Instructors

Stefano Di Lorenzo
Drums, Guitar, Piano

Stefano started his musical studies almost twenty years ago in his native country, Italy. After moving to the US, Stefano graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a Bachelors of Music and Summa Cum Laude. He has been performing in a wide variety of genres ranging from classical music to rock and jazz. Along with his performance experience, Stefano has been teaching since he was a high school student in Italy over a decade ago.

As a musician and an instructor, Stefano promotes a healthy approach to the instrument by teaching techniques based on proper use of physics and natural body motion. He tries to incorporate theory and ear training into lessons and believes in learning and performing pieces as a complete experience, which is both fulfilling and educational for the student.

Stefano enjoys sharing his passion for music with his students and is committed to accompanying and supporting them every step of the way in their learning process.

Bethany Pincus
Vocals

Bethany started singing at the age of 7 and took an interest in Musical Theatre and Broadway. Throughout her adolescent years, she was trained in in Musical Theatre. She is currently studying Music Therapy at Molloy College on Long Island, with a Concentration in Classical Voice. Some of her inspirations include, Barbra Streissand, Idina Menzel, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Elton John, and many others. In her spare time, she also plays the guitar, the ukulele, and the piano.

She uses a lot of visuals and imagery when teaching voice. She believes it is easier to see something in order to achieve it and succeed with it. She also sends home different techniques used during the lessons in order for the student to practice at home.

Eddie Lyon
Cello, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Viola

Eddie began playing violin at the age of 6. Loving the instrument and music, he continued to play all through middle school and high school, playing in small chamber groups and orchestras as well as a soloist. He later attended Adelphi University and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance. He learned piano and guitar while in college. Currently, Eddie is studying Music Education as a Graduate Student at Hofstra University.

While keeping a comfortable, relaxed and fun classroom, Eddie pushes his students to their full potential and shows them what they are capable of. Teaching how to practice and different ways to practice at home really makes a difference. Theory is infused in with the learning of the instrument so a wholesome knowledge is learned.

Sarah Soller-Mihlek
Bass, Drums, Guitar

Classically-trained at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Sarah Soller is a guitarist, performer, and music instructor. She has performed in a variety of settings and ensembles, including chamber music groups, choirs, orchestral pits, rock and pop bands, hip hop artists, wedding bands, among others.

She has performed in venues such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Cathedral of St. Patrick, Cornelia Street Cafe, BAM, Issue Project Room, the Stone, the Berklee College of Music, as well as a number of New York galleries, clubs, festivals, and cafes.

A dedicated teacher for eight years and counting, Sarah Soller is on the faculty of the Poppenhusen Institute, the Juliet Music School, and Sarah Lawrence College.

Javier Roldan
Bass, Drums, Guitar

Since the age of 14, Javier Roldan has alternated between being a guitarist and a percussionist. Idolizing groups from the realm of 90’s garage, punk, funk, alternative rock music, he has participated in various punk and experimental rock projects over his teen years as well as into his early twenties.

It wasn’t until his enrollment into Molloy College that he discovered the world of classical music. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance for guitar and has exceptional knowledge in Music Theory and the Romantic period of art and music. (1800-1850) Through his experiences as a musician and music educator he has gained many values in which he lives by and incorporates into his lessons.

Ranging from the works of Bach to Buddy Guy, Javier is happy to be a part of the Real Brave team and believes that every individual at any age and with any skill level can play beautiful, expressive music.

Jaime Marcelo
Guitar, Piano, Violin

Jaime Marcelo is a diverse multi-instrumentalist specializing in recording, teaching and performance, playing violin since the age of five. After spending time studying Violin Performance at Manhattan School of Music, Jaime transferred to Berklee College of Music in Boston, studying songwriting and guitar.

Jaime has played violin for many Off-Broadway shows at venues such as: Gallery Players, Red Room Theatre, and Players Theatre. On guitar, Jaime has played in numerous bands at venues such as Fontana’s, Lit Lounge, Party Expo, Webster Hall, and many more.

In between performing, Jaime has taught violin and guitar for six years, following the Suzuki method on violin and using a mixture of materials for guitar. Having such an eclectic musical background has enabled Jaime to connect with the different personal goals students often have, with many violin students playing contemporary songs alongside classical works. The strongest motivation to learning and practicing an instrument is simply loving to play it.

Dan Chen
Guitar

Dan Chen began playing guitar in high school. He is predominantly self-taught and has developed a specific focus on music theory and technique. He received his Associate’s degree from Queensborough Community College in Music Production and has completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Queens College for Psychology. He has also performed as a guitarist, bassist, drummer, and vocalist many times during the bi-annual Real Brave Audio recitals.

Dan has been a guitar instructor for over five years and has experience teaching a wide diversity of students from all backgrounds. He tailors his lessons to the student’s goals and works to figure out what makes them tick. He strives to help students realize how wonderfully intricate the world of music can be and provides them with a start on their own journey through it.

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Dann Jose Cabredo
Drums, Guitar

Dann Jose Cabredo a.k.a. ‘DJ’ is most known for his boisterous personality and his eagerness to teach students in a fun and attentive manner. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education from Queens College, he is well accustomed to teaching all manner of students, whether they be older or younger.

Having spent a decade working for Real Brave Audio, he holds a closeness to all staff and students treating them similar to family. DJ’s students will tell you that he is fun, attentive and direct resulting in a honest enjoyable class experience which will leave you wanting to learn more.

Inessa Banayan
Piano, Vocals

Inessa began studying piano at the age of 7. She attended a specialized children’s music school where she realized that it would become her future career. By the age of 18, she graduated from the Vzshno-Sakhalinsk College of Music with a degree in Piano and Music Theory. A native of Kazakhstan, she earned her B.A. with Honors from the National Conservatory of Kazakhstan, specializing in vocal performance. She was offered a prestigious position as a soprano soloist with the National Opera and Ballet Company of Kazakhstan.

Inessa has performed in major opera roles in many former Soviet nations and France. She sang lead in various productions, including Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Eugeni Onegin, Dido and Aneas, Paghliacci, and many others. She completed her M.A. at SUNY Binghamton in 2000. Some operas Inessa has performed in include Don Giovanni, Carmen, Faust, Handel’s Messiah, Faure’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Missa C-moll. She became a member of the New York City Opera in 2004 and performs in choirs throughout the city. She is currently a piano and vocal instructor right here at Real Brave Audio.

Andrew Gyselings
Bass Guitar, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele

Andrew has been teaching music for six years. His skills cover a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, piano and ukulele. And his musical tastes are even broader.

His approach to teaching is to get students playing songs that they want to learn, all while learning and building a foundation of the music theory and technique behind them. He makes each lesson fun and engaging for all students and always illustrates the lessons being taught by playing real songs along with the student.

As a singer/songwriter, he strives to empower each student with the knowledge to compose their own musical works.

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Mike Levine
Front Desk

Michael Levine is currently completing his Master’s Degree in History at Queens College. He is an inhabitant of Fresh Meadows and he serves his community proudly by working at Real Brave Audio. His goal is to make the experience of receiving music instruction as comfortable as possible by providing efficient and friendly assistance in scheduling your lessons.

In addition to being a skillful scheduler, he is a knowledgeable musician who is eager to learn what you’d like to accomplish from receiving music lessons at Real Brave Audio, and even more eager to refer you to your ideal instructor.

Sam Cheong
Drums, Guitar

Sam first started music as a child and since then, it has taken over all aspects of his life. After picking up and playing his first instrument, listening to, playing, writing, and talking about music has been his main obsession. Now he performs with numerous groups live and continues to compose and produce songs.

As a self-taught musician, Sam tries to teach his students in a fun and simple way while trying to show them the feeling of self-esteem that comes with achieving their goals through hard work.

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Julian Reyes
Front Desk

Julian Reyes is a proud worker at Real Brave Audio. He is responsible for making phone calls, signing up new students, and keeping our lobby under control.

He is also the creator of ‘Practice Pad,’ a teacher-student interaction application used to enhance the lesson experience.

Danielle Tavolacci
Bass Guitar, Cello, Flute, Guitar, Piano, Saxophone, Violin

Jonathan Neto
Bass, Guitar, Drums

Nick Anton
Bass Guitar, Cello, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Violin

Nick is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Queens, NYC. Nick has spent his entire life playing all different types of music. He started learning guitar when he was seven years old, and has been playing ever since. He first fell in love with music when he discovered Classic Rock and Blues in middle school. He started writing music and formed his first band when he was 13. Later, he found a passion for jazz and funk drumming in high school, As he got older, he started exploring Classical Music and finally settled on becoming a Classical Cellist in college. All the while, Nick honed his craft as a singer-songwriter.

Nick grew up with the idioms of rock music and later learned the discipline of classical pedagogy when he began his studies as a cellist. As an instructor, Nick utilizes what he has learned from both of these musical worlds to create an experience for his students that is disciplined and informative, but always practical and enjoyable. He spends a lot of time jamming and improvising with his students, building skills they can use to play with family and friends. In addition, he focuses on developing a sound fundamental technique, basic music theory, and ear training. Nick strives for his students to understand the music they are playing and play music at the highest level they can, while sharing a few laughs along the way.

Andrew Nesbitt

Bass (Beginner), Drums, Guitar, Piano

Andrew Nesbitt is a multi-instrumentalist who hails from Wisconsin. After taking piano lessons for a few years, he joined the school band at the age of 11 and started learning drums and percussion. That same year, he bought himself a guitar off of his older cousin and started to teach himself to play.

After high school, Andrew studied Music at UW Oshkosh before continuing his education at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Currently based in Brooklyn, Andrews plays the drums in several local bands and stays busy as a freelance musician. At Real Brave Audio, he teaches the bass, drums, guitar and piano. And he absolutely love high fives.

Kelly Fallon
Vocals

Born and raised in New York City, Kelly began taking professional voice lessons at age ten studying theater and classical music under the direction of Anne Marie Dupre, Soprano. Kelly continued her musical education throughout high school by attending the Professional Performing Arts School as a Vocal Major in Manhattan while under the direction of Chantel Wright. There, she began to broaden her interest and abilities as a vocalist.

Kelly later attended Five Towns College as a Jazz/Commercial Music Major where she intensely studied jazz, classical, pop, theatre, gospel and contemporary music. Studying voice under the direction of Deana Verone, Kelly found herself falling into her own voice as a jazz vocalist. She has performed throughout the tri-state area including venues such as the US Open, Carnegie Hall, The United Palace, Ithaca College, Revlon Run/Walk, Hofstra University, Lincoln Center and The Apollo Theater.

Kelly has worked with musicians including Marni Nixon, Joost van Berge, John Paul “Bucky” Pizzarelli, Latanya Hall and more. She has also performed singing back-up vocals for recording artists including Ciara, Laura Kay with Electric Violinist- The Mark Wood Experience, and Brandy.

She is excited and thrilled to be working at Real Brave Audio and incorporates her love and her passions for singing, and sometimes Girl Scout Cookies, into her lessons.

Kristen Cheung
Piano, Violin

Kristen is a Queens, NY native and started learning the piano over 15 years ago. She participated in NYSSMA and ABRSM and later became involved in Orchestra and Jazz Bands in high school. Her interests include Classical, Contemporary, and Jazz music. As a student of the Macaulay Honors Program at Queens College, she is studying Pre-Health.

As an instructor, she wants to guide her students into experiencing music as a language to express themselves. She also encourages her students to develop their own style and play the music that they want to play!

Languages: Cantonese

Jordan Burgess
Piano, Saxophone

Jordan has taken private piano lessons from a very young age and has participated in the New York State School Music Association. During his musical journey in high school at Kingsway College, he joined his school Philharmonic Ensemble. He was persistent in continuing his private lesson under numerous teachers developing a wide range of techniques and repertoire.

Later on, Jordan attended Andrew University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in General Music Performance. Here he started playing the saxophone and joined the Andrew University Wind Symphony. As a member of the Wind Symphony, he performed at numerous concert halls in Michigan the Central Cultural Caja Castilla la Mancha in Spain.

Some of Jordan’s favorites include Gospel, Classical and Jazz Music. He enjoys improvising on the piano for churches and similar events. As an instructor, he focuses on his students individual goals and helps his students to start improvising and creating their own music.

Jerod Emrit
Front Desk

Kevin Isaza
Bass, Guitar, Piano

Kevin was primarily self-taught until he received a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music for a summer. He then went to Molloy College to study Music Therapy where he also received priceless training in Classical Guitar. He now specializes in Classical and Fingerstyle Guitar but teaches and plays everything, from Pop to Heavy Metal.

Kevin’s goal as a teacher is to provide every student with the tools and skills necessary to be as independent as they can possibly be. With this in mind, his students will eventually be able to learn whichever song their hearts desire, in addition to having fun! To achieve this, each of his students receives a personalized educational plan to meet their needs, whether the student is a 3 year-old beginner or prepping for college auditions.

Fun Fact: Kevin is also fluent in Spanish!

Don Albert

Bass, Drums, Guitar, Trumpet, Piano

Don Albert studied music at Queens College and has been teaching guitar, bass, trumpet, performance and composition for over 30 years. He also teaches test prep and essay writing to high school and college students.

Jimmy Bou, Jr.
Drums

Rebecca Pissalidis
Guitar, Piano, Vocals

Rebecca has been singing her entire life. She received Classical Voice training from high school and in her senior year at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a Vocal concentration. She also writes and composes her own songs.

Her goals for her students is for them to be able to have fun with music while learning the technical aspects. She believes that students always need to have input in her lessons.

Dylan DeFeo

Clarinet, Saxophone, Piano

Dylan is a self-taught keyboardist, started on the clarinet in the 4th grade, and learned the alto saxophone in the 7th grade. His passion for Jazz, Funk, Blues and Rock is exemplified on all of his instruments. As an alumnus of St. John's University, he currently works as the Assistant Director of the St. John's University Jazz Band. When not at Real Brave, he can be found playing with numerous bands in the New York City area.

After covering the basics, he focuses on his student's favorite tunes. He works to develop their skills and help solidify new concepts with familiar melodies. Dylan believes that patience is a virtue and allows his students to learn at a comfortable pace while encouraging them in the right direction. "Playing music is fun and so should learning it."

Dylan is passionate about teaching the history, theory and philosophy of improvised music. If you seek to improve your improv, Dylan's the teacher for you!

Jasmine Daquin
Clarinet, Flute, Oboe, Saxophone

Marius Dicpetris
Clarinet, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Violin, Vocals

One day, long ago, when Marius was driving down the road with his mother, he said to her, "Mom I really like music."

"What kind of music?" his mom asked.

Marius replied saying "all music."

She then said "Okay. Next year we will sign you up for band."

That conversation happened in the 3rd grade. The following year, Marius started on the trombone at Gulfport Elementary School. It has been nothing but love ever since. ("THANKS MOM!" - Marius)

Marius draws on his extensive training and experience as a performer and teacher to offer each student a customized learning experience. He loves Real Brave Audio including the kids, parents, teachers, and staff. (And CEO Dan Powers)

Sam Yi
Bass, Drums, Guitar

Sam is a self-taught musician and learned through books and videos online. He was inspired to be a teacher after he was became a praise leader in his church. During middle school and high school, he took music classes to hone his skills. In college, he declared minors in both Music Education and Music Theory to enhance his knowledge in both fields.

His goal as an instructor is to find his student’s joys within the instrumentation. While teaching the instrument, he also wants his students to grow their passion for the instrument and music in general. Slowly but surely, he builds his students into profound musicians.

Alejandra Solano
Guitar, Piano, Violin

Alejandra has been a violinist since the age of 5 and studied at Stecher and Horowitz with Mr. Lauren Smith for several years. During her junior year in high school, she was awarded a scholarship to study with Yeu Chang Ma at the Children’s Orchestra Society. With this opportunity, had the privilege of performing with the Youth String Ensemble at Lincoln Center in 2002 and 2003. Since then, Alejandra has focused her musical abilities on teaching and performing at weddings and other special occasions.

Her goal as a music instructor is to create an environment that is fun while also equipping students with the skills that will allow them to become rewarded musicians. Some of the methods she uses are: Suzuki Violin, Solo Time for Strings, Bastien Piano for the Young Beginner, Mel Bay Guitar Method.

She is also fluent in Spanish!

Emma Dong
Violin, Vocals

ZhiYi (Emma) Dong, born in Beijing, China P.R.C., began to play music at the age of four. At the age of 15, she decided to come to the U.S. in search of a greater music education. Emma received her high school diploma in May 2016 at the Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in Kingston, PA. During her three years at Wyoming Seminary, she was selected as the Student Representative of the Music Department at Wyoming Seminary. She performed frequently both on and off campus as soloist and chamber musician, and served as the concertmaster of the Orchestra and the String Ensemble, as well as the section leader in the Chorale and the Madrigal Singers.

During the 2015-2016 academic year, Emma served as the concertmaster of the Pennsylvania Music Education Association (PMEA) District 9 and Region IV Orchestra Festivals, and placed top ten in the PMEA All-State Conference. She is also the winner of the 2016 Bloomsburg University Classical Young Artist Competition, and participated in the winners’ recording recital at the WVIA Radio Station.

In addition to her career as a performer, Emma found her passion in composing during her sophomore year in high school. Her most successful compositions include the String Quartet and the Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and String Orchestra, which was performed in May, 2015. The String Quartet was later selected by the Artistic Director of the Killington Music Festival and was performed in the summer of 2015.

In the summers of 2012, 2013, and 2014, Emma participated in the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary. She took advantage of her ability of speaking Mandarin and English fluently to help communicate with new international students. Emma first encountered teaching during her junior year and immediately found it to be wonderful. She believes that people are passionate about music in different ways, and every kind of passion should be respected. It is the responsibility of each instructor to help the individual discover to extend his or her unique passion for music.

Emma is currently an undergraduate at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College where she continues her studies as a professional musician. Emma has taken private voice lessons from Ms. Elizabeth Duhr Ramirez. Her principal violin teachers include Mr. Xiong Da Jiang (Beijing, China), and Mr. John Michael Vaida (Kingston, PA). She currently studies with Prof. Daniel Phillips.

Scott Pollack

Front Desk

Scott started taking lessons when he was in the 3rd grade almost a decade ago. He is now back at Real Brave working the front desk.

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