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Mr. Griffin Backer
Mr. Griffin Backer graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. He is currently pursuing a Master's degree at Queens College in teaching. His professional studies include learning educational pedagogy and classroom management skills.
Mr. Backer was an afterschool instructor in Queens in which his responsibilities were to facilitate a learning environment for students to complete their assigned schoolwork. He has also engaged in one-to-one tutoring sessions. He was also a substitute teacher who drafted and executed lesson plans for various students from grades K-12. During his time as a substitute instructor, he also practiced classroom management to ensure students followed tasks and directions.
Mr. Backer is the current staff at Juliet Music and Art Center for the After-school department. He assists with homework help as well as additional after-school activities.
Ms. Antonia Szilagi
Ms. Antonia Szilagi is a Voice and Piano instructor whose professional studies include LaGuardia High School and the Mannes School of music. She had an extensive career as a cross over singer including Off Broadway, Young Audience tours and regional opera.
She has taught private students and groups for over 20 years in a variety of Music Schools in the New York area. Her students have been accepted to many prestigious music schools and some are currently performing professionally.
In addition to being a music instructor, she has also worked as an early childhood teacher in various nursery schools in New Orleans and New York, including Mommy and Me programs.
She is currently on staff at the Juliet Music and Art where she assists with homework help and additional afterschool activities.
Ms. Noriko Tomikawa
Ms. Noriko Tomikawa graduated from the Toho Gakuen School of Music with a Bachelors of Music in Piano performance.
She is a current staff at the Juliet Music and Art for the piano department. Her teaching style includes a variety of musical genres including Jazz, classical, and sight reading. She was an accompanist for vocal classes in Japan as well as a piano instructor at the Collective School of Music.
Her performing experience includes various styles of music from Jazz, Latin and Caribbean.
Mr. Rintaro Mikami
Mr. Rintaro Mikami is a current staff at the Juliet Music and Art for the Drum department. He is an enthusiastic drummer who is skilled in lessons for a variety of talents and levels. His drumming method is built from five fundamental categories, which are techniques, coordination, reading, styles of music, and the most importantly, having fun. This allows students to improve in most efficient and joyful way.
Mr. Rintaro has performed in a variety of venues in the New York area which includes festivals and schools. His musical style includes Jazz, fusion, Latin and Rock. His education is from The New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music with a Bachelors of Fine Arts.
Ms. Keiko Hira
Ms. Keiko Hira is a Voice and Piano instructor whose professional studies are from the Musashino Academia Muscae in Tokyo, Japan with a Masters degree in Vocal and Musical education.
Her teaching experience includes being a music teacher in the Preschool of America in New York and has taught piano lessons individually. She has also performed extensively in a variety of Asian countries.
Ms. Keiko is also a part of the SAG AFTRA which is a screen actors guild for radio and television arts.
Ms. Keiko Hira is a current staff at the Juliet Music and Art for piano, voice and Chinese lessons on an individual basis.
Ms. Hui Wang
Mrs. Hui Wang is currently a staff at the Juliet Music and Art Center for the Violin department.
Mrs. Wang received her bachelor’s degree from the Yunnan Arts Institute in China for her bachelor’s degree in Violin/Viola major. She also received her master’s degree in the music education program at Lehman College.
Ms. Wang has performed with various orchestras in the US, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Her teaching experience includes teaching violin and performing skills at the Yunnan Arts Institute, private lessons and engaged in music activities and taught special needs students. Her teaching style includes the use of the Suzuki method. She has worked in the Department of education for K-12.
Mr. Tomoya Ogawa
Mr. Tomoya Ogawa graduated from the Koyo Conservatory Kobe in Japan with a Music degree in Guitar performance. He also graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a Bachelors of music in Jazz composition and performance.
His style of music includes Jazz, Rock, R&B and has performed for different venues in the New York area including different parts of the US and international tours.
Mr. Tomoya Ogawa is a current staff at the Juliet Music and Art for the guitar department. His teaching experience includes Guitar and piano lessons on an individual basis for studios in the New York area.
Mr. Jack Li
Mr. Jack Li graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors of Music.
Mr. Jack Li is a current staff at the Juliet Music and Art for the Guitar department. His experience includes being a guitar instructor on an individual basis. He helped to develop customized lesson plans to help students identify their needs to reach their goals. His teaching background also includes electric guitar.
Ms. M. Jean Keh
Ms. Jean Keh Myung is a professional pianist who has a passion for teaching Piano lessons, harmony and music theory. She has taught students for more than 20 years who have performed in recitals with great success. Her teaching experience includes the Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory and Metronome School of Music.
Her professional education is from the Julliard School of Music with a Masters degree in music. She has also studied at the Musikakademie Musik School in Austria.
Her awards include the Morton B. Knafel Memorial Scholarship from the Julliard School. She was a first prize winner at the Elena Rombro-Stepanow Piano competition in Vienna, Austria and a first prize winner at the Temple University Summer Music Festival Piano competition.
Ms. Kelly Tang
Ms. Kelly Tang graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan with a BFA in 2D Animation. She has been studying Fine Arts at a young age and attended programs in Cooper Union. She also attend various ateliers and classes of independent artists in the city and participated in 2D animated video projects. Her passion in Art begins with a strong foundation to start drawing anything you want, regardless of age. She has experience in creating portfolios for high school and college art exams and projects for contests.
She can work in many medias including but not limited to pencil, charcoal, watercolor, acrylic paints, gouache paints, oil paints, printmaking, sculpture and many more. She highly encourages students to explore art and out of the comfort zone, while still sharpening and developing basic drawing and observational skills and keeping marking art fun.