Our Instructors

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. 

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Sarah Sebaoun is a pianist from NYC. She has been playing and studying piano since a young age. Along with scholarships and awards, she recently completed her master’s degree in piano performance at Hunter College where she also studied for her undergraduate music degree.
She has performed at a number of venues in NYC and Italy and has performed in many
masterclasses for pianists such as, Seymour Bernstein. She has also performed solo and in chamber group concerts in European music festivals. As well as her focus on being able to communicate this great piano tradition as a teacher to her students, she is also currently working on a number of classical and contemporary music projects with other professional musicians.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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Linda has extensive experience directing school orchestras and teaching the violin, the viola, the cello, and the bass. She has performed with local symphonies including The South Shore Symphony, and The Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra. Linda has successfully prepared students for NYSSMA solos, All County performances, and Long Island String Festival performances.   Linda is a trained NYSSMA adjudicator and she has earned Music Education Degrees from Hunter College, CUNY; Queens College, CUNY; and holds two Certificates of Advanced Study from The College of St. Rose.


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.

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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. 

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Georgia Herrera

Georgia is a musician and performer based in NYC, where she is currently studying Music Education at the Aaron Copland School of Music in Queens College. She has been playing violin and piano since she was 6 years old under the instruction of distinguished violinists/pianists, such as Allen Weakland, Agnes Kwasniewska, Javor Bracic, and Olga Terlitsky. As a young violinist, she has participated in NYSSMA and the NYSSMA All-State Conference and has been a part of many orchestral ensembles, such as Virtuoso Suzuki Academy’s New York Young Musicians’ Ensemble and the Queens College Orchestra. She has also toured London and Italy with the SFP Chamber Orchestra. On the side, she is also a member of other music groups such as the Voice of Friendship Singers, which is a Filipino-American choir where she sings and accompanies them with violin and piano. Another group is Gamelan Yowana Sari, where she performs traditional Balinese Gamelan music. As an upcoming music educator, Georgia wishes to inspire and empower her students with the confidence to create art and express themselves through music.

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Jimmy was born in Oceanside, Long Island New York in 1996. He graduated from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam in 2018 with a major in music performance and a minor in jazz studies. That same year he received a scholarship to attend a master's program at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he also studied music performance. Jimmy's main instruments are trumpet and piano. Over the years Jimmy has spent time doing volunteer work, privately teaching, pursuing athleticism and participating in school government. Jimmy's strengths as a teacher and musician include but are not limited to accommodating to various learning styles, teaching music theory/history in a simple way, arranging/composing music and having an extensive knowledge of the tendencies and inherit nature of brass instruments. Jimmy has experience learning from the master's such as Phil Smith of the NY Phil and Victor Wooten of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. Jimmy has participated in various competitions, orchestras, chamber groups, master classes and music festivals. Jimmy is currently a third degree Knight of Columbus, freelance musician and member of the 802 Musicians union.

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Audrey is very excited to join the staff at LMI and to work with amazing students.  She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Music Therapy.  She has been teaching Piano, Guitar & Vocals since 2009.  Audrey also enjoys performing in a musical theatre locally, and virtually with Ling Island Virtual Cabaret, which provides entertainment for all through Zoom and Facebook Live.  Come and see the positive change that Music Study can make in yours or your child's life.

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