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!
Jon Madison is a passionate teacher, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and indie recording artist from Idaho. He is a global music influencer with a strong student community through his social media channels. He has taught music production through instructional videos on his youtube channel, as well as privately. Jon has studied guitar and music production through private instruction since age 11, when he discovered his passion for playing and writing music. He has gained experience as a performing artist in both Utah and Las Vegas.
His passion lies in sharing his knowledge of songwriting, and music production with the entire world. He counts it a privilege to work with online students at House of Jam Music Lessons, and play a part in training the next generation of emerging artists!
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 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 which performs regularly 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 her arrival to the United 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 and produces her own music.
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, improvising and becoming song artists, 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.