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Joseph Worrell
Available for both virtual and in-person lessons

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.
Pat Carter
Available for both virtual and in-person lessons

Pat has been teaching piano, organ and keyboard for over 40 years. Can teach all levels in classical as well as contemporary. Pat has her degree in education.
Edwin Jacob
Available for both virtual and in-person lessons

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
Kevin Alexander
Available for both in-person and virtual lessons
Kevin

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!

 

Thomas Hochla
Available for both virtual and in-person lessons


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.

Sara Li
Available for both virtual and in-person lessons

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. 


Alyssa Lida-Timbs
Available for both in-person and virtual lessons
Alyssa

Alyssa Lida-Timbs, originally from southern Maryland, has spend most her life in Howard County. At a young age, she even took lessons at Mikes Music! Alyssa enjoys creating a great bond with beginner students to help them build their relationship with music. She specializes in piano, and can also teach euphonium.  

Megan Heavner
Available for both virtual and in-person lessons
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!
Tito Pediford
Available for both virtual and in-person lessons


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!

Mia Coyne
Available for virtual lessons only

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.
Cynthia Marie
Available for both in-person and virtual lessons

Cynthia Marie is a performing singer-songwriter & pianist, with a background in classical piano, improvisation, and folk music. She holds a B.A. in music from the University of Washington School of Music, and has been teaching for over 10 years. Her students learn ear-training & harmony, as well as repertoire, and are invited to create their own music too.
Jill Thomassen
Available for virtual lessons only

Jill Thomassen began studying piano at the French School of Music in NJ when she was 8 years old. The following year she added private lessons on the flute. A graduate of The Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Ms. Thomassen studied modern and baroque flute performance with Timothy Day (then Principal flutist of the Baltimore Symphony). Her teaching and performing are also greatly influenced by her attendance and performance at many master classes taught by renowned English flutist Trevor Wye, one of the leading flute pedagogues in the world today. Other important teachers include Julius Baker, Christopher Krueger, Gerardo Levy, and Virginia Schulze-Johnson.

Ms. Thomassen has been teaching and performing as a professional soloist and chamber musician in the Baltimore and Washington areas for the past thirty years. She has been heard in many local concerts such as The Friday Morning Music Club, The Cathedral of Mary Our Queen Concert Series, The Dickeyville Concert Series, and The Peabody Tuesday Noon Recital Series, and her chamber ensemble is in high demand for weddings and other private events. In 2012 her flute quartet was selected to perform Harmony in Blue and Goldby Eric Ewazen, commissioned by the quartet, at the annual National Flute Association Convention. The quartet was also invited to perform the piece in New York City at the Julliard School of Music. Ms. Thomassen was a winner of the prestigious New York Flute Club Competition. In addition to flute and piano, she also loves playing her Celtic harp.

Ms. Thomassen enjoys teaching all ages and levels (including adults!). Her flute students have held positions in upper level ensembles such as All County, All State, and the Maryland Youth Symphony Orchestra. Her teaching emphasizes effective and efficient practice techniques, and above all, she encourages her students to love and enjoy playing music, at every level.
Dr. Chun-Ting "Amy" Chao
Not accepting new students at this time

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.

Molly Young
Not accepting new students at this time


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, with specializiation in classical and musical theatre repertoire. Molly also teaches beginning to intermediate piano to students of all ages.
Phyllis Jovich
Not accepting new students at this time

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.