Piano Lessons

Maryanne Barnicle

Maryanne Barnicle received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Pedagogy as well as a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from The Hartt School of Music.  She holds a Master of Education Degree in Arts Education and a Fine Arts Director Certificate from Fitchburg State University.  She began teaching piano privately as a college student and has been teaching students of all ages for over 50 years.

For 25 years Mayanne taught music in the Canton Connecticut Public Schools, serving as   K-12 Music Department Chair for 10 of those years.  She was piano accompanist for recitals, choruses, musical theatre groups and Connecticut Regional and All-State Music Festivals and also served as organist for churches in Canton and Simsbury.

The Canton Chamber of Commerce also named Maryanne Educator of the Year in 1999. In 2003, she was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Clubs International in Canton.  She is listed in Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who of American Women.  Maryanne joined the Joy of Music faculty in the fall of 2013.

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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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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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Kevin Song

Kevin Song:  In May 2018, Kevin received his Master of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Peabody Conservatory where he studied piano with Marian Hahn and collaborative piano and chamber music with Alexander Shtarkman and Seth Knopp. During his pedagogy internship, his advisors were co-director of the Peabody Preparatory Piano Academy, Hyun-Sook Park, and chair of music education, Laura Parker.

As an adolescent Kevin studied piano with Shou-Ping Chiu. He later pursued his BA in Music with a minor in Biology from Stony Brook University on full scholarship. It was halfway through his undergraduate studies when he decided to set aside the pre-medical track for a full-time pursuit of a career in music. This was in no small part due to inspiration from his teacher at Stony Brook, artist-in-residence Pablo Lavandera.

Kevin has been the winner of several competitions including the National Young Musicians Showcase Competition and the upper division of Suffolk Piano Teachers Foundation Competition. As a winner of the Stony Brook Undergraduate Concerto Competition, he performed Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Stony Brook University Orchestra in November 2014. He has performed twice at Carnegie Hall: as soloist in Weill Hall and later with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York. Kevin has participated in the Icicle Creek Winter Piano Festival and the Oyster Bay Summer Music Festival, performing in masterclasses taught by Christina Dahl and Pippa Borisy.  He also teaches at the Worcester Music Academy as well as for the Pianoberries Studio in Brookline, MA.  Kevin joined the Joy of Music Faculty in the summer of 2018.

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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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