Instructors

Joshua Kerns

Wind  Ensemble, Voice, Piano, Guitar, Bass

Joshua Kerns is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo State College where he focused on trumpet and education. In his spare time he plays piano and is a singer songwriter in the styles of Jazz, Hip Hop, and R&B. He teaches at Boulevard Music Lessons as well as Performing Arts Music. Joshua has the ability to teach most band instruments as well as guitar, bass, piano and ...
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Jennifer VanDuzer-Kerns

Jen graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Buffalo State College in May 2015, specializing in Voice. She is the owner of Performing Arts. She has played piano and performing voice for many years. Jennifer was the President of the Buffalo State chapter of the National Association of Music Education and is still an active member. She is known for singing Soprano Arias by Mozart, Duparc, Liszt, and Copland to name ...
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Josh English

Drums

Josh graduated from Villa Maria College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Industry in 2015. Having played drums for over 19 years, Josh is a very versatile instructor, fluent in many styles of drumming including rock, blues, funk, jazz, and many more. Currently, Josh plays with Buffalo rock supergroup Grosh, in addition to playing and recording with numerous artists both local, national and international. Josh is a very high energy instructor ...
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Joe Childs

Guitar & Banjo

Joe is a professional recording artist, performer, and educator. In addition to being one of the founders of two private music schools in Western NY, Boulevard Music Lessons in Tonawanda and Performing Arts located in Depew, NY, he is also director of guitar at Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart. His musical repertoire consists of many styles that include blues, folk, classical, rock, country and jazz. Additionally Joe is ...
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MaryBeth King

Guitar, Piano, Voice & Ukulele

MaryBeth has been teaching a variety of instruments for the past nine years.  She has been adding new techniques and teaching skills to really improve her craft and keep her students laughing and having fun.  In lessons she encourages her students to work on performing in shows and do their very best.  She received her Bachelor’s of Music degree in performance from Villa Maria College of Buffalo. Not only has she played in the Western New York area, ...
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Scott Keller

Drums & Percussion

Scott Keller has been playing drums and percussion for over 40 years. He has performed locally in bands playing various styles including: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Progressive Rock, Rockabilly and Americana. He has studied with Michael Bookspan and Gerald Carlyss from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Lynn Harbold of the Buffalo Philharmonic and at the University of Buffalo with Jan Williams. Scott currently performs with the Sam Marabella Band ...
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Marcus Roper

Guitar & Piano

Marcus Roper is a Jazz, Blues, Funk, and Classical Guitarist from NYC who is finishing up his Bachelors in Music Education. He has been teaching guitar ever since he started playing & believes in teaching music first through ear and then through notation because we learn languages in the same way. He believes that all children should be at least exposed to different genres of music because you never ...
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Marissa O'Connor

Voice, Piano, Drama, & Musiking

Voice, Piano, Drama, & Musiking Marissa is a classically trained vocalist from Buffalo State College. She graduated with a B.A. in Music and Psychology. She studied under Dr. Joseph Spann at Buffalo State. Since graduating, she has begun another music program to complete her certification in Music Therapy. With her students, Marissa encourages them to find their own sound as well as creating their own music and ...
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Travis Richards Krupinski

Guitar

Travis Richards Krupinski is an experienced musician who has played with an array of Western New York bands. Travis has been playing instruments for his entire life and he first picked up a guitar over 12 years ago. Since he picked up his first guitar, he has been growing as a guitarist while also experimenting with other instruments, including banjo, bass, and mandolin. Throughout his career, Travis has played alongside ...
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Erin Szymanski

String, Piano, Guitar and Musiking

Erin graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a Bachelors in Education with a concentration in Music. She has had over 4 years of teaching experience in the classroom and 10 years in private setting. Erin has been a member of the Warren Civic Symphony Orchestra for 6 years and has been part of the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra since 2015. Ms. Erin is able to teach violin and ...
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Elizabeth Klimek

Voice and Musiking

A recent graduate of the University at Buffalo, Ms. Klimek holds a Master’s in Vocal Performance, as well as a Master’s in Music History, with a concentration in opera and musical theatre. She also holds a Bachelor in Arts, with a concentration in Music from Nazareth College of Rochester. Ms. Klimek has participated in the Cadenza Workshop with Dr. Mario Martinez and Professor Sebnem Mekinulov. In Buffalo, she has ...
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Kate Seres

Vocal Instructor

Kate is a vocalist and songwriter who has been singing for over 15 years, and has been teaching voice for over two years. She also dabbles in piano, guitar, and ukulele and is currently recording her first original album with Glenn Bernardis of GB Audio. Aside from being a musician, Kate is a writer and published playwright. Kate specializes in teaching teenage and adult singers who are either just ...
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Alessia Paolini

Voice & Piano Instructor
Italian soprano Alessia Paolini received her second Master’s Degree in Voice Performance from Houghton College (N.Y) in May of 2018. In 2015 she earned a Master’s degree in Voice at the Conservatory of Music of L’Aquila, her hometown, where she also earned a BA in Piano Performance.
She has performed in France, Sweden, Italy, Austria, and New York City. Alessia loves teaching and she has been teaching ...
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Mike Alessi

Voice, Piano, Musiking

Mike is currently a student of the Master's of Music Education Graduate Program at the University at Buffalo, and has over a decade of musical experience. He graduated from Canisius College in 2018 with a Bachelor's Degree in Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance. Additionally, he has been heavily involved in a wide variety of choirs, a cappella groups, and musical theatre productions. During his time performing in Canisius, ...
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Rafi Bloomberg

Guitar & Bass
Raised in Williamsville, NY, Rafi graduated from Buffalo State College, State University of New York in May of 2020 with a Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Letters. His academic focus was Digital Music Production. He is a rock music composer, audio engineer and multi-instrumentalist. Rafi is also a member of the Audio Engineering Society, and he recently participated in the AES national conference in New York City. He owns ...
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