Greg Adams is a jazz pianist, composer, and piano teacher located in Baltimore, MD. He graduated summa cum laude from McDaniel College in 2008, earning his Bachelors in Music Theory and Composition. While at McDaniel, Greg studied both jazz and classical piano under the tutelage of Eric Byrd and David Kreider respectively. In 2010, Greg earned his Masters degree in Music with an emphasis in Jazz Piano from Towson University, where he studied with Tim Murphy and served as the teaching assistant for the Music Theory department. Greg's own jazz piano trio performs regularly around the DC/Baltimore region and was recently a headliner at the Baltimore-Washington Jazzfest. Outside of jazz, Greg is also a member of the eclectic rock/fusion band Turtle Buddy and pianist for Valley Brook Community Church in Columbia, MD.
Greg has been teaching piano lessons professionally since 2008, and creates his own arrangements and lesson plans to suit his students' varying needs and interests. Whether teaching a Miles Davis tune, a Chopin waltz, or a Radiohead song, Greg is excited to help his students explore their own creativity through the study of music.
Nancy White - brings the unique gift of inspiring her students to learn and enjoy music in a fun, yet ultimately highly educational manner. Nancy studied with Peabody instructors and has shared her talents with hundreds of students for over 20 plus years of teaching. She is great with younger children and adults love her easy going, nurturing manner. Nancy is versatile in musical styles, knowledgeable in varying piano methodologies, and most important - has infinite patience. She also teaches beginning guitar lessons.
Laura Combs – brings over 25 years of teaching experience to her students. Laura grew up in a musical family and learned her craft through many years of performance and teaching. She is equally proficient in piano and organ and has an great understanding of electronic instruments and how to use them. Laura specializes in teaching standards, pop, jazz, and gospel styles.
Laura teaches our Recreational Music Making classes for older adults - bringing her patient, warm and friendly style to these low-stress, high fun lessons. Laura is equally at home and active in teaching all ages, starting as young as age 4 (with adult present).
Bruce Anderson has over 30 years experience in music education, management and performance. Bruce graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Theory and Composition. Bruce was a product specialist and education consultant for the Education and Keyboard Divisions of Yamaha.
Bruce was a Vice Prsident and Director of Education for Jordan Kitt's Music and managed their music education programs from 1995 to 2011.
Currently as owner/director of Lutherville Music School, Bruce will teaches the Yamaha Music Education System classes and other specialty programs.
Bruce has been the organist for the Washington Capitals for 20 seasons and won an Emmy in 2014 for his work in a special segment for Caps Red Line.
Drew Wright attempted to play the piano as soon as he could walk. In elementary school, he took lessons on piano and eventually the trumpet. During a rough patch in middle school, he began playing the guitar, discovered the therapeutic nature of music, and felt called to pursue it as a career. He started a band, Asbestos, with long time friend Erik Davis to achieve this goal. Asbestos released 3 CDs, and toured throughout the country over the course of their 10 years as a band. A few years after earning a dual emphasis Music Composition and Recording Technology degree from UMBC, Asbestos split up, and Drew began working at Lutherville Rock School. He discovered a passion for helping students follow their own dreams in music, while providing them something to help negotiate the type of adolescent turbulence he had experienced. He continues this work today as the Director of Lutherville Rock School. In addition to teaching, Drew leads the Motley Choir and Bell Choir at Calvary Baptist Church in Towson and plays with The Nuffs as well as various side projects and collaborations.
Greg Wimmer began his love of music as soon as he could reach the keys of his parent's piano. After taking lessons for a while, Greg began teaching himself rock and roll by learning the music of The Beatles and Jerry Lee Lewis before progressing to the works of Elton John and Billy Joel. Greg wasn't satisfied with just learning the piano. Over the years, he has spent time playing the drums, bass, guitar, and saxophone. While he has had formal instruction from greats like Mark St. Pierre and Charles Freitag, Greg values his own exploration of instruments as the key to his success.
Along with past experience in a band, Greg has spent time in the studio. As a student, he learned the recording aspect of music from The Sheffield Institute of Recording Arts. Following his completion of his education at Sheffield, Greg interned at the studio which allowed for him to sit in on many sessions and learn from engineers and producers with Gold and Platinum credits. As a musician, Greg has played on various studio projects including working with Lutherville's own Mike Ruocco (Plunge, Cinder Road, SR-71).
While Greg plays piano, his focus lies with guitar. His teaching approach to guitar varies based on the individual student's needs, but the goal for each student is the same - to quickly get them playing their favorite music. Greg's students learn the secrets to chords, scales, shapes, positions, and ear training, in a way that takes away the intimidation factor of learning the guitar.
Greg is a graduate of University of Baltimore. He also owns and operates Boxador Music, which creates custom music for advertising, video, and web.
Chris Phillips has been playing in bands and recording from the age of 16. Appearing with groups such as The Fugitives, Modern Ruins, France and currently The Black Labels, Chris has played in historic venues like CBGB's, The Limelight and The Knitting Factory in NewYork.
Locally he has performed at all the classic Baltimore clubs - Hammerjacks, The Recher Theater, Ottobar, The Bayou and the old 9:30 Club
While drums and percussion are his primary instrument, Chris also plays guitar, bass and vocals. He likes to teach recording techniques using Garage Band and other programs to his students as well.
Chris loves to share his passion for music and performance with students of all ages.
Rose Marie Davila had an interest in music at an early age. She began lessons at the age of 7. At the age of 14, she attended Peabody Preparatory. Throughout high school, she was lead pianist in the Piano Quartet and accompanied the Madrigal choir in several occasions. At the UMBC, Rose majored in Music Performance in Piano. While there, she accompanied the Wind Ensemble and participated in various student composers’ ensembles. In 2013, Rose graduated with a Bachelor’s of Music. In addition to receiving many years of formal training and performing at local churches, she has been teaching piano to people of all ages since 2010. Rose continues to have a passion for music and looks forward to sharing this passion with others.
Ian Fairweather trained in classical piano through the Australian Conservatory of Music. He commenced teaching over 30 years ago, specializing in improvising, arranging, and personalizing music. Ian has written and taught college courses for piano and guitar. He is also actively involved in church music, and has served as the Music Minister at several churches in Australia and the USA.
Ian has worked as a professional musician and is also a piano technician, servicing and repairing pianos in the greater Baltimore area.
Paul Tokarz has been fascinated with music since the age of 12. He began by jamming with friends in various garage bands. After spending countless hours practicing guitar during his teenage years, Paul decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in music. He attended the GIT program at Musicians Institute from 2010-2012, earning an associates degree in guitar performance. While at school he was able to study under world renowned guitarists including Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Carl Verheyen, and Dean Brown. Shortly after graduating MI, Paul was able to land a gig working with Grammy award-winning producer/engineer, Gary Lux. Paul has worked as a touring guitar player as well as numerous sessions for a variety of artists. He is also an experienced guitar instructor and can play and teach most styles.
Juliana Marin is a voice teacher and arts administrator. She is a graduate from Towson University with a Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and The Peabody Conservatory with a Master of Music in vocal performance. While at Towson University, she received the Music Department Talent Award and was the first-place winner of the Dr. Sydney Lieberman Music Competition.She is a recipient of a Peabody Career Development Grant the George Woodhead Prize in Voice.
While at Towson she performed the role of Pamina in Mozart’s The Magic Flute and at Peabody, Clorinda from Rossini's La Cenerentola. She has previously been the music director of a production of Jason Robert Brown’s, Parade with Wildwood Summer Theatre in Bethesda, MD, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Drama Learning Center in Columbia, MD, and Pippin with Greenbelt Arts Center.
Ms. Marin is very passionate about bringing music into the lives of young people. Knowing she has a part in fostering appreciation of the arts and skills that go beyond the music studio is incredibly rewarding! She wants students to have fun exploring the depths of vocal music and to be bold by allowing something as personal as their voice to be heard.
When Ms. Marin is not singing, she can be found decorating, cooking or watching BBC's Sherlock and episodes of Doctor Who repeatedly
Tracy Hall has an MM in Voice Performance (University of SC), an MLS in Library Science, and a BM in Piano/Choral Music Education (UNC-Greensboro), but some of her most valuable learning took place after her formal study. She scoured the country to find the best voice teacher for her, learning valuable insights from every teacher, and then studying with Amy Burton (New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera) for several years. She participated in many training programs that helped her develop her acting and onstage presence. And performed in operas, concerts, and church music. In more recent years, her focus has been on performing popular and folk/traditional music of the world, along with composing & songwriting. She is the Music Director at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, where she plans music for worship, conducts the choirs, plays the piano, facilitates the drum circle, and coordinates special events like choir concerts and musicals. Also Tracy loves movement and dance, and she recently earned her White Belt in NIA Technique, a dance-based fitness and lifestyle system. Tracy enjoys helping every student explore and get the most beauty possible out of their vocal instrument, and she helps her students develop performance skills and confidence as well.
Connor Murray - Connor's passion for music started at young age. With both parents in bluegrass and Celtic Irish bands, it wasn’t long before Connor picked up his dad’s guitar and started finding his own voice. He continued to play guitar for the next 10 years and realized his passion for teaching in college. At this point, Connor is proficient at guitar, bass, mandolin and piano, playing all styles of music; ranging from traditional bluegrass and Irish music, to complex jazz and rock. Rediscovering the fretboard with his students and watching their eyes light up, brings meaning to his music. He has devoted his life to spreading that passion and making learning fun, by pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Towson University.
Shannon Czapla - Coming from a classical background after singing from a young age, Shannon found her passion in vocal jazz performance and is currently pursuing a bachelor degree in jazz at Towson University. She took piano and clarinet lessons from age 7 and developed an interest in teaching students and inspiring young minds to develop love and appreciation for music and the arts. Shannon currently performs in a jazz combo and jazz vocal ensemble at Towson, and gigs locally playing contemporary music. Shannon's focus lies in showing children the importance of self expression and building them up with musical technique that they can carry throughout their lives.
Emily Alexander, a soprano, is a graduate of Towson University, receiving her BA in classical Vocal Performance. She will be pursuing her masters at a conservatory in 2022. She has 15 years of piano experience and has received scholarships and awards for both acting and singing,
including winning the coveted Sanborn Voice Competition at her university, attaining an Irene Ryan nomination from the Kennedy Center for her role in the musical Rock of Ages, and placing second in the NATS regional classical vocal competition. In addition, she has worked with world
renowned opera singers Leona Mitchell and Met tenor Lawrence Brownlee in masterclasses throughout Baltimore. She has experience in both in directing and performing in choirs, plays, musicals, bands and operas, her most recent role being Edith in Towson University’s production of the opera The Pirates of Penzance. Emily has a passion for teaching students and her desire is to give others the ability to pursue their goals in healthy vocal technique and emotive performance within a positive and encouraging environment. She is incredibly excited to share and put to work her experience and skills in order to increase the abilities of her students.
Karen Gorden is a fourth-generation musician. She is a graduate of Yale University and the National Conservatory of Lyon, France, with studies in violin, piano and composition. Karen has given numerous solo recitals and chamber music performances in Europe; appeared as soloist at the Cumbria and Oxford International Festivals; and toured Italy with the SONUS contemporary ensemble. She has over fifteen years’ teaching experience - including with young children - in violin and viola, as well as piano and all aspects of music theory. She also warmly welcomes adult students. As a performer Karen thinks outside the box, and has shared the stage with artists such as Garrison Keillor and Herbie Hancock. In her experience, training in classical music creates a great foundation which can empower people to move in different musical directions - which in her case has included symphony, opera, ballet, chorus, international folk music, classic jazz, gypsy violin, Irish fiddle, and music from the movies.
Bob Adams has been giving private music instruction for piano, guitar, bass, and ukulele in the Mid Atlantic region for many years. He began playing the violin and piano at the age of six and was inspired by movie soundtracks and tunes on the radio before taking to the stage as a singing guitarist and keyboardist. His career as a band leader and performer include working with fulltime regional bands for 25 years and has performed for several world class recording artists.
Bob wants to share his music experience with as many people as possible. His philosophy of teaching is: Every student has a different background, set of experiences, goals and desires. Each should be treated uniquely in those regards. Bob’s approach to teaching not only accounts for this range of ambitions and interests, but also the opportunity for the student to find and express their own unique voice.
As a Music Composer, Audio Post Production Mixer, and Sound Designer for Discovery Channel, Bob has many television, radio, film, digital media and computer game credits. He was a 2011 Emmy Award nominee for Sound Design for a Series on the History
Bob currently performs music at a variety of churches in the area.
Noah Pierre joined Lutherville Rock School as a guitar/bass instructor. Noah has a background in various genres of music and graduated from Towson University with a degree in jazz commercial performance. He currently performs in various bands doing various styles, both on guitar and bass, throughout the Baltimore area.