Music Notes Music Teachers

Music Notes Academy’s award-winning music teachers are university and conservatory degreed musicians, performers and music education specialists. We are committed to teaching music through a comprehensive and sequential approach centered around each student’s learning styles, goals, interests and aspirations.

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Ms. Elana, B.M.E., M.M.
Ms. Elana, B.M.E., M.M.Music Teacher
Ms. Elana specializes in all woodwind instruments, including flutes, clarinets, saxophones, oboe and bassoon. She holds a masters degree in multiple woodwind performance from New Jersey City University and an undergraduate degree in music education from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.

Elana has taught music and private music lessons for over ten years. She is a licensed music teacher and has taught in public elementary and middle schools in Middlesex and Monmouth Counties. Elana is a guest clinician and teaches workshops for woodwind instrumentalist students at local high schools. In addition to teaching, Elana maintains a performance career as an in-demand woodwind doubler.

A classically trained musician, Elana has experience performing in local orchestras and chamber groups. She also performs jazz and contemporary music. Elana joins Music Notes Academy in the Summer of 2019 with Summer Nights at Music Notes.

Mr. Sean, B.M.E., M.A.Music Teacher
Sean, a Music Notes Academy 2012 award-winning music teacher, holds a BM in Music Education from The College of NJ and a master’s degree in Music Scoring and Composition from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Ca. An experienced teacher of woodwinds, brass, strings and piano, Sean is a conductor and composer of merit with seven completed symphonies. His arrangements have been performed by schools, community orchestras, chamber ensembles and soloists and has written scores for independent films. Sean has been a music teacher at Music Notes Academy since 2009 and leads our TiedNOTES Duets Program and String Quartets.
Mr. Stephen, B.A., M.A.T.Music Teacher
Stephen, a Music Notes Academy 2012 Award-Winning Music Teacher, has a B.A. in Music from Hamilton College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University. A performer on piano and guitar, Stephen is also well versed in music theory, composition, bass guitar, music technology and recording. Teaching music for over a decade, Stephen passionately believes that appreciating and understanding music is essential to leading a well-rounded life. Stephen has been a Music Notes teacher since 2011 and leads our Instrumental Bands, littleNOTES Early Childhood Music Program and Music Notes In Your School at Whitehouse Station, NJ.
Ms. Stephanie, B.M.E.Music Teacher
Stephanie, a previous Music Notes Academy teacher, returned in 2017 after a hiatus. With a Bachelors of Music Education from Mason Gross School of the Arts in New Brunswick, NJ Stephanie is experienced in both solo and collaborative performances for clarinet and piano. Stephanie’s passion is teaching music and encouraging students to appreciate and gain a love for music.
Mr. Eric, B.M.Music Teacher
Mr. Eric, a graduate of Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, has his Bachelors degree in viola performance. Eric studied under Lark Quartet violist, Kathryn Lockwood and Philadelphia Orchestra principal violist CJ Chang. Eric has several years of music teaching experience along with preparing strings and piano students for auditions, chamber groups and performances. Eric teaches viola, violin, cello and piano.
Ms. Rebecca, B.M.Music Teacher
Ms. Rebecca, a mezzo soprano, earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster Choir College in Vocal Performance. Rebecca has performed at Kimmel Center, Alice Tully Hall, David Geffin Hall, The National Cathedral in D.C., St. Stephen’s House in Oxford, UK, Royal Hampton Palace in Hampton, UK and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Recording credits include two CDs with Westminster Williamson Voices, “Ola Gjeilo: Sunrise Mass” and “Aurora”. At Westminster Choir College, Rebecca made her operatic debut as “Suor Infermeria” in Puccini’s Sour Angelica at twenty years old. Since, has performed in Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortileges and Strauss II’s Die Fledermaus. Rebecca joins Music Notes Academy’s teaching staff for Summer ’19’s Summer Nights at Music Notes.
Mr. Brandon, B.M., M.Ed.Music Teacher
Brandon started teaching music in 1999. Since then has prepared students for music auditions, exams and assessments, performances and concerts. In addition to teaching music with Music Notes Academy, Brandon has led university masterclasses, facilitated drum circles and instructed student rock bands. Mr. Kurzawa studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rutgers University and a Masters of Arts in Education, specializing in curriculum, instruction and computer education. In 1995, Brandon appeared in Promark Drumstick’s Not Yet Famous Drummer campaign and appeared internationally in Modern Drummer magazine.

Recording credits include drums on Ansel Matthews’ Raised From The Dust and drums and percussion on John Sonntag’s 2006 release Chasing Stars. 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. An active performer from 1998 through 2009, Brandon performed with singer-songwriters, trios and quartets, wedding bands and rock bands throughout the east coast. Publications include “Teaching Music, Teaching Percussion: A Balance in Curriculum” and “Teaching Music” Music Majors, Choose Education” which were published in Tempo Magazine in 2006 and 2007.

Brandon, a Vic Firth, Inc. educational endorsee since 2005 and a Shine Custom Drums sponsored artist since 2009, has instructed music at Rutgers University and Kean University. He was an adjunct professor of audio engineering and music production at Gibbs College from 2007-2009 where he taught college classes in Apple’s Garageband, Reason, Logic Studio and Pro Tools to audio engineering and music technology majors. A trained drum circle facilitator for Remo HealthRhythms, Brandon and Music Notes Academy were presented with NJSBDC’s Small Business Success Award in 2012.

Much more has happened since 2012, however Brandon’s too busy to update his bio…

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