FLUTE- Melody Hasbrouck holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine School of Music, and joined the studio in 2018. Raised in a musical family, Melody studied piano for several years before picking up the flute in 7grade. Over the years, she has studied flute with Alexandra Petropolous, Jean Rosenblum, and Krysia Tripp. Melody took 1 st prize for the Portland Rossini Club’s Emily K Rand instrumental scholarship in 2016, and enjoys performing occasionally in recitals and for church services.
Melody began teaching private flute lessons in 2015. She believes that learning an instrument should be enjoyable and tailored to the individual. Her teaching focuses mainly on music literacy and tone development for beginners, with supplements of breathing, posture, technique, creativity, and musicality increasing as students grow more comfortable with the basics. She hopes to pass on the love of music and the gift of musical expression to the next generation.
PIANO - Brynn Lewallen is a performer and teaching artist based in Portland. She received
a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Denison University, and a Master of Music in
Music Performance from Arizona State University. In addition to teaching piano and voice for over fifteen years, Brynn has also served as a collaborative pianist, church pianist, music director and arranger. Brynn credits Robin McNeil, her middle- and high school piano teacher, with fostering her love of piano music and music theory/music history.
As a pianist and singer, Brynn has performed across the country in regional theaters and on national tour; her most recent favorite performance contract was in Alaska, where she sang and played piano near Denali National Park. Brynn has received top awards from organizations including the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Classical Singer Competition.
In addition to music, Brynn is active as a theater teacher with STAGES Youth Theater (Portland) and The Theater Project (Brunswick). When she's not teaching or performing, you can usually find Brynn in the outdoors-- favorite activities include hiking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, and practicing her earsplitting whistle!
PIANO - Robert Gans
Robert is a multi-genre teacher, pianist and composer who is thrilled to be part of the Stone Coast Music team. He received his baccalaureate degree in music and studied piano with Anthony Crain DMA at the State University of New York at Oswego. After a semester of post baccalaureate study he returned home to New York City where he was involved in a wide range of activities including piano study with concert pianist and Dame Myra Hess protégé John Contiguglia, and composer and Roger Sessions student Roland Trogan. Robert taught at the NY School of Music, Ridge Music Outlet and worked for Chappell Music Publishing, Associated Music, Warner Brothers Music Publishing and composer/arranger Gil Evans among others.
Robert joined the piano faculty at the Portland Conservatory in 2005. From 2010 – 2016 he taught in the San Francisco Bay area at the Gorin School of Music, Avloni Academy of Music, Opus One Music Studio and privately.
Robert rejoined the faculty at the Portland Conservatory in 2017 and premiered his piano composition A Distant Shore, a 2017 American Prize semi-finalist at the Portland Conservatory’s Noonday Concert Series.
Robert is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His music is available worldwide through multiple online outlets. Further details are available at www.robertgansmusic.com
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