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Heather DiCocco - Guitar, Piano

I began learning about music in piano lessons as a kid. In high school I decided to get a guitar and teach myself some chords. I mostly played quietly in my room until I started guitar lessons with a teacher who really encouraged me to sing more and try writing songs. I didn’t consider myself a singer but it was through that encouragement that I began gigging around my town with my own music. The act of creating something and sharing it with others was fascinating and very beneficial to me as a teenager. During this time I was also working at a nursing home where I was discovering how much I could connect with residents through music.

Alex Stanton, Guitar Teacher

As a lead guitarist I had the opportunity to play The CMJ Music Festival in New York, N.Y. in 2009 and 2010, SXSW in Austin in 2010, Sundance Film Festival in 2010, the House of Blues in Chicago, and scores of other venues around the country. I currently write, record, and perform folkish pop music under the moniker townsppl...

Sydney has dabbled in many art forms, starting with ballet at age 3, alto saxophone at 9, choir at 10, and piano at 15. Despite having interests in many different things, Sydney has always known she loved the limelight of the stage and the comradery of working with others.

Casey Hanner – Voice Teacher

I grew up with a musician as a father and a recording studio below my bedroom, so it was inevitable that I would end up involved in music somehow. For the past nine years, I’ve been the lead singer and guitar player of the Pittsburgh-based band Donora. That experience has allowed me to sing on stages of all sizes across the country, from LA to Austin to New York and a lot of places in between....

Mike Molaro - Guitar & Keyboards Teacher

I’ve been playing guitar and writing songs since I was 10 years old. I locked in almost immediately with the instrument, and it quickly became a way to express myself. It often took me away from the screen and helped me vent frustration and cope with preteen insecurities. More than schooling, it taught me the benefits of discipline and hard work. It was a fine craft, a skill, a difficult art, yet it was engaging and fun. A tough task with long-term goals I could actually appreciate, this was a first for me....

Max Somerville - Keyboards

Music has always been a constant source of joy in my life. I learned to play the piano when I was six, and it became an invaluable tool for me when I started writing my own songs.