MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

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Angela Moniz

Voice
Guitar, Piano &
Songwriting

 

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Michaela Sullivan

Piano, Voice &
Concert Band Instruments

Michaela is a versatile educator and performer. She has experience with voice, piano, flute, saxophone, ukulele, violin, and other instruments. She played her first instrument, flute, at age 10 which cemented her love for music. She spent four years studying at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth where she learned about music education. She enjoys inspiring music in communities and has spent time playing with many community bands, orchestras and choirs such as the Marion Community Band and UMass Dartmouth’s Community Band. 

 

Michaela has a love for teaching and sharing her passion with others, and has taught private lessons for a number of years before joining House of Jam in January of 2021. She brings her passion for all types of music to her lesson plans, and incorporates everything from Billie Eilish to Beethoven in her teaching. Her unique style and flavor keeps her students wanting to learn and improve for years to come.

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Adam Gomes

Guitars & Piano

Adam is a guitarist and bassist, as well as a songwriter and educator. He is currently completing his studies at University of Massachusetts, with a double Bachelors in Music Education and Jazz Guitar. He has taught private lessons out of Umass, and is currently the bassist and back up vocalist of the band Immuter. He has experience performing in Boston and other popular areas around Massachusetts, and also collaborates with different artists, working on singles, mixing, recording, vocals, etc. 

 

Though Adam loves to play music, his passion lies in the teaching of it. His primary focus is jazz improvisation, which won him the ‘Outstanding Soloist’ award in 2013 at 17 years old. He also has a great amount of experience in playing classical, as a fourth generation Andre Segovia student.

 

His goals for students involve building a strong bond and appreciation for the art of music, while giving them free artist’s reign over their music of choice to compose, play, and share with the world.

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Bret Saylor

Piano & Composition

Bret is an accomplished composer, arranger, teacher, and pianist. He attended the Julius Hartt School of Music from age 10, starting with classical piano lessons and music theory classes. He went on to earn a B.A. in Music Composition and Theory and a P.B. Music Teacher's Certification from Westfield State College (now WSU). 

Bret has been performing solo piano and as keyboardist in rock bands here on Cape Cod since 1990 and is well versed in all musical styles. He has been passionately guiding piano students of all ages and varying interests in developing their skills, always bringing excitement, fun and discovery.

Among Bret's many credits is his arrangement of "A Medley Of Gershwin Tunes", scored for full orchestra with jazz quartet, featured at Pops In The Park 1996, Orleans, MA. He composed the music for and co-directed with Joan Spilman the musical drama "Why?" at Brewster Baptist Church, Brewster, MA 2005. He has given concerts of original works for piano, string quartet, sarode, and backing tracks and has done extensive composing and production work with Dani Dalinian, Nandlal Nayak, and Eric Raynaud (Fraction) and has developed a larch archive of totalistic, world, and computer based music, utilizing his own tonal systems and other unique devises.

Angela Moniz is the Director at House of Jam, and has been teaching music on Cape Cod for over ten years. She first learned from her father, local music legend Reggie O'Keefe. She then studied at the Cape Cod Conservatory and the Musicians Development Institute. She continued her studies of music theory at Eastern Nazarene College and is currently enrolled at Liberty University pursuing a degree in Education. She was previously a vocal instructor at Mode-4 Music Lessons in Hyannis.

 

Angela has been performing locally and regionally since 1999. She has experience singing and playing in multiple genres including the Broadway musical 'Tommy', and has opened for nation-wide acts such as R&B group 112 and hip-hop legends KRS One and the Pharcyde. She has gained the attention of the world music label Putumayo and has performed with many local bands including Mighty Ceej, Roots Down Below, Shango Axe and 57 Heavy. Angela is a classically trained vocalist who can also teach students how to perform today’s music. Her teaching style includes a well-balanced mix of classical and pop vocal techniques, anatomy of voice, music theory and music analysis. Her students have opened for national acts such as Brandon Heath, and have gone on to become instructors themselves.

In addition to teaching and continuing education studies at Liberty University, Angela is a worship leader at Living Hope Family church. She is happily married to her husband Chris and has three children.

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Samantha Higgins

Voice, Piano & Percussion
 

Sam Higgins has been a dedicated musician and talented performer since she was very young.

 

For 16 of her 23 years, she’s studied drums, percussion, voice, and piano under private and big-band instructors, including multiple Berklee trained professional musicians. Her most trained genres include classical, theatrical, and jazz, and she’s studied rock, popular styles, and indie extensively.

 

Her performance experience ranges from playing leading roles in musicals to performing with orchestral bands to singing and drumming in casual gigs. She has experience teaching fellow musicians of all ages from 7-70 in each genre, working hard to encourage a love of music and passion for learning and enrichment in each student.

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Ron Williams

Voice & Guitar

A lifelong performer and teacher, Ron teaches Voice, Guitar, and beginner piano. Ron Williams is a graduate of Duke University where he studied Vocal Performance. He also studied voice at Wesleyan University and at the New England Conservatory in Boston, MA. Ron has performed as a featured soloist for the Middletown CT Chorale and the Barnstable Comedy Club. Other performances on the Cape include the V.I. P Reception for Boston Pops By The Sea concert in Hyannis, Featured artist for Cape Artist Performing For Education; Feature Artist for the Cape Cod chapter of American Association of University Women, and a recital for Voice and Piano with Deborah Geithner at the OLD WHALING Church of Martha’s Vineyard.

 

Ron is a long-time resident of Cape Cod and currently lives in Brewster, MA. He has taught music at Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable, MA as part of Project Forward, taught
individual and group voice lessons at Cotuit Center for the Arts, and has private students in voice and guitar throughout the Cape Cod area.

Ron is also an established music performer. His approach to guitar playing is called
Finger-Style Jazz Guitar. In this style of guitar, many elements of Classical Guitar are
applied to jazz, Latin and other popular compositions
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He performs a variety of Easy-
Listening Favorites, which includes familiar instrumentals by Dave Brubeck, Oscar
Hammerstein, Giuseppe Verdi, J.S. Bach, Scott Joplin and others. He also sings the
"Great American Songs" of the 1930's to the present by composers such as Johnny
Mercer, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and Hoagy Carmichael.

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Sarah Jeremias

Violin/Fiddle

Sarah began her studies in music and violin in 1998, participating in a project created by the municipal government of her hometown in Brazil. Thus, her passion for music began. Over the years, as a member of the Volta Redonda String Orchestra, she traveled throughout Brazil playing in renowned concert halls and theaters in her country, such as Sala São Paulo, Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro, Sala Cecilia Meireles, etc.

 

After some time, feeling more challenged and confident, she decided to move on and join the Barra Mansa Symphony Orchestra, where in addition she played in many other concert halls and theaters in Brazil some in Recife - PE, Porto Alegre - RS and several cities in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. There then, she started her life as a violin teacher for children, in the same way she started years ago. Her passion for teaching began there in 2010. She studied with numerous renowned professors in Brazil, such as Paulo Bosisio, Carlos Moreno, Ubirata Rodrigues and Maressa Carneiro, her most recent teacher.

 

She participated as a member of the Barra Mansa Symphony Orchestra in several operas and ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and The Corsair, all together with the Bale of the Mariinsky Theater from Saint Petersburg in Russia. She was conducted by internationally known and acclaimed conductors such as Alastair Willis from the United States, Alexei Repnikov from Russia, Isaac Karabtchevsky from São Paulo, Apo Hsu from Thailand etc.

 

Although her background is more focused on the classical violin, she has experience playing in various popular events such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and concerts focused on popular music. She ventures into songwriting too, even though it's not her focus as a musician, having composed arrangements for quartets and duets for weddings as well. One of her passions is also playing at her local church, where she can play more freely. Her priority as a teacher is to teach students the love of music and the instrument. For her, it is necessary to understand that in addition to having concentration and consistency in studies, the most important thing is to have fun and know that no matter how many steps you still have in front of you, the most important thing is appreciate where you've come so far.