Our Faculty

Tamara – Piano Teacher, Jazz Singer, Composer – Virtual

Tamara is a piano teacher, singer, pianist and composer. She is Berklee College of Music graduate, with a degree in Professional Music.

With two albums of her own, “Composer’s Ventures” and “Believer”, and extensive experience working with Russian and American music industry professionals as a singer, keyboard player and arranger, she has a lot to offer to her students.

Tamara has been teaching for few years, both in music establishments like Brooklyn Center for the Arts and private classes.

Teaching piano and voice to kids and grown-ups is Tamara’s passion. She does her best to nurture their love for music. She treats all the classes very professionally and expects her students to do the same.

Tamara is fluent in English and Russian.

Brian – Piano Teacher: Jazz Piano, Toddler & Beginner Piano division – NYC

Brian is a piano teacher, singer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer. He studied classical music in the UK, but gradually built a career teaching and performing jazz in Spain. He moved to New York few years ago to collaborate with other up and coming musicians in both performance and production.

Having played in and written for many different ensembles in all of the most popular genres of music, Brian has a deep understanding of music and an art form. Aside from preparing students to play the music of the great historic composers, he often teaches students to compose, record and produce their own music. He understands how modern pop music is engineered and layered, and can get you or your child on a path to creating your own music that makes you dance.

Brian has a deep knowledge of music theory through his dual classical and jazz background, and is adept at using the piano to help students gain an understanding of music which they can use to continue to educate themselves for the rest of their lives.

With ten years of teaching as a foundation, Brian has prepared many young players and singers for a life of musical dedication and passion. He has taught private lessons to students of all ages, as well as training different ensembles, and giving foundational lessons to full classrooms.

Brian teaches with passion and energy, and creates memorable experiences while pursuing consistent improvement.

Brian is fluent in Spanish, English, and Dutch.

Jefrey – Piano Teacher: Toddler & Beginner Piano division – NYC

Jefrey is a pianist, singer, and general music educator from Pennsylvania.

Having earned his degree in Music Teacher Education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, Jefrey has studied various methods and approaches to sharing musical concepts with students of all ages. This includes music theory, music history, ear training, and applied lessons in voice and all major instruments. His experience teaching older students mainly took place within a public school having taught high school piano courses, choir rehearsals, and general theory as a student teacher. He directed choir rehearsals and performances for his church before his peers as well. As for the younger ages, he taught general music from Kindergarten to fifth grade as well as choir rehearsals at Easton Arts Academy in Pennsylvania.

During his time at University, Jefrey has performed in multiple choirs and small ensembles both affiliated and non-affiliated with the school. He was often featured as a soloist and was the tenor section leader during his final year. Although he loves choral works and classical solo repertoire, he prefers to perform and listen to more contemporary music such as jazz, rock, and pop with Billy Joel as his favorite artist.

Jefrey believes that everybody, no matter how young or old, is an artist and has a musician waiting inside of them. He is excited to help each of his students find that inner musician and achieve their own individual goals.

Mariam – Piano Teacher & Voice Teacher – NJ

Mariam is a piano teacher, vocal coach, pre-school and K-8 Music Teacher with a love for empowering composition which reflects in her teaching style. Born in Iran of Armenian and Persian family heritage, her childhood and youth were split between Iran and Potomac, Maryland. Her educational background includes the study of piano, Italian opera and Armenian chorale while completing a BA in Special Education. After graduating, she became an inspiring piano teacher music teacher in the Armenian community in Tehran, acquiring several accolades for her award-winning children’s choir. She continued her passion for music here in the United States as a mezzo-soprano with the NJ State Opera Choir, teaching K-8 Music throughout many Catholic schools in Morris County and at the Hovnanian School in New Milford, New Jersey.

A student of the internationally known pianists Emmanuel Melik Aslanian and  Novin Afrouz, Iranian coloratura soprano Pari Zanganeh and the son of the renowned Armenian composer Tatool Altunyan, she studied piano since age 9, attending Master Classes in Lugano, Switzerland and experiencing teaching methodologies both in the States and her native Iran.  She has an innovative and student-centered approach to teaching, with a keen emphasis on inspiring creativity and composition.

Mariam is fluent in English, Armenian, Farsi and Italian.

Domantas – Classical Piano Teacher:  All Levels – Virtual

Domantas is a pianist who was born in Lithuania. He started his music studies at the age of 4 at the Kaunas Music School. In 2008 he enrolled at the M.K. Ciurlionis National School for the Arts in Vilnius to study piano with Gabriele Kondrataite and Aidas Puodziukas. After a year of study at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, he transferred to the Bard College Conservatory in NYC where he was awarded the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Scholarship at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, to study piano with Peter Serkin. In May, 2018 Karalius graduated from Bard College with Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Criticism. In May, 2020 Domantas graduated with Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with Olga Kern at Manhattan School of Music.

Domantas is fluent in English and Lithuanian.

Yoonah – Piano Teacher: Jazz Piano, All Levels – NJ

Yoonah is one of busiest pianists and composer in the East Coast. After graduating from Hanyang University (major in Composition) and Berklee College of Music (major in Piano Performance and Jazz Composition), she had honors to perform with world-renowned musicians such as Whoopi Goldberg (Actress) and Tally Sherwood (Grammy winner).

Yoonah has taught piano, composition, music theory and ensemble as many institutes. She used to work at Rider University, Boston Ballet School and ODPC Band Academy as a faculty member, coach and accompanist. Also, for the past eighteen years, Yoonah has taught private lessons to students of all ages from the beginner to the advanced level students.
Currently, Yoonah is a professional gig musician, a faculty member at BergenPAC education program, music director at Cham Doen Presbyterian Church (CDPC).

Yoonah fluent in English and Korean.

John  Classical Piano Teacher:  All Levels – NYC

 John is a South Korean pianist and teacher. His students have won competitions leading them to perform in worldwide kwon concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall Weill Hall, and the Bruno Walter Auditorium in Lincoln Center. John’s student’s also have been accepted to precollege programs in Mannes School of Music, and the Juilliard School. His students have also received satisfactory results from NYSSMA and ABRSM exams and auditions. John is currently teaching at the Manhattan School of Music under the Teaching Fellowship.

John started his musical studies at the age of 8 under his mother’s tutelage. He is the student of the eminent Oxana Yablonskaya, Zenon Fishbein, and Phillip Kawin. He has performed and won numerous accolades, scholarship awards, worldwide leading him to perform internationally. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras under the baton of Maestro Sadewhite, Maestro Strasser, and Maestro Phillipe Entremont. John also has received masterclasses with Ivan Moravec, Tamas Vasary, Claudio Mendez, Nikolai Sivelov, and Phillipe Entremont.

John is currently pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the Manhattan school of Music, under the Vera Blacker Piano Scholarship.

John is fluent in English and Korean.

Eunha Classical Piano Teacher: All Levels – NYC

Eunha is a pianist and composer with experience in many different genres encompassing classical to jazz. She began studying classical piano at six years old in South Korea, eventually moving to the United States with her parents at the age of fourteen.

Eunha is a graduate from SUNY Purchase’s graduate program in Jazz Studies in 2019. She graduated from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music with a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music in 2016.

Eunha released her debut album “Reminiscence” 2019. She is a recipient of the Pathways to Jazz Grant 2017. In 2015, Eunha was featured and selected as one of Jazz 89.3 KUVO’s “30 under 30” musicians and has toured with Red Bull Sound Select Artist “Povi.” Eunha has performed at White Plains Jazz Festival in New York, Blue Note NYC, Dizzy’s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Denver’s premier jazz clubs Dazzle and Nocturne.

As a dedicated educator, she teaches students from kindergarteners to adults and at all levels, from beginners to advanced level. She has worked as a program assistant and near-peer mentor with pre-college students at Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts in Denver.

Eunha is fluent in English and Korean.

Jemina Classical Piano Teacher: All Levels – NYC

Jemina is a New York–based composer, pianist, and vocalist.
She entered Berklee with a Presidential Scholarship and pursued studies in performance, with achievements such as arranging for the Berklee Performance Center show “The Coming” and serving as musical director of the Berklee Esperanza Spalding Ensemble. She wrote, arranged, and produced a debut album “22” when you can hear her on keys, vocals, and electronics.
As a pedagogue Jemina has been a guest speaker for the University Of Toronto (Massey College), and taught piano and vocals with an emphasis on Jazz to students of all ages and backgrounds. She is currently teaching in two Manhattan based schools Art Of Piano Playing Music School and the Anahid Syourapian Piano Studio.
She is fluent in French and English

Colleen – Early Childhood Music Educator  – Toddler Division – NYC

With over 20 years of teaching music and movement classes for students from age 2 through Lower School, Colleen’s specialty is to reinforce teachers’ curriculums through singing, movement, playing instruments, musical games and stories, and learning fundamentals of music. Through a multi-sensory, hands-on-approach to learning music, each child’s music potential is explored and developed. Percussion, Hand Bells, Recorders, and Orff instruments are taught in conjunction with the curriculum and used in performances.

In addition to a percussion background, Colleen teaches piano to all ages, including adults. After graduating Magna Cum Laude in Piano Performance with a Bachelor of Music from Covenant College, she continued her education with classes at the Juilliard School Extension Division, and has certification in the Orff, Kindermusik, and Musikgarten Methods of teaching and is also a member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association.)

Georgi Classical Piano Teacher: All Levels – NYC

Georgi was born in Montana, Bulgaria.
He started his musical education at the age of 4. In 2014 he graduated from Music High School “Lubomir Pipkov” in Sofia, Bulgaria, in the piano classes of Еmiliya Kaneva and Prof. Ludmil Angelov. In 2018 Georgi
earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from Mannes College The New School for Music in the piano classes of Prof. Pavlina Dokovska and Dr. Vladimir Valjarevic, receiving the Steinway & Sons Piano Award. In May 2020 he completed his Master of Music Degree, again, at Mannes College, majoring in Piano and minoring in Impact Entrepreneurship at the New School of Social Research.
Mr. Georgi has won an impressive number of prizes in competitions in his native Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus, Belgium, China and USA.
Georgi participated in masterclasses given by Jerome Lowenthal, Richard Goode, Vladimir Felstman, Ursula Oppens, Steven Isserlis, Ivry Gitlis, James Giles, Ludmil Angelov, etc. He has performed as a soloist and chamber in USA, China,  Cyprus, Belgium, Turkey and his native Bulgaria. Georgi has played with the most renowned Bulgarian orchestras such as Classic FM Orchestra, Sofia Philharmonic, New
Symphony Orchestra, etc. As a performer, Georgi has appeared at the Concert Hall of the Central Conservatory in Beijing, Dimotiko Theatro in Larnaca, Chateau du Lac in Brussels, Concert Hall “Bulgaria” in Sofia. In New York, he has performed at  Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall, The Union Club, the Bulgarian Consulate, the German Consulate, and the New School’s Tishman Auditorium, among others. Committed to exploration of the contemporary repertoire, Georgi has worked under the direction of various composers and took part in numerous world premieres of new works for piano and chamber ensembles. In January 2020, Georgi co-produced his first concert series, “Brahms Anthology” alongside his dear colleague and friend Jacob Savransky.

Georgi is fluent in both English and Bulgarian.

Shana Piano and Voice Teacher: Beginner and Intermediate Levels – NJ

Shana began studying voice and piano and performing in musicals and operas at the age of 6. A native of Millville, NJ, she graduated from Sacred Heart Highschool in 1994 and has performed various roles such as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, Jenny Lind in Barnum and  Maria von Trapp in The Sound of Music. While her love is voice, and, more specifically, opera and operetta, she also has prolonged experience playing the  piano and organ. In 1999 she passed the Piano Proficiency Exam at her Alma Mater, Westminster Choir College in Princeton NJ,  where she graduated with a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and Piano Studies.

Shana is currently the Music Director, Lead Vocalist and Organist at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Towaco, NJ. Shana also is a full time educator, teaching private instruction in Morris County, NJ. She currently resides in Guttenberg, in Hudson County, NJ.

Shana has taught private voice and piano lessons to students of all ages and all walks of life since 2000. She believes that the voice is the most natural and unique instrument and that everyone has a voice. She is confident that, with classical training, anyone can sing and perform any style of music. This is her first year working at Anahid Syourapian Piano Studio and is very excited for this new teaching opportunity.