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Bill
Percussion

Massachusetts native Bill Ricciardelli is an enthusiastic and patient instructor who has been immersed in music his entire life. Bill attended Berklee College of Music to further his studies on the drum set and percussion. Since then, he has performed and recorded with various artists throughout the U.S. and Canada and maintains a busy schedule as a private instructor as well. In recent years, Bill worked as a creative content and editing consultant for two method books, Universal Rhythms For Drum Set and Rhythm And Drumming Demystified, both by Dave DiCenso published by Alfred Music. Bill has also had his transcriptions published through various online drumming websites.

Brad
Guitar and Ukulele

Brad Faucher has long been a first-call guitarist and vocalist on the Boston blues, and R&B scenes. Performing with the likes of: Chicago Bob Nelson, Bird Taylor, Sweet Willie D, Nicole Nelson and Diane Blue. Notable local performances include Boston’s Symphony Hall and Tanglewood. Brad effortlessly blends blues, jazz, gospel, R&B in the tradition of Johnny Guitar Watson, Grant Green, Snooks Eaglin, Cornell Dupree, and O’Donnell Levy. He currently performs solo, and with Session450, Grant AME Male Gospel Chorus, KONG and The Communicators! 

Bruce
Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo

With NMSD since 2003, Boston’s Bruce Millard teaches a range of string instruments and styles, from rock to jazz to folk and more, on guitar, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and bass. A Berklee College Professional Music Scholarship and John Abercrombie Award recipient, he’s performed both locally and nationally since 1990. He has worked with Howard ‘Louie Bluie’ Armstrong, Tarbox Ramblers, the Tower of Power Horns, Toni Lynn Washington, Jim Kweskin, Men & Volts, Bob Moses, Jethro Burns, Dennis Brennan, Luther ‘Guitar Jr.’ Johnson and others, in venues as diverse as The New York City Blues Festival, Boston Folk Festival, PBS-TV, Boston Rock Pipeline Festival, and Country Music Hall of Fame. Patience, empathy, inspiration and fun are the cornerstones of his teaching.

Casey
Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin

Casey Abrams has a degree in composition and guitar performance from The University of Massachusetts. He has more than thirty years' playing and performing experience. He teaches guitar (fingerstyle, slide, folk, jazz, old-time, bluegrass, country, blues, metal, rock and pop) as well as ukulele, bass, banjo and mandolin. He also offers lessons in songwriting, music theory, performing and arranging. His focus is on helping students of any age or level of ability to achieve their goals through step-by-step, personalized lesson plans, using songs they want to play. Casey performs nationally and is currently at work on his fourth album of original material.

Curtis
Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute

Curtis Warren earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Professional Music with a concentration in Music Education and performance at Berklee College of Music. Curtis aspires to bring jazz to today's generation in all the glory of its tradition, demonstrating the links of the sound of jazz with popular genres like hip hop music.

Ella Jane-Sharpe (EJ)
Voice, Piano

Ella Jane Sharpe, or EJ for short, is a vocal coach with high energy and a love for music. Having graduated Berklee with a B.A. in Music Performance, she's a passionate teacher who really enjoys working with children to help them achieve their goals. The most important foundational elements in her lessons are: Music Theory, Repertoire, and Performance Techniques - helping the student to overcome performance anxieties and feel comfortable singing or playing on stage.

Iris
Piano, Voice, Guitar, Ukulele

Bachelor of Arts Jose White Conservatory, Camaguey, Cuba; Classical Performance, Ensemble conductor and Music hand-copying. Post-Graduate University of Arts, Havana, Cuba; Classical Guitar Performance Scholarship recipient Berklee College of Music; Performance Methodology and pedagogy of musical instruments, proficiency on Guitar, Piano, Voice and Bass. Performs regularly with the Boston area group Clave & Blues.

Jaime
Percussion

Jaime Chan has been a professional drummer/percussionist, educator, multi-instrumentalist, and composer in the New England area for over 25 years. He has a B.A. from the Berklee College of Music where he studied drums, percussion, composition and arranging. Prior, Jaime attended Rhode Island College where he studied classical/orchestral percussion. Jaime’s professional playing experiences include performances all over the Northeast as well as tours in Germany and France. His musical focus on diversity has led to performances and recordings in a wide variety of music ranging between all the styles of American popular, street, and folk to classical/symphonic to world music. In 2004, Jaime co-founded the Boston-based R&B/funk band Kong who he continues to perform with today.

Liam
Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Liam has been playing guitar for over a decade. In 2018, he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Berklee College of Music with a degree in Guitar Performance. Liam has been a part of the Boston music scene for many years playing weddings, recording and performing with dozens of artists, most notably Tipling Rock. Liam was a member of Avante-Garde Jazz quintet, Law Years: a group that performs the eclectic and innovative music of fellow Berklee College of Music graduate Nathaniel Pierce. Liam currently performs with Tipling Rock and Vibrant Entertainment Wedding Band. Liam has recorded with Lo-Fi hip-hop artist altitude., as well as Red Mill, Claire Bryant, and many others. Liam has also done session work for the Berklee College of Music Film Scoring department. Liam also plays electric bass.

Maryann
Piano, Violin, Viola

Pianist Maryann Han started playing piano at the age of 5. She made her first public solo performance in the third grade, and has since won competitions for solo and chamber performances. She has attended the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in NYC, where she had access to internationally renowned pianists and pedagogues. Maryann graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music with a BM in piano performance under the guidance of Victor Rosenbaum. An active accompanist and chamber musician, she holds a deep passion for playing with other musicians and spreading the joy of music to all ages. She continues to explore her artistry with renowned pianist Mana Tokuno.

Menea
Voice, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Cello

Menea is a singer/songwriter from St. Louis, Missouri, and an experienced voice, piano, guitar, and ukulele teacher of all ages. Currently, Menea is a Professional Music major at Berklee College of Music. Growing up, she was trained classically in piano for 12 years and cello for 5, all while participating in the St. Louis Children’s Choir twice weekly. During this time, Menea also taught herself guitar and started studying vocal jazz under the direction of Jan Shapiro, who taught her proper vocal technique as well as the importance of versatility. As a teacher, Menea strives to create an environment where students can freely express themselves, while guiding them towards mastery of their instrument through creative technical exercises meant to educate and entertain students.

Olivia
Piano, Voice, Ukulele, Guitar

Olivia Rhein is an accomplished and dedicated vocalist, choir director, and private instructor. She earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Ithaca College, where she was classically trained vocally, and strengthened her piano skills as well. She emphasizes creating a comfortable, creative, and collaborative environment with her students, and loves to see them grow in skill and confidence.

Sachiko
Piano and Oboe

Masters of Music, Longy School of Music at Bard College. Sachiko Murata is an Oboe educator, composer, soloist, chamber, orchestral performer, and currently Principal Oboist with The Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra in Massachusetts. Sachiko has performed around the world and won first prize at the Ralph Gomberg Oboe Merit Award. As a composer, her most recent work Kyo-Sen, was highly acclaimed at the 12th Annual Ikeda Forum for Intercultural Dialogue at the Ikeda Center of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ms. Murata comes from a musical family, and her father was a former principal oboist of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra.

Sam M.
Guitar and Ukulele

An active musician for the past 17 years, Sam has been a passionate teacher of guitar and music theory for the past 6 years. After earning a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago, Sam moved to Colorado to teach and manage a small music shop, Jensen Guitar Company. Sam has performed for many years as a solo guitarist (acoustic and electric) in all styles, as well as a lead guitarist for a variety of bands in different styles from Jam to Jazz to Indie and more. Sam has an in-depth knowledge of Music Theory and Improvisation (The focuses of his BA in Music from Boston College, along with Composition) as they relate to guitar and harmonic analysis.

Sam Rowley
Trombone, Trumpet

Sam Rowley is a Louisiana-bred Boston-based trombonist, bassist, and Hip Hop producer. Growing up outside of New Orleans, he was exposed to Jazz, blues, soul, funk, and Hip Hop. Sam went on to study music at Georgia State University before moving to Boston to finish his undergraduate studies at Berklee College of Music. During his time at Berklee, Sam studied with Dave Santoro, Bob Guolloti, Tiger Okoshi, and many others. As a trombonist, he has been a finalist in many competitions and most recently was a finalist in the UNT International Jazz Trombone Competition and earned 4th place. As a sideman, Sam has performed with Ralph Peterson’s Gen-Next Big Band, opened for Latin pop star Juan Luis Guerra, performed as a featured soloist with the Carlos Henriquez Big Band, with the Uptown Jazz Orchestra at Snug Harbor in New Orleans, and many others.

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