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Music instructors you can trust in Carlisle:

Forrest Brown

Guitar Instructor

Forrest has been a staple on the central Pennsylvania music scene for many years. He has been a member of a number of great area bands and has performed with some of the areas finest players. Over the past two decades, Forrest has been a leader and member of Blitz Dynette, worked with Shea Quinn in Clockwork, and had a stint with Rich Clare’s Pentagon, just to name a few. Currently he’s filling the guitar chair with Radiant out of Baltimore, MD. Forrest spent time on the hotel/resort circuit, touring with several acts in the 70’s and the 80’s.

In the past few months he’s worked with Cruz Control, Bunch O’ Funk and The Impact Band. Although stage performance is his forte, he is equally at home in the studio, or in the pit. Forrest has recorded three albums with his band Blitz Dynette and has a number of musicals to his credit including ”A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline”, ”Smokey Joe’s Cafe, ”Godspell”, ”Tick, Tick, Boom”, ”Grease” and most recently ”Fame. ” He spent one year at Berklee College of Music.

Forrest believes that a knowledge of fundamentals, not just for guitar but music in general, can provide a solid foundation for both the student who wishes to pursue a career in music and the student who just wants a casual relationship with an instrument. These fundamentals include, but are not limited to, sight-reading and basic music theory.


 

Fern-Marie Dempsey

Voice

Fern-Marie Aames is happy to present Vox Studio, a voice studio specializing in the building blocks to enrich your personal style. Fern-Marie has been studying voice and performing professionally for decades, from Carlisle to Boston to the West Coast. Her training started with Joan Boytim, and graduated to The Boston Conservatory. After studying with Beatrice Dobelle, she won a rare slot as a Musical Theatre student in the studio of the famed Iride Pilla. Since then she has worked with coaches Roger Grodsky, Jay Atwood, Daryl Cooper, and Cathy Rand. One of her favorites will always be Master Classes with the inimitable Marni Nixon. After singing classical, theatre, big band, country, and pop styles professionally for over twenty years, Fern-Marie is bringing her knowledge to students to help develop healthy habits along with their personal styles.


 

Dan Dropkin

Dan Dropkin

Guitar

Dan is a competent performing musician, educator, and a passionate student of the guitar. Lessons on the guitar are offered at all levels and styles. Dan has taught aspiring musicians of all ages, young and old alike. Students are encouraged to set their own personal goals and are aided in the realization of those goals with guidance, musical examples, patience and encouragement. Lessons are tailored to each individual based on their current level of competence and tastes. The student will be helped and encouraged to develop an efficient and enjoyable practice routine which is crucial to their musical development. The ability to be analytical and to "see the neck” leads to musical independence. A significant time in the lessons will be spent actually playing, which gives the student the opportunity to try out and polish newly acquired ideas and techniques in a comfortable setting. In this way flaws can be quickly ascertained and focus can be applied to their resolution. The goal is for my students to become engaged and enjoy the process of becoming self—assured musicians.


 

Philip Johansen

Philip Johansen

Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, & Harmonica

Philip has been teaching in the area for over ten years. He studied music at H.A.C.C and Penn State University. A road musician that traveled from New York to North Carolina, he has performed with some of the more well known bands in Central Pennsylvania and currently performs with Cheap Sneakers, The Middleton Brothers, & Crystal Haze. He has recorded a solo album as well as six CD’s with his bands, and has appeared on the recordings of Silver City, Emily's Toy Box, and other local bands. He has performed on stage with The Coasters, & Tommy Conwell, and his bands have opened for The Fixx, Badfinger, Kix, Otis Day & the Knights and many others. He focuses his lessons on reading music, scales, chords, & theory.


 

Don Roeder

Trumpet

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Cinda Roteman

Voice

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Michael L. Thomas

Drums and Percussion

Michael offers instruction in various drum-set styles including: rock, funk, jazz, Latin, etc… He also offers instruction on concert and rudimentary snare drum.

Michael is a multi-faceted percussionist and musician alike. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in music from Temple University and has been teaching percussion for over 10 years throughout central and southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to JW Music, Michael is currently teaching and arranging music for the Northern York high school percussion ensemble and is also teaching part-time with the East Pennsboro high school Percussion ensemble. Michael has also worked with award winning percussion ensembles including the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps, Cadets Winter Percussion ensemble, and the Spring-Ford high school percussion program. Michael’s musical career also includes having worked in the music publishing industry with Theodore Presser Company, gaining valuable insight into the field.


 

Kirk Wise

Kirk Wise

Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele, and Vocal Performance

Kirk Wise is originally from New Cumberland, and now resides with his family in Mechanicsburg. He studied music under the tutelage of Mildred Trivette of Julliard, Dolores Baxter of East Penn H.S. and the Music Dept. at Lebanon Valley College, Appreciating all styles of music, the "Music Man" has toured with various Concert Choirs, Rock and Folk bands, the Baptones, and currently with the award winning Jazz Me Rhythm & Blues Band for the past fourteen years. Also beginning in 2015, he formed the Acoustic Generations group with a more folk and country feel. He, as a solo performer, and with the band has won awards in the Sentinel Newspaper’s “Best Of”, Susquehanna Magazine’s ”the Best” in 2016 and 2018, and Harrisburg Magazine's Simply the Best awards for the past eight years.

Acoustic solo shows include everything from Sinatra to Clapton... Jim Croce, Steve Miller, Gordon Lightfoot, and more are all available to chosen by fans from Wise's Song Sheet List of over 200 songs. At many of his shows, Guest musicians like to join him, so don't be surprised when the one-man performance turns into a blend of some of the area's most talented musicians.


 

Music lessons you can rely on in Lemoyne

Jeff Judy

Guitar, Bass and Ukulele

Jeff is a sought after guitar instructor of all ages and skill levels. His effective and personable style make learning fun. He has created a string of successful student performances, “Rockcitals” and “Acousticitals,” that have offered students an opportunity to perform in a real concert setting (think "School of Rock!”) Jeff has years of experience touring the US and UK as a guitarist and vocalist for multiple bands, including working with Fred Mascherino (Taking Back Sunday, The Color Fred, Terrible Things) who has sold over a million records worldwide. Jeff holds an education degree from Messiah College and has a passion for furthering his role as a teacher in the community and local school districts. His own musical projects include involvement as a singer and guitarist in his home church, Daybreak in Mechanicsburg and he frequently lends his contemporary music style to other churches in the area. Jeff teaches guitar, bass and ukulele, and loves working with students who want to develop their playing and singing.


 

Anatoliy Krashunsky

Clarinet and Saxophone

Anatoliy has spent over twenty years teaching. In the past, he had studied at the conservatory, and has taught as many as forty-seven students. At one time he had been Concert Master over sixty musicians. He is qualified in clarinet and saxophone instruction, clarinet and saxophone performance, and as a music director.

Anatoliy is glad to help anyone of any age and skill set, but is especially grateful when he is able to mold a student from the very beginning of their playing of his favored woodwinds.


 

Nathan Lackey

Piano, Guitar and Ukulele

Nathan W. Lackey is a classically trained musician from Central Pennsylvania. He recently graduated from Temple University with his Bachelors of Music in Music Theory, with a classical piano concentration. He has studied piano for nearly twenty years, and guitar for fourteen. Also a skilled vocalist and drummer, he has performed with numerous bands in the past several years. Currently, he is a singer, keyboardist, and guitarist for the local band, Bombay Zoo. Previously, he has played drums with Philadelphia dance/rock band Coup Couroux and played piano and sung for Philadelphia-based progressive rock band Igor's Egg. Nathan was a member of Temple's University Chorale, which performed Mozart's Requiem at the Kimmel Center, and also participated in other vocal groups. He is an avid singer/songwriter who performs regularly in the Lancaster and Harrisburg areas. His repertoire ranges from Beethoven to The Beatles--and beyond. His piano and guitar instruction draws from a strong music theory knowledge, the influence of many great teachers and professors, an active performance career, and his passion for musical and artistic expression. Nathan is 25 and lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


 

Marianne Moran

Piano and Voice

Marianne has been playing the piano since the age of five and has been studying voice for seven years. She graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in music education and has been teaching vocal music for eight years. She has held a variety of teaching positions , ranging from grades one through twelve, which have allowed her to work with a wide spectrum of individuals. She began her professional career as a middle school choral director in Lebanon School District. She also served as a high school vocal music instructor in Conewago Valley School District. She is currently employed as an elementary music teacher with Spring Grove Area School District.

Marianne believes that performance is an extremely important component in a musician's development. She encourages her students to gain experience performing whenever possible. She has provided entertainment in the capacity of a featured soloist for the First Night York Celebration on New Year's Eve. She has also performed the National Anthem at the Lancaster Barnstormers and York Revolution Baseball stadiums and has participated in Theatre Harrisburg's production of Camelot.


 

Michael L. Thomas

Drums and Percussion

Michael offers instruction in various drum-set styles including: rock, funk, jazz, Latin, etc… He also offers instruction on concert and rudimentary snare drum.

Michael is a multi-faceted percussionist and musician alike. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in music from Temple University and has been teaching percussion for over 10 years throughout central and southeastern Pennsylvania. In addition to JW Music, Michael is currently teaching and arranging music for the Northern York high school percussion ensemble and is also teaching part-time with the East Pennsboro high school Percussion ensemble. Michael has also worked with award winning percussion ensembles including the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps, Cadets Winter Percussion ensemble, and the Spring-Ford high school percussion program. Michael’s musical career also includes having worked in the music publishing industry with Theodore Presser Company, gaining valuable insight into the field.


 

KIrk Wise

Kirk Wise

Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Ukulele, and Vocal Performance

Kirk Wise is originally from New Cumberland, and now resides with his family in Mechanicsburg. He studied music under the tutelage of Mildred Trivette of Julliard, Dolores Baxter of East Penn H.S. and the Music Dept. at Lebanon Valley College, Appreciating all styles of music, the "Music Man" has toured with various Concert Choirs, Rock and Folk bands, the Baptones, and currently with the award winning Jazz Me Rhythm & Blues Band for the past fourteen years. Also beginning in 2015, he formed the Acoustic Generations group with a more folk and country feel. He, as a solo performer, and with the band has won awards in the Sentinel Newspaper’s “Best Of”, Susquehanna Magazine’s ”the Best” in 2016 and 2018, and Harrisburg Magazine's Simply the Best awards for the past eight years.

Acoustic solo shows include everything from Sinatra to Clapton... Jim Croce, Steve Miller, Gordon Lightfoot, and more are all available to chosen by fans from Wise's Song Sheet List of over 200 songs. At many of his shows, Guest musicians like to join him, so don't be surprised when the one-man performance turns into a blend of some of the area's most talented musicians.


 

Jessica Zampelli

Flute

Jessica enjoys sharing the love of music with others. She graduated from Mansfield University in 2012 with a degree in Music Education specializing on the flute. Jessica has taught private flute lessons during college for 4 years, participated in the marching band as the drum major, and is currently teaching elementary music. Jessica has played in various flute ensembles, events such as weddings and church service, orchestras, and bands. Jessica’s goals for her students are to learn the love of playing the flute and appreciate beautiful music.


To learn more about our staff, call us today.

  • 717-258-6765 (Carlisle)
  • 717-761-8222 (Lemoyne)