piano instructors

Tanya Pellecchia  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

Stephen is a multi-instrumentalist with a degree in Classical Composition from the New England Conservatory. He has a diverse performance background ranging from early renaissance vocal ensembles at St.Thomas 5th Avenue in NYC, avant-garde contemporary world premieres in Boston's historical Jordan Hall, to playing at Kiss 108's Kiss Concert Series at the Xfinity Center. Stephen has recorded with Grammy award winning producers, is an experienced jazz pianist, and is currently the organist & choir director at St. John's Episcopal Church in Saugus.


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 HolehanPiano
​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.

​Joshua GarveyPiano, Voice
Joshua Garvey is an active soloist and chamber musician. He most recently made his debut with Haymarket Opera Company's new Young Artist Program, in Chicago, singing the role of Ottone in Monteverdi's "The Coronation of Poppea." Joshua has also performed with Boston Camerata in their productions of "The Play of Daniel" and "Carmina Burana." He regularly performs a variety of repertoire with the choir of First Church in Boston, ranging from renaissance polyphony to the recently composed. Joshua also performs with the Veritas Ensemble, and is a founding member of Ganymede Consort, a period Baroque band focused on using historically informed performance practice as a medium for raising awareness for social justice issues. Joshua holds both a Master of Music and Graduate Diploma in voice and early music performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College. He studies voice with countertenor Ian Howell, and harpsichord and fortepiano with Vivian Montgomery.


Hayley Thompson-King Piano, 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.


Felipe d'Aguiar   Guitar, Piano
Originally from Santiago de Chile, Felipe has been involved in projects in Australia, Italy, France, Austria, China, Bolivia, Taiwan, Chile, and the United States, in which he has collaborated with Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Sound Icon, the Consort Guitarrístico de Chile, the Orquesta Sinfónica Universidad de Concepción, Ensamble Contemporáneo UC, and the JACK Quartet among others. He holds a D​.​M​.​A. in Composition from Boston University, where he studied with Joshua Fineberg thanks to a Fulbright Grant. Previously, he completed a Masters of Music at The University of Melbourne, working with Elliott Gyger. Felipe has written several pieces for guitar and guitar ensemble, some of which he has performed in festivals.  Described as one of the “[…] most powerful Chilean voices born in the 70’s and 80’s” [El Mercurio], Felipe takes inspiration from multiples sources, including painting, literature, films, and the natural world.


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.  


Syliva Schwartz  Piano, Violin
Fascinated and inspired by the relationship between music, movement, and dance, violinist and Dalcrozian-in-training Sylvia Schwartz is a passionate chamber musician in both modern and historical performance practices.  Sylvia performs currently with the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Eudaimonia baroque  orchestra, L’Esprit Baroque chamber ensemble (Los Angeles), folk/baroque band Lizzie and the Flakjackets, and prog/alt rock band The Mood Swings.  Sylvia is equally passionate about bringing music to life as a performer and nurturing creative expression and empowerment in her violin, piano, and musicianship students.  She uses a combination of Suzuki approaches, improvisation, Dalcroze-inspired eurythmics, and Alexander Technique-inspired movement awareness to simultaneously develop fluent musicality, joy in making music, a solid instrumental technique, and musicianship.  A former sufferer of tendonitis, she has a particular interest in addressing and preventing performance injuries, in both beginning and experienced players. She holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance from Longy School of Music and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Olin College.