We love music.
Kevin Collins – GUITAR
Ben Peterson – CELLO
Catherine Bell – VOICE
Eric Mrugula – VIOLIN & VIOLA
Hannah Young – PIANO
Jack Evans – DRUMSET, MALLETS & PIANO
Jim Snedeker – BRASS & WINDS
Jin Lee – PIANO
Lily Sexton – FIDDLE & VIOLIN
Tom Williams – GUITAR, PIANO & BASS
Tristan Sullivan – DRUMS & KEYBOARDS
|Kevin Collins – GUITAR
Kevin is a graduate of the Hartt School in Classical Guitar. In New York, he appeared at Windows on the World in the World Trade Center and at The Rainbow Room and taught guitar at Columbia Univeristy. Formerly, Kevin was Guitar Faculty at the University of Massachusetts Music Department Performing Arts Division. Kevin teaches all kinds of music and uses songs to teach music theory.
Ben Peterson – CELLO
A graduate of Grinnell College, Mr. Peterson studied with Yehuda Hanani at the Peabody Institute. He is finishing on his doctoral dissertation at Boston University. Ben is an active soloist and chamber music performer, as well as conductor of the Amherst Regional High School orchestra, and a really fantastic cello teacher. Visit Ben at CelloWeek.com
|Catherine Bell – VOICE
Catherine holds the MM degree from UMass in Vocal Performance and studied with Oren Brown. She teaches through the Five Colleges and directs the group Voces Feminae. She directs music at St. Brigid’s Catholic Church in Amherst. Catherine teaches a variety of styles including Classical, Musical Theater, Show Tunes, Early Music, Folk, Gospel, Blues, Pop, etc.
|Eric Mrugala, VIOLIN & VIOLA
Chicago native Eric Mrugala discovered the violin when he was three and never lost that initial spark. A graduate of Boston Conservatory, Eric serves as Concertmaster of the UMass/Amherst Symphony Orchestra and also teaches at The Putney School. He is a very experienced teacher and a generally happy fellow who will help you play your best.
|Jack Evans, DRUMS & MALLETS
The Red Barn welcomes master drummer, teacher, and New York session musician Jack Evans. Jack holds a BFA from Boston’s Berklee College of Music and private studies with greats. As leader of the rock/blues/jazz group *Reverend Zen*, Mr. Evans is the recipient of over 70 global music industry awards. You can hear him at http://bit.ly/Reverend-Zen-youtube.
Jack has taught percussion and drum set in numerous school settings in Westchester, NY, the Hart School in Stamford, and the St. Augustine School of Fine Arts in NYC. Over the years, more than 170 students of Jack’s students have been named to regional and All State Bands and Orchestras. His students have received scholarships to many top music schools.
Mr. Evan’s drum set studies encompass fills, grooves, rudiments, chops, and concepts, and a wide range of styles. Plus Jack offers mallets and tympani. He prepares students for elementary through high school concerts, All State auditions, as well as college auditions.
Jack likes to have his students play songs in their lessons, as well as attention to rudiments and technique.
Hannah Young – PIANO
Hannah Young studied piano at the San Francisco Conservatory, gaining admission when she was fourteen. From a musical household, she began piano and violin at age three. At age 12, she played violin in the all-state California Youth Symphony. Hannah never lost the the fun of playing piano; it is about play-ing. Hannah is fluent in Spanish and Chinese.
|Jim Snedeker – WOODWINDS & BRASS
Jim started the Saxophone when he was six. He holds the MM degree in Music Education from UMass and is Mass. Certified in Music Education, K-12. He has taught for 20 years in public schools and is fluent in several different styles. Currently, he is Instrumental Music Director at Bement School in Deerfield. Learn more at JimSnedeker.com. Feel free to CONTACT us if you have any questions.
|Jin Lee – PIANO
Jin Lee is part of the Piano Collaborative Program at UMass/Amherst and she did her undergrad at the Univ. of Iowa. Jin is a happy, patient teacher with many years of experience who loves her job and all the people you meet. Please CONTACT us if you have any questions.
|Lily Sexton – FIDDLE & VIOLIN
Lily Sexton came up thru the Waldorf School string program from a very early age and is also classically trained in voice. Lily teaches the Suzuki books and classical technique. And fiddle, performing in her band “Mamma’s Marmalade”. She is really good with kids and has fun giving her students the skills they need to have fun and succeed.
|Tom Williams – GUITAR, PIANO & BASS
A talented multi-instrumentalist, Tom’s music degree is in the bass, both acoustic upright and electric, from the University of Arizona. Tom is also an accomplished jazz guitarist, as well as folk, acoustic, and electric styles. And he has played and taught piano for many years. Whatever your interest, Tom will help you have the most fun with your instrument. Check out his website at tomwilliamsguitar.com
|Tristan Sullivan – DRUMS & KEYBOARDS
Tristan Sullivan teaches drums, keyboards, and music therapy at the Red Barn. Tristan has played in jazz, funk and rock bands extensively throughout New England, on drums and keyboards. Tristan graduated Cum Laude from Westfield State University in Music Ed. and he is a MCLA K-12 certified classroom teacher. He has taught Middle School music and also teaches at the Berkshire Music Center.