“Amelia has grown so much as a piano student in the almost three years she has been with CHMA”  – Theresa D.

The staff at Chestnut Hill Music Academy have either university music degrees or professional performance experience.  Each teacher is carefully chosen and screened for their ability to teach, inspire and connect with children and adult students. They have all  undergone both a PA Criminal Background Check and a Child Abuse Clearance. Since each student is totally unique, at CHMA teachers are empowered to use their intuition and experience to create a unique learning environment to suit each child’s interests, temperament and learning style.  Our goal is to choose just the right match for each student from our diverse staff.  Each teacher is encouraged and supervised to be flexible and creative in their approach. In collaboration with parents we design a unique personal teaching plan to keep each child growing, inspired and engaged.

Mickey Lmickey kinsalejunbeone – Director and Guitar Teacher – CHMA Director Mickey Leone has been working with children and music for over 3 decades. He founded and co- directed Soundstage School of Music for 9 years before moving on to CHMA.  A professional musician since the age of 14 when he began playing drums in rock bands. Over the years he has studied guitar, piano, voice and fiddle with various private teachers. His musical influences run from blues to country to jazz standards to southern rock.  A native of the area, Mickey first started teaching music privately in the mid 1980’s.  In 1995 he founded The Chestnut Hill Guitar School where he taught hundreds of students over the years.  In addition, he was the Montgomery County director of Makin’ Music the interactive parent-tot program from 1998 to 2010.  Mickey also holds a Master’s Degree from Chestnut Hill College in Counseling Psychology with special training in play and music therapy for children.   Mickey personally chooses and supervises all teachers.

markMark Kuczynski – Drums, Guitar         

Mark has been playing drums in rock bands at popular music venues up and down the East Coast the past several years.  He grew up nearby in Delaware County being professionally trained in complex rock, jazz and Latin patterns as well as the rudiments of drumming.  Mark’s drumming influences are some of the most renowned and skilled drummers in rock and roll history including John Bonham, Neil Peart and Matt Cameron.  He has a passion for music education, and applies all his lessons to real world examples from popular music as a means for keeping the lessons fun and educational for his students.  Mark is a graduate of Saint Joseph’s University where he also played hockey, and is a fan of all Philadelphia sports teams. He looks forward to meeting anyone with a desire to learn music and encourages everyone to explore their musical interests to the fullest.

                           Jack Carroll – Guitar, Bass, Rock School jack 

Jack has been playing and performing on guitar for 30 years, and has been teaching guitar for the last 10, most recently heading the after school guitar program at Immaculate Conception school in Jenkintown, as well as at St Joseph The Protector school in Glenside.  It is Jack’s mission in life to create an army of guitar players who can enjoy expressing themselves through music for the rest of their life.  What greater gift can you give to someone?  Equally adept at electric or acoustic, Jack will help your child to get the most out of their ability.  He loves working with kids, workings with foster children on a part-time basis, and has three daughters of his own.  Besides guitar Jack sings lead and harmony vocals, and plays harmonica.  He currently performs around Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore with his band RED X which has released three CD’s of original material, most recently 2013’s “On The Road”.                                         


Jonathon Alba – Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Piano

Jonathon is a Penn State graduate and has been deeply involved in music since he was 6 years old, growing up in Bucks County.  He believes that everyone is blessed with musical ability and enjoys helping kids discover which instrument they can best express themselves on.  He has done a wide variety of things ranging from composing for the Delaware Valley Philharmonic Orchestra as a teenager, audio engineering at recording studios in his 20’s and 30’s, being the lead singer and guitarist of several touring bands, and playing a handful of instruments as well.  Jon’s main instrument is the guitar which he has been playing for 25 years.  He has taught guitar, bass, and vocals for the last 16 years, both privately and as a teacher in middle and high schools.  He studied at the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society and Berklee College of Music.  His solo project includes 4 albums recorded at his own studio in Conshohocken and he currently plays in the Philadelphia-based band “Lucid by Midnight”.  Jonathon is currently a music teacher at Masterly Charter Thomas Elementary School working with with grades K through 6.

Emma Method – Violin, Viola

As a violist, Emma has performed as the principal violist with the Temple University Concert Orchestra and the Grammy-nominated Temple University Symphony Orchestra as a section violist, including concerts at the Kimmel Center. Previously, she was the principal violist in the Stretto Chamber Orchestra, touring through Eastern Europe in 2014. Additionally, Emma  performed at the Blue Mountain Chamber Music Festival, while she worked with children at the associated day camp. Recently  she attended the Domaine Forget Academy of Music in Quebec, and, as a viola fellow, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival in Tennessee.

Emma is finishing her BM in Viola Performance at Temple University, under the tutelage of Kerri Ryan, assistant principal violist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has been teaching both violin and viola for six years, working with beginning and intermediate musicians ages 4 to 74. Inspired by the famous pedagogue Karen Tuttle, Emma teaches with a focus of relaxed playing and total body integration as well as other aspects from Tuttle’s “Coordination Technique.” The choice of materials, while always including a mix of technique and repertoire, is developed alongside the student, as teaching should always be a highly individualized process.

Andy Maher – Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Drums, Ukulele

Andy has been an active performing professional  for his entire adult life.  His personal dedication to music, performing and teaching is  amazing.  He performs on guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo, bass, drums,  ukulele and is a steller singer and songwriter with many recordings and CDs to his credit.  Andy has  special love and experience with  Irish Music, Classic Rock, R and B and Americana styles.  His friends and fellow musicians call him the “Human Jukebox”  for his huge and varied repertoire of songs committed to memory.  Andy began teaching in 1976 and he has been offering private lessons, classes and music programs ever since.  He  loves working with adult beginners or coming back to music and can easily attune to their particular goals and interests. Andy also has extensive experience with young children as a performer and teacher.  He directed a music program at Germantown Friends School for 6 years and held the position of music specialist at Miquon summer camp for 11 years.  Andy also has experience working with people with learning differences and other special needs, both children and adults.

Elle Gyandoh – Voice, Flute, Piano

Elle has been deeply involved with music since the age of 8, when she began her study of the flute. Within the next few years she found her voice and started acting in her school theater, especially in the Musicals.  In middle school she began writing songs and performing at local clubs and coffeehouses. By high school she had worked her way to First Chair Flute all the while continuing her singing and songwriting. At Temple University she played in the Marching and Concert Bands. Today she leads her own band, as singer and flutist, performing Soul, Jazz, Funk, Pop, & R&B.  She also is vocalist for a successful wedding/corporate band performing at many large venues throughout the area. Elle has a passion for working with children and she brings that to her teaching, With an M.A. in School Counseling, she is on staff at an Elementary School, where she facilitates a music club. Elle is also a volunteer with WXPN’s Musicians On-Call Program, singing at the bedsides of sick patients, many of them children. As a teacher Elle works to help each student get the most from the experience whatever their goals might be.  According to Elle  “confidence is the key ingredient in successful performance. When working with a teacher first you need to build trust, Once trust is established, anything is possible”

Susie Gordon – Piano, Flute, Saxophone , Recorder

Susie comes from a musical family with roots in New Orleans.  as a young child she was exposed in her home to classical music as well as jazz, klezmer, Latin and Traditional African forms. She began flute studies at the age of 8  with private lessons at Temple University Her first composing came when she was only 13. Susie received her Bachelors in Music from Rutgers University where her studies emphasized ear training, music theory and sight singing.  She is currently a working towards her Master degree in classical music composition from Rowan university. She has received several  commissions in her short career so far.  Her most recent was for the San Palo Conservatory in Brazil which debuted her full orchastral composition Libercoca. As a teacher has experience with private student of various ages.  For a time she held a position at the Philadelphia Clef Club Jazz Institute where she taught flute, saxophone. piano and music theory . She was also the coach for the sting quarter chamber group.

Natalie Rose Havens –  Voice, Piano
Natalie has been singing since she can remember. She has sung all over the country and loves anything ranging from Musical Theatre, Jazz, Rock, Oratorio, Opera, and Blues. She has been cast in leading musical theatre roles such as Hello, Dolly!Man of La ManchaSeven Brides for Seven BrothersInto the Woods, and The Music Man.
Not only does Natalie perform in musicals, but she also performs in operas across the country. She has performed in shows such as The Magic FluteLa TraviataL’OrfeoDie Fledermaus, and many more. She is fluent in both English and Spanish and had trained in French, German, Italian, and Russian languages.
Natalie loves teaching and received her Bachelor of Choral Music Education from The Florida State University. She has taught everything from high school/middle school choirs to private voice, piano, and ukulele. After she received her teaching degree she attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro for her Master of Music in Vocal Performance.
After graduate school, Natalie moved to NYC where she trained in voice and dance. She has auditioned for Broadway shows as well as for The Metropolitan Opera and has learned many techniques for a successful audition during her years there. She currently resides outside of Philadelphia and frequently performs in online concerts as well as live concerts with opera companies in the surrounding areas. Natalie’s goal as a teacher is to help you become the best musician you can be and to gain confidence in yourself and your voice. She believes that every voice is unique and should be heard and that the key to success is staying true to who you are.

Henry Farcus  – Piano, Electric Keyboard

Henry is a long time friend and musical collaborator of Mickey Leone, the school director. He has performed with Mickey since they were both teenagers playing in various bands and music ensembles. Henry began studying piano at age 7 with private classical lessons so he has a deep background and excellent skills. His interests transitioned to rock, blues, folk & pop music and he started playing with bands at age 13 ultimately going through the evolution of dance club bands, original music groups, touring cover bands, full-on R&B bands, solo piano performance, duos and trios. Throughout his experiences he took a special interest in electronic keyboards  becoming familiar with their sound textures and programming capability.

Henry earned his BA and majored in Communications at Temple University  ultimately working on staff for the college, supervising the Film Sound & Editing facilities. He’s spent many years as the director and chief instructor for American Music Institute of Pa. The workshops he presented taught students to play songs by ear, using a shorthand method and a few simple ideas and techniques. A skilled improvisor, arranger and ensemble player he is able to show his students how to use their playing in a variety of situations.   Henry believes that when in a group, listening to what others are playing is a crucial skill for all musicians. He is pleased to share his love of music with the youngest students as well as adults at all levels.


Elizabeth Basoff – Violin, Piano

Elizabeth began Violin and Piano lessons in Los Angeles at the age of 6. She was accepted at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia when she was twelve years old and took masterclasses with world-renowned soloist Ruggiero Ricci in Palm Springs. She continued her studies with the highly acclaimed teacher, Boris Kuschnir in Vienna (Austria) and after in East Asia.

She had the opportunity to study the Suzuki method as a young violinist while focusing on a traditional style consisting of passage-work, intonation, vibrato, sliding, presence and solidity. Elizabeth performed multiple tours in Germany for several consecutive years. She premiered with the Paganini Concerto No. 4 in Germany (live recording released by JPK Musik) and Bruch Concerto in China under the baton of Volker Hartung with the Cologne New Philharmonic Orchestra.

She recorded the majority of the violin score for the documentary, “Paul Mellon: In His Own Words”, which premiered at the National Gallery of Art in Washington.

In 2018 (Germany), she played a newly-written concerto by English composer, Alexander Webb-Mitchell.

Elizabeth also performed as a soloist with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra in an open auditorium holding about 25,000 people. Other notable events include her featuring as a solo artist with the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Feng Yuan String Chamber Orchestra, and Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra; performing the Antonio Vivaldi “Four Seasons”, even performing twice at the Kremlin Museum in Moscow.

She became very aware of the importance of Mind-Body connection and took holistic approaches. Elizabeth started learning Yoga from the age of 14 and currently provides Yoga classesShe also volunteers as an artist for the FSP: Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying, a non-profit organization that stands for resilience and community support

Rebecca Johnson –  Voice, Piano
Rebecca is a kind and encouraging voice and piano teacher welcoming students of all ages and all genres. Rebecca is also a professional vocal technician with intense graduate study of vocal pedagogy and the vocal mechanism at Belmont University and obtains an undergraduate degree in vocal performance in classical singing from Goucher College. Rebecca began voice lessons at the age of thirteen when she caught the “musical theater bug”. Rebecca has sung opera and musical theater roles including but not limited to Luisa in The Fantasticks, Nettie in Carousel, Fantine in Les Miserables, Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute, and Marcellina in The Marriage of Figaro. Rebecca was selected to sing in reputable summer programs: The American Institute for Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, Vienna: Language of Lieder through Westminster Choir College, and most recently Bach Millenium Music at Santa Clara University where she sung with orchestra. Rebecca has taken vocal lessons for over sixteen years and credits much of her technique to notable
teacher Michael Warren, San Francisco teacher Sven Edward Olbash, and her current Juilliard affiliated teacher Badiene
Magaziner. Rebecca has taught singing since 2015. She is a Philadelphia resident and a San Francisco native.
Isak Gaines – Piano, Guitar, Saxophone, Clarinet, flute 
 Award-winning composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Isak Gaines is an artist who has embraced a broad array of styles and influences. His chamber pieces have received international attention. His jazz compositions have been featured in Downbeat Magazine. His saxophone playing has brought him to some of the biggest stages of Europe, South America, and the United States. Born and raised in Seattle, Isak moved to New York in 2014 to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. It was there he connected with his greatest mentor – Grammy award winning producer Robert Sadin – under whose oversight he wrote and recorded his first major chamber and orchestral pieces. The instruction provided by Robert and several other key teachers proved to be vital to Isak’s growth as an artist, and it’s with this spirit of mentorship; of working with a student to help them find and cultivate their unique musical voice, that Isak continues to expand his teaching portfolio. He graduated from the New School in May 2018 with a BFA in jazz performance and a minor in classical composition, shortly before relocating to Philadelphia where, along with frequent returns to New York, he is currently active.

Bell Thompson – Piano -Trumpet

Bell is a vibrant young musician and bandleader from Seattle, WA. Her melodic and expressive trumpet playing embraces the jazz tradition while showcasing her clear sound and unique voice. Bell is currently a student of Terell Stafford and Joe Magnarelli as part Boyer College of Music’s Jazz Performance program at Temple University.

Bell has performed as a featured soloist with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, and the Seattle Women’s Jazz Orchestra with Gail Pettis. Touring Europe alongside the Garfield Jazz Orchestra Bell performed as part of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Jazz a Vienne, Jazz à Toulon Festival, and the International La Spezia Jazz Festival. She has received Outstanding Soloist awards from the Reno Jazz Festival, Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, Bellevue College Jazz Festival and Bellevue High School Jazz Festival.

Bell specializes in teaching trumpet technique, piano, jazz improvisation, and music theory to students of all skill levels. As an educator, Bell focuses on creating a supportive and encouraging environment based on students’ interests, goals and learning style.