It’s easy to learn music with music teachers in New Jersey. The award-winning teaching staff of Music Notes Academy includes artist teachers, performing musicians, college professors and public and private school music teachers who all have unique and specialized musical backgrounds.
Music Notes Academy music teachers are university and conservatory educated and degreed musicians who are committed to delivering educational excellence to all students through a comprehensive and sequential curriculum centered and focused towards each student’s learning styles, musical goals, interests and aspirations.
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Staff Music Teachers
While living in Buffalo, Liz maintained a successful private voice and piano studio, Wojtowicz Voice Studio, served on the voice faculty as Lecturer in Voice at SUNY Buffalo State College, was on the voice faculty at the Community Music School of Buffalo (CMS) and on the voice and piano faculty at Performing Arts Music. Her younger students have won voice competitions, have performed principal roles in high school musical productions, have been chosen to sing in All County Choirs, and have been accepted into various colleges for music. Her college students have gone on to pursue graduate degrees at top music conservatories, and her adult students remain active as both performers and music educators.
In addition to teaching, Elizabeth is also an operatic mezzo soprano. Operatic roles include Hansel in Hansel and Gretel, Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Zweite Dame in Die Zauberflöte, Bradamante in Alcina, Dorabella in Così fan tutte and Mrs. Soames in the Ohio premiere of Ned Rorem’s Our Town. Partial roles include Mallika in Lakm é and Bizet’s Carmen. She has been featured as the alto soloist for major works, including Handel’s Messiah and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Locally, Elizabeth has performed with Opera New Jersey in their production of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, with the Westminster Symphonic Choir and Opera Theater, and the Princeton Festival. She has attended Oberlin in Italy, Florence Voice Seminar, and OperaWorks Winter Intensive. She is currently an alto staff singer at St. Thomas’ Church Whitemarsh in Ft. Washington, PA.
Sean, member of Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA), his compositions and arrangements have been performed by high school and community orchestras. As a distinguished member of ASCAP, Sean has written scores for independent films. Sean has been on staff with Music Notes Academy since 2009.
Teaching children for over a decade, Stephen is a member of The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and passionately believes that appreciating and understanding music is essential to leading a well-rounded life. Stephen has been on staff since 2011 and teaches piano, guitar and our Rock Band program.
Shruti has been singing/learning western classical music since high school and additionally learned/performed jazz since college. For the past seven years she has written her own songs for concerts and short films and has performed in different places such as Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, ABC Channel, Bhartavidya Bhavan and the United Nations. Shruti is an experience teacher of music and continues to perform for various events.
At NYU Steinhardt, Ms. Shuli was appointed as Adjunct Faculty, teaching private violin and viola lessons. She has performed regularly as an active soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member in venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, Beacon Theater, Symphony Space, Town Hall, Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Provincetown Playhouse and others in New York City.
Besides her performances, Ms. Shuli is a passionate and versatile music educator of not only instruments (violin, viola and piano) but also music theory and early childhood musicianship (Orff and Dalcroze). With her music education background and more than ten years of teaching experience, Ms. Shuli builds a positive and joyful relationship with her students and helps them overcome their challenges efficiently while enjoying music.
Over the past seven years, Stephanie has been teaching music and preparing students for various music competitions and evaluations in the tristate area. She passionately believes that building a strong musical foundation is an essential stepping stone in helping a student tap into their creative side and become a well-rounded musician. Stephanie additionally enjoys producing instrumental covers of mainstream music.
In addition to teaching piano and woodwinds at our East Brunswick Academy, Stephanie will assist in the pre-production of MAMTG’s Student Music Festival as Program Coordinator.
Recent work includes: Music Director: Rock of Ages, The Who’s: Tommy, Anything Goes, Crazy for You, Funny Girl, Disney’s: Newsies, Faust, Backwards in High Heels (sub), A Man of No Importance, Cinderella, The Medium, Cosi fan tutte, Seussical the Musical, 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, Socrates, Hand of Bridge, Closer than Ever. Assistant: La Boheme (chorus master), The Pirates of Penzance (chorus master), La Cenerentola, Carmen, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Grease, All Shook Up, Don Giovanni, L’enfant et les sortilege.
Degrees: Master of Music: Collaborative Piano – Boston Conservatory. Master of Music: Piano Performance – Boston Conservatory. Bachelor of Music: Piano Performance – Ithaca College.
Currently, he is a pianist and vocal coach at Rider University’s Westminster School of Fine and Performing Arts, where he works privately with students of musical theatre and music directs theatre productions. On Sundays, you’ll find Nick performing at The Unitarian Society in East Brunswick where he holds the position of Music Coordinator.
Eric has several years of experience teaching music using an adaptive and holistic approach. He has also had success teaching students with physical and mental handicaps; using violin and piano as a source of physical therapy. Also has experience preparing students for advanced orchestra auditions and chamber group auditions in public school. Having been engrossed in music for over two decades he is always eager to share his experiences.
From 2010 to 2012, Andres participated as a flutist in the orchestra of the “International Festival of Flutists in the Center of the World” Quito-Ecuador. In 2013, he was invited to participate in the “Flute Orchestra of the Americas” Conducted by Angeleita Floyd at the 41st annual National Flute Association Convention held in New Orleans.
Andres has participated in several master classes with Angeleita Floyd, Sheryl Cohen, Jean Louis Beaumadier, Sammi Junnonen, Celso Woltzenlogel, Martha Councell and Michel Bellavance; and was Principal flutist of the Technological University Symphony Orchestra and the UTP Wind Symphony Band-Colombia 2010 through 2015.
Additionally, a principal flutist with the Chamber Orchestra of Southeastern Louisiana University in the Spring Season 2016 and principal flute assistant in Spring Season 2017. Andrés earned his Master in Music Performance from Southeastern Louisiana University where he got a full Scholarship and worked as a GA in the Department of The Performing Arts.
Brandon studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rutgers University and a Masters of Arts in Education, specializing in curriculum, instruction and computer education from University of Phoenix.
Brandon recorded with singer Amanda Avila (2005 American Idol contestant, Smokey Robinson), acclaimed singer-songwriter Anthony Krizan (Lenny Kravitz, The Spin Doctors) and performed regularly as a freelance musician throughout the New York metropolitan area from 1998 through 2008 with singer-songwriters, Jazz musicians and rock bands.
In 1995 Brandon appeared in Promark Drumstick’s “Not Yet Famous Drummer” promotional advertising campaign which appeared internationally in Modern Drummer magazine and The Music Paper. Mr. Kurzawa, an award winning musician, was an adjudicator for student evaluations and New Jersey’s Teen Arts Festival and is an educational endorsee and contributor for Vic Firth, Inc., the largest manufacturer of drumsticks and mallets.
Recording credits include drums on Ansel Matthews’ Raised From The Dust and drums and percussion on John Sonntag’s 2006 critically acclaimed release Chasing Stars, which was number four in New Jersey’s Top Ten 2006 Releases by Courier News. As a member of Indie-Rock band Violet Truth, Brandon recorded drums and percussion and toured nationally in support of their 2000 release Candy Coated.
Brandon’s publications “Teaching Music, Teaching Percussion: A Balance in Curriculum” appeared in Tempo Magazine’s October 2006 issue and “Teaching Music: Music Majors, Choose Education” appeared in Tempo Magazine’s May 2007 issue. In 2007, Music Notes Academy and Mr. Kurzawa were recognized by Metropolitan Who’s Who for excellence, leadership and achievement in the profession of music education.
Mr. Kurzawa has instructed music at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ), Kean University (Union, NJ) and was an adjunct professor of audio engineering and music production at Gibbs College (Livingston, NJ) from 2007-2009. In 2009, Brandon became a sponsored artist for Shine Custom Drums and a REMO HealthRhythms trained facilitator for drum circles. In 2012, Brandon and Music Notes Academy were presented with New Jersey’s Small Business Development Center’s Small Business Success Award.