All of our prestigious instructors meet the following qualifications: years of teaching experience, educated in music, active performers, and background checked.
Nicole Payne has been passionate about music her entire life. She studied piano and voice since the age of five, and has been playing professionally since she was fourteen. She achieved her B.A. in Classical Piano Performance, with a minor in Piano Pedagogy, from Elon University in 2015. She continued her education at Florida International University, where she obtained her M.M. in Jazz Piano Performance in 2017.
An award-winning concert pianist, Nicole has performed recitals, accompanied orchestras, chorales, and instrumentalists. She has attended and presented her musical research at several conferences including the North Carolina Music Teacher Association Conference and the National Undergraduate Research Conference. She is currently an active performer in classical, jazz, latin styles, and has performed throughout South Florida, North Carolina, and abroad including Italy.
Nicole's extensive teaching career has led her to develop her own unique teaching style, and facilitated her success with students of all ages and backgrounds. She believes that through patience, passion, and a love for teaching, she can help children achieve their limitless creative potential
Senegal Apostolo has been fueled by the power of music his whole life. A graduate of Florida International University, he holds a B.M. in Jazz Performance and has experience playing Latin, Funk, Reggae, Pop, Neo-Soul and various other genres. Senegal is an established player on the South Florida live music scene, playing frequently throughout venues in Miami-dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. His musical abilities have led him to play with many notable artists such as Steven Scott and Josh Evans. He has travelled the country playing in locations such as New York and California, and in 2014 he performed as a headliner in the Suriname Jazz Festival in South America.
Senegal has been teaching private lessons for nine years and currently is involved with the Gold Coast Jazz Society, a federally funded project that provides educational jazz presentations for elementary schools throughout Broward County. He loves to share his passion for music with his students and believes that music is a fun and healthy way to find yourself and know your heart.
Born and raised in Sunrise, Florida, Elijah Gee is a talented and versatile pianist that regularly performs in various venues and education systems in South Florida. He studied at Florida State University and received a BA in Commercial music and Jazz Studies. He has worked on various musicals in South Florida; The Life, Five Guys named Moe, and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. He's been playing piano for over 15 years and his style and sound has been influenced by Brian Mcknight, Andre 3000, Horace Silver, Red Garland, and Bill Evans.
He received a Silver Knights Award for his community service in providing music for the children in Kids in Distress and the Boys and Girls Club. Elijah is a competent performer and instructor in many styles and genres, including jazz,classical, salsa, reggae, musical theatre, rock, and electronic music. He has been teaching for the past 8 years, both privately and at various schools throughout Miami Dady and Broward counties. He loves teaching and views it as a way to give back to his community, and has a strong desire to live for the love of the music he performs.
Victor Luis Sanchez has loved to play music since he first laid his hand on a drum. Born and raised in Miami, he began his dive into the music world at the age of 15 while studying at Christopher Columbus High School under the well known saxophonist and band director Keith Cooper.
He then went on to earn his A.A. at Miami Dade College where he studied drums under the likes of Jack Ciano and Dan Mcgovern, as well as under well known bassist and director of jazz at MDC, Matt Bonelli. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree at Florida International University, studying under master jazz drummer Rodolfo Zuniga.
Victor is adept in various styles of music including rock, pop, jazz, hip hop, funk, neo-soul, and latin.
An inspired teacher, Victor has several years of experience teaching private students the art of the drums. He is always excited to share the magic of music with the younger generation.
Makayla Forgione is a South Florida native that has been involved in music from a young age. She attended BAK Middle School of the Arts and A.W. Dreyfoos High School of the Arts in
Palm Beach County, in which she studied classical voice and has performed with choirs in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Llangollen International
Eistenfod in Wales, UK. Along with her classical studies, she has performed in various pop and jazz ensembles in which she found her passion for jazz music.
Aside from singing, she also
enjoys playing piano and writing her own music. Makayla is now attending her second year at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami where she studies jazz voice and hopes to
become a performer of the genre.
Makayla has been teaching for several years now, and loves sharing her talents and passion for music with her students.
Jose Romero has loved expressing himself through music his whole life. Originally from Venezuela, he began playing at a young age and has nearly fifteen years experience playing multiple instruments as well as his primary instrument, trumpet.
Currently pursuing his degree in jazz performance at Miami Dade College, Jose has a notable and extensive performing career. He played at the special event Jazz Under the Stars at Miami Dade for two years, as an opening act for the many notable artists brought to the event. His playing experiences have led him to working with prominent musicians such as Ed Calle, Ira Sullivan, Arturo O' Farrell, Dave Liebman, Mark Marcinko, and many others. He has performed throughout Florida, New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, New Jersey and abroad in places such as Paris, France, Canada, Guadalupe, Martinique, British Virgin Islands, Haiti, and Venezuela.
An inspired teacher, Jose has many years of experience teaching a wide range of instruments. His mastery of multiple styles allows him to teach everything from classical to jazz to commercial music. He believes that through patience and creativity, music can allow children to flourish in their expressive capabilities.
As multitalented as he is passionate, Kevin Muncy has cultivated a love for music in his students for over 20 years. He received his Bachelor's in Music from Florida State University, where he studied saxophone, flute, clarinet, and music theory. He has had the opportunity to play professionally all around South Florida, including as a part of the group he formed, Bad Brass Apples, a New Orleans Style brass marching band. He has taught over the entire spectrum of music education, from public, private, and charter schools, to in-home private lessons. An inspired teacher, Kevin believes learning to practice and love music is one of the most useful skills that children can develop, and one that will continue to enrich their lives.