Music Spectrum School for the Arts (2nd floor of the H.K. Lee TaeKwonDo Building)
465 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA 20170  (703) 582-7430
email: MusicSpectrumSchool@gmail.com
Open: 3:30pm - 8:30pm Monday-Friday; 9:30am - 1:30pm Saturday 

Private Lesson Faculty

Private Lesson Base rates:
$40 for 30-minutes; $56 for 45-minutes;  $70 per hour

Senior Teaching Artist (doctoral degree and/or extensive teaching or performance experience) rates:
$48 for 30-minutes; $68 for 45-minutes; $80 per hour (these teachers have a * next to their name)



AMANDA WYAND (VEST) (voice, piano, Harmony Road music classes) holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pepperdine University and a Master of Music in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College. She is a two-time winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing—Los Angeles vocal competition and a semi-finalist in the Advanced Division of the 2015 NATS Eastern Region Conference Auditions. She graced stages in concert and opera performances in Europe and across the United States. Her opera roles include Zemfira (Aleko) and Gianetta (L’elisir d’amore.) In addition to being an accomplished singer, Miss Vest is an experienced violinist and pianist that has performed with festival orchestras, in guild auditions, and as an accompanist. Miss Vest believes the study of music is a holistic experience that combines physical awareness, theoretical knowledge, and guided intuition through performance and practice. Her teaching emphasizes mindful practice. She is an experienced and successful teacher of classical, crossover, and contemporary styles.



 

DR. ANTOINETTE VELIKINA * (piano, Harmony Road music classes)
has a Doctorate in Musical Arts in piano from the Catholic University of America, Master of Music in piano from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Music in piano from the State Academy of Music, Sofia Bulgaria, with additional studies at the Salzburg Mozarteum, Austria. A native of Bulgaria, Dr. Velikina has performed on concert stages around the US and Europe, including the Kennedy Center, Mozart Zaal (Salzburg, Austria), Tessaloniki Concert Hall (Greece), National Palace of Culture (Sofia, Bulgaria).  She is a winner of the Catholic University Concerto Competition, and a recipient of numerous awards from Indiana University and Catholic University. Her professional affiliations include College Music Society, Music Teacher’s National Association and National Guild of Piano Teachers. As an educator and the mother of two young sons, Dr. Velikina loves to teach students of all ages and abilities. She has been teaching piano in the Washington, DC area since 2001 and has served as a faculty member at Catholic University. 





KEVIN VAN HALL
(guitar, bass, drumset)
a Fairfax County Public Schools specialist in teaching fine arts has a Bachelor of Arts from Florida Gulf Coast University, and is currently working towards a Masters in Education. He has over 15 years of experience teaching acoustic and electric guitar, and bass guitar, and is a protege of Robert Genito, author of Rapid Drum set improvement. For many years, Mr. VanHall was a professional studio/live drummer as well as a touring musician and band leader. He has opened for multiple well-known bands and was a featured artist at large concert events put on by major rock radio syndicates. His studio credits include an independent album release in 2008. Currently, Mr. Van Hall is most focused on teaching the next generation of musicians interested in guitar, bass, and drums.




ERIC ULREICH * (guitar) has been teaching guitar for 40 years. His performing and teaching experience has made Eric one of the most sought-after contemporary guitar instructors in the Washington D.C. Metro area.  With his attention to detail and depth of knowledge of all styles of playing Eric has prepared students for auditions, performances, competitions, and assessments.  He has sent students to some of the major universities and colleges for music study as well as helped them achieve goals on stage. Even so, Eric also is at ease teaching beginning students, adults, and recreational players.  Eric’s teaching philosophy is cultivating interest first. Then, adding aspects of fundamental musicianship skills. Eric teaches all levels and styles of guitar, including contemporary, jazz, rhythm and blues, and classical. He is also a registered Suzuki Guitar Instructor with the Suzuki Associations of the Americas. In addition to teaching guitar, he also teaches electric bass, song writing, theory, and rock band.  He has been on the faculty at Levine Music for the past 20 years.  He has also taught for Leesburg School of Music, Contemporary Music Center, and Music and Arts, as well as being a freelance instructor. In addition to teaching, Eric is an active performer.  He has performed on stage with legendary artists including Glenn Leonard’s Temptations, Charlie Thomas and the Drifters, The Coasters and The Marvelettes among others.  He currently performs with Baltimore-based Junkyard Saints as well as his own band The Eric Ulreich Trio.





DARIAN IIDA SAENZ (ballet, tap, hip-hop, dance for musical theatre) has professional training in ballet, tap, modern, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and Broadway performance. She began her studies locally at the Joan Izzo Academy of Dance where she was the principal dancer in performances of Cinderella, The Little Mermaid, and the Nutcracker. This was followed by intensive training with Burklyn Ballet Theatre in 2005 and with American Ballet Theatre in NYC every summer from 2006 to 2010. In 2011 she received a full scholarship to the professional dance school of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in NYC. At Ailey, she studied ballet, Horton and Graham  modern dance techniques, along with hip-hop, improvisation, and Broadway performance. She has performed at the City Group Theater in Manhattan, Disney World, Wolf Trap,  The Kennedy Center and various other stages in the DC area. In 2015 she won the NOVA’s Favorite Dancer title, Judges Choice Award. Darian currently dances in two professional companies: Company Danzante and Dance Art Theatre. She enjoys performing in concert, but says her greatest passion is the liberation she feels in the movement to music and sharing this freedom found in dance with others!



DR. ASLI GÜLTEKIN ÖZEK * (violin, viola) was born in Ankara, Turkey. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Bilkent University and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in viola performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). At UIUC, she studied with Rudolf Haken and Masumi Per Rostad, the violist of the Grammy-winning Pacifica Quartet. She has been an active participant in master classes and music and orchestra festivals in Poland, Austria, Switzerland, Spain, and China. She also performed in master classes of the Kronos Quartet and Avalon Quartet as part of her graduate quartet assistantship, and in master classes of Jerzy Kosmala, Csaba Erdelyi, and Ivo-Jan van der Werff at UIUC. She has given solo recitals and chamber concerts in Turkey and the United States. She is the recipient of the Chip Davis Mannheim Steamroller Orchestra Award in 2007 and was the finalist of the Coeur D’Alene Young Artist Concert Competition in 2008. Dr. Özek has been living, teaching and performing in the VA-MD-DC area since 2010.




INESSA MIR-ALIYEVA * (piano) is a successful award-winning music professional with over 30 years of experience in performing live, accompanying various musical groups and teaching students of all ages. She obtained her Master Of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the State Conservatory, Baku, Soviet Union/Azerbaijan, and her Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Baku Music College in the former Soviet Union, where she also took classes in OrganFor more than a decade, she was a leading piano teacher at a school in the former Soviet Union under the patronage of former musical director and conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra, Mstislav Rostropovich. After her arrival in the United States she taught at the Performing Arts Institute of Virginia in Blacksburg for seven years before relocating to Northern Virginia in 2015. 


      



ANICA HEEYUN LEE (voice, piano, Harmony Road Music classes) graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a double major, achieving Bachelors of Music in both Vocal Performance and Music Education. While attending Eastman, she attained broad experience teaching in many Rochester area schools from preschool through elementary school, middle school and high school. She was also a Secondary Vocal Teacher at Eastman, providing weekly voice lessons to vocal performance undergraduate students. At Eastman, Ms. Lee performed featured roles in Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro and Montiverdi's The Coronation of Poppea. She also sang in the Eastman Chorale, Repertoire Singers and Women's Chorus. She has performed onstage and the Eastman Theatre and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Ms. Lee is a native of Northern Virginia. Before attending Eastman, she attended Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn, where she served as the Student Music Director of the Concert Choir and Women's Choir. In addition, she attended and was a soloist at the Virginia Governor's School at Radford University. Ms. Lee has been teaching private lessons in Ashbur
n and Rochester since 2011.




ANNA KONG (violin) 
obtained her Master of Music degree in violin at the Peabody conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, under the tutelage of Herbert Greenberg. As native of Northern Virginia, she received a Bachelor of Music degree with honors in violin performance at George Mason University where she served as concertmaster of the Mason Symphony Orchestra. Previously she had earned the position of associate concertmaster in both the regional and all state orchestras.  She was also a two-time recipient of the NSOA award and, in her four years of high school, served as concertmaster of the chamber and symphony orchestras. She has played with the American Festival Pops Orchestra, McLean Orchestra, Arlington Philharmonic, and is a seasoned pit musician. As a teacher, she has taught at Potomac Arts Academy and Vienna Summer Strings. Previous principle teachers include Julia Sun and NSO violinists Peter Haase and Jennifer Kim. She has participated in master classes for Charles Castleman, Ricardo Cyncynates, Elizabeth Pitcairn; she has also taken lessons with Zino Bogachek, Oleg Rylatko, Jessica Fan, William Preucil, and Paul Arnold. She has also attended the Castleman Quartet Program 2013, Summit Music Festival 2015, and the National Orchestral Institute in Summer 2016, where she had the privilege of playing under the baton of Minnesota Orchestra director OsmoVänskä. In 2017 she had the opportunity to play with the Prague Summer Nights Festival Orchestra in the Czech Republic and Austria.

 

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MOSES KAMAI (ukulele), a native Hawaiian, runs the Northern Virginia Ukulele Society (NVUS) and is the Music Director of the Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble. Mr. Kamai is certified to teach the Ukulele in the Classroom (UITC) methods Levels 1, 2, & 3 as part of the James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) programs (https://www.ukuleleintheclassroom.com/). UITC certification is recognized internationally, since James Hill has established one of the most sound and respected certification processes. Students learn to play the ukulele in bite-sized chunks targeted to their ability level, gaining an understanding of melody, chords, and eventually harmony, enabling them to play a wide wide variety of music genres. Mr. Kami is influenced by Master Ukulele players like Herb Ohta Jr., James Hill, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Daniel Ho, Ohta-San, and Peter Luongo. Continuously improving his own musicianship, Mr. Kamai is a member of the Luongo Ukulele Experience (LUE) Ensemble (https://luongoukulele.com/ensemble-project/). The LUE Ensemble is led by the renowned Peter Luongo. With the LUE Ensemble, Mr. Kamai has performed in across the US, including California, Nevada and Hawaii. In addition to his teaching at Music Spectrum and the NVUS, he has also taught at NOVA Music Center, the Seattle Ukulele Players Association (SUPA), Tacoma Washington Ukulele Festival, and the Milwaukee Ukulele Festival, among other venues.





ALEXANDRA GEERS (cello) graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelors degree in Music Education with Performance Honors on Cello and a Masters degree in Music Education. During her undergraduate studies, Ms. Geers lived abroad in Strasbourg, France for five months, studying music at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg. She currently is in her fourth year as an elementary strings teacher in the Fairfax County Public Schools. She has taught privately for many years, coaches sectionals for The Capital Symphony Youth Chamber Orchestra, has extensive knowledge in Suzuki and Rolland string pedagogy, and most recently attended the Ohio State University Strings Teachers Workshop with Robert Gillespie.


KELLEY DAUBERMAN (Piano Express and Harmony Road keyboard classes) has been teaching the Piano Express curriculum at the founding school of Piano Express for the past two years. She is also fully certified in the Harmony Road curriculum. She graduated with honors from Eastern Mennonite University with a bachelors degree in music education. Currently, Ms. Dauberman has returned to Shenandoah University as a student in the Masters of Science in Administration Education program. She has been a music teacher for Fairfax County Public schools for the past five years teaching general music and 5th and 6th grade chorus. Kelley’s experience includes directing an annual 6th grade musical that includes all 6th grade students at her school. She is also the 2018 and 2019 6th Grade All County Choral Festival Co-chair for Fairfax County. The festival includes nearly 950 6th grade students who spend a weekend singing with a clinician. In addition to teaching, Ms. Dauberman enjoys her Sundays playing keys on a contemporary worship team at her church as well as volunteering to serve as music director to the team at Metro Church’s Fairfax location. She has played contemporary worship music regularly on a team since 2005. 





KATE COLE (voice, piano) holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Ithaca College and a Bachelor in Music Education from Mansfield University and has extensive experience teaching voice and piano to students of all ages.  Drawing upon her education and personal experience in theatre performance, church music direction and teaching, Ms. Cole has successfully prepared students for theatre productions, college auditions, church performances, recitals and talent shows.  She believes students should receive a solid musical and technical foundation geared toward their interests and goals in an enjoyable, positive atmosphere.  Whether for public performance or personal enjoyment. Ms. Cole believes “anyone at any age can enjoy exploring and developing their musical potential.” 
      



KAREN CHRISTENSEN (piano) had a thriving Suzuki piano studio in her Reston home for over 20 years, with students ranging in age from 3 to 58, before joining us at Music Spectrum. She is certified to teach all seven levels of the Suzuki Piano School. She holds Bachelors degrees in Chemical Engineering from Ohio State University and in Piano Performance from George Mason University, where she graduated cum laude. Ms. Christensen believes that immersion in Western art music combined with early ear  training gives students a strong foundation from which to pursue their musical interests. Indeed, as of this writing, she currently has a former student at NYU majoring in composition, one at Berklee majoring in piano and songwriting, and one at CalArts majoring in classical and jazz piano performance. Many more have become music lovers and valued audience members, as well as creative and analytical thinkers who enjoy working hard and consistently at a difficult task. Practicing piano can be a solitary endeavor, so she strives to give her students a variety of performance  experiences, both solo and ensemble. Success in music also requires music literacy, so she works hard to ensure that her students have strong reading and sight-reading skills, along with a thorough understanding of music theory. Ms. Christensen’s goal is to help children set the highest of standards, and to support them in working toward meeting their goals--but always with compassion for themselves and others.





CURT CHRISTENSEN * (trumpet, cornet, trombone, euphonium, tuba) 
is retired after 26 years with the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C., where he was the principal trumpeter.  Originally from Mt. Clemens, MichiganMr. Christensen is a 
1986 graduate of the Juilliard School where he received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees and was a student of William Vacchiano and Mel Broiles. Additionally, he received his Associate in Applied Science-Music degree from the Air Force’s Air University and is continuing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at George Mason UniversityIn addition to being an Adjunct Professor of Music Theory and History at George Mason, Mr. Christensen maintains a private trumpet studio and regularly performs recitals across the United States. 




DR. ANI BERBERIAN * (clarinet), is currently a clarinetist with Concert Band, The United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. Previously, from 2003 to 2011, she was a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Band in Colorado, performing as a clarinetist with the Concert Band and the Academy Winds. A native Brookings, South Dakota, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in clarinet performance from Michigan State University, a Master of Music degree from Arizona State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music/German from South Dakota State University. Dr. Berberian has served on the faculties at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Missouri State University, Concordia University and the Missouri Fine Arts Academy. An international soloist and chamber musician, she has performed as a featured guest recitalist at several International Clarinet Association Conferences and numerous U.S. clarinet symposia. As a member of the Missouri Chamber Players, she appeared in Norway, Sweden and Poland, performing in such venues as the Chopin Academy and Stockholms' Samtida Music Festival. Dr. Berberian has presented clinics on topics dealing with chamber music performance, clarinet pedagogy and contemporary clarinet techniques at various colleges and conservatories throughout the United States and Europe. An advocate of new music, she has performed for composers Frank Ticheli, Joan Tower, Libby Larsen and Michael Murray. She is also featured on the compact disc recording, "Black Swirls," which highlights the works of Eric Mandat.




KENNY BAIK * (saxophone, clarinet) is pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts at the Peabody cnstitute of the Johns Hopkins University in the studio of renowned saxophonist Gary Louie. His teachers have included Sgt. 1st Class Doug Earlenbaugh, Dr. Kenneth Fischer, Dr. Joseph Wytko, and Dr. Connie Frigo. Kenny holds a Masters Degree in Performance from the Peabody Institute; he earned his Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia. Mr. Baik is a founding member of the L'abri Trio, who has been gaining recognition for his beautiful tone and "sensibility with unfailing musicality" (Korea Daily). Through his musicianship and passion for music, he aims to bring saxophone music to as wide an audience as possible. He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States, Russia, and Asia. He has performed at such distinguished American venues as the Mansion at Strathmore, Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall, the Peabody Institute's Griswold Hall, Friedberg Hall, and Goodwin Hall, as well as appearances abroad in Seoul Arts Center, Seoul Yamaha Artists Concert, and Lotte Hall in South Korea. He frequently performs across the country with orchestras and ensembles including the Symphony Song Orchestra, the Suwon Philharmonic Orchestra, and Seoul Peabody Alumni Orchestra. From 2004-2007, as a member of the Marine Corps Band in Quantico, Virginia, he performed more than 150 concerts per year.  Major performances include the 2007 Super Bowl XLI, the Cherry Blossom Parade in Washington, DC, the Columbus Day Parade in New York City, and "Hail to the Chief" for President George W. Bush.


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