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MUSIC

PIANO, GUITAR, VOICE, DRUMS, STRINGS, WINDS

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Students of all ages and levels are placed with our excellent faculty. We will match students’ needs with an appropriate teacher and assign the lesson day and time. Students can register at any time during the year. Lessons are either 30 min, 45 min or an hour. Pricing and policies can be found on our registration page. Please call so we can place you with a teacher who meets your learning style and goals.

UNIVERSITY TRAINED INSTRUCTORS

Our instructors are highly qualified, most holding their masters degree in music and many have extensive performance experience. Most importantly our instructors strive to relate their teaching to each individual student’s learning style.

INVITING MUSIC STUDIOS & WAITING AREA

Our schools have large windows with natural light, providing a great environment for learning. State of the art professional dance floor reduces injury and fatigue. Parents can relax in our comfortable waiting area, which includes free Wi-Fi internet access. NOTE: Waiting rooms are currently closed to families due to covid policies.

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“Where words fail, music speaks.”

Hans Christian Andersen

PIANO

INSTRUCTORS: BRENDAN BATTEY, DRUINN JOHNSTON

GUITAR

INSTRUCTORS: TRAVIS SHELBY

VOICE

INSTRUCTORS: JESSI RIGORDEAVA, DRUINN JOHNSTON, MILES BURNS

STRINGS

INSTRUCTORS: KYLIE SMITH

WINDS

INSTRUCTORS: ANDREW EMANUEL

DRUMS

INSTRUCTORS: JORDAN GRANT

MUSIC FACULTY

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ANDREW EMANUEL

CLARINET, SAXOPHONE, & FLUTE

Andrew is a recent graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a B.M. in Music Education. While at UNH, Andrew was fortunate enough to share the stage with notable artists such as Chris Potter, Allen Vizzutti, Dave Pietro, Steve Wilson, and Marshall Gilkes, and these experiences have also helped shape him as a musician. Andrew's teaching style is greatly influenced by all of the teachers he studied with at UNH, including Nathan Jorgensen, Elizabeth Gunlogson, Peggy Vagts, Janet Polk, and Ryan Parker. In addition to teaching private lessons, he keeps an active gig schedule throughout NH with The Wicked Smart Horn Band, as well as his own band, Clandestine. Andrew offers lessons on Clarinet, Saxophone, and Flute. He also offers improvisation lessons on any instrument. 

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BRENDAN BATTEY

PIANO

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.

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JORDAN GRANT

DRUMS

Jordan first found his love for music at a young age. Growing up in a musical family setting, seeing his dad play bass in church and his brothers play in school band, inspired Jordan to beg for a drum set. Jordan started taking drum lessons at the age of 8 with John Medeiros Jr. and began trumpet in 3rd grade. Now, Jordan is a gigging musician,  studying music at UNH, and performing all around the seacoast area. Jordan hopes to inspire the same passion for music in his students that inspired him to this day. 

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DRUINN JOHNSTON

VOICE & PIANO

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 a 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.

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DUNCAN STUART

GUITAR & PIANO

Duncan Stuart is a classical guitarist teaching at Musical Arts. He will be graduating 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 RIGORDAEVA

VOICE

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 Bachelor's 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.

KYLIE SMITH

VIOLIN & VIOLA

Kylie has always had a great love for music, and has been playing viola for over 10 years. She attends the University of New Hampshire and is a coach for the New Hampshire Youth Symphony Orchestra. When she was leading her school’s a cappella group her senior year of high school, she realized that teaching was the thing she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Her teaching philosophy is that every student is capable of doing amazing things, and the best way to unlock these strengths and talents is through an individual and holistic approach to education. During the summers she can be found teaching for DramaKids International in south shore Massachusetts near her home town of Plymouth.

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MILES BURNS

VOICE & PIANO

Miles is a vocal and piano instructor at MusicalArts. Miles studied vocal performance at UNH. With an emphasis on classical and musical theatre, he has been a vocal instructor for well over a decade.As a composer and  musician, he has collaborated on over 30 original musicals to which he is credited the book, music and/or lyrics. His writing and compositions have been performed on stage in a number of elementary and middle schools in addition to being produced at Emerson College, Musical Arts in Exeter, The Players Ring, The Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Patrick Dorow Productions and Weathervane Theatre.

TRAVIS SHELBY

GUITAR, BASS & UKULELE

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 throughout 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.

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"A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence."

Leopold Stokowski