Piano Lessons

Cindy Bizzarro

Cindy Bizzarro earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education at the University of New Hampshire, where she spent most of her time in the musical theater department. She later received a Level I Orff certificate from the New England Conservatory. Cindy is in great demand as a collaborative pianist in the central Massachusetts area, working with several voice teachers and for numerous musical theater productions. She has composed several musical theater scores, for original productions at Plymouth State University and Kearsage Arts Theater in New Hampshire, including “Mail to the Chief.” Cindy joined the faculty at Joy of Music in 1989 and has been teaching recorder and piano here ever since.

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Monica Daly

Monica is a collaborative pianist based in Bolton and is the Music Director at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Southborough. Monica joined Joy of Music in 2023 as the Program Manager and as a piano teacher. She has been teaching piano for over ten years in both private and group lessons. She is experienced in teaching beginners of all ages, informs and includes parents in the learning process, and knows how to tailor her teaching for each student’s individual needs. She and her students work together to choose music that inspires, excites, and challenges them to grow.  

Monica joined Opera Columbus and Capital University's Resident Artist Program for the 2020-2021 season as a vocal coach and pianist for their productions of A Tale of Two Cities, La Bohème, and The Marriage of Figaro. In the spring of 2020, she earned a Graduate Performance Diploma in Vocal Accompanying at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where she was the rehearsal and performance pianist for Leonard Bernstein's MASS conducted by Marin Alsop, Puccini's La Rondine and Il Trittico, and the world premiere of Kirke Mechem's opera Pride and Prejudice. At Peabody, she was also awarded the InterPlay Teaching Artist Grant in collaboration with the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the Clara Ascherfeld Award in Piano Accompanying, and was a finalist with mezzo-soprano Cierra Byrd in the 2019 London Song Festival’s British Art Song Master Class and Competition led by Roderick Williams.  She holds a Masters in Collaborative Piano from the Longy School of Music of Bard College and a Bachelors in Piano Performance from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Teaching Philosophy: "My ultimate goal is to help every student become confident in their artistry, no matter where they are in their musical education. They know that I am on their team, that we work together to figure out the challenges in front of us, and that there are no stupid questions! I strive for every lesson to be filled with laughter and creativity, while always maintaining a well-balanced approach that includes music theory, technique, sight-reading, and games." 


"Monica has opened Sam’s eyes and heart to the piano. She is so sweet and has formed a great bond with him. We never expected his skills to flourish amidst a pandemic using FaceTime, but she has gone above and beyond. We are so pleased with his progress and how much he enjoys playing. He has learned theory, developed his ear, and enjoys learning new songs on the piano. More than that he looks forward to his lessons every week! We can’t recommend her more! Monica is amazing." 
-Keith of Hudson

"I wanted to share something pretty amazing that has been happening the past few weeks. Clara has been self-motivated to practice piano – I have not had to remind her! This has never really happened before. Monica, the schedule and reward system that you created for Clara was really meaningful. I really believe she is motivated to practice because she feels connected to you and wants to do well in the lesson. It has been really great to watch this relationship form so quickly."
-Alanna of Stow

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Jenny Griffin Gaul

Jennifer Griffin Gaul holds a Master of Music in piano pedagogy and performance from the University of Texas at Austin. She studied piano under Professor Danielle Martin. Jennifer was the pedagogy student of Dr. Amanda Vick Lethco best known for co-creating the world-renowned piano method series, Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, with Dr. Willard Palmer and Morton Manus.

Jennifer is a passionate musician and educator who loves all genres of music. She is devoted to passing that love on to students of all ages. Although a classically trained musician she has a special interest in jazz. Her late husband Scott Sherwood was a professional jazz guitarist and composer.  As a tribute to her husband Scott who died of lymphoma in 2009, Jennifer has commissioned solo piano versions of Scott’s music. Her goal is to release a piano recording of his music at a later date. 

Jenny was appointed Executive Director of Joy of Music starting in July of 2022 and is enthusiastically sharing her passion for teaching piano and Music and Movement as well. 


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Kallin Johnson

Kallin Johnson holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Music (Piano Performance) and French from Utah State University. He received his Master of Music degree in Piano Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. Kallin actively serves on the boards of many Worcester cultural organizations, including Worcester Center for the Performing Arts (Hanover Theatre), ARTSWorcester, First Night Worcester, MusicWorcester and the Worcester Cultural Commission. He was co-founder and Executive Director of the Pakachoag Community Music School from 1982-1986 and has been Director of Music at Notre Dame Academy in Worcester since 1989. In addition to directing Musical Theater productions at Notre Dame, Kallin has also directed for New England Theatre Co., Worcester County Light Opera, Stage Loft Theatre (Sturbridge) and the Westboro players.

In addition to his many classical and jazz performances as a pianist, Kallin has composed three musicals and recently conducted the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at the opening of the Hanover Theatre and for Ballet Arts Worcester’s 2008 performances of the Nutcracker. Kallin teaches in the Jazz Vocal and Class Piano programs at Clark University and joined the Joy of Music faculty in 2009.

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Sanghee Kim

Sanghee Kim received her Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance and Music Education from Pusan National University in South Korea, where she won numerous competitions. She first came to the United States in 1993 and earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Boston Conservatory.  Returning to Korea, she continued to devote herself to music by performing in solo and chamber music recitals, and as a member of an opera company. She also maintained a private teaching studio. In 1997, Sanghee returned to the United States to continue her piano studies with David Deveau. In 2003, she received a Performance Diploma in Piano and Collaborative Piano from the Longy School of Music, where she studied with Sally Pinkas and Brian Moll. Sanghee Kim has been teaching at Joy of Music since 2003.

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Tracy McGinnis

Tracy McGinnis started playing the bassoon when she took the instrument over from a graduating senior in the high school band. She attended the University of Delaware where she received a Bachelor of Music Education degree and then continued her studies at the Vienna International Music Center in Vienna, Austria, studying with Reinhard Öhlberger of the Vienna Philharmonic. She also has a Masters in Bassoon Performance from the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. Her principal teachers include Mordechai Rechtman, Sol Schoenbach, and Frank Morelli.

Ms. McGinnis worked abroad for six years, first in the National Radio Symphony of South Africa and then in the Haifa, Kibbutz, and Rishon LeZion Symphony Orchestras in Israel. While in Israel, she also had the pleasure of performing several times with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta. Currently, she freelances all over New England and has performed with several of the area orchestras and chamber groups. She is principal bassoonist of the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra in New London, CT, the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra in Milford, MA, and is on the music faculty of Wellesley College.  She joined the Joy of Music faculty in the summer of 2022.

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Olga Pineda

Olga Pineda has a Bachelor's Degree both in Music Education (Magna Cum Laude) with Violin and Piano as her principal instruments; and Marketing Management. Also, she has earned her Master of Science in Marketing. Olga was a member of the First Violin Section of the only national orchestra in the Philippines, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra. Also, she was a pioneer member of the Clarion Chamber Ensemble under the leadership of David Johnson.  Currently, Olga is a member of the New England Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Roderick MacDonald.   Olga has been teaching the violin and piano since 1988 and taught at Joy of Music from 2004 through 2010.  We are delighted to welcome her back to the faculty as of September 2016.

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Cynthia Schilling

Cynthia earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College, where she received the Chancellor’s Talent Award and Eugenie M. May Piano Award for outstanding musicianship. She studied piano with Gilles Vonsattel at UMass, and with Elinor Freer and Martin Canin for three summers at Bowdoin International Music Festival. Cynthia has performed solo piano and chamber music at Bowdoin International Music Festival, Buffalo Center for 21st Century Music, and Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. She has also performed piano, violin, and viola in the UMass Symphony Orchestra, Five-College Baroque Ensemble, UMass Women’s Choir, UMass Percussion Ensemble, Symphony Pro Musica, and Fitchburg State Community Orchestra.

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Yundu Wang

Yundu Wang is a Chinese-American classical pianist based in Boston, MA. A passionate chamber musician and collaborator, Yundu has performed widely throughout the U.K., U.S., and Europe. Notable venues include Barbican Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Jordan Hall, Sendesaal Bremen, St Martin-in-the-Fields, TivoliVredenburg, and Wigmore Hall. Yundu has participated in numerous festivals including the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival, Perlman Music Program Chamber Music Workshop, Aspen Music Festival, Holland Music Sessions, and Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland. As a soloist, she won top prizes at the Honors Competition at the New England Conservatory of Music, the Seiler International Piano Competition, the Julia Crane International Piano Competition and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition, among others.

Yundu graduated with Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and received a Doctor of Music from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, UK. She currently teaches piano at the Joy of Music Program in Worcester, MA and is a staff pianist at the New England Conservatory of Music.

As a teacher, Yundu enjoys working with students of all ages, from complete beginners to college-level performers. She loves cultivating joy, interest, and growth in her students. Yundu joined the Joy of Music Faculty in the summer of 2021. 

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