helped define who he is and has been the adventure of a lifetime! Evan began studying guitar with his father at the age of seven and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from SUNY Purchase in Jazz Guitar. When Evan isn't teaching, he spends his time writing, producing, and performing original music. Recently, Evan secured a song placement with Sony/EMI and landed a publishing deal with the Royalty Network. As a producer and teacher, he draws from his understanding of many different genres and strives to best use technology and his knowledge of instrumentation to create a sound that is unique to each artist. Evan teaches students of all ages, including those with special needs.

Evan teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele and piano and leads singalong classes and birthday parties.

  Mimi   Mimi loves to team up with kids in their quest to discover the musical world around them! Whether teaching piano, guitar, ukulele, drums, or voice, sessions with Mimi are always about grooving to a beat, tuning into melodies, and having fun making our own. Mimi has a degree in studio composition from SUNY Purchase Conservatory, and studied bluegrass guitar at the Augusta Heritage Institute. She has composed for orchestra, gospel choir, kid’s choir, experimental electroacoustic ensemble, and her old-time Appalachian string band, The Calamity Janes. Her Master of Science research in Speech Pathology at Columbia also helps her give students expertise in the wiring of their ears, voices, and brains to grow their musicianship!    Mimi teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, piano, voice and drums. 

Mimi

Mimi loves to team up with kids in their quest to discover the musical world around them! Whether teaching piano, guitar, ukulele, drums, or voice, sessions with Mimi are always about grooving to a beat, tuning into melodies, and having fun making our own. Mimi has a degree in studio composition from SUNY Purchase Conservatory, and studied bluegrass guitar at the Augusta Heritage Institute. She has composed for orchestra, gospel choir, kid’s choir, experimental electroacoustic ensemble, and her old-time Appalachian string band, The Calamity Janes. Her Master of Science research in Speech Pathology at Columbia also helps her give students expertise in the wiring of their ears, voices, and brains to grow their musicianship!

Mimi teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, piano, voice and drums. 

  Eva   Eva studied Composition and Production at Berklee College of Music in her native city of Boston. She has an act for arranging, orchestrating, and directing large ensembles in concert and theater settings. Eva is down-to-Earth, creative, and incredible at connecting with people, which comes through in her songwriting as well as her teaching. She has a unique talent in varying her approach to meet each student's needs and has teaching experience in a wide range of skills and ages including musical theater and choir! She also performs original music as a vocalist and pianist around New York City.   Eva teaches songwriting on piano, voice and ukulele.    

Eva

Eva studied Composition and Production at Berklee College of Music in her native city of Boston. She has an act for arranging, orchestrating, and directing large ensembles in concert and theater settings. Eva is down-to-Earth, creative, and incredible at connecting with people, which comes through in her songwriting as well as her teaching. She has a unique talent in varying her approach to meet each student's needs and has teaching experience in a wide range of skills and ages including musical theater and choir! She also performs original music as a vocalist and pianist around New York City.

Eva teaches songwriting on piano, voice and ukulele.

 

  Mel   Mel Johnston is a musician, writer, and educator based in Brooklyn. She is committed to cultivating a deep love of music and self-expression in each of her students. She studied literature and music at New York University, and has been making her living as a vocalist and educator ever since. Mel's teaching experiences have included writing songs with children with special needs, creating group songs with children participating in bereavement groups, as well as teaching private lessons. Mel has experience as an early childhood educator, and has been grateful to have had the opportunity to expose babies and small children to their first tastes of music and singing. Mel views her teaching life as the perfect complement to her work as a performer. You'll see her collaborating with many different artists and musicians around NYC, but her main outlet for her singing and songwriting is her soul/folk duo, The Foxy Johnstons.    Mel teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, piano and voice.

Mel

Mel Johnston is a musician, writer, and educator based in Brooklyn. She is committed to cultivating a deep love of music and self-expression in each of her students. She studied literature and music at New York University, and has been making her living as a vocalist and educator ever since. Mel's teaching experiences have included writing songs with children with special needs, creating group songs with children participating in bereavement groups, as well as teaching private lessons. Mel has experience as an early childhood educator, and has been grateful to have had the opportunity to expose babies and small children to their first tastes of music and singing. Mel views her teaching life as the perfect complement to her work as a performer. You'll see her collaborating with many different artists and musicians around NYC, but her main outlet for her singing and songwriting is her soul/folk duo, The Foxy Johnstons.

Mel teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, piano and voice.

  Katie   Katie is a warm and enthusiastic teacher, dedicated to fostering positive, creative experiences for her students. The daughter of a jazz pianist, Katie sings, writes, and plays guitar, ukulele and fiddle in a variety of styles – ranging from folk and singer-songwriter to swing, R&B and old-time. Students will benefit from the breadth of Katie’s musical background as they develop their own creative processes, becoming better musicians and more well rounded people along the way. Katie grew up going to the Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps, and, over the past couple of years, has become involved with the Miles of Music Camps. These supportive communities have taught her how to learn, and make mistakes, and to feel confident in her own musical journey. Her teaching draws from that energy.   Katie graduated from New England Conservatory in 2016 and moved to Brooklyn shortly thereafter. In addition to teaching, Katie performs with her trio  The Ladles,  and leads the Brooklyn based band  Amalia.      Katie teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, fiddle & voice.

Katie

Katie is a warm and enthusiastic teacher, dedicated to fostering positive, creative experiences for her students. The daughter of a jazz pianist, Katie sings, writes, and plays guitar, ukulele and fiddle in a variety of styles – ranging from folk and singer-songwriter to swing, R&B and old-time. Students will benefit from the breadth of Katie’s musical background as they develop their own creative processes, becoming better musicians and more well rounded people along the way. Katie grew up going to the Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camps, and, over the past couple of years, has become involved with the Miles of Music Camps. These supportive communities have taught her how to learn, and make mistakes, and to feel confident in her own musical journey. Her teaching draws from that energy. 

Katie graduated from New England Conservatory in 2016 and moved to Brooklyn shortly thereafter. In addition to teaching, Katie performs with her trio The Ladles, and leads the Brooklyn based band Amalia. 

Katie teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, fiddle & voice.

  Michelle   Michelle is one half of the Warner Chappell-signed alternative pop duo  Frances Rose   She has been featured on the Republic recording artist Seven Lions’ EP “The Throes of Winter” and has performed with Devonte Hynes of Blood Orange on NPR’s WYNC soundcheck. She has also recorded strings and arranged music for various artists including The Knocks. Michelle has been playing cello since the age of seven. She studied classical cello and experimental theatre at Bennington College in Vermont and continues her studies in vocal Jazz at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary music.    Michelle teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, voice and cello.

Michelle

Michelle is one half of the Warner Chappell-signed alternative pop duo Frances Rose  She has been featured on the Republic recording artist Seven Lions’ EP “The Throes of Winter” and has performed with Devonte Hynes of Blood Orange on NPR’s WYNC soundcheck. She has also recorded strings and arranged music for various artists including The Knocks. Michelle has been playing cello since the age of seven. She studied classical cello and experimental theatre at Bennington College in Vermont and continues her studies in vocal Jazz at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary music.

Michelle teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, voice and cello.

  Hudson   Hudson grew up in Austin, TX making up songs in the back seat of his family’s Toyota. He still loves improvising and writing songs that tell a story. Hudson’s favorite thing in the world is sharing the joys of creativity and music making with his students. He’s won several songwriting awards including the University Songwriting Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival and Best Folk Band in the Austin Music Awards.  But, according to him, the best awards are the high fives that his students give him at the end of a good lesson.        Hudson teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, voice, and ukulele.

Hudson

Hudson grew up in Austin, TX making up songs in the back seat of his family’s Toyota. He still loves improvising and writing songs that tell a story. Hudson’s favorite thing in the world is sharing the joys of creativity and music making with his students. He’s won several songwriting awards including the University Songwriting Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival and Best Folk Band in the Austin Music Awards.  But, according to him, the best awards are the high fives that his students give him at the end of a good lesson. 

 

Hudson teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, voice, and ukulele.

  Sarah K.   Sarah found her way to music through her mom, an accomplished vocalist and piano teacher, and found music to be a real passion during her college years at Yale University. She went on to get a masters degree in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and has since taught in both classroom and one-on-one settings. She particularly has a heart for working with young children and helping them engage in music-making by exploring their everyday interests, thoughts, feelings, and play and translating them into song. She believes that the role of a teacher is to facilitate and uncover the musical gift that already exists in every child. Sarah is a singer-songwriter based in NYC and performs at notable venues, including Webster Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, and the Knitting Factory. Her indie, folk, dream pop sound is indicative of her love of songwriting and storytelling.     Sarah teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, ukulele and voice.

Sarah K.

Sarah found her way to music through her mom, an accomplished vocalist and piano teacher, and found music to be a real passion during her college years at Yale University. She went on to get a masters degree in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and has since taught in both classroom and one-on-one settings. She particularly has a heart for working with young children and helping them engage in music-making by exploring their everyday interests, thoughts, feelings, and play and translating them into song. She believes that the role of a teacher is to facilitate and uncover the musical gift that already exists in every child. Sarah is a singer-songwriter based in NYC and performs at notable venues, including Webster Hall, Rockwood Music Hall, and the Knitting Factory. Her indie, folk, dream pop sound is indicative of her love of songwriting and storytelling. 

Sarah teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, ukulele and voice.

  Brandy   Brandy began her classical training at the age of nine and continued her studies in jazz and world music with a focus on percussion and vibraphone. Brandy has toured and recorded in the US and Europe with many artists in various musical styles. She is currently pursuing a degree in music education at Hunter College. Brandy has been teaching children for many years and has a passion for teaching and songwriting!      Brandy teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, voice and drums. 

Brandy

Brandy began her classical training at the age of nine and continued her studies in jazz and world music with a focus on percussion and vibraphone. Brandy has toured and recorded in the US and Europe with many artists in various musical styles. She is currently pursuing a degree in music education at Hunter College. Brandy has been teaching children for many years and has a passion for teaching and songwriting!  

Brandy teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, voice and drums. 

  Jake   Jake is a graduate of Bard college where he studied composition under Marina Rosenfeld, Joan Tower and Kyle Gann. He has performed at Carnegie Hall with Nyack Chamber Orchestra, the Vision Festival with William Parker, the Performa Biennial with Marina Rosenfeld, Germany’s Stimmen Festival with Lisa Sokolov, the Stone with Steve Swell, and at Lincoln Center Out of Doors with Larry Harlow. As BVBL he DJs and sound sculpts for theater, movement work (Bill T. Jones), and dancehalls ranging from Bedstuy basements to lavish baccanals. Jake’s compositions are wide ranging from unmanned electronics to works for large electro-acoustic ensemble. His repertoire ranges from abstract new music and free improvisation, to electronic dance music and Hip-Hop. He has been teaching group and private music literacy and improvisation classes in New York City since 2012. His pedagogical intent is to provide a comprehensive music education that reverberates into the daily lives of his students.    Jake teaches songwriting on piano and cello, and also teaches electronic music.

Jake

Jake is a graduate of Bard college where he studied composition under Marina Rosenfeld, Joan Tower and Kyle Gann. He has performed at Carnegie Hall with Nyack Chamber Orchestra, the Vision Festival with William Parker, the Performa Biennial with Marina Rosenfeld, Germany’s Stimmen Festival with Lisa Sokolov, the Stone with Steve Swell, and at Lincoln Center Out of Doors with Larry Harlow. As BVBL he DJs and sound sculpts for theater, movement work (Bill T. Jones), and dancehalls ranging from Bedstuy basements to lavish baccanals. Jake’s compositions are wide ranging from unmanned electronics to works for large electro-acoustic ensemble. His repertoire ranges from abstract new music and free improvisation, to electronic dance music and Hip-Hop. He has been teaching group and private music literacy and improvisation classes in New York City since 2012. His pedagogical intent is to provide a comprehensive music education that reverberates into the daily lives of his students.

Jake teaches songwriting on piano and cello, and also teaches electronic music.

  Isabel   Isabel grew up in Austin, Texas where she studied guitar with celebrated banjoist Danny Barnes. Her style evolved from rock to outsider music. Under the moniker Dizzy Spells Martian, she released her first album  Mouse Bodies  which was listed as on e of the top ten albums of the year by Waterloo Records. Her music has been compared to Juliana Hatfield and The Shaggs. Isabel has performed in many of her own bands and has toured Europe and America as a bassist. The most recent feather in her cap was playing bass in Daniel Johnston's backing band at the Barbican in London. Isabel now fronts Brooklyn-based rock trio Jupiter Boys.    Isabel teaches songwriting on guitar, bass, and piano.

Isabel

Isabel grew up in Austin, Texas where she studied guitar with celebrated banjoist Danny Barnes. Her style evolved from rock to outsider music. Under the moniker Dizzy Spells Martian, she released her first album Mouse Bodies which was listed as on e of the top ten albums of the year by Waterloo Records. Her music has been compared to Juliana Hatfield and The Shaggs. Isabel has performed in many of her own bands and has toured Europe and America as a bassist. The most recent feather in her cap was playing bass in Daniel Johnston's backing band at the Barbican in London. Isabel now fronts Brooklyn-based rock trio Jupiter Boys.

Isabel teaches songwriting on guitar, bass, and piano.

  Crispin   Crispin grew up in St. Cloud, MN in a family of 8 other musicians. Music has been a central part of his education, both in and out of school, since he was old enough to sing along to Beatles records. He began his study of the guitar at age 12 went on to graduate from Oberlin College and Conservatory in 2014 with degrees in classical guitar performance and politics. Since graduation, he has worked with students in the Boston area while performing his songs across the eastern seaboard and western Europe.     Crispin teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, drums and piano.

Crispin

Crispin grew up in St. Cloud, MN in a family of 8 other musicians. Music has been a central part of his education, both in and out of school, since he was old enough to sing along to Beatles records. He began his study of the guitar at age 12 went on to graduate from Oberlin College and Conservatory in 2014 with degrees in classical guitar performance and politics. Since graduation, he has worked with students in the Boston area while performing his songs across the eastern seaboard and western Europe. 

Crispin teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, drums and piano.

  Billy   Billy has been writing songs since first picking up an instrument and believes learning music and tapping into one’s own creativity go hand in hand. For the past 8 years, he has been teaching songwriting workshops and lessons. He has cowritten and produced records for both professional songwriters (including A Great Big World and Kesha), and amateur songwriters (including refugee children and kids who have experienced trauma). Billy has toured the world playing with Ingrid Michaelson, Grammy winners, A Great Big World, and has performed on shows like Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon and The Today Show.    Billy teaches songwriting on guitar, voice, piano and ukulele.

Billy

Billy has been writing songs since first picking up an instrument and believes learning music and tapping into one’s own creativity go hand in hand. For the past 8 years, he has been teaching songwriting workshops and lessons. He has cowritten and produced records for both professional songwriters (including A Great Big World and Kesha), and amateur songwriters (including refugee children and kids who have experienced trauma). Billy has toured the world playing with Ingrid Michaelson, Grammy winners, A Great Big World, and has performed on shows like Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon and The Today Show.

Billy teaches songwriting on guitar, voice, piano and ukulele.

  Emma   Emma is a violinist, educator, songwriter, performer, visual artist, and jewelry designer. She has taught music to children for over 10 years, working with all ages -- from preschoolers to adults. Emma studied classical violin performance, but plays and teaches in all styles with an emphasis on creative expression. Emma also loves volunteering with organizations such as WIN (Women in Need) and New York Presbyterian Hospital, leading music events and activities for kids. When not rocking out with her riot grrrl group or making art and jewelry, she is chilling with her fuzzy cats, Odin and Loki.    Emma teaches songwriting on violin and piano. 

Emma

Emma is a violinist, educator, songwriter, performer, visual artist, and jewelry designer. She has taught music to children for over 10 years, working with all ages -- from preschoolers to adults. Emma studied classical violin performance, but plays and teaches in all styles with an emphasis on creative expression. Emma also loves volunteering with organizations such as WIN (Women in Need) and New York Presbyterian Hospital, leading music events and activities for kids. When not rocking out with her riot grrrl group or making art and jewelry, she is chilling with her fuzzy cats, Odin and Loki.

Emma teaches songwriting on violin and piano. 

  Joanna   Joanna is deeply passionate about her work as a music educator, whether she is arranging and teaching complex harmonies for pop and musical theater choruses, music directing musical theater productions, or exploring the theory behind the music that we love. Joanna spent the last 5 years in the Boston area, teaching students of all ages in community music schools, Boston Public Schools, theater companies, and private homes. As a musician and singer-songwriter, Joanna performs her own eclectic material, contributes harmonies, keys, and arrangements to other musicians’ projects, is one half of a dreampop duo, and composes music for musical theater. Joanna lives and teaches with boundless energy, humor, and high expectations, and encourages creativity, confidence, a constructively critical musical ear, and a genuine love and enthusiasm for music from all of her students.    Joanna teaches songwriting on piano, voice, guitar and ukulele.

Joanna

Joanna is deeply passionate about her work as a music educator, whether she is arranging and teaching complex harmonies for pop and musical theater choruses, music directing musical theater productions, or exploring the theory behind the music that we love. Joanna spent the last 5 years in the Boston area, teaching students of all ages in community music schools, Boston Public Schools, theater companies, and private homes. As a musician and singer-songwriter, Joanna performs her own eclectic material, contributes harmonies, keys, and arrangements to other musicians’ projects, is one half of a dreampop duo, and composes music for musical theater. Joanna lives and teaches with boundless energy, humor, and high expectations, and encourages creativity, confidence, a constructively critical musical ear, and a genuine love and enthusiasm for music from all of her students.

Joanna teaches songwriting on piano, voice, guitar and ukulele.

  Jon   Jon played his first concert when he was 9 years old and has been playing ever since. He has released 3 recordings of his own music and has toured internationally as a band-leader.  He also lends his talents in the studio and on stage to artists such as  The National Reserve ,  Kelli Scarr ,  Dubl Handi , and others. He has lived in Brooklyn since 2007 and enjoys teaching many different styles of music. Jon loves songwriting and enjoys passing on this skill to others.    Jon teaches songwriting on guitar, bass, ukelele, voice, and piano.     

Jon

Jon played his first concert when he was 9 years old and has been playing ever since. He has released 3 recordings of his own music and has toured internationally as a band-leader.  He also lends his talents in the studio and on stage to artists such as The National ReserveKelli ScarrDubl Handi, and others. He has lived in Brooklyn since 2007 and enjoys teaching many different styles of music. Jon loves songwriting and enjoys passing on this skill to others.

Jon teaches songwriting on guitar, bass, ukelele, voice, and piano.

 

  Elli   Elli is a recording artist, published lyricist, certified music therapist and certified child life specialist based in Brooklyn. Her first publication,  Hummingbird , a Lyric Book by Elli Espi, can be found online, and starts with a forward on the therapeutic use of writing songs. She is the great, great niece of Franz Gruber, the composer of "Silent Night". She composed her first original piano tune at age 3, prompting her mom to sign her up for lessons. She has been writing, performing, and recording ever since. Before graduating from Berklee College of Music as a voice principle with a degree in Music Therapy, Elli toured with several bands singing and dancing.  She is committed to using music and creativity to help inspire, promote self expression, increase confidence and creativity, strengthen life coping skills, and have fun!    Elli teaches songwriting on guitar, voice, piano, ukelele, and drums.

Elli

Elli is a recording artist, published lyricist, certified music therapist and certified child life specialist based in Brooklyn. Her first publication, Hummingbird, a Lyric Book by Elli Espi, can be found online, and starts with a forward on the therapeutic use of writing songs. She is the great, great niece of Franz Gruber, the composer of "Silent Night". She composed her first original piano tune at age 3, prompting her mom to sign her up for lessons. She has been writing, performing, and recording ever since. Before graduating from Berklee College of Music as a voice principle with a degree in Music Therapy, Elli toured with several bands singing and dancing.

She is committed to using music and creativity to help inspire, promote self expression, increase confidence and creativity, strengthen life coping skills, and have fun!

Elli teaches songwriting on guitar, voice, piano, ukelele, and drums.

  Raina   Raina is a Brooklyn based singer/songwriter with a unique writing style. She brings her love for music and songwriting into each of her lessons. With a combination of structure and improvisation, Raina explores musical possibilities with her students. What is the music telling us? How can we integrate play and discovery into our structured song form? Raina plays shows of her own music frequently throughout NYC and along the East Coast.    Raina teaches songwriting on piano and voice.      

Raina

Raina is a Brooklyn based singer/songwriter with a unique writing style. She brings her love for music and songwriting into each of her lessons. With a combination of structure and improvisation, Raina explores musical possibilities with her students. What is the music telling us? How can we integrate play and discovery into our structured song form? Raina plays shows of her own music frequently throughout NYC and along the East Coast.

Raina teaches songwriting on piano and voice. 

 

  Eimi   Eimi is a freelance pianist and composer in New York City. She first discovered jazz and improvisation in high school, which led to jazz piano studies at the Berklee College of Music and jazz composition at New York University. She has performed in various venues in the NYC area playing jazz and rock, and has composed for various projects including production music for kids’ television shows on CBS, live chamber music concerts, jazz combos and short films. She enjoys writing and playing in different genres, and loves bringing the joy of music to kids.    Eimi teaches songwriting on piano.     

Eimi

Eimi is a freelance pianist and composer in New York City. She first discovered jazz and improvisation in high school, which led to jazz piano studies at the Berklee College of Music and jazz composition at New York University. She has performed in various venues in the NYC area playing jazz and rock, and has composed for various projects including production music for kids’ television shows on CBS, live chamber music concerts, jazz combos and short films. She enjoys writing and playing in different genres, and loves bringing the joy of music to kids.

Eimi teaches songwriting on piano.

 

  Morgan   Morgan is a Nebraska-native who grew up playing drums in her parents' garage and went on to get a BA in Music Performance (focus in Voice) from Nebraska Christian College. She is a Brooklyn-based musician with lots of experience gigging, collaborating and teaching.Music has always been Morgan's joy. She loves to connect with and empower her students. Her teaching style is fluid but intentional, aiming to help encourage the student in advancing their creative abilities.     Morgan teaches songwriting on voice, drums, guitar, and piano.

Morgan

Morgan is a Nebraska-native who grew up playing drums in her parents' garage and went on to get a BA in Music Performance (focus in Voice) from Nebraska Christian College. She is a Brooklyn-based musician with lots of experience gigging, collaborating and teaching.Music has always been Morgan's joy. She loves to connect with and empower her students. Her teaching style is fluid but intentional, aiming to help encourage the student in advancing their creative abilities. 

Morgan teaches songwriting on voice, drums, guitar, and piano.

  Katie   Katie McShane is an experienced educator who provides a playful music learning experience, highlighted by a flexible and exploratory approach to the progression of technical concepts. Interested in the idea of redefining parameters, she provides imaginative guidance for students that is as much informed by her own experience in music as it is by the student’s own leanings. Learning music through writing and improvising is at the core of her philosophy, one which she has solidified through years of private and group teaching.  Katie emphasizes ear training and collaboration in age appropriate activities, and her methods, though her own, have been informed by studies of Dalcroze, Suzuki, and ear training, improvisation, and composition at New England Conservatory under Hankus Netsky and Anthony Coleman. Katie holds a degree in Music Education from Ithaca College and master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory.     Katie teaches songwriting on cello, keyboard, guitar, and voice.

Katie

Katie McShane is an experienced educator who provides a playful music learning experience, highlighted by a flexible and exploratory approach to the progression of technical concepts. Interested in the idea of redefining parameters, she provides imaginative guidance for students that is as much informed by her own experience in music as it is by the student’s own leanings. Learning music through writing and improvising is at the core of her philosophy, one which she has solidified through years of private and group teaching.  Katie emphasizes ear training and collaboration in age appropriate activities, and her methods, though her own, have been informed by studies of Dalcroze, Suzuki, and ear training, improvisation, and composition at New England Conservatory under Hankus Netsky and Anthony Coleman. Katie holds a degree in Music Education from Ithaca College and master’s degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory. 

Katie teaches songwriting on cello, keyboard, guitar, and voice.

  Cecilia    Cecilia is a composer, musician, teacher and installation artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds an M.F.A from Bard College and an M.A. in composition from Wesleyan University. Her work has been performed all over the world and she was a Civitella Ranieri fellow in 2015. Cecilia has more than 10 years of experience teaching private piano lessons to kids, teenagers and adults from beginning to intermediate levels and experience teaching music theory, electronic music and experimental music to undergraduate students as well. Cecilia comes from a classical background but is familiar with a wide repertoire including composition and improvisation. She focuses on her students’ needs and curiosities to help them create a playful and relaxed relationship with the instrument.    Cecilia teaches songwriting on piano.

Cecilia 

Cecilia is a composer, musician, teacher and installation artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds an M.F.A from Bard College and an M.A. in composition from Wesleyan University. Her work has been performed all over the world and she was a Civitella Ranieri fellow in 2015. Cecilia has more than 10 years of experience teaching private piano lessons to kids, teenagers and adults from beginning to intermediate levels and experience teaching music theory, electronic music and experimental music to undergraduate students as well. Cecilia comes from a classical background but is familiar with a wide repertoire including composition and improvisation. She focuses on her students’ needs and curiosities to help them create a playful and relaxed relationship with the instrument.

Cecilia teaches songwriting on piano.

  Waylen   Waylen is a dynamic and engaging teacher who strives to help students at all levels develop their unique voice and nurture their passion for music. He has been writing and performing songs since age 5, and studied composition at Davidson College under the tutelage of Dr. Jennifer Stasack. When he’s not teaching, Waylen records and performs with his soul-pop band, Noise Downstairs, curates interdisciplinary events through Artery, and spends as much time outside as possible.     Waylen teaches songwriting on guitar, piano and voice. 

Waylen

Waylen is a dynamic and engaging teacher who strives to help students at all levels develop their unique voice and nurture their passion for music. He has been writing and performing songs since age 5, and studied composition at Davidson College under the tutelage of Dr. Jennifer Stasack. When he’s not teaching, Waylen records and performs with his soul-pop band, Noise Downstairs, curates interdisciplinary events through Artery, and spends as much time outside as possible. 

Waylen teaches songwriting on guitar, piano and voice. 

  Madeline   Madeline is a professional musician and music educator in the NYC area. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Music Education, and since then has developed and implemented a contemporary songwriting program into three separate public schools. While teaching, she continued to produce and perform under her artist name Pance Pony, and has recently landed a role as the on-screen and studio cellist on NBC Rise. She was the Fall 2017 winnder of the Global Music Awards for Best Songwriter. She’s currently studying songwriting under Broadway Music Director Joseph Church. Madeline’s favorite part of her week is watching someone else fall in love with music the same way she did when she was a child. She’s happy to be teaching with and learning from the Blue Balloon Community.    Madeline teaches songwriting on piano, cello, violin, viola, ukulele, guitar, and voice.

Madeline

Madeline is a professional musician and music educator in the NYC area. She graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Music Education, and since then has developed and implemented a contemporary songwriting program into three separate public schools. While teaching, she continued to produce and perform under her artist name Pance Pony, and has recently landed a role as the on-screen and studio cellist on NBC Rise. She was the Fall 2017 winnder of the Global Music Awards for Best Songwriter. She’s currently studying songwriting under Broadway Music Director Joseph Church. Madeline’s favorite part of her week is watching someone else fall in love with music the same way she did when she was a child. She’s happy to be teaching with and learning from the Blue Balloon Community.

Madeline teaches songwriting on piano, cello, violin, viola, ukulele, guitar, and voice.

  Amanda   Amanda is a composer and actress born and raised in New York. She has spent many years working in children's entertainment in several  facets; whether it be voiceover work, tours of children's show with Theatreworks USA, or creating theatrical experiences for children on the autism spectrum! Amanda's fun and energetic style makes kids feel like they can be themselves. Amanda is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory with a concentration in Songwriting, and is currently a part of the renowned BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Amanda writes mostly musical theater and pop; stayed tuned for her new show opening Off-Broadways this summer! In addition to writing for others, Amanda also sings her own music around the city regularly.    Amanda teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, ukulele & voice. 

Amanda

Amanda is a composer and actress born and raised in New York. She has spent many years working in children's entertainment in several  facets; whether it be voiceover work, tours of children's show with Theatreworks USA, or creating theatrical experiences for children on the autism spectrum! Amanda's fun and energetic style makes kids feel like they can be themselves. Amanda is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory with a concentration in Songwriting, and is currently a part of the renowned BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Amanda writes mostly musical theater and pop; stayed tuned for her new show opening Off-Broadways this summer! In addition to writing for others, Amanda also sings her own music around the city regularly.

Amanda teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, ukulele & voice. 

  Kate   Kate is a multi-instrumentalist and educator based in Manhattan. A busy freelance violinist, violist, pianist and horn player, her musical proclivities span everything from historical performance practice, to premiering new works by living composers, to arranging and recording for pop albums. As an educator, Kate aims to foster her students’ unique interests and aptitudes by creating an immersive environment in which music is learned like language. Through listening, she emphasizes experimentation and problem-solving alongside sensitivity, flexibility, and expression.    Kate teaches songwriting on violin, viola, piano, horn, voice and ukulele.     

Kate

Kate is a multi-instrumentalist and educator based in Manhattan. A busy freelance violinist, violist, pianist and horn player, her musical proclivities span everything from historical performance practice, to premiering new works by living composers, to arranging and recording for pop albums. As an educator, Kate aims to foster her students’ unique interests and aptitudes by creating an immersive environment in which music is learned like language. Through listening, she emphasizes experimentation and problem-solving alongside sensitivity, flexibility, and expression.

Kate teaches songwriting on violin, viola, piano, horn, voice and ukulele.

 

  Allie   Allie is a singer/songwriter, and enjoys designing specialized lesson plans for her music students. Allie performs regularly around NYC at venues including Rockwood Music Hall, Bowery Electric and Pete's Candy Store. Allie is a graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where she received a BFA in Vocal Jazz Performance. Allie is also a recent graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received an MA in Music Education. Allie is very dedicated to her students, and their musical and creative growth. Allie is thrilled to be a part of the Blue Balloon Songwriting team!    Allie teaches songwriting on voice, piano, guitar and ukulele.     

Allie

Allie is a singer/songwriter, and enjoys designing specialized lesson plans for her music students. Allie performs regularly around NYC at venues including Rockwood Music Hall, Bowery Electric and Pete's Candy Store. Allie is a graduate of The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where she received a BFA in Vocal Jazz Performance. Allie is also a recent graduate of Teachers College, Columbia University, where she received an MA in Music Education. Allie is very dedicated to her students, and their musical and creative growth. Allie is thrilled to be a part of the Blue Balloon Songwriting team!

Allie teaches songwriting on voice, piano, guitar and ukulele.

 

  Alex   Alex is a seasoned songwriter, recording artist, audio engineer & music educator. He is equally comfortable working with 3 years olds as with adult students and truly loves sharing his passion for music. His teaching style is one that puts an emphasis on the enjoyment of playing, as opposed to rigorous technical pursuits. He owes this to his belief that the student mind is in its most receptive state when the student is having fun. He prides himself in being able to bring the best out of his students, and, aid them in accessing their inner creative spirit for inspiration. He studied music at Georgia State University in Atlanta and has continued to to hone his skills as a musician, songwriter and educator through a punctilious practice regiment. He has also worked as a guitar builder, and, is currently studying piano tuning.     Alex teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, bass Guitar, & ukulele  

Alex

Alex is a seasoned songwriter, recording artist, audio engineer & music educator. He is equally comfortable working with 3 years olds as with adult students and truly loves sharing his passion for music. His teaching style is one that puts an emphasis on the enjoyment of playing, as opposed to rigorous technical pursuits. He owes this to his belief that the student mind is in its most receptive state when the student is having fun. He prides himself in being able to bring the best out of his students, and, aid them in accessing their inner creative spirit for inspiration. He studied music at Georgia State University in Atlanta and has continued to to hone his skills as a musician, songwriter and educator through a punctilious practice regiment. He has also worked as a guitar builder, and, is currently studying piano tuning. 

Alex teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, bass Guitar, & ukulele  

  Lily K. (Los Angeles)   Lily began studying the guitar and piano as a child and started writing songs in college. In 2011, she joined the band She Rose, a country/folk and rock band and in December 2011 they released an EP. After college, the band parted ways, but still play together sometimes. Lily writes and performs in her own project “Lily McQueen”. She released an EP and a full length album on Concierge Records in the Spring of 2017. Lily went to St. Ann's and taught at the pre-school during her senior year. She studied art history and film at Bard College.Lily moved out of NYC in the summer of 2016 and is now teaching with Blue Balloon in Los Angeles and over Skype!    Lily teaches songwriting on ukulele, guitar and piano.    

Lily K. (Los Angeles)

Lily began studying the guitar and piano as a child and started writing songs in college. In 2011, she joined the band She Rose, a country/folk and rock band and in December 2011 they released an EP. After college, the band parted ways, but still play together sometimes. Lily writes and performs in her own project “Lily McQueen”. She released an EP and a full length album on Concierge Records in the Spring of 2017. Lily went to St. Ann's and taught at the pre-school during her senior year. She studied art history and film at Bard College.Lily moved out of NYC in the summer of 2016 and is now teaching with Blue Balloon in Los Angeles and over Skype!

Lily teaches songwriting on ukulele, guitar and piano.  

  Jessica (Nashville)   Jessica is a singer/songwriter based in Nashville. With a mix of classical voice/guitar training and pop songwriting experience, she carries a unique bundle of skills that she loves passing on to students. Jessica has  experience working with groups of students as well as teaching privately. She taught music at a camp, leading music time and writing songs for kids of all ages. She's amazing at navigating the difficult (but rewarding!) task of understanding how they think and learn best. When she's not teaching, Jessica writes and tours often as a solo artist. You can find her most recent EP, "Heavy," on iTunes and Spotify.     Jessica teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, voice, and ukulele.

Jessica (Nashville)

Jessica is a singer/songwriter based in Nashville. With a mix of classical voice/guitar training and pop songwriting experience, she carries a unique bundle of skills that she loves passing on to students. Jessica has  experience working with groups of students as well as teaching privately. She taught music at a camp, leading music time and writing songs for kids of all ages. She's amazing at navigating the difficult (but rewarding!) task of understanding how they think and learn best. When she's not teaching, Jessica writes and tours often as a solo artist. You can find her most recent EP, "Heavy," on iTunes and Spotify. 

Jessica teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, voice, and ukulele.

  Matt (Nashville)   Matt comes from the traditional southern style of songwriting, blending folk, blues and soul with an ear for simple melodies. Having worked as a singer/songwriter for the past 15 years, he brings the experience of simplicity to teaching children to write songs. He seeks to help open the imagination so that one can see the song in everything around us. Matt also plays harmonica with the Nashville-based band Johnny Hayes and the Loveseats.     Matt teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, piano, harmonica and voice.

Matt (Nashville)

Matt comes from the traditional southern style of songwriting, blending folk, blues and soul with an ear for simple melodies. Having worked as a singer/songwriter for the past 15 years, he brings the experience of simplicity to teaching children to write songs. He seeks to help open the imagination so that one can see the song in everything around us. Matt also plays harmonica with the Nashville-based band Johnny Hayes and the Loveseats. 

Matt teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, piano, harmonica and voice.

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