Careers at Music Training Center
We invite you to explore a career at Music Training Center, where you will be working alongside degreed professional musicians who bring the very best music education to our communities within top-notch school facilities. All Music Training Center teachers and administration staff are W2 payroll employees with benefits such as company-paid dental plans, life insurance, retirement contributions, and paid time off, reflecting our long-term dedication to our staff.
Meet our Faculty and Staff!
Felicia Kaufmann is a graduate of King’s College with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Theatre. Prior to attending King’s College, Felicia attended a performing arts high school for theatre. Throughout her high school and college years she taught numerous theatre and dance classes with On Stage and Off and North Penn High School. Just last year, Felicia had the pleasure with working at the Walnut Street theatre’s performing arts camp and worked back stage for the Broadway Inbound Program at the Philadelphia’s Forest Theatre. Felicia has been dancing for the past fifteen years specializing in jazz, tap and musical theatre. She has been performing on stage since middle school and has been in many shows at King’s College, Theatre and Kids and The Dutch Country Playhouse.
Joe Aiello holds a Master of Music Degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Joe also studied with Frank Epstein of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Michael Bookspan of the Philadelphia Orchestra, jazz great Freddie Waits and Philadelphia icon and drum teacher Al Ipri. Joe was on the music faculty and head of the percussion department at the University of Southern Maine and has been teaching privately for over 20 years. Many of his students have gone on to successful music careers having graduated from West Chester University, Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music.
Don Bozzuffi attended Camden County College for classical guitar performance along with receiving private lessons in classical guitar at Rowan University. Don has over 13 years experience as a guitar instructor and taught at The Gift of Music Academy, The School of Rock, and Mars Music prior to joining Music Training Center’s faculty. Don has also been actively performing and recording in the Tri-State area for over 13 years, and has had the opportunity to play at New York City’s famous CBGB’s multiple times, as well as the closing night celebration of Philadelphia’s Doc Watson’s, and the grand opening of Philadelphia’s The Legendary Dobbs.
Peter Charalambidis is a graduate of Temple University with a Masters of Music in Piano Performance and a B.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. Peter began classical piano lessons at the age of 10. Prior to moving to Philadelphia, he studied for two years with Aaron Wunsch of the Juilliard School. At Boyer College of Music and Dance, he studied under Alexander Fiorillo and Dr. Mikhail Yanovitsky. Peter also serves as the choir director and accompanist for Tabernacle Lutheran Church in West Philadelphia.
Andrew Farace is a graduate of Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, California with an Associate’s Degree of Arts in Guitar Performance. At Musicians Institute he studied with renowned classical guitarist: Frank Hoffmeyer, jazz prodigy: Sid Jacobs, and contemporary guitar players: Pathik Desai and Antti Kotikoski. Andrew began his private guitar studies in South Jersey at age 12. He has also attended private vocal lessons, professional vocal performance workshops, and informally studied drum set. During the course of his studies, he performed and recorded with Philadelphia area and Los Angeles-based rock and metal bands. Andrew is fluent in many styles such as rock, jazz, blues, metal, and classical. He enjoys performing a fusion of these genres and helping his students find their own voice within their instrument. Andrew believes that creating music is one of the most rewarding things that life has to offer that benefit beyond, “simply playing an instrument”.
Erica Gibson is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Composition. In addition to playing the piano Erica also plays the flute, piccolo, guitar, and mallet percussion. Erica has been teaching piano in the south NJ area since 1998, and has been a teacher in NJ public schools.
Craig Spear is a graduate of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design with a Bachelors Degree in Music Industry Recording Technology. Craig began his piano studies at age 5 and continued to study privately through college. As a youth, he learned classical technique under the Suzuki Piano Method. In high school he was also introduced to jazz technique which later inspired him to study and perform under Lynn Riley with the Drexel University Fusion Band. Craig enjoys performing the works of Rachmaninoff and Chopin. His diverse piano training has supported his creativity to compose and record his own music. His recordings can be heard on the popular television station Animal Planet.
Laurie Zemble is a graduate of the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s degree in Choral and General Music Education. Laurie began singing at age 7, where she landed her first role in “Mary Poppins”. She continued performing in South Jersey including other favorite roles as Sandy in “Grease”, Little Red Riding Hood in “Into The Woods”, and Johanna in “Sweeney Todd”. At the University of Delaware, Laurie served as student conductor for various choral groups and a soloist for the University of Delaware Chorale. She was awarded the Outstanding Student Teacher of the Year.
Larry is a life-long resident of the Main Line and has been performing professionally for the past 38 years, beginning with the band Open Road in the early 70’s along with bandmate Brian Bricklin. Open Road appeared on TV several times in their early teens and in 1976, the band played in Villanova Stadium for the Bicentennial celebration. In 1976, Larry became the youngest performer to headline at the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA, a venue where many national stars like James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen got their starts. Larry’s band also opened for several prominent recording acts including the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and John Hammond.
Brandon Jones is a graduate of Bucks County Community College with a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance and Music Education. In addition to his jazz studies with John Sheridan at BCCC, he also studied classical guitar under Gabriel Handy at William Paterson University. Brandon began guitar lessons at age five, performing in jazz bands, vocal ensembles, and competitions throughout his K-12 education. He has performed in cover bands including the Rockets, Eleven Eleven and The Interns with performances at venues such as the Four Seasons, the Canal Room NYC, Finnegan’s Wake Philadelphia, and throughout Atlantic City, NJ. Performing and radio highlights include collaborations with Universal Recording Artist Brianna Taylor, Lukas Rossi the winner of, “Rock Star Supernova at the Borgata,” and the Preston and Steve Wing Bowl.
Jun Ibasco trained in guitar at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Jun’s musical career began in the Philippines and Japan touring intensively and working as a recording session artist. He specializes in fusion, rock, R&B, pop jazz, funk, and metal. Throughout his career, Jun has recorded and collaborated with Artists here and in Asia. Jun has been teaching guitar, ukulele, and bass at the Music Training Center since 2006. In 2014, Jun authored MTC’s Guitar Soloing Program.
Joyce Lin is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Violin Performance where she studied under Cyrus Forough. She holds certification in Orff Approach and specializes in teaching beginning students between the ages of 3 and 13 as well as advanced high school-age and adult students. Trained in both the United States and China, under a Philadelphia Orchestra member and multiple Shanghai Conservatory of Music faculty, her technique represents a Russian and Franco-Belgium school of violin playing. Joyce was the youngest member to join Chester County Youth Orchestra’s first violin section at age 10, and continued to become Concertmaster of Delaware County Youth Orchestra, Principal of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Concertmaster of District 12 Orchestra, First Violinist of MENC All-Eastern Orchestra.
Vahe Sarkissian is a graduate of the University of the Arts with a Bachelor’s degree in Guitar Performance and a Master’s degree in Music Education. Vahe has been a full-time member of Music Training Center’s guitar faculty since 2007. Many of Vahe’s students have achieved an advanced level of training including several who have since pursued music degrees at the University level. Vahe won the Lead Guitarist spot in 93.3 WMMR’s 2012 Building the Band contest where he performed at the Susquehanna Bank Center opening for Slash, Shinedown, and Halestorm. He currently has a single that can be heard on WMMR produced by Ron DiSilvestro of Forge Recordings. Other credits include opening for The Roots, features in Guitar World and Progression magazines, features in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly Weekly papers, the 2004 Fender Outstanding Guitarist Award, and performances at venues such as The TLA, The Trocadero, and the World Cafe Live.
Ben Bowles is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, where he studied guitar and composition, and of Boston College, where he studied physics. Ben has been teaching music and guitar for eight years to both young and adult students in all styles of electric, acoustic, and classical guitar. In his teaching, Ben emphasizes a strong foundation of music theory combined with efficient technique and repertoire that the student enjoys
Andrew Brown is a graduate of Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music in Hollywood, California with an Associate’s Degree of Arts in drum and percussion performance. At Musicians Institute he studied with drum book authors: Ed Roscetti, Chuck Silverman and Gary Hess, as well as World Snare Drum Champion: Rob Carson. Prior to attending Musician Institute, Andrew studied music theory at Bucks County Community College. Andrew was awarded, “Teacher of the Year 2007/2008” at Southern California Music School. He also received, “Best Drummer Award” at the Emergenza’s Battle of the Bands contest. Under Andrew’s instruction, Carver Middle School was also awarded 1st place during the NVISION Battle of the Bands contest.