Duncan Stuart is a classical guitarist teaching at Musical Arts. He will be graduated in May 2015 with a B.A. in Music from Gordon College. He has been playing guitar for 11 years, studying under David James Stuart and at Gordon under David Patterson(M.M., B.M. The New England Conservatory), and Robert Bekkers (PhD candidate, the New England Conservatory). Duncan specializes in classical guitar, but also plays other styles. He is offering beginner to advanced lessons in classical guitar, beginner to intermediate lessons in other styles, and beginner piano lessons.
Jessi is a vocalist studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, M.A. She is from Kensington, N.H. and started her first music lessons here at MusicalArts when she was six years old. Jessi went on to join the Honors Choir at Exeter High School, and is currently one of three lead vocalists in a Joseph cover band at Berklee. Jessi has performed with different choirs and bands, as a soloist, and currently is the lead vocalist in an acoustic duo called Jess & Mitch Music. Currently, she is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Music Business Management to be completed by May 2019, while acting as the Production Assistant for Prescott Parks Arts Festival, and as Event Staff at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. Jessi found her love for music here at MusicalArts and it has shaped her entire education and career path. She would not be where she was today without the help of her mentors from MusicalArts, and strives to be that for her students as well.
Katie starting singing before she could even speak. Hailing from New Hampshire, she started performing as early as kindergarten and has continued ever since in a wide variety of genres. Katie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Steinhardt School at New York University in Vocal Performance as well as a post-Master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy. Recently, Katie has taught private voice lessons at NYU, Mayo Performing Arts Center, Music & Arts, and privately. As of 2013, Katie is a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Additionally, Katie is a certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and believes in a whole body approach to healthy performance. Recent productions in the NYC area include: Liebovar, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Werther, Don Carlo, Suor Angelica, Lunch with Moto by Marc Antonio-Consoli, various roles in 6 15-minute operas by the students of the Tisch Musical Theater Writing Graduates, and Lazarus.
Rebecca is a dedicated piano instructor with experience teaching both children and adults; providing an individual approach to help each student develop his or her musical skills. She works to incorporate each student’s goals into the lesson plan, in order to make the music experience more meaningful and personal. In addition to 12 years of private lessons, Rebecca has attended the Northern Kentucky University Summer Piano Institute, the Taubman Summer Institute in Massachusetts, and the Plymouth State Summer Teacher Seminar in New Hampshire. She is active in music education activities as a teacher, judge, event chairperson, and accompanist. Rebecca has taught previously in Pittsburgh, PA and Cincinnati, OH, and enjoys working with students and their families. Current professional memberships include Music Teachers National Association, and the New Hampshire Music Teachers Association – Seacoast Chapter.
Morgan received her Bachelor’s degree in music from Central Washington University graduating Magna Cum Laude. She has extensive experience in large ensembles, flute choir, chamber orchestra, and pit orchestras for operas and musicals. She was a member of the Cascades Drum and Bugle Corps.
Patrick Morrison is a drummer and a music educator from Manchester, NH. He began studying music at 12 years old and was playing professionally by age 15. In high school, Patrick participated in numerous music ensembles and was ranked as the top scoring drummer in the NH all-state jazz competition. He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Fine Arts (cum laude) in jazz performance from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music under the instruction of masters Kenny Washington and John Riley. Patrick has since played all over New York and New England with pit orchestras, jazz groups, and contemporary musicians in various festivals and clubs such as Birdland, Tatuma Social Club, Somethin’ Jazz Club, Puppet’s, the Five Spot, and Smalls. He has also worked as a session musician for Mixdown Studio and Music Farm Studio, played in touring groups, and taught in various public schools, music studios, and colleges. “As an instructor, my philosophy has always been that musicianship comes first, and the instrument comes second. I encourage my students to approach the drums as a vehicle for expressing and communicating ideas, and a tool for elevating their current level of music making. Although I think it is important to study a wide variety of music, I also find it creatively stimulating for the student to learn technical proficiency and musicianship through the vein of music that they currently most enjoy. The concepts covered in the lessons range from beginner to advance, and students of all ages are welcome.”
Adam was a performance major at the Berklee College of Music studying advanced harmony with an emphasis on ensemble performance. He has been playing guitar for over 30 years and has 15+ years of teaching experience.
Adam is a founding member and lead guitarist of the national touring act Assembly of Dust as well as lead guitarist for the rock band Ghosts Of Jupiter. Over the years he has recorded and performed with many musicians including Grace Potter, Dicky Betts, Edie Brickell, Bela Fleck, Derek Trucks, Victor Wooten, John Scofield, Ritchie Havens and Steve Kimock, as well as members of Phish and moe.
Adam teaches many topics including technique, sight reading, scales, music theory and ear training as well as your favorite songs
Mezzo-soprano Druinn Johnston began classical vocal training at age thirteen, and has studied at the Boston Conservatory and the University of New Hampshire. She has performed with Melissa Manseau’s Youth Opera Workshop in productions of Die Zauberflote, Cosi fan tutte (W. A. Mozart), Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), Hansel and Gretel (E. Humperdinck), and various scene productions. She has also performed in scene productions with the Boston Conservatory Opera Workshop and the UNH Opera Workshop, as an ensemble member with Granite State Opera, and as a soloist with the Boston Conservatory Women’s Chorus and the UNH Wind Symphony. Druinn is also singer/songwriter and accompanies herself on acoustic guitar and piano. She is extremely passionate about all types of music and loves to help aspiring musicians develop their natural talents and hone their skills.
Brendan Battey has been playing piano for 17 years. Brendan has played professionally for the past six years, working a range of jobs accompanying and leading choirs, leading bands, and music directing theatre along the Seacoast and also at UNH. His favorite job so far has been as the Assistant Music Director and band leader for a recent production of In The Heights
at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre.
Travis was born and raised in NH. Having enjoyed listening to music his whole childhood, he started playing guitar in middle school in 2002. Initially inspired by bands like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins, he was soon exposed to other forms of American music like blues and jazz. After playing all through high school and taking lessons with great local musicians like George Westbay and Art Matthews, Travis enrolled in Berklee College of Music in 2008.
While at Berklee, Travis was fortunate to study with some of the college’s best teachers. These included David Newsam, John Baboian and Brett Wilmott. In his final year of Berklee, Travis began studying under world class virtuoso jazz guitarist Richie Hart. Richie taught Travis the fundamentals of what shape’s his teaching philosophy today…. Learning to use your ears, developing a good rhythm feel and playing with other people as much as possible. The profound impact of these lessons on Travis is on going to this day.
Travis graduated with honors from Berklee in 2011. After graduation, Travis started teaching and performing professionally all through out NH. He has taught all ages and all abilities at this point. Travis has taught private lessons, group lessons and coached numerous ensembles. Travis has taught at academic institutions such as Rivier University, NHTI and the Manchester school district. Travis also teaches at various music schools throughout southern NH.
When he is not teaching, Travis can be found performing with his own band, Queen City Soul or playing in various sideman gigs. Travis also enjoys collecting vinyl and CD’s.