Marcus Roper is a Jazz, Blues, Funk, and Classical Guitarist from NYC who has received his Bachelors in Music Education. He has been teaching guitar ever since he started playing & believes in teaching music first through ear and then through notation because we learn languages in the same way. He believes that all children should be at least exposed to different genres of music because you never know what will spark interest in a child. Curiosity is the greatest spark that a student can have because it makes the student ask questions, which leads to answers, which leads to knowledge. He has learned that the students that give him the hardest time are usually the students that he has the most impact on because he will stuck it out with them and has the patience to work through all of the trouble that they might have. Marcus is the perfect teacher for beginner students of any age as well as any student interested in learning Music Theory.
Josh graduated from Villa Maria College with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Industry in 2015. Having played drums for over 15 years, Josh is a very versatile instructor, fluent in many styles of drumming including Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz, and many more. Currently Josh plays with award winning Indie rock band The Nursery, which is based in Toronto, in addition to playing and recording with numerous Buffalo artists. Josh has a very high energy and is very passionate about sharing his love of music. He is the perfect match for students of any skill level and age, especially advanced adults looking to hone in their techniques and kick some bad habits, as well as adolescent beginners.
Elliott is a senior Music Education student at Buffalo State College. With 15 years of vocal experience, as well as work with Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Theatre in the Mist, and the Buffalo Choral Arts Society, Elliott is excited to share his love of singing with his students. Elliott specializes in Classical and Musical Theatre Repertoire. Elliott is a great fit for singers of any age and skill level.
Woodwind, Brass, Piano
Ms. Heather graduated from the SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelor’s degree in Music, then went on to SUNY Buffalo to receive her Masters of Education. She has over 5 years of teaching experience in both a classroom and private settings. Currently, Ms. Heather is a music teacher at St. Christopher’s, teaching general music classes as well as directing bands and giving instrumental lessons to students PreK-8’th grade. Heather has also been a member of the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra since 2006.Ms. Heather’s passion for teaching and music really shines through to her students, her energetic personality connects with students instantly. She is able to teach all woodwind and brass instruments to students of all ages and skill levels. While her primary instrument is the oboe, her secondary instruments include (and are not limited to)piano, flute, bassoon, saxophone, french horn, and trombone. Ms. Heather is a great teacher for any student looking to learn or master a classical instrument. She is able to prepare students for ECMEA and NYSSMA Solo Festivals, as well as improve upon techniques learned in the classroom.
Wind Ensemble, Strings, Piano, Musiking
Lyn graduated from Villa Maria with an Associate’s Degree in Music & Business as well as Applied Science. She then went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Sciences Studies & Humanities from Daemen College. Lyn has 9 years experience as the music director at Nardin Academy and has also had two Grammy nominations for Best Female Vocal Performance. Aside from teaching, Lyn is a professional pianist and vocalist, composing her own song that are currently featured on ReverbNation Her musical influences include Billy Joel, The Beatles, Bach, and Broadway Musical Writers. Lyn is the perfect teacher for students of any age and skill level. Especially more advance piano and vocal students and any vocalists preparing for college or auditions.
Joshua Kerns is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo State College where he focused on trumpet and education. In his spare time he plays piano and is a singer songwriter in the styles of Jazz, Hip Hop, and R&B. He teaches at Boulevard Music Lessons as well as Performing Arts Music. Joshua has the ability to teach most band instruments as well as guitar, bass, piano and voice. His teaching style is very relaxed but very structured at the same time. Joshua believes that music is one of the most important joys in life and that everyone should be able to enjoy, understand, and participate. Josh is the perfect teacher for any adolescent beginner in music, his ability to teach multiple instruments will engage any student during his lessons.
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Jennifer Kerns graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Buffalo State College in May 2015, specializing in Voice. She is the owner of our sister location in Depew, Performing Arts. She has played piano for 20 years and has been performing voice for 15 years. For 3 years Jennifer was the President of the Buffalo State chapter of the National Association of Music Education and is still an active member. She is known for singing Soprano Arias by Mozart, Duparc, Liszt, and Copland to name a few. Jen’s dedication to her students and our studio shows through the many programs and events she runs throughout the year. She is the creator of our Musking Program, a music class designed for children ages 2-6, where students are able to learn the basics of music while exposing them to different instruments. As a Rock Band director, she works with all vocalists to improve their vocal range,stage presence, and overall confidence in their musical ability. Jen is a great fit for adolescent learners of any skill level, students preparing for auditions or solos,and young students looking for their first taste of music.
Wind Ensemble/Voice/Piano/Guitar /Bass
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With well over 20 years of experience playing, Scott is well versed in all genres of music including, classical, jazz, blues, rock, and country. When asked what he loves about teaching the most, "I love the energy of students who are just discovering things on their instrument. Aside from teaching, Scott is also a Rock Band 101 director, providing structured, goal-driven rehearsals to prepare his bands for upcoming performances and also teaches the Ukulele. Scott's musical influences include Jeff Beck, Tommy Bolin, Jimmy Page, Alex Lifeson, Al Dimeola, and Miles Davis. Scott is a great fit for students of any skill level and age, students looking to learn Music Theory, work on original compositions, or any adolescent learning looking to get into our Rock Band program.
Mike Slomowicz holds both B.A. (Canisius College) and M.M. (University at Buffalo) degrees in classical guitar performance. He has several years of experience in rock and jazz ensembles, as well as in theatre pit bands and classical groups. Mike has been fortunate to open for a variety of national acts, including KC and the Sunshine Band, The Commodores, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, Billy Sheehan, and SWV. From 2012-2015, he served as guitarist and musical director for popular lounge performer Lance Diamond. He is currently performing locally with the Cool Platinum Band (R&B/funk) and DMW Jazz, among other groups. In addition to guitar, Mike has background in piano, ukulele, and banjo. Mike's musical influences include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Carlos Santana, KISS, Andres Segovia, Living Colour, Eric Clapton, just to name a few. Mike is the perfect teacher for advanced students looking to get into Music Theory, classical finger picking, or Jazz, however his teaching style can work for students of any age and skill level.
Mayané graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Music Education in May 2017. She also earned her Teacher Certification in Music in July 2017. She has been playing the saxophone for 12 years and has been singing for more than 15 years. During her time at Buffalo State College, she has learned to play all the woodwinds, brass, string, and percussion instruments as well as the piano. Mayané has been performing for most of her life whether it'd be with the school chorus, school band, or the church choir. As she got older, she noticed how music helps people express themselves. As being someone who had trouble doing such actions, music helped her open up. She enjoys teaching because she likes helping students express themselves in a medium that everyone can relate to. She has noticed that students open up more as they go through the journey of learning music. She hopes to do that with all of her students as they grow into amazing musicians.
Joe is a professional recording artist, performer, and educator. In addition to being one of the founders of two private music schools in Western NY, Boulevard Music Lessons in Tonawanda and Performing Arts located in Depew, NY, he is also director of guitar at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. His musical repertoire consists of many styles that include blues, folk, classical, rock, country and jazz. Additionally Joe is a Buffalo Music Awards winner and guitarist in the regional country act Bloodmoney. Joe creates smooth and subtle sound textures using both acoustic and electric, guitar (6 and 12 string), banjo, melodica, and bass guitar. Whether you are young, adult, beginner, or advanced, Joe is the perfect fit for any student.
Sarah is a Board Certified Music Therapist and works in various schools around the area.She holds a B.A in Music from SUNY Buffalo State, as well as obtained a Music Therapy Equivalency Certificate from Saint Mary of the Woods College. Sarah has been singing since she was 10 years old and has been playing piano since the age of 15. She sang in the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus for seven years. During her time in the group, she had the opportunity to sing with groups including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She also toured with BNYC in Italy. Sarah is so happy to share her love of music with her students and looks forward to seeing their progress. Sarah is a great fit for beginners of any age as well as any student with disabilities.
Since 1992 when Dave first picked up the guitar he has run the gamut of musical experiences. From original rock bands to cover bands, contemporary Christian to heavy metal, a Rush tribute band with Buffalo Hall of Fame’r Jim Wynn, to his most recent venture in local surf-rock band, The Freshwater Four, Dave has done it all. After taking lessons during his formative years with jazz-fusion guitarist Joe Pinnavaia (Breaker Box) Dave went off to college at SUNY Fredonia. There, while earning his BA in English, he took advantage of the excellent music program and rounded out his training with courses in classical guitar, classical voice, and more. Ultimately he applied what he had learned from these experiences in order to create a predominantly rock-guitar based approach to teaching and performing that is peppered with jazz, blues, classical and pop styles. He has a firm grasp on music theory and highly emphasizes its importance in the development of every musician: “Music theory is based on very simple, practical math that anyone can understand, including someone like me whose worst subject in school was always math,” says Dave.”If I can learn it, so can you. What’s more, music theory allows you to understand and play any and every style of music.” But there are other hats that Dave wears, too. He runs summer rock band camps, and teaches Ukulele and Bass guitar lessons in addition to both acoustic and electric guitar. As a father of four he has experience both with children and homeschooling, which led him to begin running group classes for home-schoolers as well. Also, Dave has both led and played on church worship teams. Dave’s specialty is in teaching beginning guitarists of any age, on through advanced players seeking help with technique, improvisation and music theory. He has experience with special needs students and can also teach the ukulele.