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. We prefer a small staff and we all do a lot of teaching.
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.
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…