Lauren Balthrop 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, and ukulele.

Lauren Balthrop

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, and ukulele.

Michael Leviton 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 Leviton

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 Friedman 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 Friedman

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 Brenneman 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 Brenneman

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.

Evan Taylor 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.

Evan Taylor

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.

Lily Chapin 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 Him, Will Oldham and her Grammy award winning father, Tom Chapin. Lily teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, and voice.

Lily Chapin

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 Arce 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 and saxophone.

Jason Arce

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 and saxophone.

Tiffany Wilson 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 Wilson

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 Barquinha 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 Barquinha

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. 

Ella Joy Meir  Ella is an accomplished vocalist, pianist, singer-songwriter, composer and sound designer based in NYC. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Berklee College of Music in Contemporary Writing and Electronic Production and Vocal Performance. During her time at Berklee, Meir shared the stage with well-established artists such as Nona Hendryx, Javier Limon and David Broza. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and is working as lead vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter with her independent band Iris Lune. She has performed in venues across the East Coast and Israel. Meir has been teaching private lessons for many years and has experience working with different levels, learning styles, and ages.    Ella teaches songwriting on guitar, ukulele, piano and voice.

Ella Joy Meir 

Ella is an accomplished vocalist, pianist, singer-songwriter, composer and sound designer based in NYC. She earned her Bachelor's Degree from Berklee College of Music in Contemporary Writing and Electronic Production and Vocal Performance. During her time at Berklee, Meir shared the stage with well-established artists such as Nona Hendryx, Javier Limon and David Broza. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY and is working as lead vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter with her independent band Iris Lune. She has performed in venues across the East Coast and Israel. Meir has been teaching private lessons for many years and has experience working with different levels, learning styles, and ages. 

 

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

Sterling Sherman 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 Sherman

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.

James Richardson 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 Richardson

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 Frances 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, piano, voice and drums.

Sarah Frances

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, piano, voice and drums.

Jon LaDeau 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 LaDeau

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.

 

Ionie Bernstein Ionie is a performer, songwriter, and educator from the beautiful California Bay Area. She has been performing with her band in New York City since 2012, and holds a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from New York University. Ionie has been working with children in varying capacities for over 10 years, as a private vocal instructor, nanny, and group educator. She now teaches privately through Blue Balloon and holds group music classes for preschoolers and babies. Ionie passionately shares her love for music with children and loves witnessing the incredible joy and growth that music can bring to a child’s life. A devoted yogini, she holds a 200-hour certification from Namaste in Williamsburg and has been practicing yoga since 2007. Ionie teaches songwriting on piano and voice.

Ionie Bernstein

Ionie is a performer, songwriter, and educator from the beautiful California Bay Area. She has been performing with her band in New York City since 2012, and holds a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance from New York University. Ionie has been working with children in varying capacities for over 10 years, as a private vocal instructor, nanny, and group educator. She now teaches privately through Blue Balloon and holds group music classes for preschoolers and babies. Ionie passionately shares her love for music with children and loves witnessing the incredible joy and growth that music can bring to a child’s life. A devoted yogini, she holds a 200-hour certification from Namaste in Williamsburg and has been practicing yoga since 2007.

Ionie teaches songwriting on piano and voice.

Megan Dorn 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 Dorn

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 Rickenbach 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 Rickenbach

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 Slipp 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 Slipp

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 Wolf 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 Wolf

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 Klauber 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 Klauber

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.

Lauren Piper Lauren is a preschool teacher with a masters in Early Childhood Special Education. She has been writing original songs since she was a little girl, and picked up guitar and drums in high school. Lauren plays solo as A-E-I-O-U  and also plays in a couple of local bands including a two-piece called Blankets. She previously played drums in the band Pony Farm, who toured around the country in July of 2015 and released an EP soon after. Lauren has been working on writing children's songs, both a rest time/lullaby album as well as just regular songs. In her spare time, Lauren is a freelance writer for Bushwick Daily and a few other publications. Lauren teaches songwriting on guitar and drums.

Lauren Piper

Lauren is a preschool teacher with a masters in Early Childhood Special Education. She has been writing original songs since she was a little girl, and picked up guitar and drums in high school. Lauren plays solo as A-E-I-O-U  and also plays in a couple of local bands including a two-piece called Blankets. She previously played drums in the band Pony Farm, who toured around the country in July of 2015 and released an EP soon after. Lauren has been working on writing children's songs, both a rest time/lullaby album as well as just regular songs. In her spare time, Lauren is a freelance writer for Bushwick Daily and a few other publications.

Lauren teaches songwriting on guitar and drums.

Andrew Ranaudo 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 Ranaudo

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 Flora 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 Flora

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 McCulloch 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 McCulloch

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 LaValley 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 LaValley

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. 

Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez 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 piano, electronic music, cello and songwriting.

Jake Sokolov-Gonzalez

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 piano, electronic music, cello and songwriting.

Eva Gertz 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 Gertz

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 Johnston 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 Johnston

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.

Connor Duffy Connor has a fun-loving energy that encourages young students to be unafraid to use their creativity and take the first step in their musical journeys.  While classically trained, he is also a passionate singer-songwriter on both guitar and piano.  Originally from Virginia, he received a degree in guitar performance from the Jacobs School of Music at the University of Indiana Bloomington. Connor teaches songwriting on guitar, piano and voice.

Connor Duffy

Connor has a fun-loving energy that encourages young students to be unafraid to use their creativity and take the first step in their musical journeys.  While classically trained, he is also a passionate singer-songwriter on both guitar and piano.  Originally from Virginia, he received a degree in guitar performance from the Jacobs School of Music at the University of Indiana Bloomington.

Connor teaches songwriting on guitar, piano and voice.

Michelle Rose Cagianese 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 Rose Cagianese

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.

Ethan Woods Ethan creates a relaxed environment for his students, and encourages their songwriting with humor, play, and experimentation. As his students discover and create, he helps them build a base knowledge of music theory to support the ideas that excite them. Ethan works as a composer for modern dance and is the songwriter behind Rokenri, a Brooklyn-based experimental rock band. His work as a session musician has been featured on albums by the composers Adrian Knight and Kitty Brazelton, and the songwriters Trevor Wilson and Richard Aufrichtig. In his lessons, Ethan brings this wide-range of musical experience, and encourages his students to write and perform with a mind open to any and all styles and genres. Ethan teaches songwriting on guitar, voice, piano, bass, and ukulele.

Ethan Woods

Ethan creates a relaxed environment for his students, and encourages their songwriting with humor, play, and experimentation. As his students discover and create, he helps them build a base knowledge of music theory to support the ideas that excite them. Ethan works as a composer for modern dance and is the songwriter behind Rokenri, a Brooklyn-based experimental rock band. His work as a session musician has been featured on albums by the composers Adrian Knight and Kitty Brazelton, and the songwriters Trevor Wilson and Richard Aufrichtig. In his lessons, Ethan brings this wide-range of musical experience, and encourages his students to write and perform with a mind open to any and all styles and genres.

Ethan teaches songwriting on guitar, voice, piano, bass, and ukulele.

Brandy Ruelas 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 six years and has a passion for teaching and songwriting!   Brandy teaches songwriting on guitar, piano, voice and drums. 

Brandy Ruelas

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 six years and has a passion for teaching and songwriting!  

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

Shannon Zakarison Shannon’s performance experience spans a breadth of instruments and genres—from timpani concertos and Harry Partch operas to touring as a pop/rock pianist.  Shannon is a drummer and pianist who studied classical percussion performance at William Paterson University in addition to classical piano at the University of Puget Sound.  She is always learning from and inspired by her students and invites them to join her on a mutual journey of fostering the technical skills, curiosity, passion, and fearless experimentation that will enable them to create and express themselves with complete freedom. Shannon teaches songwriting on piano and drums.

Shannon Zakarison

Shannon’s performance experience spans a breadth of instruments and genres—from timpani concertos and Harry Partch operas to touring as a pop/rock pianist.  Shannon is a drummer and pianist who studied classical percussion performance at William Paterson University in addition to classical piano at the University of Puget Sound.  She is always learning from and inspired by her students and invites them to join her on a mutual journey of fostering the technical skills, curiosity, passion, and fearless experimentation that will enable them to create and express themselves with complete freedom.

Shannon teaches songwriting on piano and drums.

Isabel Martin 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 Martin

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.

 

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