Teachers


Charlie Bare

Guitar and Beginner Piano

Charlie Bare

Charlie is a very active participant in the Washington D.C. And Northern Virginia musical communities. He got his start composing music for student films and has since collaborated on film festival award winning projects. Aside from composition and songwriting, Charlie has also performed at an extensive number of venues with his band, “The Charlie Bare Quartet”. Bringing over twelve years of experience with the guitar and another seven with piano, he is most content to be improvising with like-minded musicians and enjoys going with the flow. His genres of choice include jazz, blues and some forms of rock. When it comes to his teaching philosophy, Charlie tailors his lessons based on the varying goals of each student.


David Bartell

Ukulele

David Bartell played ukulele for many years, and specializes in getting beginners up and strumming.   He will tailor lessons to students' needs and desires, using a structure that enables understanding of music on the ukulele.  This is far more than just learning a few songs - it is a foundation to grow as a musician.  Let's raise your musical sails, and run with the Tradewinds!

Philosophy, as summarized on a 1920s ukulele decal:  "Music self-played is happiness self-made."


Clifford Blum

Guitar, Classical Guitar

Clifford Blum

Ed Habis

Jazz Piano

Ed Habis

Ed Habis is a graduate from Shenandoah University Music Conservatory with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies in Piano Performance. He studied Jazz under Dr. Robert Larson (Jazz Piano Teacher, Instrumental Division), Mr. Alan Baylock, and Chief Arranger of the Airmen of Note. Dr. Craig Fraedrich (Performed in the Army Blues Jazz Ensemble).

Ed has performed on stage as a lead jazz pianist in the Shenandoah Music Conservatory Jazz Ensemble (Big Band) under the direction of Alan Baylock and Dr. Craig Fraedrich. Also, he has performed jazz music for piano drawing from his own arrangements of video game music into jazz and from his original compositions on influences and development of fictional story telling and visual animation. His jazz performance reflects jazz music from the early 1920’s to today’s modernistic jazz.

As a teacher, Ed enjoys teaching jazz music to people of all ages. His interests in teaching stems from his strong music foundation having learned empirical concepts of music and its practical applications to compose and perform and teach jazz piano along with other instruments. He likes to tailor his learning methods to encourage students to apply what is being learned.

Ed is an award winner of the 2009 Prince William County in Music Talent and Composition.  Ed also plays the violin and has played violin in the Manassas Symphony Orchestra.

Ed is native of Arlington, Virginia, but has travelled extensively overseas giving him a deep appreciation and understanding of cultural and language diversities and interpersonal enrichment to communicate with others effectively. During his childhood years, Ed was accompanied by his parents who were members of the U.S Diplomatic Service. He received his elementary education from the International British and American Schools respectively in Bangladesh, Niger and Yemen. Also, he visited countries in South East Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Latin America. He has a workable understanding of Spanish Language.


Moses Kamai

Ukulele

Moses Kamai

Moses Kamai, a native Hawaiian and integral member of all things ukulele in the Washington DC area, teaches basic and intermediate ukulele. His method is to break down songs and music theory into small bits easily digestible and based on the abilities of his students. With Moses, students gain an understanding of music theory, parts of the ukulele, and chords with sufficient proficiency to play songs that may include blues, swing, ragtime, old time, or Hawaiian.

Moses is currently James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) Level 1 and Level 2 certified to teach the Ukulele in the Classroom (UITC) methods. He is currently working on Level 3 with expected completion date Jul 2016. The JHUI UITC method is a compilation and consolidated method that was developed by J. Chalmers Doane and refined by James Hill. J. Chalmers Doane's method is typically used in grade schools in Canada. UITC certification is becoming popular globally since James Hill has established a sound certification process. He continually develops his music understanding through influences of Master Ukulele players like Herb Ohta Jr., James Hill, Daniel Ho, Ohta-San, Peter Luongo, and Paul Luongo.

In addition to his private classes at NoVA Music Center in Manassas, VA, he has also taught at Seattle Ukulele Players Association (SUPA) and a collection of ukulele players in the Seattle-Tacoma area at two other venues.


Samuel Runolfson

Cello, String Bass, Viola and Violin


Susannah Shamlian

Violin, Viola and Cello


Don Sigety

Guitar and Drums

Don Sigety

Don brings to his students a vast background of experience in both guitar and drums. He’s played both instruments for over thirty years. His teaching is geared to the beginner student and starts with providing a thorough understanding of the instrument and the fundamentals. Don has taught private lessons on guitar to kids and adults with a method he calls “First Year Guitar.” His objectives in teaching are to get the student playing immediately, focusing on engaging both hands, learning chords and building strumming patterns.  This creates a solid foundation for good acoustic playing as well as being an important skill for those who wish to transition to electric guitar. Don has also played drums in bands over the years both for fun and semiprofessionally. Don thoroughly enjoys teaching and playing music and wants to share this love of music with his students. His easy going style makes learning exciting and fun.


Ronda Sprague

Piano and Flute

Ronda Sprague

Ronda believes in making the study of music a rewarding and enriching experience for students of all ages.  She is an active member of the Piedmont Music Club and many of her students participate in NFMC Manassas Festival.

In 2006, Mrs. Sprague became a licensed Musikgarten instructor. She has completed all levels of Musikgarten training and has participated in several workshops with exceptional teacher trainers including Lorna Heyge, Muiskgarten co-author, founder and company president; and Jill Hannagan, a co-author of the Musikgarten keyboard program and company vice president.

In 1983, she graduated from Butler University (Indianapolis) with a Bachelor's degree from the School of Fine Arts. Throughout high school and college she participated in numerous bands, orchestras, ensembles and festivals. Her coursework in college included classes in music history, music theory and music education. While attending Butler she studied flute with Francis Fitzgerald, Associate Principal Flutist of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

She regularly attends area workshops and seminars to hone her teaching skills and get the latest information on teaching methods.


Jonathan Spear

Guitar

Jonathan Spear

Jonathan Spear is an acoustic guitarist, who has been playing for 9 years. He has 7 years of experience playing in church praise bands and other venues, and has been teaching guitar for 4 years (in class settings, as well as one on one.) He likes to get students learning chords and playing their favorite songs as soon as possible. He incorporates music theory as they learn.


Keith Wilfinger

Band and Orchestra

Keith Wilfinger

Keith is a graduate from George Mason University's Music Education program. While employed within the Manassas City Public Schools, Mr. Wilfinger has become trained through professional development opportunities, in the Learning Focused Lesson Planning.  This method focuses on student achievement while utilizing cross-curricular standards in reading, writing and assessment. Through this template and training, Mr. Wilfinger has been involved in the summer curriculum writing of 'curriculum map writing' and lesson plan structuring that has been intended to strengthen the musical education of all students. He teaches all beginner brass and strings instruments.


Erich RussekRobbins

Guitar, Clarinet, Piano, and Sound Recording

Erich RussekRobbins

Erich has studied with guitar teachers Keith Wyatt, Jennifer Batten, Steve Trovato, Norman Brown, Russ Parrish, Nick Nolan, Dan Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Tommy Tedesco, Robben Ford and Bob Knezevic). He studied Jazz piano with Earl Blake. He has studied xylophone, drums, trumpet and French horn in college. Erich’s focus is composition and music theory. He was one of the first to gain advanced training in Sound Engineering at Omega Recording Studios where he also worked as an engineer in the early 1980s. He is currently working on his ABSRM (Associated Board of Royal School of Music) certification. He also has a computer background with certificates in programming, networking and computer repair.

Erich has had his music heard on Radio, TV and in Movies. He has played in rock, roots rock, Cajun, swing, Mariachi, cabaret, world bands and even in a Turkish Orchestra. His favorite instruments are the ukulele and the electric saz.

 


Bill Stevens

Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Tuba, Flute, Clarinet, and Sax.

Bill Stevens

Mr. Bill Stevens has been the Director of Bands at Osbourn High School since fall of 2008. His band program consists of: symphonic band, concert band, chamber winds, percussion ensemble, marching band, basketball band and jazz band. Mr. Stevens received his Bachelor of Music Education (2002) and Masters of Music (2005) from Louisiana State University. He also earned his Masters of Management/ Public Administration degree through the University of Phoenix. Prior to his arrival at Osbourn, he served as the director of bands at North DeSoto High School in Stonewall, Louisiana and Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is currently a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia men’s music fraternity, Music Educators National Conference, Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, and Virginia Music Educators Conference.

Mr. Stevens’ primary instrument is the trombone and he regularly performs around the Northern Virginia region. At Nova Music Center he is available to teach beginning piano, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, flute, clarinet, and sax. Mr. Stevens has a passion for teaching all levels of students and fosters the learning process to allow students to get the most out of each lesson. As a high school and former intermediate school band director Mr. Stevens’ students have worked together to win state championships and earn chairs in district and state honor bands.