Maestro Music Academy L.L.C   

        (734) 762 -0775

Meet Our Teachers


Piano Teacher

(*Canton-Home Studio)

 


 Patty Sopita

 

About Patty                                                                                        

              Patty started working as a piano teacher when she was studying music bachelor  at the university in Thailand (2002-2006). She has over 13 years of experience teaching piano. Patty’s goal, as a piano teacher, is to share her love for music and playing the piano with each student. All lessons are uniquely tailored to fit each student's strengths and weaknesses. Patty is well liked by both students and parents for her infectious enthusiasm when conducting her piano lessons, and dedication in imparting her music skills to her students.

             She is a piano judge for National Federation of Music Clubs ( MFMC) ,who rates piano student  performances in Michigan. She also has experienced teaching children with special needs, and trained in person-centered planning with children, adults and families.  

Piano Teacher

  

John Dolph

About John                

 

           

John B. Dolph has performed as a Jazz Pianist since 2006. His gigs include bookings at Cliff Bells, the Detroit Athletic Club, the Chop House, the Atheneum, the Keystone Underground, Joe Muer’s of Detroit, and the Rattlesnake Club. John holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University with a concentration in Jazz Studies and with piano as his musical instrument. He is also a graduate of Ann Arbor’s Community High School.

          John Dolph is about to begin his fifth year of piano instruction for players of differing abilities. Beyond patience, humor and empathy, he has another gift. His students, young or old, committed or indifferent, emerge from one hour sessions wanting to play the piano learning to play the piano and becoming better piano players. 

Art Teacher

(*Single Acrylic painting class $25/60 mins - All Materials included)

 

Mildred Chico

About Mildred               

    

             Mildred Chico is passionate about arts of different forms and she loves sharing her skills with children of all ages. She worked as an Enrichment Specialist and Assistant Program Director in an after-school program in the city of Canton.

             Her strong background on Child Psychology, Montessori teaching and Special education makes her understand children, their behavior as well as their learning styles.Other than painting, drawing and crafting, she enjoys traveling, photography, culinary arts and learning about different cultures.   

 

 Piano / Brass / Guitar  

Teacher

Timothee Harper

About Timothee

         

             Keyboardists Timothee Harper is a versatile musician with extensive background in performing and teaching. Poised and charismatic soloist and ensemble performer who quickly masters new repertoires in a broad range of musical styles.

          Music instructor possessing strong leadership qualities and the capacity to manage challenging behavior calmly and effectively. Establishes positive relationships with fellow professionals and parents.

 

Guitar/Bass/Ukulele/Voice

Teacher

 

Matthew Sheppard

 

About Matthew

                Matthew has been involved with music since he was a child. His father was a music teacher, and Matt followed in his footsteps. Earning a Bachelor's degree in Music Education - Choral/Vocal from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2008, Matthew has been teaching since then, and has been teaching private lessons since 2009. While in college, he had the privilege of studying under Anthony Titus and Joe Hagedorn, the latter of which is one of the founders of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet.

            While student teaching , Matthew had the opportunity to lead both Elementary music classes and middle school choirs consisting of the 8th graders. Subsequent to graduation, he taught elementary music at a St.Paul charter school where he organized a winter concert and taght private voice and guitar lessons to students. Matthew has a passion for travel, and has had the opportunity to play Bass with the local Minneapolis band "Cosmonaught," around the Twin Cities area and Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

Violin/Guitar

Teacher   

 
Pamela Meisel
          
About Pamela 
 

            Pamela Meisel has a music career spanning 40 years. As an instrumentalist playing fiddle, guitar and drum set she also is accomplished on various percussion instruments such as the Irish bodhran and the Cajun triangle. Pamela is an accomplished instructor, lecturer and band leader. She is the drummer for the Cocktail Jazz Trio as well as a freelance fiddler specializing in American, Celtic, French Canadian and Cajun styles.

           Her knowledge of ensemble playing is comprehensive, and she is able to coach anyone, regardless of what instrument they play, how to be a better musician.

Violin Teacher

Landon Oja

About Landon

             Landon has been playing the violin for 17 years, he is currently getting his bachelor’s degree in violin performance at UofM, where he was recruited in 2016. Before this however, he has participated in festivals and masterclasses, and has performed with several string ensembles and orchestras. 

           Landon has a strong solo career as well. He has participated and taken place in many competitions, including the Dearborn Symphony competition, which he took first place in during high-school. In addition, he was also selected as the soloist for the opening of the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker in 2015. He enthusiastically continues to work on solo music, particularly works by Bach and Paganini. 

Voice/Piano/Guitar/

Ukulele/Flute Teacher 

Jamie Jurado

About Jamie        

           

              Jamie Jurado is a graduate of Madonna University with a dual Bachelors in General Music (Vocal) and Mathematics for Elementary Education. As a certified elementary school teacher, she cherishes the formative years where her love for music grew. During those years she learned piano, guitar, and flute while also singing in choir. 

            Ultimately pursuing vocal music and elementary education, she believes that music and the arts are an integral part of any child’s education. Music allows students the chance to express themselves, be creative, and grow confidence as young musicians. She is currently working to complete the coursework needed for her Music Education certification.

         Her experience performing vocal music varies in style from musical theater to opera to popular music. Some of her favorite experiences are performing in the musical The Phantom of the Opera, studying opera in Spain, and directing and arranging popular music for her a cappella group.

 

  Saxophone/Clarinet 

Teacher 


Danny Mui

About Danny       

           Clarinetist Danny Mui holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Western Michigan University, a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from Northwestern University. He was a Winner of the American Opera Society of Chicago  Competition, 1st place in the 2015 Chicago Chamber Winds  Competition with the “Swan” Clarinet Quartet, 1st place in the 2014 National Arts & Letters Mid-Michigan Wind Competition, Winner of the 2014 Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition, was the 2013 Clarinet Winner of the Yamaha Performing Artist Competition, and was a semi-finalist in the 2013 ICA Young Artist Competition. An active chamber musician, Danny was a member of the wind quintet “Wind Advisory” which was part of a project entitled “Musica sin Fronteras” (Music without Borders). This collaboration between WMU and the Escuela Nacional de Musica (Honduras) sent the WMU faculty quintet and Wind Advisory on a five-day residency of performances and teaching in Honduras.

                He is also the bass clarinetist of the Vanguard Reed Quintet who took 2nd place in the 2017 Briggs Chamber music competition. He has performed with Grand Rapids  Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Dearborn Symphony and Kankakee Valley Symphony