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    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 ChurchPiano, Guitar, Bass, Voice
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.


Jennifer HerzigPiano, Violin
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Illinois as well as a Master of Music from the Longy School of Music. She made her European debut as soloist with the National Philharmonic of Ukraine in Kiev in 2010, and also has extensive chamber and orchestral experience. In addition to being a violinist, Jennifer is also an accomplished pianist. She studied piano for over 13 years and regularly performs as an accompanist and church musician. Jennifer has experience teaching piano and violin to both children and adults bringing a creative and energetic approach to traditional methods.


Matthew Holehan Piano
​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 Piano, Voice
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.


Hayley Thompson-KingPiano, Voice, Guitar

Hayley is best known as the lead singer of American psychedelic rock band Major Stars, as well as her solo project Banditas. Her music has been featured on ABC’s Betrayal, Bravo’s Queer Eye For The Straight Guy and WBUR’s Off The Record. She has released multiple albums and toured nationally, including showcases at South by Southwest, Tweed River Music Festival, Boston’s First Night and The Boston Music Awards. She has been nominated by The Boston Music Awards and Boston Phoenix Awards as Best Female Vocalist (2011) and Best Roots/Americana Band (2011, 2012).  Hayley holds a Masters of Music from New England Conservatory of Music and a Bachelors of Music from New York University, both in opera performance. As a mezzo-soprano, she has performed with New Repertory Theatre (Into The Woods),American Repertory Theatre (Carmen), The Lotte Lenya Competition (Finalist), New England Conservatory Opera Theatre (Magic Flute), Riverside Theater, Opera Boston and Ash Lawn Opera Festival.


Michael Gold  Piano

Michael holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Lawrence University of Appleton Wisconsin, and recently completed his Masters in Piano Performance from The Longy School of Music in Cambridge Massachusetts.  His interests include French and Spanish classical music and he has performed many of the piano works written in these styles.  Michael believes in meeting students where they are, setting goals, and moving students towards their potential.  It is his conviction that our everyday experience inspires our growth in music, and growing musically likewise inspires our everyday lives.  


Kendra Comstock  Voice, Piano, Guitar
Kendra Comstock recently relocated to Boston after she received a Bachelor’s of Music in 2017 from Oklahoma City University. While at OCU, Kendra studied Vocal Performance, but also took up piano and classical guitar to round out her musical studies. Kendra holds a passion for Early Music in particular and was the first vocalist to be a part of OCU’s Early Music Ensemble. This Summer she was the Assistant Director at the NEMPAC Musical Theater Camps. Along with teaching at Music 101, Kendra hopes to apply to graduate school this Fall to continue studying Early Music, though she loves performing and teaching many genres. 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.  


Monica Pabelonio   Voice, Piano

Monica Pabelonio is a jazz vocalist that hails from Chicago, Illinois. She won two DownBeat Student Music Awards in the Vocal Jazz Soloist Category in 2015 and 2017. This past February, she was one of the six finalists in the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Voice Competition. Monica recently completed her Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from Western Michigan University and studied under Greg Jasperse and Duane Davis. She is pursuing her Master's in Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory and studies with Dominique Eade and Frank Carlberg.