Teachers

Enessa Edya - Voice, Guitar & Ukulele

Enessa Salman - Voice, Guitar & Ukulele

Originally from Malaysia, I have been singing under formal training from the age of 10 with the KL Children’s Choir. After high school, I spent 2 years in the local music college learning the foundations of music and strengthening my vocal style and abilities.

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Justin Gingrich - Drums

Justin Gingrich - Drums

Justin is a multifaceted percussionist and educator with experience performing and teaching in a variety of musical settings, including: orchestras, musical and opera pits, contemporary ensembles, chamber groups, world ensembles, jazz and rock bands, and solo recitals. He currently holds the positions of Principal Timpani and Percussion with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Section Percussion with the Johnstown Symphony, and music educator with the Sunburst School of Music.

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luke mclaughlin

Luke McLaughlin - Guitar & Drums

My first memories of playing music go back to playing around with a harmonica at a very young age. I moved on to guitar when I was twelve years old but it wasn’t until high school that I started taking lessons, practicing regularly and taking it seriously. My lessons had a focus on finger-style blues guitar, but I always had an appreciation for all types of music. I joined the drum-line in the high school marching band, as well as the jazz ensemble where I began playing the drums. Around this time I started recording myself and my friends at home and becoming familiar with the tech side of things.

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Adam MacDougall - Piano

Adam MacDougall - Piano

A recent transplant to Pittsburgh, Adam is originally from North Berwick, Maine, and has spent most of his career teaching and performing in and around the seacoast of New Hampshire. He began playing the piano over thirty years ago, and was essentially self-taught all the way through high school.

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Tyler Gunzenhauser

Tyler Gunzenhauser

Tyler is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he grew up as an only-child—unless you count his dogs, Newman and Gunnar, since Tyler’s mother always says the three of them are brothers. As a child, Tyler’s parents always encouraged him to try new things: sports, music, art, baking, science experiments, it was all fair-game in the Gunzenhauser household, but it was at the age of five that Tyler fell in love with the piano. In fact, that same love for the piano, having been nurtured by seventeen years of lessons, practice, performances, and even a college degree has grown into a love for all things music and inspired Tyler to pursue a musical career.

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Molly Gavin

Molly Gavin - Piano and Voice

As a child I was surrounded by music and started taking piano lessons around age 6. Throughout my childhood music continued to become a strong source of joy in my life and I looked for musical opportunities every where I went.

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Lela Clawson-Miller - Piano

Lela Clawson-Miller - Piano

Lela graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in piano and has taught over 100 students how to play the piano! In addition to her private studio, Lela taught private lessons and group classes for five years at Foundation Music School, a nonprofit school for the arts based in Colorado. During lessons, Lela teaches improvisation, ear-training, technique, reading, music theory, composition and specifically chosen repertoire.

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Brian Hecht - Guitar and Piano

Brian Hecht - Guitar & Piano

Brian has played guitar for 20 years, and has taught private music lessons for over 10. Thanks to encouragement from his first guitar instructor Jim Petroff, and a confidence-building experience playing in the 2003 PMEA district jazz band, he decided to continue his music education at Duquesne University, earning his Bachelor of Music in 2007.

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Sam Roschewsk - Voice

Sam Roschewsk - Voice

North Jersey native, Sam Roschewsk recently graduated from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where they earned their bachelor's degree in music, with a focus in voice and music composition.

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Sydney Kaczorowski - Voice & Piano

Sydney has dabbled in many art forms, starting with ballet at age 3, alto saxophone at 9, choir at 10, and piano at 15. Despite having interests in many different things, Sydney has always known she loved the limelight of the stage and the comradery of working with others.

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Heather DiCocco - Guitar, Piano

Heather DiCocco - Guitar, Piano

I began learning about music in piano lessons as a kid. In high school I decided to get a guitar and teach myself some chords. I mostly played quietly in my room until I started guitar lessons with a teacher who really encouraged me to sing more and try writing songs. I didn’t consider myself a singer but it was through that encouragement that I began gigging around my town with my own music. The act of creating something and sharing it with others was fascinating and very beneficial to me as a teenager. During this time I was also working at a nursing home where I was discovering how much I could connect with residents through music. These experiences with music led me to the decision to study music in college. In 2016, I graduated from Slippery Rock University with a degree in music therapy and concentration in piano. Outside of class I enjoyed being involved in musical theatre, performing at open mics, and learning to play the drums.

I went on to intern at Clarion Psychiatric Center and then moved to Pittsburgh where I began facilitating music therapy groups in schools and nursing homes throughout the region. I currently teach marimba, drumming, and music expression classes at a wellness program that promotes brain health. Since stepping into a teaching role, I find importance in being able to manage different ability levels so everyone feels like their needs are being met. Just like my guitar teacher’s encouragement opened the doors to my singing and writing, I hope to do the same for my students. It's my goal to guide people to positive and meaningful experiences with music.

When I’m not making music at work, I have a lot of fun with my band. We tend to focus on 3-part female harmony, folky upbeat covers of angsty 90’s hits, and making the audience laugh. My bandmates call me the Swiss army knife of the band because I play whatever instrument is needed. I tend to rotate between guitar, vocals, percussion, mandolin, and (definitely not the most annoying instrument in the world) the washboard.

 

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