Meet the piano Staff
Piano, Voice & Saxophone
Molly began her music career in her family's band called Self Animation where she recorded and performed both original and cover songs as a singer, pianist, and saxophonist.
Her frequent moves around NJ have led her to study music at The County College of Morris, Essex, and Union. She had been in select ensembles for singing, jazz piano, and saxophone. She has recorded at the famous Cutting Room Studio in New York and worked with artists such as Frankie Zulferino, Christina Salgado, and Robert Tolppi.
Molly has played piano and sang in many live performances, both as a soloist and in the band No Time Lost. Her most notable performance was at the Dunkin Lounge at iHeartRadio. She continues to record original songs both written by herself, her father, and her maternal grandpa. Recent videos of Molly singing and playing piano can always be found on her well-known and verified TikTok page (@mollymusicandstuff).
When she's not making music she's probably painting or playing with cats.
Voice & Piano
Lauren Brodowski is a current graduate student, studying Music Therapy, at Montclair State University. She received her Bachelors in Music Performance from Kean University in 2018. While at Kean, she not only was a full-time student but also taught dance to a wide range of students in her spare time. Music has always been a huge part of Lauren's life. She has been involved with her school's music programs including choir, dance, cheerleading, and theater from the second grade all the way through her Bachelor's degree. She is excited to continue working with students teaching both voice and piano lessons. She marries her degrees and current focus in music therapy by working with each individual student to create a learning plan that meets their goals and expectations.
Piano & Voice
Hazel is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, where she studied organ with Alan Morrison. She holds bachelors' of music degrees in Organ Performance and Sacred Music.
Hazel has held organist positions in churches throughout New Jersey, and has performed with the Westminster Symphonic Choir at Carnegie Hall and the Kimmel Center. Most recently, she was the Director of Music at the Community Church of Mountain Lakes, where she worked with choirs and ensembles of all ages to bring the joy of music to the community.
She enjoys performing all styles of music, from classical repertoire to ensemble jazz to modern music that perhaps doesn’t usually get heard on a pipe organ, even if she has to write it herself. Hazel has been enjoying scoring music for and performing live accompaniment for classic silent films, such as by Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.
When Hazel is not making music, she enjoys rollerblading, knitting, and spending time with her parrot.
Piano, Guitar & Bass
Josep Mejia is a musician, producer, and audio engineer from Elizabeth, NJ. He started studying guitar at the age of 12 and quickly developed a passion for music that led him into exploring all dimensions of it. Josep has worked with students of all ages and skill levels for over 4 years, helping them develop a good relationship with music and improve their musical abilities in piano, guitar, and bass. His motto as a teacher is “Be 1% better every day.”
Josep has been involved in the NJ/NY local music scene, having played in numerous venues and gigs with his band Los Vincis and other local artists. He continues to play live, produce and release original music, always striving to get better and always eager to learn more.
Guitar, Bass, Piano & Ukulele
Brett began playing music at a young age and learned a variety of instruments including guitar, piano, drums, and others while growing up. He is originally from the Central Coast of California, where after graduating high school he performed regularly in multiple bands at local wineries, restaurants, and breweries. While still in the area, he earned his bachelor’s degree at CSU Channel Islands and started teaching music lessons.
Brett relocated to New Jersey in recent years and began working at RMC, where he enjoys teaching all styles of music in private lessons and group Rockshops. He teaches with a focus on technical development and adapts his student’s lessons to fit their specific musical goals. His main priority as a music teacher is to help his students cultivate a lifelong enjoyment and understanding of music.
Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet, Voice & Piano
Dan Hutchinson is rapidly becoming one of the most recognizable faces on the Jersey shore music scene. A student of Andy Fusco (Buddy Rich) and Walt Weiskopf (Steely Dan), Dan has played in hundreds of venues on the east coast with several bands. He currently performs with 9South, the Jonzes, The Joe Baracata Band, Michelle Moore (the E Street Band), the Nerds, and pop artist Frankie Zulferino. In addition to playing various wind instruments and piano, Dan is also a singer. As a founding member of the Garden State Sound Quartet, he has sung at the Crossroads in Garwood, several town concerts, and at the Union County Performing Arts Center as an opening act for Voiceplay. Dan’s passion for music developed at a very young age, and his favorite way to channel that passion is in attempting to inspire the same love for it in his students. After majoring in music education at Kean University, he decided that the public school music scene wasn’t for him, and that he would flourish much more in a 1-on-1 lesson environment. He is proud to be on the RMC teaching roster since 2013.
Piano, Voice, bass & drums
Justin Witwick is a New York/New Jersey-based teaching artist. As a recent graduate of the University of Delaware, Justin holds a degree in Vocal Performance.
Through his studies and experiences, Justin is proficient in teaching voice in the styles of Musical Theater, Classical/Opera, Rock, Pop, and Jazz. Besides vocal training, Justin also brings his piano, drums, bass, composing, and conducting knowledge to RMC Studios.
As a performer, Justin has held many principal roles at the University of Delaware and many other theatres. Some of his credits include; Gabe in Next to Normal, Troy Bolton in High School Musical, Ferrando in Cosi Fan Tutte, and Ichabod Crane in Hearts of the Hollow. Justin is still performing and auditioning as well as teaching. Every single performance is an opportunity to learn and reciprocate knowledge to create the next generation of performers!
Piano, French Horn, Guitar, Bass & Ukulele
Jasni McGrail started her musical journey as a student at RMC and has continued as a member of our staff. Jasni has studied piano, french horn, bass guitar and is self-taught on guitar and ukulele. Her biggest musical inspirations and influences are Queen, Elton John, and The Beatles because of how they broke the rules of music and inspired real change in our music culture.
Jasni is an active member of the RMC Teacher Band, accompanying students on both piano and bass guitar. When she is not teaching or performing, Jasni assists with songwriting and recording projects with RMC students. She enjoys helping students find their passion and voice with their music, creating something that they can be proud of.
trumpet, brass, guitar, bass, drums & piano
George Maher is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in jazz trumpet performance at Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University. At school, George performs with RU's Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of trombonist, Professor Conrad Herwig. This group has had the privilege of performing at The Blue Note jazz club in New York City, and has performed with guest artists such as, Orrin Evans, Michael Phillip Mossman, Tanya Darby, and Joe Magnarelli.
George originally hails from Connecticut where for three years of high school where he attended the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, in Hartford, CT. At the Academy, George performed in a small ensemble under the director of Jimmy Greene, and Kris Allen. He also performed in the award winning Academy Big Band, lead by Douglas Maher.
Piano, Bass, Guitar & Voice
Kara Bohorquez is a graduate of Montclair State University, John J. Cali School of Music with a BA in classical Bass performance. She has performed at Carnegie Hall 6 times with prestigious artists such as Sarah McLachlan and James Galway. In addition to her classical studies, Kara has also been trained in other styles of music, particularly jazz, and has taken up a variety of instruments.
Kara is equipped to teach upright Bass, electric Bass, Piano, Guitar, Vocals and theory. Kara has toured the country with NJ Break Contest winners, “Wyland,” and even headlined events such as the Skate and Surf Music Festival. With her experience in performing,
Kara specializes not only in teaching instruments but also helping her students build up the confidence to either play for an audience or to just discover their passion for music.
Piano, Violin & Viola
Eric graduated from Rutgers University: Mason Gross School of Arts with a degree in Viola Performance. He studied under Lark Quartet Violist, Kathryn Lockwood and Philadelphia Orchestra principal Violist C.J Chang. Has been studying music since the age of 5, starting with Violin and then Piano at the age of 7, and switching to Viola prior to college. Eric has extensive experience with NJ Regional and All-State auditions, and has attended the International Chamber Music Course Festival in China and Italy. Eric has several years of experience teaching music using an adaptive and holistic approach. He has also had success teaching students with physical and mental disabilities using violin and piano as a source of physical therapy. He also has experience preparing students for advanced orchestra auditions and chamber group auditions in public schools. Having been engrossed in music for over two decades, he is always eager to share his experiences.
Voice, Piano, & Ukulele
Liz Robbins has been singing and studying music for her entire life, thanks to her musical family and upbringing. She completed her Bachelor’s in Music Education at Berry College in Rome, GA, her home state. During this time, Liz studied voice and piano privately in addition to being the assistant choir director and co-teaching Kindermusik classes on campus.
Liz began working for RMC while completing her Master’s in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Here Liz found her true passion for understanding the singing mechanism and how to utilize it healthily for a variety of styles and genres. She is trained in and performs Classical/Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, Rock, Folk/Country and Contemporary Commercial Music. Liz’s primary goal as a music educator is to help all of her students find and cultivate their passion for music, no matter what the genre or style!
Piano & Voice
Mayling Martinez was exposed to music at the very early age of two. Always singing, her family quickly realized she had a very unique singing voice. Mayling began her formal piano studies at 5 years old.
In her years as a student, she participated in the National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT), a prestigious organization that offers piano exams with well qualified judges worldwide grading these certificates. Mayling graduated with high honors from the Piano Guild in 1999. She subsequently obtained her teaching certificate in 2000, and has continued to hold a large private studio of talented and dedicated piano students for more than 20 years.
This naturally led her to her studies at the Kean Conservatory, where she studied piano and voice performance with a minor in Psychology. At the Kean Conservatory, Mayling began as a piano performance major under the instruction of world renowned pianists Dr. Martha Marchena and Dr. Allison Brewster Franzetti, also a Latin Grammy nominee. Mayling quickly realized her desire to be a vocalist as well, and participated in numerous ensembles under the direction of Dr. Mark Terenzi, including the Chamber Music Program, the Concert Choir, and was featured as a soloist numerous times in the Chorale, the Percussion Ensemble, and the Jazz Ensemble. Mayling performed two Piano Concertos with members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. As a vocalist, she is well versed to perform many musical styles including Classical Art Songs, Lieder, Opera, Jazz, Pop, and various Latin American genres. Mayling graduated with a Bachelor’s degree Cum Laude in Music Performance from Kean University.
Mayling believes that music has the power to truly heal, inspire and transform lives. She intends to use her musical gifts to empower students to have fun and enjoy the process of discovering their unique talents while developing their full potential. Fun Fact: Mayling played with her first professional Latin music band as the principal keyboardist at the age of 14, and has performed with numerous other local Latin bands for many years.
guitar, bass, drum, Piano & Ukulele
John has been playing piano since the age of 6 and playing drums, bass, and guitar since the age of 10. John has been teaching and instructing students on these instruments for the past 3 years. John draws his influences from many genres and artists, including Led Zeppelin, The Police, as well as D’Angelo and James Jamerson. In his free time, John writes music in various genres including; R&B, Bossa Nova, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Rock.
John has studied under many teachers over the years for each instrument. Most recently, John studied under Carlos Vazques of Mason Gross College of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he focused on Conga Performance.
This past year, John earned his degree in Education from Middlesex County College, and he will be going on to study English and Music Education at Kean University.
John has found a passion for teaching students of any age, from beginner to advanced skill levels. His approach to teaching is student-centered: he focuses on the students' interests and needs. From there, he helps his students build the skills necessary to be able to play the genres and songs that interest them most.
Violin & Piano
Salome is a violinist and pianist. She has been playing both the violin and piano since the age of 8. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's degree at the Mannes School of Music in New York City. As part of her degree, she is also currently studying music composition and arranging.
Over the years, Salome has performed in masterclasses with world-famous violinists in Europe and in the US. She has attended and been invited to participate in the festivals such as Bowdoin International Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, Menuhin Academy Summer Masterclass series, and many more. She played numerous charity concerts and has programmed and performed two solo recitals.
Salome is originally from Georgia, Tbilisi, which is where she attended and graduated high school and music school. She regularly performs as a solo violinist and pianist, and also plays in chamber groups in and around the New York area.
guitar, piano, Voice, Drums, Bass & Ukulele
Jesse brings 15 years of teaching experience. He studied piano and composition at Rutgers University on a scholarship. Jesse's musical training coupled with on-stage experience (Limelight, Knitting Factory, CBGBs) has helped him guide and inspire many musicians.
He focuses on building a strong technical grounding on the instrument. His lessons are tailored around the student's goals and musical taste.
In addition to teaching Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass, Ukulele, & Voice, Jesse also teaches songwriting, music theory, and arranging. He has experience teaching all age ranges and levels. He has taught total beginners to advanced students.
guitar, Bass, piano, drums & ukulele
Anthony Alejandro Martínez (Tony) is a Music Composition post-senior at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts. He is of Ecuadorian and Spanish descent. Although music composition and the curiosity to learn piano came to him later in life, he writes in various genres. His culture and knowledge range from jazz, blues, Latin jazz, South American folklore, waltz, Caribbean, hip-hop, r&b, rap, pop, Latin music, classical, contemporary, ballads, film scoring, and hints of soul and gospel.
He has arranged and performed as a pianist at local Latin Jazz festivals, for the former president of Ecuador Rafael Correa at St. Johns University, and some of his works are performed at Nicholas Music Center as well as other venues at Mason Gross. He currently plays and teaches piano, Venezuelan “cuatro,” “charango” (a 10-string instrument from Ecuador), electric bass, guitar, percussion including Latin percussion, ukulele, music composition, film scoring, songwriting including musicals, and music technology and production.