Our Teachers

Adam Holmes

Hello! My name is Adam and I’m an NYC-based musician of many sorts. I’ve attended NYU and the Mannes school of music, studying both percussion and composition. I’m an active freelancer in the NYC area, playing with groups such as Contemporaneous, The String Orchestra of Brooklyn, and my own contemporary music ensemble, Echo Chamber. While I focus professionally on drums and percussion, I also have a background in guitar and keyboards. I love studying music of all genres and cultures and sharing them with the people around me.

Drums and Percussion, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele
Michael Raia

Hello! My name is Mike and I teach Clarinet and Piano. Originally from New Jersey, I am very excited to join the fabric of the vibrant music community of NYC. I have a Bachelor of Music in Performance from Purchase College Conservatory of Music, and am pursuing my Master of Music in Performance at Mannes School of Music. In my musical journey thus far, I have been fortunate enough to study and perform in Europe, North America and Asia. I am a firm believer that music appreciation is the best foundation for musical studies AND life skills, and passionately implore all of my students and their families to open their hearts to the power of community and expression that comes from our art form. As human beings, we are all artists at our core, and I can’t wait to show your little musicians the power they possess!

Clarinet, Piano
Oskari Nurminen

Hi, I’m Oskari, but you can just call me Oskar. Originally, I hail all the way from Helsinki, Finland, and I recently graduated from the graduate program in Composition at NYU. Now I write, produce, play, and teach music for a living in New York City. I write music to bring people together. It’s all about the community! Therefore, there’s nothing more rewarding than having one of my students come in with a new piece of music they created or seeing them perform a song together with fellow musicians. That’s what I live for, and I hope we get to explore life through the power of music together very soon!

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Voice, Songwriting/Composition
Melissa McCann

Hi there, my name is Melissa and I teach voice and piano. I’m originally from San Francisco and recently completed my Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance, Pedagogy, and Literature from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. I’m a professional opera singer and have performed in music festivals all over the world including The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Accademia Europa dell’Opera in Lucca, Italy, Angel Vocal Art in Los Angeles, CA, Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, PA, and Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton, Ontario. While I was in Virginia, I founded the Harrisonburg Opera Theatre and was the church choir director at Sunnyside Retirement Community Meredith Chapel. I also sing and teach other styles including pop, rock, Broadway and folk songs. I listen to all kinds of music and am thrilled to be here in Brooklyn. I can’t wait to meet you and to teach your child the wonders of music.

Piano, Voice
Saúl Cosme

Hey! My name is Saúl Cosme, I am a guitar player, born and raised in Mexico City. I moved to New York in 2014 to study Jazz Performance in SUNY Purchase. In Purchase I received the Joe Williams Scholarship and I had the privilege to study with two of my heroes and mentors John Abercrombie and Vic Juris. As a guitar player I have performed all around Mexico City and in some of the most important jazz venues in New York like Lincoln Center, Bluenote and Birdland, among others, next to top musicians in the scene. I’ve been teaching for many years in Mexico and in the United States and besides playing music, teaching is one of my favorite things to do and one the most rewarding ones. Through music I’ve learned a lot about myself and other people, I believe music is the deepest form of communication and I feel honored and humble to share what I’ve learned about this art form with other people everyday.

Guitar, Piano, Ukulele
Nick Dinnerstein

Hello, my name is Nick and I’m a professional cellist, as well as strings, piano and general music teacher. I’ve performed all over the world including a solo recital at the Art Complex in Duxbury, MA, a chamber concert on baroque cello at the New York Historical Society, solo concerts at the Thailand International Composition Festival, and an appearance with rock band, 30 Seconds to Mars, on MTV Unplugged. I’m the founder of “Composer Focus”, a chamber music concert series based in Cambridge, MA, which features pieces by 20th and 21st-century composers, as well as songwriters, particularly for string quartet. I’m a NYC native who graduated from Stuyvesant High School and completed a degree in cello performance at Mannes: College of Music. I’m very well versed in classical music and have been known to sight-read all kinds of music just for fun. I can’t wait to meet you and to introduce the magic of music to your child.

Cello, Piano
Nina Varner

Hey! My name is Nina Varner and I’m originally from Houston, TX. I’ve been a private school pre-k teacher for 8 years giving kids confidence, artistic expression and above all else good plain fun. During that time I have been lucky enough to also teach kindergarten choir, private piano and vocal lessons to kids aged 3 to 6 years old. I’ve played piano since I was 4 years old, studied clarinet and saxophone in school and more recently taught myself ukulele, drums and guitar. I also love to sing and I’m currently the vocalist and keyboard player in the band Spooky and the Bear. Music has helped me to become the person I am today and I want to empower kids to find their own creative voices. Let’s make sweet music together!

Piano, Voice, Ukulele, Guitar, Bass
Jeong “Lim” Yang

Hi, my name is Lim and I teach piano, bass and guitar. I studied jazz performance (upright bass) at Berklee college of music and currently perform around the world in many different types of jazz band. I released my own leader album lately on a notable European label and have participated in many records as a sideman in the past. I started classical training on piano at the age 6 up until high school when I was so interested in bass I finally had to switch to it. Besides being a performing and recording artist, I spend lots time teaching around Brooklyn. I love working with children, it is inspirational and rewarding job in many different ways than performing for me and I learn a lot through these experiences.

Piano, Bass, Guitar
Stephen Becker

Hi, I’m Steve! I’ve been playing and teaching music for over 10 years, starting in Los Angeles and moving here to New York City. I studied music at Oberlin College, graduating with degrees in Jazz Performance and English, but getting exposure to all kinds of music, including classical, folk, samba, and experimental. My main instruments are guitar, bass, piano, and drums, and I’m an active composer, performer, and touring artist. I’ve been fortunate to perform all over the country, sharing the stage with Esperanza Spalding, Katie Von Schleicher, and Jamey Haddad. My approach to teaching is holistic, meaning that in addition to learning music theory and songwriting, you will develop life skills, creative thinking, and confidence. I look forward to meeting you!

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums
Andrew Ingkavet

Hi, I’m Andrew and I am the founder and owner of Park Slope Music Lessons. I’m a Park Slope Dad who’s proud of my son and all the students I have had the opportunity to work with for the last decade. I specialize in working with the youngest children get their start with a solid, fun experience of learning to play a real instrument. I am a multi-instrumentalist with piano, guitar, sax among others. I was one of the first VJ’s for MTV-Asia back in the early 1990’s and love all kinds of music from folk, to bluegrass to jazz to rock to pop to opera and cumbia. I’ll see you in the lessons!

Piano, Guitar, Dulcimer, Ukulele, Strumstick, Recorder, Voice, Songwriting/Composition
Lyubov “Luba” Mirzoyev

Hello! My name is Luba. I teach piano and voice and have been teaching privately as well as the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music for many years. I also accompany singers and instrumentalists. My teaching career started in college back in Moscow, Russia. After graduating from college here, in New York, I resumed teaching students of all ages, and I love every minute of it. It is very rewarding to see my students making progress in every lesson and mastering the art of playing the piano.

Piano, Voice
Frances Brodeur

Hi. My name is Frannie and I have been teaching flute, recorder and piano to children of all ages in Brooklyn since 1987. I love teaching music to small children and experiencing with them their musical growth and maturity as they progress. I have two grown sons of my own who both studied music as young children. They say that studying music gave them a new learning perspective that helps all other areas of learning, not to mention a deeper understanding and appreciation of music in general. I look forward to teaching your your child!

Flute, Piano, Recorder
Sean Spada

My name is Sean and I’ve been playing piano my whole life and teaching for over 10 years. I studied music at Boston University and the Juilliard Pre-College Program; these days I perform extensively in the NYC area with many different acts of many different styles. I’ve also toured all across the country and appeared as a performer on cruise ships. Seeing students have fun expressing themselves through music is profoundly rewarding, and I love introducing kids to the piano and helping them discover the possibilities of music.

PIano, Bass, Guitar, Voice