Choosing Piano Music Lessons in South Jersey is made easy by The Conservatory of Musical Arts. We work with the finest classical, jazz and studio musicians in the tristate area!
Whether you take advantage of any of the specialty music programs, private music lessons, semi-private music lessons or in-home music programs you can feel safe knowing that each of the teachers we work with has years of experience providing students with outstanding results.
ERIC ALDRICH - Studio & In-Home Instructor
Piano – Eric Aldrich is an active classical and jazz pianist in the South Jersey area. He is a graduate from Rowan University where he received his undergraduate degree in Music Education. He currently serves as the accompanist at First Presbyterian Church of Hammonton and was a member of the First Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra. He also accompanies the choir at the Holy Name of Jesus Church in Mullica Hill. Eric has studied jazz with George Genna, George Mesterhazy, and currently studies with Dean Schneider.
TINA SIMON - Studio & In-Home Instructor
Piano – Even before graduating as a piano performance major from University of the Arts, Tina began to teach, and found that she had a gift to inspire students creatively. Her approach to teaching is one of developing the whole person through the art of music performance and appreciation. She is passionate in her belief that connecting with each other through music improves the world. Tina has been fortunate to have studied performance with Sylvia Glickman and Donn-Alexandre Feder, piano wellness with Sheila Paige and pedagogy with Haruko Kataoka.
She has continued to have a vibrant career as a music educator teaching beginning through advanced levels at private and community music schools throughout PA and Southern New Jersey for more than 30 years.
Through her training in Kindermusik® and Suzuki Piano Method she has been honored to reach very young children with great success in groups large and small. Tina’s students have participated in competitions at West Chester University and perform in recitals and at their schools several times a year.
Her full life as an educator still leaves her time to perform as a soloist and accompanist, recently performing at the Kimmel Center for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Concerts of Excellence and at Temple Har Zion of Mt. Holly, NJ for Holocaust Remembrance Services.
Tina is grateful to share her love of the arts and the joy of living with all of her students and colleagues!
EVE HYZER – Studio Instructor
Piano/Voice/Music Together – Eve received a MM in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ where she studied with Sharon Sweet and a BFA in Vocal Performance From Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA where she studied with Douglas Ahlstedt. She is employed as a chorister with the Opera Company of Philadelphia performing in Madama Butterfly and La Traviata this past year. Other opera credits include Berta in Rossini’s Il barbiere di Silviglia under the direction of Will Crutchfield at the Carmoor Bel Canto Festival in New York, Hansel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Morgana in Handel’s Alcina and La princesse in L’Enfant et les sortileges.Musical theater credits include Bobbie (modified Bobby) in A Chorus Line, Anne in A Little Night Music and Cinderella in Into the Woods. Throughout her studies she attended various workshops in children’s music, has directed the Princeton Presbyterian Church’s Children Choir and will begin work with Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia’s Children Music program Schola Cantorum in the fall. Eve has also been playing and studying the piano throughout her life and been teaching the piano for 3 years to ages 5-65.
ANNA SAKOIAN – Studio Instructor
Piano– Anna is a graduate of Yerevan State Conservatory with a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy, Performance, and Accompaniment. She also attended Yerevan Special Music School for Gifted Children. Anna taught piano for ten years in Yerevan in the USSR, and she is the founder of the Performing Arts Association of Armenia, a school for aspiring young musicians. She was accompanist for the annual music competitions at the Armenian Philharmonic. Arriving in the US in 1995, Anna has offered private piano lessons to students of varying ages. She is currently a member of The National Music Association, and her students perform in the Association’s concert every spring.
YELENA TKACHUK – Studio Instructor
Piano – Yelena received her undergraduate degree from V.S. Kosenko Musical College, one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the USSR. Yelena then received her Master of Music Degree in piano pedagogy from the Cultural University of Kiev. She has been the recipient of many awards for academic achievement, teaching, and leadership and is currently a member of the Music Teachers National Association.
Yelena taught piano for 20 years in Zhitomir, USSR, before moving to the United States in 1991. Currently, Yelena is a teacher at both the Conservatory of the Arts and the Jewish Community Center of South Jersey. Yelena teaches piano and music theory and works with all age levels.
As a teacher, Yelena encourages her students to play an active role in selecting the music that they will learn. Classical, modern, or contemporary pieces are always welcome! Though the students focus on learning musical concepts, Yelena motivates them to express themselves in every facet of their lives; music is simply the vessel that carries the life lessons.
Many of Yelena’s students have had the opportunity to perform in the community. The accolades of the students include winning the Young Artist’s New Jersey State Competition, the Steinway Competition, and an honorable mention in the Sicilian Young Artist Competition. Yelena’s students have also volunteered to play in the the community and have successfully inspired joy through out the community.
MEGAN WELLMAN – In-Home Instructor
Voice/Piano – For as long as she can remember, Megan has loved music. Brought up in a small town, she was nurtured musically by a close-knit group of teachers, including her mother– a church choir director. Throughout her adolescence, she always maintained a balance between her academic and her musical aspirations, until her senior year of high school when she realized that her path in life was clear and that music was it. Megan attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia where she majored in Vocal Performance/Jazz Studies and participated in many ensembles and performances. She was the recipient of a Promising Artist Scholarship and the Vocal Faculty Award, and studied under teachers such as Jeff Kern, Justin Binek, Paul Adkins, Reginald Pindell, David Bennett Thomas and Dr. Annette DiMedio. This training facilitated the development of proficiency in a wide range of styles in both voice and piano.
Megan currently works as a freelance vocalist and pianist playing various types of events, as well as teaching private voice and piano in both the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas. She also performs with the local a capella sensation “The Dolls” who have been featured on RyanSeacrest.com and The Huffington Post. Megan believes that music is the gateway to a balanced life, and is looking forward to sharing that gift with her students!
JEFFREY WIENAND – Studio & In-Home Instructor
Piano/Voice – Jeffrey is a classically trained baritone and pianist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He currently holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Voice Performance and a Doctorate in Vocal Pedagogy. Jeffrey has won numerous awards including the National Association for Teachers of Singing Competition in the Southeast region. While working at the University of Miami, he taught private students as well as courses in Vocal Techniques and Teaching Voice. He has performed operatic and classical repertoire in a number of venues, including Carnegie Hall and the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts with the Miami Symphony Orchestra. He has recently starred as Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro, Sid in Albert Herring, Figaro in The Barber of Seville and Escamillo in Carmen. Jeffrey has worked with Renee Fleming, Helen Donath, Bobby McFerrin and Marvin Hamlisch.
Jeffrey has studied various styles of music and teaches in the classical, musical theater, jazz, pop and rock vocal styles. His emphasis is on healthy singing and proper vocal functions regardless of style. He currently teaches both private and group piano and voice lessons to students of all ages at the Conservatory of Musical Arts in Audubon, NJ.
CHUNLI XU – Studio Instructor
Piano – Dr. Xu received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and minor in Music Theory in May, 2007 from Temple University, where she is an Artist-in-Residence and a member of the Adjunct Faculty. Dr. Xu holds a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Temple University and a second Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with a Music Theory Concentration from University of Louisville. Dr. Xu has received numerous awards and grants, performing as an active soloist and a collaborative artist on piano, fortepiano, harpsichord, and organ in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Hawaii, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia and Alabama, as well as Switzerland and China. She is a member of the National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, the Music Teachers National Association and the College Music Society. Dr. Xu’s students have performed and won recognition in music festivals, auditions, and master classes.
MAGGIE BRUNING – General Manager & Studio Instructor
Piano/Harp – Teaching for over 20 years. Originally from Long Island, NY, she has been playing for over 30 years now and has studied with Tracy Berg (University of Houston); attended workshops and master classes at Westminster Choir College; and continues to attend master classes and workshops. Currently studying with local artist Joseph Krupa, (student of Alex Fiorillo – one of Vladimir Horowitz’s students).
She also held office as Publicity Chairperson for two years in the South Jersey Music Teacher’s Association. Her passion for sharing music and inspiring others has led her to a full time schedule of over 40 students weekly, ages ranging from four to 72 years old, including beginners through advanced levels. In addition to her private students she has been on the faculty at Holy Rosary Catholic School and Kellman Academy in Cherry Hill, NJ teaching piano and group flute lessons.
She has also been on the faculty at the Cherubini Academy in Burlington, NJ where she has studied piano tuning and performed with one of the masters of the trade, Richard Cherubini Sr.,an accomplished jazz pianist and aural tuner, owner of Center Stage Pianos. She now is a piano technician who services/tunes pianos for private individuals/students, churches and schools.
Her dedication to her students involves weekly lessons, accompanying them in recitals and competitions, and attending all their performances outside of recitals she holds. She provides her students with as many performance opportunities as possible, including a fund raiser for UNICEF with a performance at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA.
Even with her busy teaching schedule, she still manages to make time to share her talents performing with others as well, including appearing as featured soloist and accompanist with Sinclair Productions, String Breezes, Dorian Aire, guest soloist with her student at the Kimmel Center and a guest appearance on “Musical Spotlight” program on the radio and performing on harp and flute with the West Chester Harp Ensemble.
Studied and performing with with Gloria Galante, professor at West Chester University and founder of their harp program of 20 years.
“I feel extremely honored and thankful to have such a rewarding career and I realize how important my work is as I am always inspiring and motivating my students with music, which helps them in all aspects of their life!”
Maggie is a member of NJHA (New Jersey Homeschool Association), teaching and supporting homeschoolers for over 15 years. She also has been on the board of judicators for the homeschoolers solo competitions. Maggie also teaches special needs children and uses her Harp in a therapeutic way.