Fresh Meadows, NY Music Instructors
Kathie has been playing the violin since she was 5 years and has never stopped playing ever since. She held her very first violin recital when she was just 11 years old! She thengot to to play with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra (MYO), CYCNY Youth Orchestra (紐約幼獅管弦樂團) and CPSM string camp at the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. She started teaching in 2007 by coaching her orchestra peers.
With all this experience she then attended pre-college at Carnegie Mellon for violin studies. She later graduated the University at Buffalo with a Bachelors for Music Performance and now she currently plays with Litha Symphony Orchestra.
For her students, she wants them to have fun and memorable moments in their very own musical journey just as she did. She is looking forward to provide guidance to every student at their own pace. She believes if her students have the passion for music nothing is impossible.
Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano
Marc began plauing the Clarinet when he was in the 5th grade and he knew immediately that Music Education would later be his goal in life. He later moved on to attend Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music for Art and Performing Arts. This is where he had exceptional teachers and unique learning experiences. This included the opportunity to perform on Baritone Saxophone with the Senior Jazz Band in the “Essential Ellington” competition at Lincoln Center. The band won first place in this nationwide competition, as well as best Saxophone Section.
Later, obtained a Bachelors in Music Education from CUNY Queens College. His past music experiences have inspired him to conduct concert band ensembles. Since August 2015, he has served as the Director of the Pleasantville Volunteer Fire Department Band in Westchester County, New York.
For his students, Marc draws on his own personal experiences as an Conductor, Educator and Student alike. His goal is to create lessons that are geared toward the individual needs of all of his students. Not only will they learn skill and technique in a fun way but, they will also develop into a true musician which can serve them throughout their entire lives.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Violin
Jonathan Archer is a Queens, NY native with a deep love and passion for music. He is studying Music Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College and began playing the violin at age 2 1/2.
He also plays the guitar, Hammond organ, bass, and piano. Jonathan firmly believes that music has the ability to teach transferable life skills and is honored to be a part of the Real Brave staff.
Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Sophie has loved music her entire life. It is that very love which brought her to Queens all the way from Washington to study Music Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Her instruments of choice are Guitar, Piano and Vocals, all of which she teaches with bright energy and enthusiasm.
Sophie teaches because she believes in sharing the gift of music with everyone. Her greatest goal is to nurture the joy of music in her students. To that end, her lessons are lively and animated to ensure that the fun is never lost in the learning. She also puts emphasis on music as a form of self expression. Her lessons follow the natural progression of each student, allowing them a sense of freedom which encourages them to bring their inner selves to the music. She often incorporates ear training and music theory as tools to further her students’ ability to express themselves and makes sure to stretch their creative muscles as well.
In her class, enjoying yourself and making music are at the center of everything. She inspires confidence in her students and an appreciation for the craft. For her, teaching music isn’t just about helping students as growing musicians, it’s also about helping them harness their inner world and communicate as growing people.
Beth May Seldin
Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Recorder, Trumpet, Violin
Beth May began playing recorder in the 3rd grade. It was a magical experience and inspired her to audition for her first recorder ensemble in the 6th grade. This gave her the confidence to audition for beginner band in the 7th grade where she began to learn the flute, her first band instrument. Since then, she has had many wonderful experiences and instructors which have helped to decide to pursue a professional career in Music Education.
Beth May later moved on to receive a Bachelors in Music Education and a Masters in Music Education from CUNY Queens College. She is a NYS Certified Music Teacher (K-12) — Certified in Orff Levels 1 & 2 — Music Together Training. She has taught in both public and private school systems as a music teacher, as well as an instructor for many years.
Her approach to teaching comes from her background and experiences as a public and private Music Educator. Based on these experiences, she has learned to tailor lessons to the individual needs of all of her students. She is always eager to come up with new, creative and fun strategies to get the most out of each of her students.
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.
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.
Bass Guitar, 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.
Dann Jose Cabredo
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
Bass, 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, he teaches the bass, drums, guitar and piano. And he absolutely love high fives.
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 and incorporates her love and her passions for singing, and sometimes Girl Scout Cookies, into her lessons.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 including the kids, parents, teachers, and staff. (And CEO Dan Powers)
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.
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!
Violin, Guitar, Piano
Jeremy is a musician and teacher in the greater NYC area. He earned his bachelors of music at New York University, where he studied music education with an emphasis in violin performance.
Jeremy has performed with numerous orchestras, including the New York University Philharmonia and Nyack Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed internationally at the Prague Conservatoire in the Czech Republic . Additionally, he plays guitar and piano.
When Jeremy isn’t making music, he loves to run and cook!
Julian Reyes is a proud worker at Real Brave. 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.
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. 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, and even more eager to refer you to your ideal instructor.
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.