Cheryl Dobson bio & pic coming soon!
Lydia auf dem Kampe born in Mecklenburg, Germany, started playing the piano at age 6. Music has always been part of her life. Up until her College years she successfully took part in piano competitions all over Germany and sang in various choirs. Piano and voice became an integral part of her studies at University of Potsdam in Germany where she received her “Deutsches Staatsexamen“ in Music Education and English as a Second Language. Awarded with a Fulbright Travel Grant Lydia attended the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in 2005/2006. Passionate about teaching music and encouraging musical talent Lydia has taught the piano to students all ages, launched and led choirs and provided early music education. She worked as a highschool teacher for Music and English as a Second Language before she moved to Charlotte in 2014.
Stephanie Heins Sendlewski was born and raised on Long Island. She began playing piano at age 4, and started playing viola and violin during elementary school. During her high school years, Stephanie realized she wanted to be a music teacher. Senior year, she received the National Choral Award and was named a Long Island Scholar Artist. After attending All State and All Eastern music conferences as a teenager, Stephanie attended the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York, College at Potsdam. She taught on Long Island for just over a year before deciding to relocate to North Carolina. Stephanie is currently the Chorus and Orchestra director at South Iredell High School in Iredell Statesville Schools.
Christopher Jones started playing guitar at 19. He has been teaching for the past 17 years first in Charlotte and now in Davidson & Cornelius. His focus has been primarily on playing jazz and improvised music, leading his own trio, and playing in solo or duo settings. He has also played in everything from cover/wedding bands, original projects, and orchestras for local college shows or musicals.
Christopher has a degree from Queens University in Music Therapy. Coming in as a transfer student the intense 2 years spent in the program helped strengthen his piano and vocal skills, along with giving him the foundation in the various approaches to music therapy and ways that it is used with different ages and populations. He also learned the basics of classical guitar technique and some of the repertoire.
His approach to teaching is based on the fundamentals (reading music, theory, and ear training) especially for younger students, as he feels it is important to have a basic grasp of music and how it is written and played. At the same time he strives to make it interesting and fun for them as well. Concerning adolescents and adults he tailors the lesson to whatever musical goals they may have.
He believes that anyone regardless of age can learn how to play either the guitar or piano but it is important for the prospective student to know why he or she wants to. It is this reason that will help them as they work toward their musical goals. Chris knows that not everyone taking lessons plans on being a professional or even semi-professional musician but he his very quick to point out that playing an instrument is not easy. It requires time, patience, perseverance and above all practice on the part of the student. If a student is well aware of this going into the lessons then Chris is certain that he can help them reach their musical goals.