Fresh Meadows, NY Music Instructors in Queens

Kathie Mai Real Brave Audio
Kathie Mai
Piano, Violin

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 in Queens NY, 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.

Marc Seldin Real Brave Audio
Marc Seldin
Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano

Marc began playing 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 at the Queens NY location, 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.

Jonathan Archer Real Brave Audio
Jonathan Archer
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.

Sophie Price
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 in Queens NY. 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 Real Brave Audio
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 as well the Real Brave method & Practice Pad. 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 Fresh Meadows - Music Instructor

Stefano Di Lorenzo
Drum set, Percussion, 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.

At the Queens NY location, 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 using Practice Pad and the Real Brave Method.

Eddie Lyon Fresh Meadows - Music Instructor

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 at the Queens NY location, 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 as well as the use of Real Brave’s Practice Pad and method.


Javier Roldan

Guitar, Electric Bass, Drum set

Javier began his musical endeavors as a self taught multi-instrumentalist. He put his energy into participating in a diverse group of experimental rock projects in the first decade of his musical journey. 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 with a focus in classical guitar and has exceptional knowledge in music theory.

He digs into the material you need to progress with your instrument but also focuses on why and how you practice your instrument which is essential for success.

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


Dann Jose Cabredo
Drum set, 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, 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. Especially with PracticePad and the Real Brave method employed.

Inessa Banayan Fresh Meadows - Music Instructor

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 in Queens NY.

Andrew Gyselings Fresh Meadows - Music Instructor

Andrew Gyselings
Bass Guitar, Drum set, 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 at the Queens NY location.

Sam Cheong Fresh Meadows - Music Instructor

Sam Cheong
Drum set, 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. Using Real Brave’s method and PracticePad really helps the student go further.


Kelly Fallon Fresh Meadows - Music Instructor

Kelly Fallon

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 at the Queens NY location and incorporates her love and her passions for singing, and sometimes Girl Scout Cookies, into her lessons.

Kristen Cheung Fresh Meadows - Music Instructor

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! Having been a student at Real Brave before she knows the systems and methods that make Real Brave special.

Languages: Cantonese


Don Albert Fresh Meadows - Music Instructor

Don Albert

Bass, 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. Don is an intregal part of Real Brave’s Practice Pad development and implementation.

Jimmy Bou Fresh Meadows - Music Instructor

Jimmy Bou, Jr.
Drum set

Jimmy is a self-taught drummer and vocalist. With his contagious laugh and positive energy he inspires his students to approach learning the drum set with passion and excitement. Using Real Brave’s PracticePad in his drum classes, he is truly able to capture key moments which shape young and successful musicians.

Rebecca Pissalidis Fresh Meadows - Music Instructor

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 Real Brave Audio
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!

Sam Yi Fresh Meadows - Music Instructor

Sam Yi
Bass, Drum set, 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 at the Queens location 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 through his know-how, the Real Brave method and PracticePad.

Alejandra Solano Fresh Meadows - Music Instructor

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 through her know how, the Real Brave method and PracticePad.

She is also fluent in Spanish!


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. 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.

Jerod Real Brave Audio
Jerod Emrit

Front Desk, Guitar.

Without Jerod, there is no Real Brave. 😀



Neophytos Ioannou Instructor at Real Brave Audio

Neophytos Ioannou

Voice, Piano

Neo has been involved with the performing arts since he was three years old. Singing, dancing, and acting from very young, Neophytos made his debut in musicals at the age of six and performed as a soloist with his middle school orchestra. Shortly after this, the Queens native attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts high school, where he specialized in Vocal Music and Musical Theatre.

At Queens College, Neophytos attended the Aaron Copland School of Music, where he double majored in Vocal Performance and Romance Languages and received minors in Spanish, French, and Global Studies. Graduating with Summa Cum Laude Latin Honors, the singer has been extremely dedicated to specializing in Vocal Health, Foreign Language Diction, Musical Theatre, and Hispanic/Latin American music. As of Fall 2018, Neophytos has been continuing his vocal studies and is currently in graduate school for Classical Performance.

Some of Neophytos’ crowning achievements have been performing a few choral works at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the LeFrak Concert Hall. As an instructor, Neophytos is very excited to be working at Real Brave and strongly believes in the fundamentals of vocal health, musical professionalism, versatility in musical genres, and musical expression.

Sean Thompson

Guitar, Piano, Brass

Sean Thompson is a life-long resident of Queens and has been involved with music for most of
his life, beginning with violin lessons at the age of three, and piano lessons at the age of six.

Sean graduated from Adelphi University with a BS in Music Performance – Trombone and has
played with the Adelphi University Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band starting in 2009 as a
student and has continued playing with them since graduation. He has composed several
Sean began playing guitar and bass guitar in high school and has been involved in Music
Ministry in the Brooklyn Diocese, playing brass, guitar, and bass.

His work in Music Ministry includes working with choir members and giving
lessons in music theory, sight reading, guitar and keyboard. He is also proficient in music
technology and software.

Sean’s greatest enjoyment comes from sharing his love of music with others through teaching.
His approach to pedagogy emphasizes helping the student express himself/herself while
teaching fundamentals of theory and technique. He strives to give every student a strong
foundation on which to build a lifelong love and appreciation for music.



Sanchez Fernandes

Guitar, Bass, Piano

Hi, I’m Sanchez. Born into a musical environment, my earliest memory is of me rocking out on a toy guitar. By third grade, I was taking part in singing contests on a local level. It wasn’t until ninth grade when I started to feel a pull towards music. I began teaching myself the guitar and immediately fell in love with it, emulating my heroes. By the age of 18 I was playing at reputable venues in Mumbai, performing original compositions while also being a sideman for other groups.

I attended an engineering school but instead, I found myself teaching group lessons between classes and that is how I realized my passion for teaching. I moved to New York to further my music education and graduated from LaGuardia Community College with an Associates in Liberal Arts: Music Concentration. I will soon graduate from City College of New York with a BM in Jazz Studies.

I like all genres of music and always try to make my performances enjoyable and exciting for my audience. I strive to maintain a similar environment with my students. I love the challenge of explaining musical concepts to my students, since every student is different and will resonate with music in a completely different way than another. At Real Brave I teach guitar, bass, and piano. I am thrilled to be part of this school and look forward to meeting you.



Monica Kang

Violin, Piano

Monica Kang began playing violin at 7, and has continued studying music her entire life.  Her undergraduate work in physical education helped her understand mechanical movement at the heart of musical performance.  She earned a master’s degree in music in Seoul, and a Suzuki Teacher Certification for teaching violin at all levels. She has been teaching music for more than 10 years, participating in music camps for her students and conferences to improve teaching methods.  Many of Monica’s students have won awards in music competitions.

Monica’s goal is to teach music in an approachable, enjoyable way so that her student gain confidence in music, and in life.  She embraces the enthusiasm and friendly environment at Real Brave, where she is honored to be an instructor for violin and piano.


John Neto


My first instrument was the piano when I was 5 yrs old but stopped after a couple years because I began to play sports. I grew up listening to hip hop and pop music but I decided I wanted to learn how to play the guitar after listening to Led Zeppelin for the first time when I was 11. Two years later I walked into a music studio, still in the process of being built, and walked out as the first student at Real Brave audio and received lessons for 6 years. My time spent as a student at Real Brave has influenced and shaped not only how I listen and appreciate music but also how to approach teaching prospective guitarists of all ages. I am currently entering my last year at Farmingdale State College pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering. As the first student at Real Brave I want to be able to able to give back to the place that not only influenced who I am as a musician but as a person as well.


Carolina Campero

Piano, Vocals

Carolina has been singing since she was 5 years old, having her first performance debut at 7 years old at her middle school holiday show. Carolina graduated from Frank Sinatra School of Arts where she specialized in Voice and Musical Theatre. She was also involved in the Carnegie Musical Exchange while in school where she had the opportunity to write and perform a composition at Carnegie Hall. She has performed in various venues across NYC. Carolina was part of MasterVoices (formerly known as the Collegiate Chorale) for several years, traveling with them on scholarship in 2014 to Switzerland to the Verbier Music Festival to perform.

Carolina currently attends the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, where she is majoring in Vocal Performance and French.

Some of her performance credits include Marianne in Tartuffe, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Barbarina in The Marriage of Figaro, Wendy in Peter Pan, Mary Lou in Cowgirls, Ronette in Little Shop of Horrors and Diane in Sealed for Freshness.

Carolina is dedicated to helping her students develop a love and understanding of music, while passing along all of her fundamental knowledge in order to help them on their musical journey. She hopes all of her students get to experience the fun and power of music!


 Zachary Thomas

Drum set, Guitar, Piano, Bass

Zach is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn.  He is 33 years of age.
Playing with ensembles since age 11, Zachary has been formally recognized as a professional musician since age 22.
He has a decade of combined experience as a music educator, both in formal classroom and less formal “one-to-one” settings.
Being signed to a major subsidiary of Sony Entertainment throughout his twenties, the musician has formerly been sponsored by Pearl drums, Silver Fox drumsticks and Soultone cymbals during busy times in his performance career.  His work has been licensed and featured on networks such as MTV, ESPN, Oxygen, and TRU TV.
He has played over 500 shows, sharing national stages such as Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theater, B.B. King’s, House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafe, National Harbor and the Viper Room with acts such as Three Doors Down, Eve 6, Third Eye Blind, Ryan Cabrera and Fastball…to name a few.
Over the past few years, Zach has realized that his true passion lies in educating people on music – how to play, how to appreciate, how to discuss, and how to stay inspired!  He believes this aspect of the craft is the most essential, because educating and informing future generations perpetuate the ancient and sacred arts of composing and performing.
Zach says he’s grateful to have connected with the Real Brave family —
He is a big advocate of Practice Pad (Real Brave’s signature program that allows teachers to track the progress of students for the purpose of being referred to and accessed by parents, students and teachers).  More importantly to Zachary, however, is his enthusiastic belief in what Real Brave stands for: Student-centered learning that is meant to be fun, educational, and confidence building.
Also, it “rocks and rolls”…a school after his own heart!

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