Bobby Spellman

trumpet, brass performance, music theory, improvisation, composition

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Bobby Spellman has been teaching lessons in brass performance, music theory, improvisation, and composition since 2005. Bobby studied philosophy at Ithaca College and trumpet performance at Berklee College of Music before earning a Master's degree in jazz trumpet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. While at NEC, Bobby had the opportunity to study improvisation with John McNeil and Jerry Bergonzi, ensemble performance with Dave Holland, Bob Moses, and Joe Morris, and George Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization with composer and theorist Ben Schwendener. Bobby is a member of the musical honor society Pi Kappa Lambda.

While living in Boston, Bobby taught lessons and classes in trumpet, trombone and euphonium privately and through several after-school and community music school programs including the River's Edge Arts Alliance in Hudson, MA, the Kittredge Elementary School in North Andover, MA, and the GS Music Center in Medford, MA. Bobby also served as director and arranger for the middle school band ensemble at the Performing Arts Center of Metro West in Framingham, MA.

Bobby currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, and he maintains an active performance schedule covering a wide range of musical styles from jazz and free improvisation to funk, reggae, and Afrobeat. Bobby has performed with Motown legends the Temptations and the Four Tops, reggae groups including John Brown's Body and Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and with the grammy-nominated jazz ensemble the Either/Orchestra. Bobby currently leads his "Revenge of the Cool" Nonet and the Dingonek Street Band. Bobby has performed or recorded on trumpet, cornet, flugelhorn, French horn, trombone, valve trombone, baritone horn, and tuba, and he regularly performs on the rare and quizzical soprano trombone.

Emily Pecoraro

saxophones, clarinets, flutes, woodwind performance, introductory music

New York based woodwind instrumentalist Emily Pecoraro performs regularly in a range of styles including classical, jazz, rock, funk, Afrobeat, Third Stream, and musical theater. Emily holds her M.M. in Multiple Woodwind Performance from The Boston Conservatory with concentrations in saxophone, clarinet, and flute performance. She also holds a B.M. in Music Education from Ithaca College with an emphasis on jazz performance and pedagogy in addition to traditional studies in music education.

Emily has performed on tenor and alto saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute in the Broadway productions of "Groundhog Day" and "Kinky Boots." She has played alto, soprano, and tenor saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, and piccolo in Big League Productions' Broadway National Tours of "Guys and Dolls," "42nd Street," and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Emily has also performed and recorded with rock, funk, motown, jazz, and classical groups including The Temptations,  The Ward Eights, The Ed Palermo Big Band, Dingonek Street Band, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, and The Cabra Quartet.

Emily is the founder of the Third Stream chamber series "The Varioussound Sessions" in New York City.

Her primary teachers include Michael Norsworthy (Boston, MA), Eric Hewitt (Boston, MA), Sarah Brady (Boston, MA), Richard MacDowell (Ithaca, NY), Mike Titlebaum (Ithaca, NY), Michael Galvan (Ithaca, NY), Curt Blood (Hartford, CT), and Luigi Magistrelli (Milan, Italy), and she is from the conducting studios of Dr. Stephen Peterson, Dr. Beth Peterson, and Dr. Mark Fonder all of Ithaca College. 

 

Shilpa Ananth

Voice, Songwriting, introductory piano, indian classical music

Indian singer/songwriter Shilpa Ananth has a distinctive sound that blends South Indian folk melodies with Jazz, Soul, and R'n'B in four languages - Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi, and English.

 A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Shilpa is currently based in New York City where she has performed at the prestigious Blue Note Jazz Club and as a part of the Brooklyn Raga Massive's Indian music performance series. Shilpa has also performed at Boston's Symphony Hall with A.R. Rahman, and at the United Nations Women's Empowerment event with the vocal group "Women of the World."

While at Berklee, Shilpa discovered her love for teaching and took several courses in music education and vocal pedagogy. She is now dedicated to helping students develop their talents and achieve their best. Shilpa believes that music has the power to serve as a profound medium of personal expression, and to enhance peoples' lives socially, culturally, and spiritually.

 

Neha Jiwrajka

Voice, Piano, ukulele, Songwriting, introductory music

A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.A. in Economics, Neha spent four years working for Google in the Bay Area before leaving to pursue a graduate degree in jazz vocal performance at the New England Conservatory of Music. Since graduating from NEC, Neha been actively engaged in the northeast performance scene, performing at prestigious venues like Scullers Jazz Club, The Lizard Lounge, and Club Passim. In New York, her performance credits include headlining at the famous off-Broadway show"Sleep No More," as well as being a regular performer at popular clubs like Rockwood Music Hall, Ginny's Supper Club, Caffe Vivaldi and Jazz at the Kitano room. Neha also was cast in the world premiere of "Project Gilgamesh" in Cleveland, Ohio written by multi-talented contemporary violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. 

In addition to being an an active performer, Neha is seasoned educator. She's conducted a jazz and voice residency in Jacmel, Haiti, has taught on the faculty at The Community Music Center of Boston and as a Teaching Artist for the Metropolitan Opera Guild. She currently resides in Brooklyn and serves as faculty at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music as well as a guest teacher at the Jalopy Theater and School of Music in Red Hook.  

As an educator, Neha works to employ a 360 approach to her teaching. While her focus lies in piano, ukulele and voice technique instruction, Neha works to educate the student on all facets of music including ear training and music theory. She also practices yoga seriously and works to incorporate aspects of yoga practice into her voice lessons, specifically aiming to engage breath with body awareness, thereby working to enhance each students' unique timbres, resonance, and vocal overtones. She also teaches songwriting workshops. 

 

Aidan Boardman

Guitar, Ukulele, Songwriting, Introductory Music

Aidan Boardman is a musician, songwriter, and educator residing in Brooklyn, NY. Since earning his Bachelor's of Music Education from Ithaca College, Aidan has been teaching students age 2 to 4 at Butler Street Co-op Preschool in Boerum Hill. Aidan also works as a music specialist/educator for Kids Orbit, an after-school program that services several public elementary schools throughout Brooklyn. His experience as a songwriter and instrumentalist stretches back to age 13 when he began playing contradances in his home state of Maine. Soon afterwards, Aidan began writing his own songs and forming musical groups. Today, Aidan regularly performs and records as Dreamt (www.dreamt.xyz).

 

Steve Burke

Bass Guitar

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Steve Burke is a multifaceted electric bassist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from the Greater Boston Area, Steve is an alumnus of Berklee College of Music and a former student of bass luminaries Fernando Huergo, John Hebert, Matt Clohesy, Teymur Phell, and jazz saxophonist Bill McHenry. Steve has been teaching private lessons since 2009, and he has worked as a councilor at the prestigious Maine Jazz Camp in Farmington, ME. Steve has built a reputation as a sideman on the Boston and New York music scenes playing over 200 shows each year across genres ranging from jazz, funk, and reggae to folk, country, and blues. He has played bass for a diverse roster of musicians including guitarist Binky Griptite (Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings) and saxophonist Dana Colley (Morphine).