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.
AARON KASWEN – Studio Instructor
Piano – Aaron attended the University of Miami where he majored in music with a minor in theatre. There he continued singing in choir and used his piano background to accompany students. During his undergraduate studies he performed in both the United States and Europe including both New York and Salzburg, Austria. During the summer of 2011 working with Seraphic Fire, he participated in the recording of Johannes Brahm’s Ein Deutches Requiem, which was nominated for a GRAMMY. Aaron then graduated from Texas Tech University with an MM in vocal performance.
He now resides in South Jersey where he continues his performing and teaching career. His recent local credits include Jane Eyre the Musical at the Ritz theater, and Company at Haddonfield Plays and Players (for which he was nominated for a Perry for best lead in a musical).
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.
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 Wienand has been a teacher of voice and piano in the New Jersey area since 2012. He has been studying music since he was eight years old and has earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in voice performance from Florida State University and has studied towards earning his doctorate in vocal pedagogy from the University of Miami. Jeffrey is a classically trained baritone and has performed in many venues across the United States, including Carnegie Hall and the Gusman Center for Performing Arts. He has performed as a soloist with the Miami Symphony Orchestra and has won many competitions in singing, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing award two years in a row. He has performed numerous operatic roles, most notably Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Sid in Albert Herring, and Escamillo in Carmen. He has also worked with many notable musicains including Rene Flemming, Helen Donauth, Bobby McFerrin, and Marvin Hamlisch.
Jeffrey has been teaching voice and piano lessons since 2003. While at the University of Miami Jeffrey taught a studio of undergraduate Music Theater and classical singers and also taught college courses in Vocal Techniques for non-music majors as well as courses in training Music education majors to teach voice. Jeffrey has experience teaching voice in many styles of music, he teaches Classical, Music Theater, Jazz, Rock, Pop, and Commercial styles of voice. He enjoys working with all ages and all skill levels. He works to create a positive learning environment where students not only learn their craft and enjoy themselves, but also foster a lifelong relationship with music.
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.
Maria E. Botelho Hubler – Piano Teacher and Lecturer
Maria E. Botelho Hubler is a pianist, piano teacher and lecturer. Ms Botelho Hubler was also a choir director and church musician for 14 years in the Philadelphia area. She earned her Master of Music degree from the Esther Boyer College of Music, Temple University with a full scholarship from the Brazilian Government. She obtained her Bachelor of Music from Faculdades de Artes Alcantara Machado, Brazil. Her teachers include Maria del Pico Taylor, Gilberto Tinetti, Sergio Melardi, Jose Eduardo Martins and Attillio Masttrogiovanni.
She has participated in Master Classes with Dorothy Taubman, Magda Tagliaferro, Iara Bernetti and Charles Dobler. Ms. Botelho Hubler has been giving lectures on teaching the Taubman Approach to children for the past twelve years for the Music Teachers Association of Pennsylvania, North and South Jersey chapters. She lectured for The Dorothy Taubman Seminar at the Lincoln Center, NY for two years. She is a Faculty member of the Dorothy Taubman Seminar at Temple University, since 2008. Ms. Botelho Hubler has presented lectures about the Taubman approach for many MTNA State Chapters, in New Jersey and Virginia for their annual State Conferences. In the same subject most recently she presented a lecture at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, June 2015. She has been adjudicating for the Music Teachers Association of Pennsylvania, North Jersey, South Jersey and Delaware chapters for the past twenty five years.
Ms. Botelho Hubler has been teaching piano for over 25 years. She taught piano and the Suzuki Method at Temple Preparatory Division in Philadelphia, Academy of Community Music in Fort Washington, PA and Haddonfield School of Performing Arts, Haddonfield, NJ. She currently has a full-time Piano Studio in Cherry Hill, NJ. She has been trained in the Suzuki Method with Dr. Ray Landers, Dr. Haruko Kataoka and Ms. Joan Krzywicki.
She received the Genia Robinor Award for Teaching Excellence and The Allison R. and Maria E. Drake Pedagogy Award for Excellence in Ensemble Teaching, presented by the Piano Teachers Society of America. Her students have won competitions in North and South Jersey and have performed at Ethical Society, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.
As a pianist she performed extensively in Brazil from 1980 to 1987, appearing at the prestigious Sala Cecilia Meirelles in Rio de Janeiro, sponsored by the National Institute of Music and National Foundation of Arts. In 1983, she performed with the Chamber Orchestra of the VIII International Summer Course of Brasilia, Brazil playing the Concerto in F Minor and the Concerto for Two Pianos in C Minor, both by J.S. Bach. In the United States, she performed in the Philadelphia area at Ethical Society and other venues as a Soloist and Accompanist. In 1997, she performed with the Orchestral Society of Philadelphia, playing the Concerto in C Minor Op. 37 by L. van Beethoven. In 2010, she presented a lecture/recital about the works of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth at UNICAMP (State University of Campinas) Brazil. Also in Brazil she has premiered the Concertino for piano, wind and brass instruments by Brazilian composer Michel Cipes Sheir. She performed at the same event the Sonata op. 31 no 3, in E flat Major by L.van Beethoven as a guess artist of the Orquestra Sinfonica de Americana. In August 2014 she returned to Brazil to perform as a soloist with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Americana in Nova Odessa, SP, Brazil. She has a standing invitation to return to perform with the above mentioned institution.
She participated twice in the Curso Universitario International the Musica Espanola in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, with a scholarship from the Spanish Government. In Madrid, she appeared in recital at Casa do Brasil, sponsored by the Brazilian Diplomatic Service.