Emily brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her instruction. She has been privately teaching intermediate level non-music major cello students since 2015. She holds a MM from University of Delaware and a BM from Temple University.
She was a Concerto Competition Finalist in the Fall 2015. Emily has been a lead instructor for small group cello lessons and the conductor of her class orchestra while working toward her advanced degree. Her experience as Orchestra Stage Manager, as part of a graduate assistantship while at University of Delaware, grounds her lessons in performance, technique, and theory.
Della Green is a jazz and classical pianist. She studied classical piano throughout her childhood with Splendora Leone and Isabella Kaminski at the Trenton Conservatory of Music. She continued classical music study and added jazz piano study during her years in college. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Piano from Rutgers University, NJ. Della went on to study Music Education and obtain her teaching certification, and Masters degree in Music Education from The College of New Jersey, NJ. Della has performed around the country from New York City to Los Angeles and also in Japan. As a solo pianist, she enjoyed performing with vocalists and instrumentalists including the two-time Grammy award-winning R&B group, The Delfonics.
Della has taught general music, choral, and instrumental music in public schools in New Jersey, New York and California. She has been a teacher, arts educator, and school administrator for over 35 years. She has authored numerous articles about jazz artists, creative processes, and research in music education.
A phenomenal teacher who is an inspiration to her students, Anne has a B.S. degree from Michigan State University, MI. She holds a Piano Pedagogy Certificate from Westminster Choir College. Anne completed her Suzuki training with Dr. Ray Landers, Francoise Pierredon, Sue Vasquez and Joan Krzywicki. Her "Studies and Studio Class" coursework was under Ena Barton at Westminster Conservatory.
Anne is SAA Registered for Piano Levels 1-4 and a Certified Music Together® Teacher. She is a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers.
Colin Markey brings a wealth of vocal experience to his lessons due to his serious performance background in the USA and abroad. He has a B.A. in Music from New England Conservatory in Boston, MA and a M.A. in Music from Temple University, Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, PA. Colin has taught privately and as a substitute teacher at R & M Music in Langhorne, PA.
Colin's vocal performances have garnered high praise and critics noted his "unique vocal range, spot-on sense of pitch, powerful yet lyrical vocal qualities, and a well-developed technique.” Colin's repertoire varies from early Baroque to Wagner and beyond. In recent years, he sang the title role in Tannhäuser for Amici Opera Company in Philadelphia as well as performing in two successful runs of the opera Fidelio and the operetta HmS Pinafore with Glow Lyric Theatre in Greenville South Carolina where he made his debut as both Florestan and Ralph Rackstraw.
In the summer of 2018, Colin participated in the London Bel Canto Festival studying with Bruce Ford and participated in master classes with sopranos Nelly Miricioiu and Aprile Millo. Colin has been associated with the Stockton Opera Project in Stockton, New Jersey where he was featured in numerous recitals.
Classical Guitar, Voice,
Peruvian Box Drum & Flute
Richard has been a music instructor for the past sixteen years. He enjoys working with students to help them set and accomplish their individual goals in music. He started his electric guitar studies in Southern New Jersey and discovered the esteemed Mayes Guitar Duo of Rowan University at the age of seventeen. Richard completed a
B. A. in Music Performance under the tutelage of Joseph and Kathleen Mayes, while focusing on Classical Guitar and Renaissance Lute. During this time and under the legendary conductor, Robert Page, he also developed competency on the keyboard, in conducting, and choral singing.
Richard went on to earn his Certificate of Music Therapy at Shenandoah University and develop therapeutic techniques to provide quality of life experiences for students with disabilities. Following graduation, Richard served for seven years as a Board-Certified Music Therapist for Monmouth Medical Center and music instructor for Guitar Center of Ocean New Jersey. During this time he began to study drums, percussion, jazz concepts, and orchestral instruments.
Violin & Viola Teacher
Rick is a lifelong violinist who is dedicated to bringing his passion for the violin to as students from beginner through advanced. In his teaching, Rick believes that lessons should be fun, while conveying a deep understanding of music and the perseverance and discipline needed to master the instrument.
Rick earned a Bachelor's of Music from Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. He has studied with Davyd Booth of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Rick is a trained Suzuki teacher, mainly in Classical music studies. Rick's focus is on music written during the Baroque period, but he is willing to teach music of any genre.
Madeline Knott has been teaching and directing Music Together® for 28 years. A graduate of Tarkio College with a B.A. in Theatre Arts, Madeline is a registered/licensed Music Together® teacher who performs professionally in local area.
She creates a fun, relaxed lesson setting that spurs engagement and supports each child's musical development. Madeline has great rapport with many families in the community. Her enthusiasm for songs, dance, stories, and poetry makes for lively classes in music and movement with the youngest students from infancy - kindergarten along with their parents/caregivers. Madeline expertly helps children blossom into confident little people with her rollicking introduction to music.
Guitar & Drum Teacher
John brings great enthusiasm to beginner through advanced guitar and drum lessons in the musical genres of jazz, rock, pop, and Latin. He received his B. A. degree in Instrumental Music Performance from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA.
He is an active freelance musician, who has performed and recorded as a drummer and composer, with musicians throughout Philadelphia and New York. John has played at notable music festivals and prominent venues, such as the 2017 Monterey Jazz Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, The 55 Bar, The Iridium, Brooklyn Bowl, The Kimmel Center, and World Cafe Live. He shared the stage with world renowned musicians Robin Eubanks, Joey DeFrancesco, Scars on 45 and other distinguished artists.
Dr. Tyron Williams
Piano & Voice Teacher
Dr. Williams brings tremendous professional experience to WJMA through his extensive background in teaching, theater, and performing arts. He holds a B.A. in Interpersonal Relations and Communications, with a Minor in Music Education, Theater and Afro-American Music and Studies from William Paterson State College. He is dedicated to working with children and will bring out the very best in anyone with a desire to foster their musical talents. Dr. Williams is nurturing and highly motivational in his lessons with special needs students.
He has performed as a back-up singer for Deniece Williams and Shirley Caesar, and he was a guest artist for the Dr. MLK Celebration, where Yolanda Adams was guest speaker. He performed on Broadway in "Mama, I Want To Sing" and "Born to Sing" touring with Vy Higginson. He was the Music Master and Teacher at St. Leo Grammar School, Music Consultant for the Newark Public School Youth Development Program, and Music Director for several choirs throughout NJ. He is a McDonald's Gospel Fest 2000 winner, recording artist with his own personal CD, "Jingle," as well as with the NJ Mass Choir.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Board of Directors
Dr. Yolanda Boyd
David Harp, Secretary
Kurt Jung, Co-Chair
Greg Laudadio, Treasurer
Karen Levine Rucker
Dr. Martha Mercantini, Co-Chair