Meet Our Staff

"We believe Teamwork makes the Dream Work!"

Daniel Grantham - Piano, Songwriting & Production

I am originally from Austin, Texas and moved to Baltimore about 3 years ago. In 2014, I earned a Master of Music degree in music theory from the University of North Texas and in 2007 I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in french horn performance from the University of Southern Mississippi. 

 

Musically, I am mainly active as a composer and have had pieces performed in Italy, Germany, and across the US. I also have an in depth background in music theory. I have played french horn for 20+ years, piano for 15 years, and have been singing professionally for 6 years.

I enjoy teaching all subject areas, but lately I have mainly been teaching piano. One of the greatest things about music is that we all enjoy it in different ways and we can learn new ways to appreciate the music we already know. One of the best parts of teaching is watching a student learn a piece of music the love and engage with it in a new way.

 

When I’m not practicing or writing, I play video games or catch a revival movie at the Charles or the Senator. My favorite food is pineapple.

Kyn Mahone - Piano, Songwriting & Production, Vocal

I am originally from Sacramento, CA. I moved to Baltimore in August of 2018. I attended Musicians Institute College of Music in Los Angeles, CA and studied Composition and Keyboard Performance. I'm a vocalist and I play keyboards, synthesizers, drums, and currently learning to play bass guitar.

I enjoy teaching recording, songwriting and production, and vocals. What makes music meaningful to me is that I can convey my thoughts and feelings that aren't easy to verbalize, but people still understand and feel what I am trying to say. Outside of music, I enjoy playing pool, rollerskating, reading, and watching documentaries.

I enjoy eating Tacos and Fries!!!

Gino Hannah - Guitar, Bass, Vocal, Drums

I am from Catonsville, MD and have lived in Baltimore for the past 3 years. I graduated in 2013 from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a BA in Music Composition and Performance. Through St. Mary’s, I got to spend a semester in The Gambia, West Africa where I studied Mandinka music with a Griot family and learned to play the Kora, a 21-string West African Harp. After taking a year off, I went back to St. Mary’s to get my Master’s of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T) in Music Education.

 

These days when I perform, my main instruments are Guitar, Bass, Voice, Drums, and Piano. I have some opportunities to play Tuba, but not as many. I also am an amateur audio engineer, and produce/compose/record music on my own. I play with many different groups and feel that my role is often bringing talented people together to play music, who otherwise would not play together. 

 

I love to instill the wonder of music and the universal truth of expression through music that human beings share. I love sharing the “big picture” musical ideas with kids, and then letting them explore concepts on their instrument(s). I love to teach individual or group settings! drums, guitar, piano, brass, woodwind.

 

I think music serves an important role in shaping our society, and in holding a mirror up to society, telling individual and universal truths. Music is a bridge of connection among people, nations, and continents, as well as a bridge of connection to our true selves. 

 

Outside of music, I try to spend as much time in nature as possible, learning about the gifts and faculties of mother nature. Hiking, camping, traveling to other parts of the world are what I love to do. I also love Baltimore Sports teams. My favorite food is… whatever Mom is cooking.

Abijah Stokes - Songwriting & Production

Millan Bhatt - Vocal, Piano, Guitar

Robert Chittams - Guitar, Bass, Drums

Asher Herzog - Drums

I was born in Baltimore City. I graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz/Commercial Performance. I play drumset as well as mallet percussion and hand percussion. I'm also an active composer and improvisor.

I like teaching group drum classes, improvisation workshops, and classes on how to develop and flesh out songs written as an ensemble. Music has given me a way to express myself free from the constraints of spoken language, and allows me an opportunity to connect with others. 

My favorite food to eat is Thai Red Curry!!!

Chris Jones - Brass, Songwriting & Production

I am from Parkville, MD and have been in the Baltimore area for my entire life. I graduated from Loch Raven High School in 2015, and will be graduating from Towson University in the spring of 2020 with a degree in Music Education.

I am primarily a semi-professional tubist outside of teaching. I am the primary tubist for the Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra and do a lot of gig work in many different styles of music on tuba throughout the year. Outside of tuba, I make my own electronic music at home as well as some audio engineer gigs here and there. My favorite electronic music to write is fantasy/horror music and I write a lot of music that me and my friends use when we play Dungeons and Dragons. 

My favorite thing to teach is songwriting and production/audio engineering. I think it is the most versatile way to make music and allows people form all walks of life to put their musical ideas down on a professional level while being a hobbyist. Music is meaningful to me because of its ability to put you in the emotional place of the composer. Music is one of the only mediums that can manufacture emphathetic responses on both a conscious and subconscious level. I love the idea of music being able to show someone so vividly how they feel when they are writing that music. It's a type of clarity that I do not know is possible through language.

Outside of music, I am an avid gamer, Baltimore Ravens Fan, and enjoy spending time with my pet rabbit Cass. My favorite food has got to be Tacos!!

Ben Serra - Drums, Guitar, Bass

I grew up in Baltimore! I attended Towson University where I studied Music, community development, human rights, and non-profits.I play drum set as my primary instrument, but in addition I play guitar, bass, piano. I also work heavily with music software and sound/production. I would consider my strongest musical skills to be in musical composition/songwriting, improvisation, and as a studio musician.

 

My favorite things to teach are what my students are excited about playing! I'd say my favorite teaching experiences have been in exposing students to new music traditions such as jazz and improvisation where a lot of modern music have their roots. I also love building up students musical confidence to write their own compositions, songs, and produce their own music. 

 

I love that all different personalities, backgrounds, or dispositions can enjoy music equally. You can approach composition scientifically or artistically and produce something equally valuable. I love hearing the personality of musicians in their own music and playing styles. Most importantly, music is an excellent gateway to things like building creative confidence, efficacy, friendships, and ultimately show you that when you dedicate yourself to something, amazing results will follow.

 

When I'm not playing music or practicing its reading, backpacking, basketball, video games, or table tops! As for my favorite food, Thai food reigns supreme no doubt.

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(410) 934-7252

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Catonsville, MD 21228

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