Tanya Pellecchia Proprietor, Piano
Tanya, Proprietor of Music 101, a graduate of Wellesley College, holds a BA in Music with a concentration in piano. Tanya has taught music for over 15 years in varied capacities including the elementary general music class in the city of Melrose as well as private piano study. She has been a busy accompanist in the area and was the former resident music director at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Saugus. An active business member, Tanya can be seen around town as a member of various organizations including the Melrose Chamber of Commerce and the board of the East Boston Savings Bank.
Stephen Sikorski Piano, Voice, Guitar
For more than 10 years, Stephen has been an active freelance musician throughout the Boston area. He has earned his BM in Classical Composition and continued graduate study from the New England Conservatory. Stephen has a diverse musical background ranging from classical, jazz/improvisation, to rock. Performing solo, or on stage with modern bands, Stephen is comfortable teaching various types of music. He has been tenor section leader/soloist at various churches in the greater Boston area, and is currently organist and choir director of Christ Church, Waltham.
Brian Church Piano, Guitar, Electric, Bass, Voice, Ukulele; Music 101 instructor since Fall 2008
Brian Church holds a BM in Music Education from The College of New Jersey, an MM in Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory, and is also an accomplished bassist with the avant-noise post-punk group Tristan da Cunha with whom he has toured the midwest and released several recordings. Brian has been an elementary music educator in the Melrose Public School System teaching at the Roosevelt, Hoover and Horace Mann Schools, and has used his skills to help create almost 30 original songs with his students under his curriculum.
Matthew Holehan Piano; Music 101 instructor since Fall 2013
After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from the Pennsylvania State University, Matt moved to Ithaca, NY to study piano with Charis Dimaras. During his residence in Ithaca, Matt spent much of his time collaborating with numerous solo vocalists and instrumentalists as well as many prominent ensembles at Ithaca College. In addition to his collaborative work he held a teaching position at the Community School for Music and Arts. Matt currently resides in Boston, works at Boston Conservatory, with the acclaimed children's choir the "Boston City Singers", and spends his weekends to providing music for the Ballardvale United Church of Andover.
Alicia DePaolo Voice, Piano; Music 101 instructor since New Year 2014
Alicia holds a Bachelors in Spanish Language and Literature from Smith College, Northampton Massachusetts. From Indiana University, Alicia received her Master of Music in Early Music Vocal Performance. Alicia has previously worked at the prestigious Harlem School of the Arts in New York, NY and has been a private voice instructor since 2003. Along with an active performance schedule, Alicia currently teaches Spanish to middle-school students. Alicia believes in teaching to each student individually, especially when considering vocal studies. Proper technique transcends all genres of music, and because of this belief, Alicia is able to educate her students how to sing healthily while also speaking to their musical interests.
Kendra Comstock Voice, Piano; Music 101 instructor since Fall 2017
Soprano, Kendra Comstock, is a Boston-based performer and teacher originally from Hartland, Vermont. Kendra holds a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma City University, where she studied voice under the tutelage of Dr. Kelly Holst. While at OCU, Kendra studied Vocal Performance, but also took up piano and classical guitar to round out her musical studies. Kendra sings in many styles, but is especially interested in Early Music. She has attended numerous Early Music festivals and worked with leading professionals in the genre. In the Fall of 2019, Kendra started her Master of Music at the Longy School of Music, where she studied with Pamela Dellal. She coaches with Timothy Steele, and studies lute with Olav Chris Henriksen. Additionally, Kendra works in an administrative role with the Longwood Symphony Orchestra and Boston Musica Viva, and performs regularly with Boston-based Early Music ensembles; most recently Ensemble 44 and the Concordia Consort. Kendra currently teaches voice, piano, and guitar at Music 101 Studios. Kendra believes that good teaching puts the individual needs of a student at the forefront. She aims to cultivate proper technique and musical passion in each of her students.
Galen Willett Guitar, Electric, Bass, Ukulele, Piano; Music 101 instructor since Fall 2017
Galen Willett graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Composition and Electric Bass Performance in 2011. With ten years of experience in a wide range of genres, Galen tailors lessons to his students' individual styles and goals. He currently performs with Boston-based artists and bands including Kina Zoré (Afro-pop), Neotolia (fusion pop), Victoria Rios (folk/fusion), Lilla (R&B/hip-hop/reggae), and Azurite (jazz/rock). He has performed at the Outside the Box Festival in Boston, the ArtBeat Festival in Somerville, the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, and more.
Andrew King Piano; Music 101 instructor since New Year 2018
During the 2018/19 year, Andrew King began student-teaching the Alexander Technique at his studio in Allston as well as continuing his studies at the Alexander Technique Teacher Training Center in Newton under the direction of his teacher, Ruth Kilroy. After his jazz and classical piano studies with Ron Perrillo, Aglika Angelova, and Kyomi Sugimura at the DePaul University School of Music, he went on to perform as an accompanist for the Second City Training Center in Chicago and as a dance accompanist at Connecticut College under the mentorship of Richard Schenk before moving to Boston in 2014. His experience with improvisation and classical studies has provided a pedagogical approach dedicated to the growth of each student towards a high standard of self-discovery and self-direction.
Vinh Pham Piano; Music 101 instructor since Fall 2018
Vinh Pham received his Bachelor and Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the prestigious Longy School of Music of Bard College, where he also holds a Teaching Artist Certificate. Originally from Vietnam, Vinh is an experienced accompanist and soloist who has performed in multiple recitals, showcases, and chamber concerts in Boston. Vinh studied with the late great pianist and teacher Ludmilla Lifson, and the phenomenal Spencer Myer. Piano Pedagogy with Esther Ning Yau and Chamber Music with Carol Mastrodomenico, Mihail Jojatu, Jane Struss and Marco Granados.
Nevena Dordevic Voice, Piano; Music 101 instructor since Fall 2018
Nevena holds a Bachelor Degree in Professional Music and Education from Berklee College of Music in Boston MA, and has been a private voice and piano instructor since 2012, both in Europe and USA. After opening her own music school in Europe, Nevena came to Boston and started teaching at “At Your Door Music” school in Wellesley MA. Besides her teaching background, Nevena is an active performer. As a versatile musician, she teaches and performs different genres such as: pop, rock, jazz, blues, musical theatre and classical music.
Richard Hagborg Piano; Music 101 instructor since Fall 2019
Richard graduated from the University of Hartford with degrees in Piano, Theory and Mathematics. He attended New England Conservatory for a masters degree in Music Theory. Richard and his wife Lori started Music Espresso in Boston, which specializes in sheet music and books on music. They owned and operated that store for 26 years. Richard believes that everyone can play and enjoy music and has been playing percussion in community bands and orchestras for the last four years. Richard takes a very physical approach to playing the piano, and emphasizes the joy of movements of your hands in his teaching.
Larisa Bainton Voice, Piano, Music 101 instructor since Fall 2019
Larisa Bainton is a classical singer who enjoys experimenting with other styles. She has a B.M. in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and is currently working towards her M.M. in Voice Pedagogy at the New England Conservatory, Boston. Her performances include operas, jazz ensembles, and contemporary improvisation ensembles around Boston and she has been teaching group music classes and private lessons since 2011. Larisa is also the Co-Founder of Due Donne Productions Boston, which gives opportunities to college opera singers and performs throughout the greater Boston area. She self-directed and music directed their first production in August of 2019.
Ha-Eun Ryu Violin; Music 101 instructor since Fall 2019
Ha-eun Ryu began violin at the Preucil School of Music, attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, obtained a BM in violin performance at Oberlin Conservatory, and an MM at the Boston Conservatory. She has won competitions, played in professional orchestras, performed with college faculty, soloed with orchestras, and won the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artists Award. Ha-eun has completed pedagogy courses in college and at the graduate level. She instructs children, teens, and adults alike, influencing her teaching methods through the education she received from her mentors and striving to pass on their wisdom. Ha-eun is passionate about teaching out of a desire to help people express themselves and appreciate music on a deeper level. She is very enthusiastic and adapts her approach to each student's level, personality, and needs while seeking to build a good rapport. Ha-eun also has experience working with elementary school kids, having spent three years employed at a Boys and Girls Club. She continues to perform in the greater Boston area.
Jordan Ostrowski Piano; Music 101 instructor since New Year 2020
Jordan Ostrowski holds a BA from Plymouth State University with a concentration in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. He is a three time nominee as well as recipient of the 2018 NHTA for Best Director of Music in the professional category. Jordan has almost ten years of private teaching with students ranging from young child to adult. His previous experience includes private studio instructor at New Hampton School in New Hampton New Hampshire, private instructor at Silver Center of the Arts in Plymouth New Hampshire, and in home lessons in the Concord area of New Hampshire as well as Richmond Virginia. Jordan's undergraduate courses included four semesters of Piano Literature as well as Piano Pedagogy to ensure a properly formulated and constructed curriculum which he individually caters to each of his students. Jordan teaches from a variety of methods developed by piano pedagogues including Faber, Thompson, Bastien, Alfred and others. Each course selected for his students will be skill level and age appropriate. In lessons, students will develop skills in technique, artistry, theory and performance.