Our Staff

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Alicia Kopfstein

Guitar & Ukulele

Available Sunday, Wednesday, & Saturday Alicia Kopfstein, Ph.D. is a master teacher (her students call her the “technique queen!”), classical guitarist, folk singer, ukulele player, and classical singer as well as award-winning musicologist, and published author. This broad range of experience provides her with an unusually varied perspective which enriches every lesson. A gifted communicator, […]

Nelson Dougherty

Guitar, Bass, & Ukulele

Available Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Nelson Dougherty is a multi-instrumentalist, improviser and composer. He studied Jazz and classical guitar at Brevard College where earned a Bachelor of Arts with and emphasis in Jazz. Nelson also completed the 5 week Performance Program at Berklee College of Music in Boston. In 2012 he recorded […]

Esther Haynes

Guitar, Voice & Banjo

Available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday Esther Haynes is a versatile vocalist and rhythm guitarist residing in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Her styles range from vintage jazz to swing, blues, bossas, folk, and bluegrass. Since 2002, she has been nominated for several Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies) for Debut Recording, Jazz Vocalist, Big Band […]

Joe Gallo

Guitar & Bass

Currently not accepting new students Joe Gallo is a guitarist and composer from Baltimore, Maryland. Having studied classical, jazz, rock and blues in depth, Joe provides his students with a diverse and interconnected understanding of the instrument. His goal is to incorporate both classical technique and jazz improvisation in lessons, to give students a broader […]

Nick Fliakas

Guitar, Bass, Piano & Ukulele

Available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays Nick has worked for years as a multi-instrumentalist and singer in the Washington, D.C., area. He has played music around the world and at such D.C. venues as the 9:30 Club, the Black Cat, and the Rock & Roll Hotel. Nick teaches a variety of musical styles from […]

Tom Kitchen

Guitar, Ukulele, Piano & Mandolin

Available Wednesdays and Fridays Tom Kitchen has been straddling musical genres ever since he picked up the guitar. While playing in the Virginia Tech Jazz Big Band, conducted by the late Joe Kennedy, Jr., Tom was belting out Bob Dylan covers in local dives at night. After finishing his Bachelor of Arts under the tutelage […]

Hayley Gayne

Violin, Voice & Piano

Saturdays Hayley Gayne began playing music at the age of eight, starting with classical violin, which gave her the opportunity to play with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra during her teenage years. After high school, she decided to pursue her dream of singing, and got accepted into Berklee College of Music as a voice major. During […]

Brock Holmes

Guitar, Bass, Piano & Ukulele

  Available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday Brock Holmes has performed and taught in the D.C. area for more than 30 years. In 2008, he was Music Director of the 2008 production of the British Embassy Players “Music Hall,” and of the Hexagon Club’s all-original musical comedy review, Stars and Gripes Forever! As […]

Available Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Saturday Gjinovefa Sako is both a distinguished pianist and experienced piano teacher. She has over 30 years of experience as a piano instructor, working with diverse populations in a professional teaching environment. Displaying a genuine interest in music and teaching piano concepts to people of all ages including […]