TEACHERS BY INSTRUMENT

 

Vocal

Claire Choi 

Simona Minns

Violin

Jia Xu

Sophia Choi 

Sofia Basile

Viola

Sofia Basile

Jia Xu

Sophia Choi

 

Cello

Choi Fairbanks

 

Piano / Keyboard

Claire Choi 

Sophia Choi

Alex Cummings 

Steve Chelliah 

Simona Minns

Max Light 

Ariel Arellano

 

Composition

Alex Cummings 

Ariel Arellano 

Steve Chelliah  

Jeff Fairbanks

 

 

Guitar

Alex Cummings 

Steve Chelliah 

Max Light 

Ariel Arellano 

 

Drums

Ariel Arellano 

Alex Cummings 

Max Light 

 

Music Production

Ariel Arellano

Steve Chelliah 

 

Saxophone

Alex Cummings 

 

Trombone

Jeff Fairbanks 

 

Trumpet

Jeff Fairbanks 

 

Flute

Alex Cummings 

Claire Choi 

 

ABOUT OUR TEACHERS

 

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Jia Xu

Teaches

Violin and Piano

Education & Experience

Violinist Jia Xu attended the Eastman School of Music (B.M., M.M., Performance Certificate),

As a holder of the OSD Mellon Scholarship at Eastman, she captured First Prize in the Beijing Violin Competition.  Jia has also been featured on the classical radio show "From the Top" (2001).  She has appeared in master classes with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Itzhak Perlman, Robert Mann, Midori Goto, Alice Schoenfeld, Donald Weilerstein, Glenn Dicterow, and Pinchas Zukerman.

A passionate teacher will create a passionate students! That’s something what I want to do with y students. One student at a time drives me.
— Jia

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Alex Cummings

Teaches

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophones, Guitar & Drums

Education & Experience

Holds a bachelors' degree in music from Oberlin college and Master's degree in Music Education from Queens College

Earned awards such as outstanding soloist awards at the N.J.I.A.J.E. State Finals Jazz Festivals, Berklee College High School Jazz Festival Judge's Choice Soloist award, and the Maestro Award at the Washington D.C. Inaugural Music Festival. His occupation is teaching private lessons and performing with session bands, as well as leading his own groups in NYC. 

I attempt to make my private and group lessons as engaging as possible, appropriating them for people of any age or ability level. I gear my lessons towards the individual interests of my students, and they can cover anything from reading music notation, learning music by ear, improvising and technique. My ultimate goal is to motivate my students in the long run, helping them to achieve a greater understanding of music, building their confidence and having fun.
— Alex

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Steve Chelliah

Teaches

Guitar, Piano, Music Production and Composition

Guitar (Electric, Acoustic), Composition/Arranging, Music Theory, Jazz Piano

Education & Experience

Steve holds a dual B.M degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music (Boston) in Jazz Composition (Master’s Degree equivalent), and Contemporary Writing & Production. He is an innovative composer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter in the Rock/Jazz/Funk/Soul idiom.  Steven has developed advanced improvisational and compositional techniques which utilize all of the Eastern exotic scales of Indian Carnatic Music, within a Western frame-work to open up a whole new world of Harmonic and Scalar (melodic) innovation. This fresh new system of his called FuzAsian can be heard throughout his work.  Apart from teaching music part-time, Steven is a full-time musician in New York City’s music scene, leading his own solo project and also working on film scoring projects as a freelancer.

I craft each lesson or class to the individual student, focusing on things that stimulate them musically. Every student comes to the table wanting to learn or get something specific. I often teach them what they want (be it pop songs or Classical or Jazz pieces), but I also throw in essential material that I feel is necessary for the development of their musical growth on their instrument. In other words, I try to make the lessons as fun as I can by diving into the fun stuff, but I also stress on certain fundamentals as they are necessary and beneficial for the long run of the students musical education.
— Steve

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Sophia Choi

Teaches
Violin and Piano

- The New School for Music, 
-The Juilliard School
-Fiorello H. LaGuardia H.S. of Music and Art and Performing Arts, 

It is my passion to instill a love for playing and singing in each of my students, by tapping into what excites them about music! I believe learning music is a highly personal experience, and each student requires a unique approach that reflects their own individuality. For that reason, I never use one single method of instruction, and try to tailor my approach to each student.
— Sophia

Jeff Fairbanks

Teaches

Trombone, Trumpet, Jazz Composition and Creative Lego Workshop

Education & Experience

Deemed a “rising multi-faceted star if not musical voice on the New York scene” (@CriticalJazz), 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow Jeff Fairbanks has won a number of highly competitive awards for composing, including the USAF Sammy Nestico Award, the Jerome Fund, ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award, and the BMI Charlie Parker Award.  He has won eight grants from the following institutions: the Aaron Copland Fund, the Queens Council on the Arts, and New Music USA (formerly American Music Center).  Click here for the artist website.

I encourage my students to learn music in multiple genres, and to bring in songs of their own choosing when possible. During lessons I emphasize improvisation, basic theory knowledge, and ear training. Above all, I attempt to give students music that challenges and excites them, and to help students find a connection to music both within and outside of their lessons.
— Jeff

Claire Jihye Choi

Teaches

Voice, Piano, Flute

Education & Experience

Manhattan School of Music, Voice Master Degree,  College of Music Extension Program, Eugene Italia (Italian Language Program) in Milano.

I believe that learning an instrument can be overwhelming, as she remembers from taking lessons starting at age five, and aims to keep her lessons fun and low stress ensuring that students develop a healthy and positive relationship to their instrument.

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Max Light

Teaches

Guitar, Drums, Piano and Rock Band

Education & Experience

Max Light is a guitarist from the Washington DC area, now living in New York City.  He lived in Boston for 6 years where he studied at New England Conservatory and performed every Friday and Saturday at the legendary Wally’s Jazz Cafe with world renowned trumpeter Jason Palmer. He was a member of the Creative Ensemble Collective with Donny McCaslin from 2015-2016

I believe that music is one of the greatest means of personal expression available to us, and want my students to always love and feel fulfilled making music. My teaching style is both warm and methodological, and I welcome students of all ages.
— Max Light

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Sofia Basile

Teaches

Violin,Viola and Suzuki Group Class

Education & Experience

The Juilliard School, MM New York, New England Conservatory,

Boston University-Full scholarship Boston, MA September 2012-May 2013 (transferred)

Holds Suzuki Certification

I am an avid performer but my real love lies in teaching, especially working with children. I believe every child learns in their own way and it’s important to cater to each child’s specific needs. My goal is to highlight the joys that come from music and have my students be able to use music as a form of support and sense of well-being in their life.
— Sofia

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Simona Minns

Teaches

Voice, Piano

Education & Experience

Simona Minns is a jazz singer, zitherist, composer, arranger and artistic director originally from Lithuania, currently living and working in New York City. Simona has degrees in jazz vocal performance from The Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theater and a contemporary composition degree from Berklee College of Music of Boston MA. 


Simona holds an extensive, over 10 years of international teaching career. She's been working as a vocal coach in professional theaters, vocal director at Boston Public School system, faculty member at Berklee Faculty Outreach program, teaching privately piano and voice lessons in different music schools, and giving artistic workshops in US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

Teaching was always my passion, because it gives me a unique opportunity to connect to students and to music at once! I like my lessons to be
personally tailored to each individual student, based on his or her needs and abilities. I like to be positive and playful, but at the same time, I focus on fundamentals,
stress the importance of practice. I love teaching little kids starting at the age of 3 and continuing to teens and adults. In my lessons you can expect to get inspired, positively encouraged and motivated to always do your best!
— Simona
 

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Ji-Won Na

Teaches
Cello & Piano

Education & Experience

Highly motivated by New York City, cellist and pianist Jihwon Na has since performed as a soloist,chamber and orchestral musician in various genres including classical, jazz, and contemporary music throughout U.S. and South Korea. She won many competitions in cello and piano performance in South Korea and the United States. She received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degree in cello performance from Mannes School of Music, where she is pursuing Professional Study Diploma under a merit-based scholarship.  

My goal is to make the students feel a sense of music appreciation. It is important to help the students enjoy music and appreciate it through the act of playing music. Hopefully, as they grow, music will remain a part of their life and they will feel that their life has been enriched by music.
— Ji-Won