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30 min. 45 min. 60 min.
1/week, billed monthly
Piano (ages 5+),   Voice (ages 8+),   Voice/Piano Combo (ages 8+)

Christina

NOTE: Christina Offers In-Person and Virtual Lessons

In 2009, Christina Jensen completed two degrees at Westmont College, earning a Bachelor's in Music and a Bachelor's in Arts Criticism. In 2010, she was one of four dramaturgy students accepted into a graduate program at Harvard University. As part of that course of study, she spent three months in Moscow, Russia, studying Russian theater and culture. She earned her Master's in Dramaturgy from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.
While attending Westmon College Christina won the college's Concerto Competition for three consecutive years. She also was awarded the opportunity to study voice in Graz, Austria as part of the prestigious AIMS program. While abroad, she worked with world-renowned voice teachers and performers.
Since 2012, Christina has directed opera, musical theater, and plays all over Southern California. She also taught and directed drama for grades K-8 grade while overseeing more than four productions. All the while, she continued studying voice, participating in multiple recitals and regional theater productions. In 2019, Christina and her family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. She volunteers at her church – St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church – as a soloist, a member of the choir, the music librarian, and pageant director. She loves teaching and instilling a love for music in students of all ages.
 

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Violin (ages 5+),   Viola (ages 5+)

Marscia

NOTE: Marscia Offers In-Person Lessons Only

Born in Mexico City and emigrating to the United States in '97, Marscia has always known from the young age of 6 that she wanted to have a voice in the arts. Marscia studied Music Education and Performance, Theater performance and Studio art at UNC Wilmington and Charlotte. As a strong advocate for the performing and fine arts, Marscia was involved in the theater and visual arts community of Wilmington, NC before moving to the Charlotte area.

Player of both the Violin and Viola since the age of 10, Her performance career began upon winning the 2011 Richard R. Deas Concerto Competition in Wilmington NC. Her career as a teacher began in 2013 and continued at UNCW’s community Music Academy from 2016 to 2018. Marscia was a member of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra from 2012-2018 and the Tallis Chamber Orchestra as an ensemble member and featured soloist in Wilmington from 2011-2018. Marscia has also been performing with the local Charlotte Civic Orchestra since January of 2019. As an active member of local performing groups she offers etiquette and knowledge to students looking to begin on the path of orchestral careers. 

Marscia shares her experience and knowledge of the arts with students as young as 3 years of age and believes it is never too late to start learning! She seeks to instill a passion in learning the Violin, Viola and surrounding art forms in all of her students and hopes to foster a love of music for life. Marscia is a registered 200 hour yoga instructor and an emphasis is made in her classes to teach musical technique through a holistic approach. Throughout her career as a teacher Marscia has made it a point to teach her students about composers and musical traditions from underrepresented communities as well. 

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Saturday at Charlotte

Piano (ages 4+),   Voice (ages 8+),   Voice/Piano Combo (ages 4+)

Celeste

NOTE: Celeste Offers In-Person and Virtual Lessons

Celeste Tavera has had the great pleasure of performing and teaching Classical, Broadway, Pop, and Jazz Music for many years. Celeste's own vocal career has spanned the realm of musical expression from the National Winner of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions NYC, to nationally touring with the New York City Opera and San Francisco Opera companies, to recording movie music, such as “The Land Before Time II”. She was also a featured Artist with many Orchestras as well as sang with a Jazz Band in L.A. She sang with famous tenor José Carreras while studying in Bologna, Italy as part of the Coltura Italia Language Studies Program. Her recordings of original music include the Academy Awards, “Their Thought and Back Again”, “Ivory Joe”, and others. She also recorded three music compilations for the Yamaha PianoSoft Library. Celeste’s passion for music extends far beyond her own instrument: Celeste embodies a true teacher. She nurtures and cares for her students, at the same time pushing them. She encourages her students to strive for perfection through practice and constant exposure. Her top priority is her students!” At Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, she taught Voice and Musical Theater for many years. She taught and directed many Musical Theater productions such as, Into the Woods, The Sound of Music, Cole Porter Review, Audition Days, Fairytales & Spells, Candid. With extensive experience in the Musical Theater realm, She enjoyed teaching Music Camps with students ages 7-12, directing and producing shows such as Annie, The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Oliver, Peter Pan Jr. among others. As a voice teacher, she finds great rewards in offering students a lasting vocal technique that can help them through many vocal experiences.

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Monday at Charlotte

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Wednesday at Charlotte

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Thursday at Charlotte

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Saturday at Charlotte

Piano (ages 5+)

Inna

NOTE: Inna Offers In-Person Lessons Only

Inna Kolesnikov was born and raised in Ukraine. Growing up in a musical family, Ms. Kolesnikov’s childhood was surrounded by the beauty of classical music. While her father sang in a local church choir, her mother played piano and accordion. At a very young age, Ms. Kolesnikov attended music school to study piano, music theory, and literature. She received her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance and music pedagogy from Volyn State Institute of Arts and Music in Ukraine. After moving to the United States she received her Master’s degree in piano performance from Kansas State University. For the past 20 years, she actively collaborated with instrumentalists and vocalists in chamber music settings while teaching children and adults of various levels of training. Music has always been her passion and sharing it with others gives her great joy and satisfaction.

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Piano (ages 6+)

Autumn

NOTE: Autumn Offers In-Person and Virtual Lessons

Autumn Shuping, native of North Carolina, grew up studying piano and voice. Her love of piano developed early while watching her uncle play, and so she began learning at just five years old. She began private lessons at 10 years old, and studied music theory and piano performance for nine years.

She also sang in the Ashbrook High School Chorus, traveling to New York City, singing in concert with the Special Feature choir and with the National HS Chorus in Carnegie Hall in 1998. She also competed in Teen Talent competitions. After high school, she attended Lee University, a college that is well-known for their impeccable music program. She majored in Business and Theology, took private music lessons, and traveled nation-wide to sing with the incredibly talented Ladies of Lee choir.

She worked as a Children’s Minister for nine years at Matthews United Methodist, and served as an accompanist for the children’s choir for three years. Her love for music continues to grow, as she develops her gift for teaching.

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Tuesday at Charlotte

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Saturday at Charlotte

Piano (ages 4+),   Voice (ages 8+),   Voice/Piano Combo (ages 8+)

Ashley

NOTE: Ashley Offers In-Person Lessons Only

Ashley received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Popular Music Industry Voice at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has been teaching and performing for eight years focusing primarily on voice, piano, and guitar. Ashley began teaching in her hometown in northern New Jersey when she was 15 at a local music store. She also began taking local restaurant gigs around the same time and knew that she had found what she wanted to do. Moving to West Palm Beach for school, she spent four years learning theory, performing, teaching private lessons, and writing original music. She enjoys teaching students to not only be excellent musicians, but also young artists. In the Spring of 2020, Ashley won first place in the NATS Southeastern Regional Auditions under the category of upper-level theater voice. She was inducted as a member of The Society of Pi Kappa Lambda in the Spring of 2021. Ashley is excited to continue her teaching career in Charlotte!

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Monday at Charlotte

Piano (ages 3+),   Voice (ages 5+),   Guitar (ages 5+),   Voice/Piano Combo (ages 3+)

Ben

Note: Offers In-Person & Virtual Lessons 

Ben McCoy is regularly gigging multi intrumentalist, producer, and songwriter, as well as a music educator with a decade of experience. He is a graduate from Catawba College's Music Department, with two degrees in Popular Music Studies and Music Business. When he's not teaching, he's playing in the local alternative scene with his band, Benz.Birdz, making music to score commericals and YouTube channels, or showing off his dog. Ben's passion to help each of his students achieve their musical goals carries into each lesson he teaches. With Ben as your instructor, you will be challeneged in all musical aspects with an added level of fun. 

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Monday at Charlotte

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Tuesday at Charlotte

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Wednesday at Charlotte

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Thursday at Charlotte

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Saturday at Charlotte

Voice (ages 5+)

Halle

Halle is a singer/songwriter and professionally trained vocalist with a passion for music. She is Charlotte native and she graduated from Catawba College with a Bachelor's in Music with a concentration in Popular Music and Vocal Instruction. She has experience with writing and producing her own music and currently has a single available on Spotify. Halle has had various large scale performance oppurtnities since her time at Catawba, including being a section leader and singer for the Woman's Choir of Charlotte and her most latest singing venture, which was singing the National Anthem for the Charlotte Knights at their last game of the season. She is now the Music Director of Piedmont School of Music & Dance. While vocal performance is her speciality, she can also play several instruments including guitar and piano. With her extensive knowledge in musical performance and love for teaching, she aims to bring a fresh, exciting perspective to all her students. 

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Friday at Charlotte

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Saturday at Charlotte

Voice (ages 8+),   Voice/Piano Combo (ages 8+)

Vanessa

NOTE: Vanessa Offers In-Person and Virtual Lessons

Ms. Vanessa hails from Long Island, NY, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz and Commercial Music Composition from Five Towns College. During her time there, she was able to participate in a highly-selective composition and performance workshop that gave her valuable feedback and musical encouragement from industry leaders, utilizing her vocal talent and piano skills to share original pieces. In 2007, Ms. Vanessa entered a worldwide online singing competition hosted by EA Games and was handpicked by recording artist Lily Allen to fly out to California and provide vocals for the popular video game series “The Sims 2” for their “Teen Style Stuff” expansion pack. This experience eventually fueled her move to CA- while there, she performed briefly with a classic rock band called The River City Band, taught Voice, Piano and Art lessons with all age groups with an independent music and art studio in Santa Rosa and even advised a group of young K-pop lovers into creating their own dance troupe at her most recent gig at Tomales High School. Ms. Vanessa brings her history of jazz, classical and musical theater knowledge with her into performances, encouraging her students to utilize the meaning behind the notes and lyrics to convey the drama within a piece, whether just learning the piano or belting a Broadway tune. She is grateful to be back on the east coast and is excited to share her musical and life experiences with a new group of students!

$36.00/lesson, Month to month

Saturday at Charlotte