Faculty Biographies

Music Together Teacher                                                      Madeline Knott   

     Madeline Knott has been teaching and directing Music Together® for 28 years.  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 our 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. A graduate of Tarkio College with a BA in Theatre Arts, Madeline is a registered/licensed Music Together® teacher who performs professionally in local area.

Piano Teacher                                                                            Anne Jadwin 

     A phenomenal teacher who is an inspiration to her students, Anne has a B.S. degree from Michigan State University. 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.

Piano Teacher                                                               Dr. Tyron Williams

     Dr. Williams brings tremendous professional experience to our students through his extensive background in teaching, theater, and performing arts worldwide. He is dedicated to working with children and students with Special Needs and will bring out the very best in anyone with a desire to foster their musical talents. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in  Interpersonal Relations and Communications, with a Minor in Music Education, Theater and Afro-American Music and Studies from William Paterson State College. 

      He has performed as a back-up singer for Deniece Williams and Shirley Caesar, and was a guest artist for the Dr. MLK Celebration, where Yolanda Adams was the guest speaker.  He has performed on Broadway in the play, "Mama, I Want To Sing" and "Born to Sing" touring with Vy Higginson, the play's producer. He was the Music Master and Teacher at the 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. 

Violin Teacher                                                                              Rick Henry

     Rick Henry is a lifelong violinist who is dedicated to bringing his passion for the violin to as many people as possible. In teaching, he 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.  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.

Guitar Teacher                                                                            Ross Lee

     Following his passion for music, Ross received his formal education from The University of the Arts.  During his studies, Ross began garnering attention with what was becoming a major guitar brand and accomplished one of his dreams by becoming a Signature Artist. He was later given the opportunity to assist in the design of a new guitar model.

     As one of the pre-eminent luthiers in the Tri-State area and Founder of DarkHeart Guitars, Ross developed an interest in passing on what he's learned to the next generation of aspiring guitarists. Ross currently provides lessons to beginners, ages 6 and up, who are ready to start their journey into music. His students can expect a customized approach to learning in a way that uniquely suits the individual. From assisting in the decision making process of buying a first guitar to learning songs by their favorite artists, students can be sure that Ross will provide the most comprehensive learning experience possible."

Cello Teacher                                                                            Emily Carroll

    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. Her credits include:

     Principal Cello in "Der Rosenkavalier," "Scheherezade," and "Mendelssohn's Symphony 3" with the University of Delaware Symphony Orchestra. 

     Student Conductor for rehearsals and readings of "Brahms Symphony 1, 1st movement," "Brahms Violin Concerto, 3rd movement," Holst 's 'Jupiter' from "The Planets," Stanford "Irish Rhapsody No. 1," and  "Fantasia on a Theme," by Tallis. 

    Orchestra Stage Manager as part of a graduate assistantship. 

    Concerto Competition Finalist - Fall 2015, "Haydn D Major Concerto".

    Teaching Assistant to Dr. Lawrence Stomberg,  String Methods.  

    Lead Instructor - small group cello lessons and Conductor of class orchestra. 

    Freshman Cello Coach - Chamber Music Spring - 2016, Freshmen Cello duet. 

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