Paola's passion for music and education began early in childhood at the age of eight when she was first introduced to the piano. Throughout high school she concentrated on her music studies by focusing and perfecting her piano skills through music classes and participation in school talent contests, concerts, and school related competitions. She attended college in her home country of Argentina and received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education, with a concentration in Piano from River Plate Adventist University (Universidad Adventista del Plata) in Villa Libertador San Martin, Entre Rios. While pursuing her bachelor's degree, she was actively involved as a pianist for various choirs including, her university campus church choir, and primary school choir competitions, as well as tutored several piano students at the local area junior high school. She also took master-classes from pianist, Ivan Citera.
With her experiences and education, intertwined with her innate creativity and resourcefulness, Paola's ambition and focus as a music teacher is the desire to develop her students’ interest and skills in the wonderful fine art of music. She intends to accomplish this by teaching piano and providing insight and background into music theory, history, and sight-reading. She is currently the pianist for her church choir at Richmond Brazilian SDA Church.
Jim has been a professional musician for over 30 years. During his career he led three successful bands as they performed in venues across the United States, he owned and operated his own recording studio and won five American Song Festival awards. He has been a music director for several high-impact contemporary churches and regularly performs on many instruments in the community and surrounding areas. Jim is currently Music Director of Family Life Baptist Church in Ashland, Virginia.
Jim teaches all styles and levels of guitar, including jazz, contemporary, and classical. In addition to guitar, Jim is also a well-loved and highly skilled piano instructor, teaching beginning to intermediate levels in classical piano, with advanced instruction in jazz, pop, and music theory. Jim can customize a course of study for those seeking chord theories, improv, and ear training. He is an experienced teacher whose style is informal, relaxed and motivating. Jim welcomes students of all ages and all skill levels.
In addition to being our Music Education Center Administrator, Brandon also instructs voice and piano. His students enjoy a well rounded knowledge of vocal technique, piano skills, and a basic knowledge of music theory. Brandon performs in various productions around Richmond. He has sung professionally for Kings Dominion, and lends his experise to the J.R. Tucker High School marching band. Although Brandon mainly teaches vocals, he also instructs in the areas of: marching percussion, music theory, beginner piano, and piano accompaniment while singing.
Kim received her Bachelor of Music Degree from Appalachian State University and is a candidate for the Masters Degree in Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an accomplished collaborative pianist and musical director for many local theatres, including Richmond Triangle Players, Cadence Theatre Company, Firehouse Theatre Project, and Virginia Repertory Theatre. She currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Piano and Staff Accompanist at Randolph-Macon College, and has over eighteen years of teaching experience at various music studios. Kim teaches many styles and levels of piano including classical, contemporary, and jazz. Her passion for music is something she strives to cultivate in all of her students.
Ivy is entertained and enriched daily by her students and believes anyone who loves music can unlock their own abilities. She is an established chamber and orchestral musician and enjoys being a freelance bassoonist throughout the area. Ivy is a member of quux collective, a group of musicians who collaborate to perform a mix of music that blends acoustics with electronics. In the NJ/NY/PA area Ivy played with Tripleplay Winds, Riverside Symphonia, and Chelsea Opera and was a clinician for Princeton Symphony’s outreach program, BRAVO!. While living in NJ, Ivy taught bassoon and piano at several schools including Westminster Conservatory, and was the woodwind conductor for Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey. She holds degrees Music from Rutgers University and Virginia Commonwealth University.
David Kim graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a Bachelor degree in Composition. During his high school years he attended the International Institute of Young Musicians first as a student and later as a counselor to help young pianists from all over the world develop a higher musicianship. David participated in master-classes and studied with such acclaimed artists as Dr. David Kreider, Judith Ferencz (McDaniel College), Judith Schultz, Awadagin Pratt (Cincinatti- College Conservatory), Dr. Jack Winerock (Kansas University), Gabriel Kwok (Hong Kong Academy of Music), and Gustavo Romero. David also studied composition with acclaimed composers such as Dr. Keith Fitch (Cleveland Institute of Music), Tania Leon, Joan Tower, Robert Beasley (Juilliard School of Music) as well as conducting with Michael Adelson (Cover conductor of New York Philharmonic).
David’s passion for music led him to share his knowledge in piano music with his students, and some of his past students are now attending music institutions such as the Juilliard School of Music, Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music.
Ilona has a Masters Degree in Music from Catholic University in Lublin, Poland. She has experience playing and studying the piano, organ, musical theory and history, liturgical music, singing and conducting. She has served as an organist, conductor, and voice instructor at churches, performing masses, weddings and funerals. She has also taught at music schools and through private lessons. She enjoys teaching, and finds it exciting to bring out the hidden talents within her students, and help them to believe in themselves.
Rebecca is an accomplished violinist with 17 years of performance experience. She has participated in many youth orchestras as well as competed in solo competitions. While attending University of Richmond, she studied history and psychology and played in the University Symphony Orchestra serving as assistant concertmaster and section leader. She also served as personnel manager and a community member for the University of Richmond Symphony Orchestra after graduating in 2012. Rebecca is looking forward to working with students of all ages and abilities and watching them progress on their musical journey.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Bob received his Bachelor of Music degree from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, Winchester, Virginia in 1972, with piano pedagogy studies under Henry Black and pipe organ performance under Gerald Brown. Advanced training in Kodály and Orff teaching methods was received at the Academy of Music, Vienna, Austria, with graduate work in voice and choral methods under Jeri Ann Bond of Catholic University, Washington, DC. Bob has concertized in pipe organ, harpsichord, piano, and voice in Virginia and the DC area for over 40 years and has held full-time positions in music administration for 33 years. He served on the teaching faculty of Woodberry Forest School, Orange, Virginia and the Potomac Organ Institute (DC Tri-Chapter AGO), and held executive positions with the Northern Virginia AGO Chapter. In addition to his roles as teacher, organist/choirmaster, lecturer in hymnody, and consultant in pipe organ design, Bob has composed numerous symphonic works for double choir and orchestra.