Our Instructors

Ken Pomarico

Instruments: Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar & Violin 

Ken has over 25 years of experience with an emphasis on developing strong musical fundamentals and knowledge of applied theory, while making the process of learning creative and fun.  He excelled as a performing student in NYSSMA, has been teaching the NYSSMA curriculum for over twelve years, and understands how NYSSMA judges grade.  He has built a solid reputation at LMI as a teacher who gets results without suppressing the performing students’ individual interests in modern popular music.  Ken has gifted students ranging from 5 to 75 years in age and creates a comfortable learning environment for each one.

Ken attended Hoftra University, Hempstead, NY and studied with notable musicians such as Seymour Benstock of the Hoftra String Quartet, Albert Tepper, and Herb Deutsch, who co-invented the Moog synthesizer with Bob Moog in 1964.  He has been a professional musician since he was fifteen.  Ken has performed and recorded with many great artists, such as: Jon Anderson of Yes;  Premik Russell Tubbs of the  Mahvishnu Orchestra, Carlos Santa, Whitney Houston, etc.;  Cy curnin of The Fixx, and Richie Cannata of Billy Joel, The Beach Boys, etc.  He has worked as a session player and co-composer for the NYC Arnell Bickford Ad Agency, working on national TV commercials for Ray Ban, Donna Karan, etc.  Ken has also co-found Feral Music, a music production company that features his extensive composing and producing background, and has several commercial CD's available at iTunes. And last but not least, Ken is a novelist for Earworm Publishing.  His novel "The Cloud Benders" is available at Amazon.com, and he has signed a TV licensing deal with The Gersh Agency of Hollywood, CA. 

Daniel Kleffmann

Daniel has been teaching music for sixteen years.  He is an instructor, a performer, composer, and audio engineer.  Being a drummer at heart, rhythm is his specialty.  He studied at the prestigious Drummer's Collective in N.Y.C. and has earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts with Academic Honors in Jazz Performance from the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music.  Tending to lean towards music involving advanced rhythmic concepts, Daniel has developed methods of explaining and understanding rhythm to make even the advanced and complex simple.  He has taught these concepts to hundreds of students of all ages and levels, aiding them to pass auditions of all types, attain perfect NYSSMA scores, earn scholarships and acceptance into music colleges such as the Berklee College of Music and New School of Jazz, become more successful composers, band leaders and side-musicians, in addition to becoming higher level musicians in general. 

Breana Murray-Burton

Breana began her musical journey singing in the Gospel choir of her church at the young age 7.  At age 11 she took vocal lessons in community music schools like the Brooklyn/Queens Conservatory of Music.  After this she became a member of the Songs of Solomon Inspirational Ensemble, where she had the opportunity to sing at the U.S. Open with Earth Wind and Fire, Carnegie Hall, Utah Opera House, and more. She completed her Bachelors at Adelphi University where she earned a talent/academic scholarship. She doubled majored in Classical Vocal Performance and Business Management where she graduated Cum Laude at the top of her class.

Even though she has been trained classically over the past few years she teaches all genres of music.  Her main focus is on vocal technique, flexibility, and expansion of range.  She not only helps her students to improve their vocal skills but also their musicianship.  She teaches Music Theory, Sight-Singing, and basic to intermediate Piano skills for singers.  Breana’s goal is to help her students fine-tune their talent so they can be an inspiration to others.” (From www.lynbrookmusicinstruction.com)
 

Spencer Rudolph

Spencer Rudolph studied music performance at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, earning his B.A. in 2013. A classically trained string player, Spencer started playing violin at age four, later learning viola, cello, piano and guitar.

Since graduating from SUNY Purchase, Spencer has composed original scores, performed in a wide range of musical venues, and taught private as well as small group lessons to students of all ages. Spencer enjoys teaching students of all levels and ages but particularly excels in working with young students with learning differences. Believing that a passion for music lies within all of us, Spencer explores each student's interests, creating individualized lesson plans that might include anything from a discussion of complex music theory concepts to a rendition of Darth Vader’s Theme Song.  

Byron Perez-Chacon

Byron Perez-Chacon is a trumpet Performance and Music Education major at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College; where he studies with Frank Huber. His loud, colorful, rich tone, and musical interpretations are the defining characteristics of his playing. He began playing the Trumpet at the age of nine in the Baldwin School District under various teachers, including Scott Dunn; Director of Bands at Baldwin Senior High School and Music Director/Conductor of the Long Island Youth Orchestra (LIYO). Through Scott’s insight and passion in conducting and trombone, Byron discovered his calling as an orchestral trumpet player. Mr. Perez-Chacon also earned his Associates Degree in Performing Arts at Nassau Community College, where he studied trumpet performance under Douglas Coleman; alumni of SUNY Potsdam Crane and the Manhattan School of Music. He specializes in various aspects and styles of playing including classical/orchestral, jazz, big band, chamber music, brass quintet, solo playing, and more. Presently, he is involved with the Queens College Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra; led by Charles Neidich, Brass Ensemble, Undergraduate Big Band, brass chamber music, and several other chamber music groups; under supervision of renowned French Horn soloist, David Jolley; head of the brass faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Byron is also an advocate for interdisciplinary and collaborative arts and has premiered works for the New Music Group and performs for their Composers Workshop at Queens College. He also attends the Queens College Conductors Workshop which used to be led by famous conductor Maruice Peress; who also led the QC Orchestra since 1984.  As a Music Educator, Mr. Perez is very involved with all things NYSSMA, including the Rochester Winter Conference every year where he attends with his collegiate chapter; He also teaches all other Brass and beginner Piano, as well as all the necessary skills such as music theory, keyboard, and aural skills that are required to prepare students for success. He is also the Queens College Orchestra Librarian and performance library manager, and works as a private trumpet teacher and freelance trumpeter.

DVIR Avnon-Klein

As an engaging performer and ensemble leader, Dvir Avnon Has broken musical boundaries, receiving numerous accolades in the process.  He led his chamber music ensemble to win first place at the Lincoln Center Society Competition and the Chamber Music Competition of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege. He has studied violin with preeminent pedagogues such as Yonitte Ryger, Julie Kurtzman, Prof. Grigory Kalinovsky, Wu Jie, and with Prof. Nicholas Mann (Chair of the Manhattan School of Music College Strings Department). Recently, Dvir selected as a fellow for the Carnegie Hall Future Music Project, composing original works and performing with the ensemble at Carnegie Hall.  Currently, he teaches and tours with the Chutzpah Caravan, a successful music group based in New York City with history of live performances, musical arrangements, and professional recording sessions. 

BRIAN MAULICK

Brian Maulick is a drummer and percussionist based in the NYC metro area. He is well versed in many forms of World Percussion, Latin Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Contemporary Percussion as well as today's styles of Drum Kit. He has played PASIC 2015 with Yousif Sheronick, and 2016 with Queen's College Gamelan Yowana Sari. He has played alongside Talujon Percussion Quartet in 2015 for TEDx Met. He has played at the Royal Irish Academy of Music with the Queen's College Percussion Ensemble and regularly performs in the NYC Metro area. He has studied with some of today's most proficient, and well known percussionists/drummers, such as Michael Lipsey, Javier Diaz, David Cossin, and Daniel Sadownick.

HANNAH AMOAKO

Hannah is a vocalist, licensed educator and board certified music therapist based in New York City.  Her specialties include voice (primary), woodwinds, music theory and beginner piano. She has a B.A. in music education from the Aaron Copland School of Music.  Hannah has twelve years of combined private and public school education experience as well as eight years of curriculum development and concert planning.  Currently, she is a few months away from her M.S. in music therapy.  Hannah's approach encourages students to develop a relationship with music and their instrument. 

Kyle Miller

Kyle Miller is a native New Yorker from Valley Stream, Long Island. He started his musical studies on electric guitar and later shifted his focus to classical training. He has attained his Bachelor of Music in Classical Guitar Performance and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Music with a focus on music composition at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He has studied guitar with Albert Pennachio, William Anderson and Paul Bollenback, and composition with Edward Smaldone and Jeff Nichols. Kyle also spent time studying guitar at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico and Balinese Gamelan in Bali, Indonesia. He is an active performer and composer of Gamelan Yowana Sari and Ictus Novus.

As a member of the Sheer Pluck Guitar orchestra, under the direction of William Anderson, Kyle has performed in venues such as Weill Hall, Lincoln Center, Tenri Cultural Institute and the Symphony Space, where he was a featured soloist at the first annual David Starobin Guitar Festival. In summer 2018, Kyle attended the Bang on a Can Summer Festival as an electric guitar performer.

Brooke Beck

Brooke has been a vocalist since she was in fourth grade. Since then, she has been in several choirs and musical theatre productions in school and outside of school. She now attends Adelphi University earning her bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Her vocal and teaching specialties are the classical, musical theatre, and pop genres. She enjoys building her students’ versatility and ability to sing any genre. Brooke teaches music to encourage people to keep music in their lives, and to inspire them to pursue it for the long run.