MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS
Guitars & Strings
Elias Cardoso is a teacher, writer, guitarist, and fiddler from Newton, Massachusetts.
After spending years playing in the Boston area Celtic traditional music scene, he attended Berklee College of Music, where he studied music production, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Contemporary Writing and Production. Since then, he has been performing traditional celtic music at venues around the Boston area, as well as teaching violin, guitar, and beginner keyboard/piano locally.
He enjoys teaching and performing both celtic and contemporary music, as well as recording and producing. You might also find him pulling out his banjo at social events!
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.
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.
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.
Jessica owns House of Jam. She's is a versatile and active K-12 music educator, musician, artist and songwriter. A Montreal Canadian native, she obtained her professional degree in Jazz Performance from Vanier College, with a focus on voice and piano. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Southern New Hampshire University with a focus on voice, piano, and choral conducting.
Among other experiences, Jessica has taught music overseas as the Music Director for the African Children's Choir MFL teams in Africa . She was also a member of the renowned Jireh Gospel Choir and performed at numerous festivals and events such as the World Polyfolia Vocal Showcase in Normandie, France. She has also performed as a solo jazz artist in Montreal city.
Since immigrating to the States in 2009, Jessica has been a faculty member Musical Arts Academy of Dover, New Hampshire, as a private voice and piano instructor for all ages. She has also led jazz vocal workshops at local schools, has led vocal clinics for adults, and directed a number of youth choirs. She has developed and taught choral, guitar, music technology, and many other music curriculums at public and private schools in New Hampshire.
Aside from teaching, Jessica is also an active performer, recording artist, songwriter, who performs on a weekly basis with her local bands.
Students who study with Jessica have gone on to become performing artists of their own. Their successes have resulted in some of them performing in their own bands, getting leads in school plays, and even becoming singer-songwriters themselves. Some have been selected for performance
at state festivals, while others have
gone on to study music at the college level.
Guitar & Piano
Angela Moniz has been teaching music on Cape Cod for over ten years. She 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 has experience performing and singing in multiple genres including broadway musicals, folk, soul, funk, hip-hop, rock and gospel. Angela is a classically trained vocalist who can also teach students how to perform today’s pop hits. She plays guitar and piano and teaches songwriting in addition to vocal techniques. She is happily married to her husband Chris and has three children, Lennon 14, Felicity 13 and Judah 2 months.
Dr. Devin Arne
Dr. Devin is a composer, producer, educator, and multi-instrumentalist. He has established a reputation as a versatile musician and producer with a portfolio that spans multiple genres including rock, electronic, jazz, and film scores.
Working with top Music Houses in New York and Los Angeles, Devin has composed music for national ad campaigns for Mercedes-Benz, Samsung, Tide, and YouTube, among others. His compositions have been featured on TV shows including MTV’s The Real World, E!’s Keeping up with the Kardashians, Total Divas, TLC’s Four Weddings, and MTV Canada’s Grand Benders. Devin composed the music for Mo Faramawy’s comedic short film Ordinary World which premiered in Cairo, Egypt, and was featured at the 2015 Chicago Comedy Film Festival.
Devin is a seasoned guitarist and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He has earned a Doctoral Degree in Music Composition and Interdisciplinary Digital Media at Arizona State University. Devin holds a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from McGill University and a Bachelor’s Degree from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a recipient of the Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship.