Brookline Music School Faculty


Our teachers are among the best and most experienced in New England, holding advanced degrees from the world’s finest conservatories and universities, performing as soloists, collaborators, and bringing years of experience and a commitment to teaching at the highest levels. BMS teachers know how to strike just the right chord between creating fun, playful learning and teaching solid musical concepts. Teaching in a community music school that welcomes all ages and ability levels, our teachers are experienced in working with every type of student, from young children and adult beginners to advanced high school students and college undergraduates, in both individual and group settings.

We invite you to browse our faculty pages and find out more. You will find that each teacher has shared their personal teaching philosophy as well as teaching and performance biographies.


Lindsay Albert

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  • Piano

I believe that an effective teacher motivates their students through positivity, encouragement and constancy. With each of my students, I strive to create a safe ... (more)


Konstantin Arakelov

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  • Violin
  • Suzuki Violin

I am a very patient and supportive teacher and I strongly believe that music helps to develop the personality of each child and helps them to become a better person... (more)


Narine Arustamyan

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  • Violin
  • Suzuki Violin

I have a passion for teaching violin and I love working with students of all ages, from very young beginners to adults. I find that learning to practice effectively is one of the... (more)


Karine Bagdasarian

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  • Piano

All great music-making, whether at the beginner or highest level of performance, has one common element – joy. This does not mean that challenges should be bypassed... (more)


Daniel Beilman

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  • Bassoon

Daniel Beilman holds a Bachelors degree in bassoon performance from The Boston Conservatory and a Masters of Music from Boston University College of Fine Arts.... (more)


Nathanael Peterson Blankenship

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  • Music Moves For Piano

I strongly believe that every child deserves an exceptional education in music. It is essential to him children engage in meaningful experiences that lead to lifelong... (more)


Brendan Burns

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  • Guitar

For me, the study of guitar is a lifelong discipline that is deeply intertwined with education. I am extremely grateful to share my teachings with the BMS... (more)


Sasha Callahan

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  • Violin

Fifteen years of teaching students of all ages and abilities has made me strive to listen to what each student needs and what their natural strengths and weaknesses are ... (more)


Thomas Carroll

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  • Clarinet
  • Recorder

I believe that the clarinet (or any musical instrument) should feel as natural in the hands of a student as any other simple tool, and that the mechanics of the instrument ... (more)


Sissy Castrogiovanni

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  • Voice

Voice is like the paint brush of a painter. It takes colors from a color pallet, it mixes them up in millions different ways and then spread them out on a canvas, creating the... (more)


Sara Chen

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  • Piano

Sara enjoys working with all ages and is especially successful working with young beginners. She encourages students to actively participate in their practice and... (more)


Tahlia Cott

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  • Music Moves For Piano
  • Instrument Discovery
  • Music Play
  • Musical Adventures

Teaching children to learn music in a similar way in which they learn language provides children with exposure and context that fits in with how they developmentally learn... (more)


Will Dick

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  • Guitar

Even though I graduated from Harvard and from Longy School of Music, I feel that in many ways my real education as a music teacher has been right here at Brookline Music ... (more)


Allison Dobbs

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  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Suzuki Violin

My teaching is personalized to each individual, since students come to lessons from varied backgrounds, and with different goals. I welcome beginners just getting... (more)


Leo Eguchi

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  • Cello

Learning to play music changes a person in ways that are completely immeasurable. From the simple joy of learning a tune to the lifelong lessons of discipline... (more)


Bryan Eyberg

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  • Piano

When I teach I try to inspire students and engender a feeling of love for music. I feel that if a student doesn’t enjoy playing music, the reason for playing is lessened. ... (more)


Cathy Fassbender-Marks

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  • Music Moves For Piano
  • Instrument Discovery
  • Introduction To Ukulele
  • Music Play
  • Vocal Discovery
  • Musical Adventures
  • Music Play

All children have the potential to learn music, and early music classes foster lifelong music development. Because music aptitude begins before birth and does not stabilize... (more)


Adrienne Flight

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  • Music Therapy
  • Piano For All Children

Adrienne practices client-centered music therapy. Music therapy sessions are driven by individual clients’ goals and strengths. She uses instrument improvisation, ... (more)


Stephanie Fong

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  • Violin
  • Viola

My primary goal as a teacher is to share my love for music with my students. By engaging students in a fun and stimulating way, I aim to provide a supportive and ... (more)


Ellie Foster

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  • Music Therapy
  • Piano For All Children

Ellie Foster, MT-BC, holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She practices an eclectic model of music therapy ... (more)


Niva Fried

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  • Piano

It is a wonderful feeling to see students develop a genuine love for making music and a commitment to intelligent and rigorous practicing. In the beginning stages, an... (more)


Brian Friedland

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  • Piano

My priority is to help students build a strong foundation of musical knowledge in the belief that possessing a deeper understanding of music leads to a greater enjoyment... (more)


Ariel Friedman

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  • Cello

I believe in pushing the boundaries of cello playing. My goals as a teacher are to expose my students to a wide variety of genres and to cultivate musicianship through the study... (more)


Augustine Mayuga Gonzales

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  • Piano

Playing the piano has always been an important part of my life, and has brought me much joy. There is simply no better feeling than preparing and mastering a piece,... (more)


Scott Goulding

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  • Drums

My goal as a teacher is to help develop the technique and rhythmic vocabulary of a student so that they may pursue the type of music or style of drumming that inspires ... (more)


Tom Halter

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  • Trumpet
  • Tuba

Through my own professional experience and over fourteen year of teaching trumpet, I’ve discovered that regardless of the style, there are certain basic physical elements... (more)


Anne Howarth

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  • French Horn

I believe that students thrive when encouraged to reach for excellence, to be active participants in their own musical growth, and to recognize their accomplishments ... (more)


Luis Antonio Ibanez

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  • Violin

My approach to violin teaching is a combination of the many schools and methods of violin playing, including the traditional European School (Russian, French, Belgian)... (more)


Tomoko Iwamoto

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  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Suzuki Violin

I want my students to think of music as their lifetime companion and mastering the violin takes a lifetime of dedication. In order to achieve this, I always encourage my... (more)


Krista Jadro

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  • Music Moves For Piano

Every child has the potential to learn music. Music learning begins before birth and flourishes with exposure to and interaction with music in a rich, creative and playful... (more)


Egle Jarkova

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  • Violin
  • Chamber Ensembles

I love teaching music and inspiring my students to enjoy the beauty of the violin sound, which I find so close the human voice. I aim to create a healthy study environment,... (more)


Russell Jewell

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  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Baritone/Euphonium

Russell has a warm positive approach when working with students. He finds ways to connect with students of all ages, ability levels, and interest levels, always bringing ... (more)


Julianne Johnston

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  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Clarinet
  • Suzuki Flute

My philosophy as a music teacher is to instill a lifelong love of music. I want my students to have the confidence to pursue music throughout their life as an individual... (more)


Atsuko Jozaki

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  • Piano

My teaching philosophy is to focus on building well-rounded musicianship in my students, which enables them to fully enjoy the music, express themselves, ... (more)


Anthea Kechley

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  • Flute
  • Suzuki Flute

Flutist Anthea Kechley endeavors to give each child the experience of enrichment through music, as well as tools that will allow them to proceed in life with confidence... (more)


Jayoung Kim

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  • Piano

As music education is a two-way communication, I believe that mutual understanding between teacher and student is essential to guiding a student’s musical journey... (more)


Leah Kosch

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  • Piano

As a musician and teacher, I am, unabashedly, a piano-phile. The piano is a wonderful instrument that serves many functions, but is above all, a great foundational ... (more)


Svetlana Krasnova

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  • Piano

I would like my students to become not only enthusiastic and educated music lovers, but also to be able to express themselves through music, and the art of piano playing... (more)


Tom Krusinski

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  • Dance

The doorway to learning is joyfulness. When the student experiences their learning in an atmosphere of joyful self-discipline, clear boundaries, and... (more)


Rick Landwehr

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  • Drums

I have a true enjoyment of teaching. I love to see my students learn and grow and find it quite satisfying to see the moments where everything “clicks” and my students grasp... (more)


Franco Leon

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  • Piano

My passion for music and piano is something that I look forward to sharing with others every day, be it when teaching or performing. It is truly wonderful to be by my... (more)


Lisa Lynch

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  • Voice

Studying singing creates a wonderful opportunity for students to find a unique voice and artistic expression. In my teaching, I focus on the development of a healthy... (more)


Justin Meyer

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  • Upright Bass
  • Electric Bass

My goal as a teacher is for my students to have fun playing the kind(s) of music that they want to play, and to become better musicians as they do so. I teach both the... (more)


Karine Nowick

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  • Violin

I believe in allowing the student to develop their skills based upon their natural desire and ability. I will encourage my students to play and learn their instrument to the best ... (more)


Kathy Olson

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  • Flute
  • Saxophone
  • Clarinet

I love teaching students and I work hard to challenge each person in ways that will be most beneficial and fulfilling to them.... (more)


Scott Pittman

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  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Bass
  • Ukulele

I love music, performing, recording, composing, teaching, practicing, and I especially love listening. It is the most rewarding food for the soul. There are pictures of me ... (more)


John Purcell

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  • Jazz/Rock Ensembles

John builds on the strengths of each player and forms groups carefully, taking each student’s age, interests, personality, and abilities into consideration. He is confident... (more)


Jussi Reijonen

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  • Guitar
  • Oud

Learning, I strongly believe, begins with having fun. It is very important to me that the student thoroughly enjoys the journey of learning music, and I structure my lessons ... (more)


Karen Robbins

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  • Flute
  • Recorder
  • Saxophone
  • Clarinet

Teaching music has been a large part of my life since my undergraduate days as a student of Music and English Literature. The personal exchange between teacher and... (more)


Valerie Ross

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  • Piano

I believe anyone, of any age, has the capacity to enjoy playing and performing on the piano, and it is my goal to help students realize this potential through a combination of ... (more)


Cynthia Sanger

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  • Piano

My primary goal for all of my students is to instill in them a desire to learn and constantly improve their music making. I enjoy guiding and eventually watching my... (more)


Sophie Scolnik-Brower

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  • Piano

For students of any age or level, playing the piano should be enjoyable and inspirational. I seek to involve students in their own music-making process, giving them ... (more)


Dan Sedgwick

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  • Piano

Musicking is a wholly fulfilling, challenging, fun, serious, personal, universal, expressive, mysterious endeavor. To teach it is to convey all of these aspects with... (more)


Nara Shahbazyan

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  • Cello

I have a great passion for teaching music and strongly believe that it is important to develop a unique approach for each student. I think that it is critical to continually... (more)


Jessica Teal

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  • Piano

My love for music has shaped my life and I am fortunate to help my students explore this passion each day. I encourage students to learn both solid foundation skills as... (more)


Valerie Thompson

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  • Cello

I believe that educating a student in music is not just about learning an instrument but that it creates a space for students to more deeply access their own creativity and ... (more)


Gregory Tolwinski

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  • Piano

Music, like all art, offers an analogy for how we perceive, feel, and communicate—ultimately an evolving personal representation of who we are. Analogy is thus central... (more)


Aimee Tsuchiya

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  • Piano

Music is a window into ourselves, our culture and communities, linking our past and our present. It engages us as performers and audiences, students and teachers... (more)


Andy Voelker

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  • Saxophone
  • Clarinet

Andy’s philosophy of teaching saxophone and woodwind lessons is to use his personal experience with elementary, secondary, and high school band programs along... (more)


Robert Ward

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  • Guitar

I have been teaching music in Boston for the past 25 years. In that time I have taught students of all levels, from aspiring young professionals, students with a deep love of ... (more)


Catherine Weinfeld-Zell

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  • Oboe

Catherine Weinfield-Zell believes that every student is capable of discovering the immense joys, challenges, and rewards that come from dedicating themselves to the... (more)


Bjorn Wennas

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  • Guitar

Having taught the guitar for many years, I have come to realize what works in the teacher/student relationship and how to individualize my approach for each student... (more)


Rob Woodin

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  • Voice

Rob believes in teaching students how to teach themselves. His coaching focuses on an efficient approach to practice, using natural and healthy techniques, and well-rounded... (more)


Celia Zhang

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  • Violin

I am a firm believer in the old adage that “knowledge is never wasted”. With Music’s unique combination of technical and creative facets, it becomes the perfect tool with... (more)