Although my experience as a music teacher at Mike’s Music has only just begun, there is a lifetime of passion for music and teaching that precede it. I began singing when I could speak, joining multiple choirs over the years, and I learned to play piano with my grandmother when I was big enough to sit at the piano. I took piano lessons from 8 years old until I completed my music minor in college, playing a total of over 10 years. I even had the opportunity to take lessons from a teacher at Mike’s Music! The feeling of mastering a piece after the dedication and hard work you put into it is a feeling like no other, one that I hope all musicians have the chance to experience. As my music passion developed, my passion for teaching began to take shape. Majoring in Special Education and Elementary Education, I went into the field with the mindset of providing each child with the tools needed to succeed, knowing that each child has the potential to be the best version of themselves even if they need some extra supports along the way. I have had the opportunity to work with children as young as infants, to school age, and up through adults (21 y.). As a special education teacher, my students have learned that I will never judge them for a mistake and that I will always use their strengths to build upon their areas of need. And, of course we have some fun along the way! Otherwise, what’s the point? I enter the studio for each lesson equipped with my passions for music and teaching in order to help these growing musicians find their love for making music just as I did.
Pianist, Organist, Vocalist, Percussionist and Choir Director for various churches, conferences, schools, bands, and events along the east coast for the past 20+ years. Has 15 years of teaching experience teaching all ages in all styles. Specializes in music composition and places a strong emphasis on building a solid musical foundation that can carry over to all instruments.
Kevin Alexander has been playing music for over 15 years. He graduated in 2014 from McDaniel College with a degree in Music, specializing in Theory and Composition. Kevin first discovered his love for music after learning guitar at age 11, and has since added bass, piano, ukulele, and other instruments to his repertoire. Though he primarily considers rock and alternative to be his favorite music, he has performed and studied a wide variety of styles including jazz, blues, funk, country, and even mariachi. His favorite part about teaching is being able to share his passion for music with others. After teaching at Mike's Music previously in 2015, Kevin is happy to rejoin the Mike's family!
Shelley received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Hyles-Anderson College and an Associate of Science in Music Education from the College of Southern Maryland and has been teaching private piano lessons since 2004. She enjoys teaching all ages and skill sets. Specifically, her students will learn theory, ear training and repertoire. The goal is for her students to not only learn how to play piano, but to enjoy playing piano as well!
Rayna has been playing piano since childhood and recently finished her degree in classical piano from Towson University. She has studied both classical and jazz piano, as well as some percussion including mallet instruments and steel pan, guitar, and ukulele. She enjoys sharing her love of music with her students, and helping them challenge themselves and succeed.
With a Bachelor of Music from the University of Maryland, College Park, Sara Li has been teaching piano for 15+ years. Trained in classical music from a young age, Sara has won first place prizes in numerous prestigious competitions at state, national, and international levels. She was also featured on Piano Grand! A Smithsonian Celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the Piano on PBS alongside legends such as Billy Joel, Diana Krall, and the Labèque Sisters. Sara has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center and with various other orchestras and chamber groups.
Besides piano, Sara learned to play the violin from an early age and has been part of the Maryland All-State Orchestra and Tri-County Orchestra in the past. She teaches all levels of Violin and Piano here at Mike’s Music.
Thomas is a classically trained baritone with many years of teaching experience working with all ages. He works with students to help them find what makes them exceptional and what sets them apart as musicians! His training includes a Master of Music at Peabody Conservatory (currently pursuing) and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Vassar College. He is also currently working towards his Music Education Certification at Peabody.
Jenny Roudebush (Terry) is a singer/ songwriter from Mount Airy, MD. She started singing at a very young age with a deep love of music. Growing up, Jenny took classes in voice, piano and guitar, while singing in different bands and choirs. She sang in various recording studios as a demo vocalist for songwriters throughout Maryland.
Jenny received her degree in Music Management from Frostburg State University. While at Frostburg, she studied voice in classical, opera and Broadway styles. In school, Jenny received the exciting opportunity to sing the national anthem at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
After graduating, Jenny has received many opportunities to sing all over Maryland in different bands and venues. Jenny received recognition as a finalist in a cover song contest handpicked by country music star Sara Evans.
Jenny has recorded on albums with the band Sidewalk Mule titled “Missouri Picnic” (2013) and recorded on friend / musician Cynthia Marie’s album titled “Harbor” (2016). In March of 2020 Jenny released her first album called “New Girl in Town” and single “Love Is” (2022) which features her love of country/pop music and her traditional roots. Jenny enjoys teaching voice and piano to all students who want to learn and have a passion for music.
Avery Faust is a musicologist, vocalist, pianist, flautist, and teacher from New Jersey currently based in Baltimore, Maryland. Avery is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory in John’s Hopkins University. She graduated with the class of 2021 from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania with a bachelors in music, focusing on vocal performance.
Justin Pechulis is a pianist and organist based in central Maryland. Born and raised in central New Jersey, he began his piano studies at the age of seven, and was often a regular participant in student recitals. He later became involved in his school's choir, jazz band, and concert band, where he learned clarinet.
Earning his Bachelor’s degree in music at Elizabethtown College, Justin studied piano, organ, and pedagogy with Deb Ronning, Anthony Ciucci, and Cheryl Braun, respectively. While at Elizabethtown, he presented junior and senior solo recitals, and was a member of several ensembles as a pianist, vocalist, clarinetist, and percussionist. Justin is currently working toward a Master’s degree in sacred music at Westminster Choir College, where he studies with Tom Shelton and Steve Pilkington.
Justin is the Director of Music and Organist at St. John's Episcopal Church in Ellicott City. He has held several church positions previously in the Harrisburg, PA area. As a piano instructor, Justin teaches at Elizabethtown College, Menchey Music Service, and Mike's Music of Maryland. He also does additional freelance work as a collaborative and solo pianist. Justin is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the American Guild of Organists, where he is also the Secretary for the Harrisburg Chapter.
Edwin Jacob, born and raised in the suburbs of the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area, is an active Vocalist and Music Educator. He graduated from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance) in 2011 and a Master of Music (Jazz Studies) in 2012. During this time, Jacob honed is vocal skills in Opera, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Pop and R&B, while sill completing a rigorous workload of ear training, sight-singing, music theory, arranging and composition. While at UArts, Jacob was involved in a number of performances. His most notable performances include: Lead in “Does Your House Have Lions” written by Sonia Sanchez, Directed by Johnnie Hobbs (2009), Lead singer in the children’s album "Get Up and Sing" produced by Mike Kennedy (Forge Recording, 2010 Valley Forge, PA), and Singer in Monkadelic Ensemble – Music of Thelonious Monk (Chris’ Jazz Café 2011 Philadelphia, PA). After graduating, Jacob began teaching Voice and Piano at several locations in New Jersey and is currently the Middle School Chorus Teacher at Christ Episcopal School in Rockville
McKey Monroe is a dramatic, charismatic, and enthusiastic Contralto. McKey is a native of Aiken, SC, and grew up with very few opportunities to sing in choirs or sing publicly. However, their mother and father introduced them to singing in the car to Billy Joel, ELO, The Monkees and many more. They were introduced to classical music when they joined their middle school band on the alto saxophone. McKey recently finished working on a few projects such as the role of a Sprite in Massenet’s Cendrillon and premiering Zwischenspiel, a new opera scene, by William Martin at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Currently, McKey is working on an upcoming production of Ralph Vaughan Williams' Riders to the Sea with Peabody Opera. They are a very passionate performer and believe that putting bits of themself into each performance helps with their ability to convince the audience that they are living through each moment.
Cynthia Marie is a pianist & songwriter/arranger, with a background in classical piano, jazz & blues improvisation, and folk music. She studied classical piano with Bonnie Litten and Ann Tanabe, boogie-woogie piano with Caroline Dahl, and jazz piano with Debbie Poryes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Washington School of Music, and is a recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Award.
With 20 years of teaching experience, Miss Cynthia tailors each lesson to her student's interests and creates a well-rounded and exciting repertoire to explore. Students enjoy playing real songs, developing their ear, and understanding their music on a deeper level. She is a Maryland state certified teacher, and a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Maryland MTA, and Howard County MTA.
Megan Heavner has been working with students of all ages in the Baltimore area for the last 8 years. She holds an undergraduate and graduate degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music at Johns Hopkins University where she studied vocal performance and music education. While at Peabody, Megan spent two years as the Peabody Opera Outreach Coordinator, working with the brilliant team at the Peabody Opera Department to bring interactive children's opera to schools and private venues all around the east coast! Megan specializes in early childhood and elementary general music and believes that teaching musical literacy and piano skills at a young age can open the doors to learning virtually any musical instrument. Megan also teaches a series of early childhood music classes and elementary music workshops that teach musical concepts through games and guided play!
An avid and accomplished performer, Megan has sung with opera companies across the United States, Europe and Central America. She has studied vocal technique for over 10 years and focuses on teaching her students not only to sing with correct vocal technique, but also the physiology behind singing so they can build a healthy foundation!
Over 30 years of experience teaching children in various settings, including private lessons, directing choirs, and teaching music classes in schools. Worked as a choir director, organist and pianist in various churches. Master's degree from Catholic Univ, in DC. Native of Korea, speaks both Korean and English. Resides in Howard county with her husband and their 5 children.
Anna Wilson has been in the world of music for over a decade. With more than ten years of experience performing on the violin, along with several years of proficiency on the viola, piano, and cello, Anna loves everything about music! She currently is majoring in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, and dedicates most of her free time towards her devotion to and love of music. During her high school years, Anna was president of the String Orchestra, as well as the Piano Club. She also had leadership roles in the Music Honor Society and performed in the Pit Orchestra. Anna’s experiences and future reflect her dedication to the art, and her enthusiasm of sharing and helping others explore the culture of music.
Windsor "Tito" Pediford holds a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts from an education shared between Julliard and City College. Tito is proficient in acoustic and electric bass, piano, all African and Latin percussions, vibraphone, trap drums, programmable synthesizers, as well as writing and arranging for brass, reeds, strings, chorus, and rhythm sections. Coming from a family heavily involved with music performance locally, nationally, & internationally, Tito was afforded the opportunity to perform with people such as: Miles Davis, Mongo Santamaria, King Curtis, Mandrill, G.Q, Change, Jocelyn Brown, LeRoy Burgess, Amel Larrieux, and others. Tito has toured around the world and across the U.S. He has led 3 bands of his own, 2 of which were published, and he was a side man for a host of disco records in the 80’s. Tito loves to push his students to reach their full potential with music!
Molly Young is a classically trained singer in Baltimore. She holds degrees in vocal performance and early music from Peabody Conservatory and Western Michigan University. She performs regularly throughout Baltimore and DC as a soloist and chamber musician, spanning genres from opera to Renaissance choral music to new compositions. She works with students on all styles of singing, specializing in classical and musical theatre repertoire. Molly also teaches beginning to intermediate piano to students of all ages.
Dr. Chun-Ting Chao, originally from Taiwan, performs as a lyric soprano and a dramatic actress. She also goes by the name Amy. She has obtained a Doctorate of Musical Arts from The Catholic University of America, a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute, a Masters of Fine Arts from Tunghai University, and a Bachelors of the Fine Arts from the Taipei National University of the Arts. Dr. Chao has been cast in the roles of Ortlinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre by National Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, L'ecureuil in Ravel's L'enfant et les Sortilèges by the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra, Donna Anna in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, Lauretta in Puccini's Gianni Schicchi, and Cio Cio San in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly by Catholic University of American, Juliette in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette by Bel Cantanti, Pousette in Massenet's Manon by Peabody. and Micaëla, Frasquita, and Flora in highlights of various operas with Tunghai University Orchestra. She has also sung the solos in Magnificat by Pergolesi, and Organ Solo Mass K. 259 by Mozart, and she has been invited to perform with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, the Opera Studio in Taiwan, and the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, she was named Young Artist of the Year by the Mondial Chinese Vocalist Concourse.
During her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees, she minored in piano. Dr. Chao also teaches beginning to intermediate piano to students of all ages. She believes by making music education fun, she can keep students motivated to improve their skills. She encourages her students to learn new techniques or repertoire every lesson so they can move closer to their goals. She helps her students at their own pace to achieve their goals and enjoy music.
Trained in classical music at Ohio University with 38 years of teaching experience, Phyllis provides a well rounded range of musical styles for piano study to help develop the talents and stimulate the interests of students of all ages.
Stephen Darling has been playing music for over 10 years, first starting out on trumpet in grade school throughout into college. He taught himself how to play guitar after taking a guitar class in his freshman year of high school. He also taught himself how to play piano in high school. He graduated from Anne Arundel Community College in 2022 with a A.A in Music with a focus on Jazz on guitar. Throughout College he took many music classes to refine his skills on piano and guitar as well as music theory. He loves working with musicians at all levels of experience in jazz bands and rock bands. Stephen is a new teacher who is looking forward to teaching and influencing musicians at all levels.