Alicia Phelps is a jazz vocalist and pianist working in the Portland, ME area. Alicia holds a B.M in Music Education with concentration in jazz voice from the University of Southern Maine, and has performed at many venues throughout the New England area such as the Discover Jazz Festival and Burlington First Night. In addition to teaching and performing Alicia is also the Music Director at the Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church in Westbrook, ME. Recently Alicia has performed with Grammy award-winning vocalist/saxophonist Darmon Meader (New York Voices), the Portland Jazz Orchestra, organist/pianist Dr. Joe Utterback, and renowned jazz pianist Jed Wilson.
Alicia works with multiple groups in the Portland area performing treasures from the American Songbook, classic jazz, and high energy R&B music.
Over the past few years Alicia has studied privately with many professional musicians throughout the New England area including Jed Wilson, Steve Grover, Dominique Eade and Taylor O'Donnell.
Alicia has five years of experience helping children and adults find the joy of making music with their voices or piano. During lessons, students will have the opportunity to explore many different avenues of music making. Alicia also specializes in using improvisation as a learning tool in both voice and piano lessons. Through guided improvisational activities and games, piano students are able to explore new concepts and familiar ideas in a way that is engaging, fun, and full of possibilities.
Claire Helene Bevan holds a B. Mus. degree in Piano Performance with pedagogy emphasis from the University of Southern M aine, studying piano with Dr. Laura Kargul and Dr. Annie Antonacos, and pedagogy with Christine Kissack. She teaches private piano lessons at The Piano Room in Camden, a studio she took over from her mother in 2016, and is joining the Hasbrouck Piano Studio in September 2018. She is a regular pianist at her church where she plays solo repertoire in a variety of genres and enjoys collaborating with different vocalists. Previously, she taught private piano lessons at the Riley School in Rockport and Pine Tree Academy in Freeport.
She was exposed to great live concerts in Belgium where she grew up, and at age four, she apparently insisted that her mother, who holds an M.M. in piano performance from Indiana University, teach her. Her piano journey began with the Suzuki method and comprised many fond occasions stretched out under the piano, listening to her mother play.
The USM faculty awarded her a talent scholarship for the duration of her studies, and she was an honor recital participant. She received a student achievement teaching recognition award from the Music Teachers National Association. She also studied with Glenn Jenks of Camden and Dr. Marie Jureit-Beamish at Principia College, Illinois. She was coached by Cheryl Tschanz Newkirk of Waterville, Virginia Eskin of Boston and George Sebastien Lopez (Bowdoin Beckwith artist-in-residence).
I whole-heartedly agree with Felix Mendelssohn who wrote that, "Genuine music (...) fills the soul with a thousand things better than words." It is my mission to help students encounter this.
Claire Helene lives in Camden where she enjoys singing with the Down East Singers and baking professionally.
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, and also teaches elementary general music and beginner band in the Midcoast area. 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.