Who we are
- With our growth from last year we've been able to add a number of outstanding new music and drama teachers this year including Colton, a terrific singer songwriter and guitarist and one of our former students! Matt a busy jazz bassist and graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Jen a cellist and violinist who toured and performed for years with indie folk group River City Extension, Philip who plays in the terrific Colts Neck community band and teaches voice, piano and all band instruments, Harald who holds his masters degree from the acclaimed Manhattan School of Music and teaches all band instruments and piano and Meredith a singer and pianist who performs regularly in a very busy wedding/event band! Christine, the newest member of our drama faculty, has her degree from Emerson College and has performed on stages all around New Jersey. With returning faculty MK, Dave, Claudette and Anastasia we trust we can find just the right music or drama teacher for you or your child. As always with all of our instructors our new teachers are friendly university trained professionals who care about their students. When you call for music lessons or drama classes at our Little Silver or Fair Haven locations we will help arrange the best teacher for you or your child.
Our teachers are diverse and involved in the community
- MK, owner of MK Harby Public Speaking has been teaching music lessons and drama classes to great families at our school for over six years. Her most recent endeavor was starting The Net Work Out. This is a group of women in Monmouth County who are doing wonderful work for this area. They meet once a month at our school for a coaching, advising and networking session. Some of the businesses represented are Nourish Coaching, Doula and Yoga Coaching, Event and Financial Planning, Interior Design and Window Treatment Design as well as Business and Career Coaching. The Net Work Out also has women leaders from Bridge of Books, Project Write Now, World Moms Blog, GIVE Marketing and TEDxNavesink. In addition MK is the Speaker Coach and Rehearsal Manager for TEDxNavesink, a conference which brings people together for a TED-like experience. Speaking of TED, the theme this year was MAKERS, and speakers were selected from all over the world to prepare talks on technology, entertainment and design. The event took place at Monmouth University on April 9th and was absolutely terrific! Speakers ranging from teenage poets, video game designers, entrepreneurs, city planners, writers, artists, comedians, driverless car start-ups and builders of all kinds and many, many more gave inspiring and thought provoking talks that challenged the audience to dream big and contribute.
And they create and perform
- Anastasia Moiseeva, an outstanding singer, pianist and songwriter, who has taught at our school for five years now, spoke and performed at this years TEDxNavesink. Her talk centered on her upbringing in Russia and how she, like Rachmaninoff, came to New York and settled in Monmouth County to pursue music. She spoke of how her dad brought bootleg records into their house with the music of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and her favorite, Queen. And even though she didn't understand the words she could feel the overwhelming power and raw emotion of the music. She opened with an excerpt of a Rachmaninoff piece, spoke and then closed with a wonderful and complex original song. She performed under the stage name "Zaritza" and her TedX talk was outstanding! Well done Ana...I mean Zaritsa!
And they Write
- I have been a frequent contributor to Carol Roth's business blog. My recent piece on "How To Spark Creativity When You're In A Rut" can be seen and read here http://www.carolroth.com/blog/100-ways-to-spark-creativity-when-youre-in-a-rut/.
Carol is a terrific business mind and national media personality, creator of the legacy planning system Future File (currently in private beta), ‘recovering’ investment banker/billion-dollar deal maker, investor, speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She is currently an on-air contributor for the national cable television station CNBC.
I shared this particular contribution of mine because I owe it to some of my favorite people in the world, the wonderful students I have the privilege and honor of teaching who inspire me and spark my creativity every day.