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.

Mr. Sean, B.M.E., MAMusic 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.
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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.
Mr. Will, B.M., M.M. Music Teacher
Lyric baritone Mr. Will is sought after for operatic, oratorio and recital performances throughout the US and Europe. On the operatic stage, Will made his debut with Princeton Pro Musica as the baritone soloist in Orff’s Carmina Burana. Out in New Jersey described Will as being “an excellent voice”. Will holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from Westminster Choir College. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Music degree at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, NJ.
Ms. Shruti, B.A.Music Teacher
Shruti began her vocal training in Indian classical music at the age of five. A player of piano, Shruti has also studied clarinet, viola and guitar. A songwriter, Shruti has written songs for her own concerts and short films and has performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, ABC Channel and United Nations. An experienced music teacher, Shruti continues to perform throughout New Jersey and New York.
Ms. Gwen, B.M., M.M.
Ms. Gwen, B.M., M.M.Music Teacher
Ms. Gwen is a soprano from Omaha, Nebraska. She recently received her masters degree from Westminster Choir College in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. Prior to her graduate studies Gwen earned her undergraduate degree in vocal performance from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Gwen has performed in a variety of operatic roles such as Countessa in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Constance in Polenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. Gwen’s background includes performances as a Jazz vocalist and performer in musical theater productions. An intern for Broadway Dreams Foundation, Gwen participated in classes and performances with broadway performers and performed throughout her undergraduate career in Italy and China, Princeton Festival and Steamboat Springs. Gwen’s passion is singing and enjoys teaching voice students the joy and rewards of musical artistry.
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 privately Brandon has led university masterclasses, facilitated drum circles and coached rock bands. Mr. Kurzawa studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, has a Bachelor of Arts 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. An award-winning musician, he was an adjudicator for student music evaluations including NJ’s Teen Arts Festival.

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 has been a Vic Firth, Inc. educational endorsee since 2005 and a Shine Custom Drums sponsored artist since 2009. Mr. Kurzawa has instructed music at Rutgers University, Kean University and was adjunct professor of audio engineering and music production at Gibbs College from 2007-2009 where he taught college classes in Garageband, Reason and Pro Tools to music 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.