Music 101

instructors

​​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    

Acoustic Guitar, Composition, Electric Guitar, Piano, Voice; Music 101 instructor since Fall 2005

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   

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano, Ukulele, Voice; 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.

Joan Contarino
Piano; Music 101 instructor since 2013
Joan has a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from UMASS Lowell and two subsequent Master's degrees.  She is a licensed Music and Performing Arts teacher in Massachusetts and New Mexico. She has been teaching piano, voice, and music theory for over 40 years in public, private, and home school environments, plus private lessons in music and drama coaching.  She has written and produced plays and musicals for audience entertainment and competition.​
             Joan has directed youth, adult, and ecumenical choirs in both Massachusetts and New Mexico.  She has been accompanist for the Billerica Men's Choir, supply organist for St, Anne's Episcopal Church, and had the privilege of playing the pipe organ at the St. Francis Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe.  She sang with the All New England College Choir on tour in Europe. Joan has been a singer/soloist with a variety of church denominations and community choruses including the Los Alamos Choral Society, the Santa Fe Community Orchestra Chorus at the St. Francis Basilica and the auditioned chamber group Coro de Camara of Northern New Mexico, and most recently at St. John's Episcopal Church in Saugus.  Joan has filled in as a substitute for Music 101 instructors for several years.


Kendra Comstock 

Piano, Voice;  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  

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano, Ukulele; 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.


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.


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. 


Roberto Alaniz

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Piano, Ukulele, Voice; Music 101 instructor since Fall 2021

Originally from San Antonio Texas, multi-instrumentalist Roberto Alaniz received his Associates Degree in Music from Northwest Vista College and is currently studying at Boston's Berklee College of Music.  With over 9 years of experience teaching a variety of instruments, Roberto personalizes lesson plans as well as curriculum for his students of all ages and levels.