keylab teachers

Ages 8 and up. Piano, Drums, Songwriting, Production, Music Theory

Adrian is a pianist specializing in rock, jazz, and beginning classical piano, and is the founder and director of Keylab. He has done a little bit of everything, with some highlights including opening for artists such as Terence Blanchard, Larry Coryell, K.D.Lang, and the Charles Neville Quartet at the legendary Blue Note in New York; writing music for films and radio productions aired on PBS and NPR;  and working as a dance accompanist at Skidmore College for several years, where he had the opportunity to play classes for troupe members from some of the best modern dance companies in the world including Martha Graham, Mark Morris, Lar Lubovitch, Robert Battle and The Netherlands Dans Theater. Adrian has been featured on numerous recordings by other artists, and has recorded two discs as a leader: 'Standardized' on WEPA records, and the all original, self-released disc 'Delphic'.

Elif Sanchez

Ages 7 and up. Piano, Voice, Performance Coaching, Songwriting

Elif's journey began at home in Istanbul, Turkey. Her mother musically trained her until she turned 10. She auditioned for Istanbul University State Conservatory and was accepted with the highest score. She studied classical performance on oboe and English horn. She performed at many significant venues in Turkey, as well as traveling internationally to play in festivals. In 2011, She auditioned for Bahcesehir Jazz School. She got accepted as a jazz vocalist with a full scholarship and received a diploma. At the same time, she graduated from Istanbul University State Conservatory winning 3rd place in the “Outstanding Success Award.”  

 

Elif decided to expand her horizons and finish college in the United States. In 2013, she auditioned for Berklee College of Music and got accepted with a very generous scholarship, studying jazz performance on oboe and voice. She shared the stage with many great musicians such as Jacob Collier, David Liebman, Terence Blanchard, Antonio Serrano, Tigran Hamasyan, Pablo Ziegler, Dream Theater, Javier Limón, and Guinga.

 

She is currently in New York, working on different musical projects, teaching and producing her album to be released on April 2020. 

Eli Cohen

Ages 5 and up. Drums, Percussion, Songwriting, Music Production

Eli Cohen is a drummer, songwriter and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2018 he graduated with a degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory, where he studied with jazz drumming legend Billy Hart. He is an actively performing drummer in many styles, including R&B, jazz, country, klezmer and pop music. 

Hanna Lee

Ages 5 and up. Piano, Voice

Hanna recently earned her doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin as the recipient of the Willa Stewart Setseck Scholarship. She holds a Master of Music from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Music from Korea National University of the Arts, from which she graduated summa cum laude. Hanna is great with both kids and adults, and enjoys teaching a wide variety of students in the New York City area.

Lacy Quin

Ages 5 and up. Piano, Voice, Guitar and Ukelele

Since 2010 Lacy has been a private music teacher in piano.  She is always looking to grow musically and personally in order to find the best ways to balance music in her life. Her instruments have branched out to include voice, guitar and ukelele.   She was raised by a teacher, so teaching comes naturally to her, and she loves to see the spark of learning in a student.  

 

No stranger to the stage, she has the following credits of performance:  traveled to various churches in MS with choirs, performed at DisneyWorld, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade with America Sings, St. Pauls, St. Martin, and Canterbury Cathedral in England, Showchoir Camps of America as a counselor, SXSW multiple years, back-up singer with Los Coast at Austin City Limits, ROT rally with Los Ramones (Ramones cover band), and various Austin music venues. 

Her career in music education, while in Austin, started at the Pfluger-Rock School of Music in Pflugerville and then transitioned to Lone Star School of Music in Austin before breaking off into her own private studio.  One of her favorite memories was when her longest lesson taking student placed 2nd chair her first year of middle school violin.  She organized 4 recitals for her students the last years she was in Austin.  


One thing that sets her apart is her curiosity in the wheel of music not only as an art but also as a business.  She is not only a student of music theory, composition, ear training, and chart reading; but she has also been on the music business side as well in street teaming volunteering, street teaming managing, merchandise, manager’s assistant during a Boyz II Men performance at a wedding, artist liaison for a VR company, and, most importantly, an enthusiastic audience member.  


Her view on music is one of a Renaissance approach where a human is fully rounded out by having music in their life, and she looks forward to speaking to you about your family and their music goals.  

Ages 5 and up. Guitar, Songwriting, Production, Electronic Music, Beginning Piano

Matthew Ryals is an electronic musician, guitarist, and instructor based in New York City. Last summer saw the release of his first full-length album, which was followed by a 20-date tour across the East Coast and Midwest. Recent collaborative highlights include his work with The Movement Project, a contemporary dance company based in Cleveland, and Cleveland State University's Dance Department. His music is featured in two of the films that comprise the series, The Fixers, which was exhibited at SPACES gallery in Cleveland and Smack Mellon in New York City. As the inaugural Kulas Composer Fellow at Cleveland Public Theatre for the 16/17 and 15/16 Seasons, Matthew created an original electronic music score for the plays Feefer Rising and Red Ash Mosaic. As an instructor, Matthew has taught guitar for more than 11 years and regularly keeps a studio of all ages and levels. He holds a M.M. in guitar from Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with world-renowned and grammy-winning guitarist, Jason Vieaux. He holds a B.M. in guitar from Arkansas State University where he studied with Timothy Crist.

Natalia Pavolotckaia

Ages 5 and up. Piano, voice, music production, songwriting, beginning piano

Former Russian pop idol Natalia Pavolotckaia is a professional singer, arranger, composer, songwriter, vocal teacher, songwriting and composing instructor and a stage craft coach with a London's Bachelor degree (Higher diploma) in music performance. 

She has a masters degree from the Institute of contemporary music performance (ICMP - London), and has been working in the music industry since 2003. 

She is very interested in different genres of music, and is able to work with students in most styles. 

Paul Sanchez

Ages 7 and up. Drumset, Beginning Piano, Guitar, Bass, Trumpet, Music Production, Songwriting

Paul Sanchez is a trumpeter from Quito, Ecuador, who began his musical career
at a very young age studying at the National Conservatory and the Brass Band of
Ecuador. Years later he enrolled at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito,
which exposed him to jazz big bands as a young teenager, and consequently
allowed him to play with well-known jazz musicians such as Brad Goode, Jeff
Galindo, Elizabeth Dotson, Greg Badolato, Rick Peckham, and Antonio Hart.
In 2009, Paul earned a full scholarship at the University of North Texas, where he
took lessons from Rodney Booth, Mike Steinel and Lynn Seton. One year later
he won first place as melodic instrument for the 2010 Ecuador-US Jazz Envoy
competition which gave him a feature with the quartet under the same name.
With them, he attended the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops, and
performed several concerts finishing at the prestigious Kennedy Center in
Washington D.C.
In March 2011, Paul was awarded a Presidential Scholarship from Berklee
College of Music where he continued his higher music education. While at
Berklee Paul continued his performance career sharing the stage with well
known artists such as Paquito D’ Rivera at the Carnegie Hall, Alejandro Sanz at
the Latin Grammys, Antonio Sanchez at the BPC , Dream Theater and many
more. Along performing Paul has a long career as a recording artist, he has
recorded with many artist wining many awards around the world between them
two Grammy Nominations.
Now Paul is based in NYC and he is working on his debut album along with
teaching, performing, arranging and producing various projects around the world.

Sam Talmadge

Ages 5 and up. Guitar, Piano, Music Production & Songwriting

Sam Talmadge is a songwriter, fingerpicker, and composer/arranger based in Brooklyn, NY

Drawing from the guitar styles of John Hurt and Elizabeth Cotten, the compositional rigor of L.V. Beethoven, and the lyricism and narrative of a long list of writers, Sam has fused these influences together into a new kind of song; compact, sincere, and at times, funny. The subject matter in Sam's songwriting ranges from unrequited love to fairy tales of climate change denial to the intricacies of sleep deprivation.

Sam also performs solo fingerpicking/ragtime guitar, playing the music of Gary Davis, Elizabeth Cotten, Blind Blake and others as well as arranging and performing well known rags by Scott Joplin.

In addition to writing and performing solo in the North-East, Sam is a co-founder of the Boston based folk-quartet Ruthless Moon and lead guitarist in the new rock band, DOGART.

Ages 5 and up. Piano, Songwriting, Production

Zerlina Devi, originally from Bali, Indonesia is a pianist, vocalist, composer and arranger. Zerlina's band Sailendra Sextet, was the first winner at the longest standing, most renowned Jazz competition in Indonesia, Jazz Goes to Campus, where she also received the award of best pianist. She also had the great pleasure of playing in the jam session that is held at the biggest Indonesian International Jazz festival, Java Jazz Festival and collaborated with different remarkable musicians such as George Benson, Tony Monaco, Maurice Brown, Greg Fundis, Michael Paulo and many more. 

With a significant amount of scholarship award, she graduated with a degree in Performance and Jazz Composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. During her time at Berklee, she was mentored by several excellent names including Aaron Goldberg, Joanne Brackeen, Bob Winter, Kevin Harris, Tim Ray, Lenny Stallworth and Bob Pilkington.

Her frame of mind when it comes to music is that it can always be applied to our everyday life. Jazz has a deeper meaning rather than simply being a style of music. She believes that music is a really good tool to help people to grow as individuals and will help them to connect with people in everyone’s social life. She looks forward to being able to create music that is truthful and meaningful in the future, share her experience, to bring joy and to lift people up with her music.

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