Meet our Faculty!
Brian Horvath is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Guitar Performance, and is also a graduate of Kutztown University with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education. While at Temple University, he studied under Ed Flanagan and Tom Giacabetti. Brian began his music studies on the saxophone at the age of nine. At age twelve, inspired by Eddie Van Halen, he began guitar lessons. His teaching experience includes 15 years of private instruction of guitar, saxophone, violin and piano, including having taught guitar and piano classes for seven years at Fullerton Union High School in California.
Joshua Steingard is a graduate of the Berklee College Of Music with a Bachelors Of Music Degree in Professional Music and Drumset, and has been teaching drums at MTC since 2009. While attending Berklee, Joshua studied under drum legends Rod Morgenstein, Mike Mangini, Kenwood Dennard, and Skip Hadden Joshua started playing drums at the age of 9 and has years of gigging, recording, and teaching experience in Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Salt Lake City, and Montreal. He also shared the stage with bands such as Soulive, moe., Brothers Past, Will Lee, and Tally Hall. oshua received praise from Billy Joel saying, “He’s a monster!” after being in the audience for a show at Berklee. In addition to teaching full-time at MTC, Joshua has performed with R&B/ reggae/pop artist Erin Barra, out of Brooklyn, NY, and rock/dub reggae trio Sugar Mama, out of Boston, MA.
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”.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Stu Gollin is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston with a diploma in Film Scoring and Guitar Performance. Prior to attending Berklee, Stu trained with famed Philadelphia jazz guitar teachers Joe Federico and Dennis Sandole. Stu is an accomplished teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience. He is fluent in jazz, rock, funk, classical, fusion, and heavy metal
Judy Sanger is a graduate of Wilkes University, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education. Judy has been teaching and performing professionally for thirty years. As a classical soprano, Judy has performed for composers’ weekends (Ben Steinberg, others), for The West Coast Chamber Orchestra and as a Cantorial Soloist in Congregation B’nai Brith. As a popular singer and pianist, Judy has performed venues on both coasts. Judy has performed in theater productions in New York City, California, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey and has garnered several acting, singing, and directing awards. Judy has had leads in over twenty-five shows, and directed and musically directed a dozen more, including “Underground Goddess” at the New York Public Theatre.
Ruth Good is a graduate of Cairn University with a Bachelor of Church Music and concentration in piano. Ruth first began her piano studies at the age of 10, and continued under pianist Kenneth Borrmann at Cairn University. Along with her piano lessons at Cairn University, Ruth also studied guitar and voice, and performed in chorale, handbells, and contemporary ensembles. Ruth performs and listens to composers from the Romantic period such as Chopin and Debussy, classical, jazz, and contemporary styles of music.She continues her own music studies with jazz improvisation piano and guitar lessons.
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.
Yelena Rader is a graduate of Kiev State Pedagogic University, with a Masters Degree in Piano and Voice Performance. Yelena completed her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Kiev State Musical College in 1982, with a concentration in Piano Performance and Music Theory. A classical pianist and music teacher by training, Yelena was born in Kiev, Ukraine. At the age of 5 she decided to pursue piano as her chosen discipline and entered the Music School for Gifted Children in Kiev. When Yelena was 12 years old she won a silver medal in the Tchaikovsky competition. Yelena has been teaching for twenty years, and enjoys sharing her knowledge with all aspiring students.
Katy Vona is a graduate of Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music with a Bachelors Degree in Voice Performance. Katy began her journey at an early age in musical theater, and studied voice, guitar and piano. After graduating Magna cum Laude from Temple University, Katy was accepted into a prestigious vocal program with the University of Cincinnati, in Lucca, Italy. Upon her return to the U.S., she performed in venues including Candide at the Arden Theater. In addition to teaching voice, Katy is a singer/songwriter performing original acoustic/electronic projects. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and love of music with her students.
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.
Scott Grande is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, with a Bachelor of Music degree in percussion. In addition to his studies at Berklee, Scott also studied at Glassboro State College, Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, and the Haddonfield Conservatory of Music. Scott studied privately with Gary Chafee, Dean Anderson, and many other renowned drummers. Scott has been performing and teaching for over 15 years. He recently performed as the Drummer for Kickdoubt, a Modern Rock cover band based in Philadelphia. Scott has more than a decade of teaching experience. He has taught students of all ages at Music Training Center since 2005, where he has cultivated many students from beginner to advanced performance levels. Prior to joining MTC, Scott taught since 1999 at Farrington’s Music School in NJ.
What Parents Say…
My son took guitar lessons at a very popular store for two years. He’s learned more in his first three months at MTC…and it’s less expensive! At the other place, he never learned scales, notes, or how to read music. Not only has he learned all of that already at MTC, he is more confident and playing very well; and he loves his teacher, Ryan Voelker. Ryan is an excellent teacher with a great personality! He’s helpful, fun, patient and passionate about his craft! He is also an awesome guitar player! We couldn’t be happier! I just wish we had come to MTC first!
S. Chandler MTC Montgomeryville
My son, John, absolutely thrived while studying with Vahe. For me, it was more than just learning an instrument – it boosted his self esteem and to watch my shy, reserved son play at a recital – you cannot put a price on that kind of accomplishment. It is so wonderful to see my child excited about learning. Thanks for a wonderful experience.
L. Foran MTC Ardmore
The staff at MTC were amazing. My daughter had such a lovely time. She thoroughly enjoyed being in a musical theatre production and loved getting up in front of the audience. It was also a great experience for the rest of the family. Thanks to the nice lobby and free wifi, if I had to bring my older son, he was ok hanging out in the lobby area during my daughter’s practice.
A. Pettibone MTC Great Valley
Both my kids had a wonderful experience with their singing and drum lessons. Katy Vona is a very sweet and warm teacher. It was Maddie’s first time taking singing lessons and it was a wonderful experience. Joe Aiello is very caring and funny teacher!! My kids loved being in the recital and it was a very rewarding experience. Thanks for a terrific first time experience for both of my kids.
L. Silver MTC Marlton
The Rock program was the best thing for my son. After several years of taking private guitar lessons, this program put it all together. He can’t wait for the next session and wants to help others learn as well by being a mentor. Music completely got under his skin and he now lives and breathes music. LOVE IT!!! Thank you! My son expressed an interest in music at a very early age, but nobody would even consider formal lessons – until we found MTC.
M. Wozniak MTC Conshohocken
My daughter always leaves the Music Training Center with a huge smile on her face and she almost always comes out singing. She doesn’t even wait to close the car door before she is excitedly telling me what she did and singing the song that she learned that day. She loves her teacher, because she tells me she is so fun and is always smiling. Every week she can’t wait to go back so she can sing some more. She loves the Music Training Center.
H. Marquette MTC Great Valley
My daughter and I cannot believe how much she has improved in singing and piano in the short time she’s been in lessons with Dr. Michael Phelps. He really understands my children and adapts his teaching toward them as individuals. He is a rare and gifted teacher.
R. Needleman MTC Ardmore
Three outstanding’s for Music Training of Montgomeryville. The location is excellent with neighboring stores to make the wait enjoyable, parking is great and building is easy to reach. The staff is professional and pleasant. The teacher is great. The facility is always neat and clean.
B. Henderson MTC Montgomeryville
We love Mrs. Judy Sanger! Our daughter has resumed her piano lessons after a one year break. She previously was attending a local music and dance academy classes. Here at MTC she made a quick progress with her piano lessons and developed a strong bond to her piano teacher, Mrs. Judy Sanger. Anyone should know from start this is a very serious music training center, they are following a curriculum, are monitoring and very much encouraging the child’s progress. After a few weeks, my girl went for a trial voice lesson, which proved to be a success. So now, she is taking both classes, piano and voice, with Mrs. Judy and loves practicing music. We are very happy with our decision to enroll her with the MTC Montgomeryville, highly recommended for music inclined individuals!
C. Protopopescu MTC Montgomeryville
Our twin girls attended the Music Explorers class in Marlton which can be at times a little challenging giving the age of the kids. The instructors conducted the classes with enthusiasm, passion, patience and knowledge sprinkled with a bunch of fun. Our girls truly enjoyed the classes, learning different aspects of music and the CD’s were a great way to learn the poems and songs. This was a super introduction to music for little ones.
A. Martin MTC Marlton