Montreal native, Jessica Laflamme Gardner, is a versatile and active musician, composer, and educator. She obtained a 3-year Professional Degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from Vanier College, with a minor in Pop/Jazz piano, and a BA in Music Education from Southern New Hampshire University, with emphasis on Choral Conducting.
Some past accomplishments include landing the position of Music Director for the Music For Life global organization, teaching overseas. She was also a member of the Montreal renowned Jireh Gospel Choir, and performed regularly at numerous festivals and mediated events, including the prestigious World Polyfolia Vocal Showcase in Normandie, France.
Since her arrival to the states, Jessica has been an active Music Educator, working for Musicalarts Academy of Music & Dance, as a private Voice and Piano Instructor, and giving Jazz Vocal Workshops to schools in the local area. She has taught Choral and Music Curriculums at Cocheco Arts and Technology Academy, Cooperative Middle School, Kaleidoscope Programs, and Portsmouth Christian Academy.
Jessica is also an active performer and songwriter, and performs on a weekly basis with her bands around New England. Her passion for music, children, and next generation is truly what drives her strong curriculum and desire for excellence in education.
In her spare time, she loves to hang out with her husband and get out of town!
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.
Tiffany C. is a singer/dancer/songwriter/teacher. She was recently signed with Sony records as a recoding artist. She comes from the prestigious, Berklee College of Music. There, she was given the opportunity to enhance her musical knowledge and receive a bachelor’s in music business. Tiffany Colston is a singer/dancer/songwriter/teacher who comes to us from the prestigious, Berklee College of Music. There, she was given the opportunity to enhance her musical knowledge and receive a bachelor’s in music business. While studying at Berklee, Tiffany also continued dancing for artists in Boston including Disney’s “Camp Rock” star, Matthew Finley and others. She has trained under “So You think You Can Dance” choreographer, Brian Friedman and has also sung with artists such as Earth Wind and Fire’s, Phillip Bailey, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. Her songwriting landed her radio airplay in Boston, MA in 2009. Tiffany has also completed project’s that include artist development for producer/musician, Babyface. After traveling overseas to perform in Serbia and Switzerland with the Gospel ensemble at Berklee, she is currently songwriting and performing all over the New England area. She is passionate about teaching and is ecstatic to share her knowledge and talents with the students of the Musical Arts Academy of Music and Dance. Her burning desire, talent, energy, humility, and tenacious spirit have brought her to her current level of success as she continues to pursue her dreams to both inspire and uplift the youth at the Musical Arts Academy of Music and Dance.
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.
Russell graduated from the University of Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Spanish. He was a four year presidential scholar. Russell is versatile in jazz and classical piano. He has played with The Walk, George Bonus, Russell McHenry Quartet, 24K, Trina VargasTrio, David Pollack, Insigniya, and the Dan Searl Group. He sang Baritone and was an arranger for Top Cat A’Cappella. Russell joined the MusicalArts faculty in 2013.
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
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.