From a very young age, Jennifer has always been drawn to music. She was accepted at the Ernesto Lecuona Elemental Music School where she specialized in clarinet and piano, and she continued her education at the Samuel Feijoó Professional Art School in Villa Clara, Cuba, where, in 2007, she debuted as a solo clarinetist in the distinguished theater La Caridad, playing a rigorous program with music from Mozart, Brahms, Camille Saint-Saëns, and many more. Jennifer graduated as an Instrumentation Soloist and Teacher of Clarinet and Piano. She gained experience as a teacher on both instruments, teaching elementary and middle school students in several conservatories in Cuba while performing in a local Symphony Orchestra. Jennifer was also a member of a prestigious septet of traditional Cuban music for seven years. In this septet, she performed as clarinetist, vocalist and musical arranger, performing an extensive tour in 2010. Upon her return to Cuba, she became a staple of the popular International music festival known as the Festival de la Trova Pepe Sánchez for several years. Now in Miami, Jennifer aims to continue excelling as a musician and looks forward to sharing her musical knowledge with her students.
Jorge is a singer, composer, musical arranger, producer, mixer, and multi-instrumentalist. he has taught and played music for over 30 years. He studied in Venezuela and was part of several groups with which he traveled around the world. He has recorded with many artists, such as Simon Diaz, El Cuarteto, Ensamble Gurrufio, and “Pasacalle” of the Bigott Foundation, among others. Since 2007, he has been living in the US and playing with other musicians like Negroni’s Trio, The Decotones (a jazz vocal quartet), Leo Quintero, C4-trio, Robert Quintero, Antuilo Mora, Hernan Matute, Carlos Puchi, Mauricio Rodriguez, Orlando Landy Mosqueda, Gilbert Valladares, and many other artists local to South Florida.
Aryam was born in Habana, Cuba and grew up in Miami. He began studying cello at the age of 9 with Maria Salas, a well-renowned cellist from El Sistema in Venezuela. Under her guidance, Aryam played as a soloist with the International School of Music Orchestra in 2012, and was a part of the New World Side-by-Side program, the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and the All-State Orchestra. Aryam debuted as a soloist playing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Arts and Minds Symphony Orchestra and was later recruited to the Miami Arts Charter School by Aleksandar Djuric, a Julliard graduate, where he served as principal of the cello section. He is currently continuing his education with aspirations of becoming a world-renowned soloist and orchestra director.
Ruben Cardenas is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has been involved in music for most of his life. He studied for part of his degree at the Berklee College of Music and then came back down to his home town and finished the remainder of his degree in Miami. As a drummer Ruben has performed along side various big name acts such as hip hop artist School Boy Q and also performed at world renowned events such as TED TALKS. As a DJ he’s played at some of the most famous night clubs in Miami such as Cameo & Club Space and gained the support of top tier electronic acts such as Tiesto, Borgore, and Steve Aoki’s record label, Dim Mak Records. As a producer Ruben has signed several deals with major labels such as Universal, Island Records (a division of Universal Music Group) and Warner Brothers as well as sparked the interest of Sony and Atlantic Records with his productions. Between the knowledge of the various instruments he plays & his production skills in the studio, Ruben has developed himself into a very well rounded.
Jorge Barnet has more than 30 years teaching. He teaches several styles of music including: Blues, Jazz, Classical, Brazilian, Latin, Rock and Pop with different techniques for finger Style and/or Pick Style on different types of guitars like Electric guitars, acoustic guitars, Steel string and Nylon String guitars. In 1981, he concluded his Diploma in Professional Music with his Major in Electronic Music and Guitar as his main instrument at Berklee College of Music, Boston and his Master in Music Education at IPS, Setubal, Portugal (Class of 2012). Jorge Barnet has played in different music settings as solo, backing up singers and soloist instrumentalist as well as different size music combos. The purpose of the lessons are to learn something musical in each lesson that will become a new building block for the next one as we build our music vocabulary. About himself, Jorge says: ”Perhaps I am a composer and arranger that loves to play guitar. Perhaps I am a guitarist that loves to compose and arrange. Anyhow I am a guitarist that loves to play and perform live. I also share the joy of music through teaching, helping others to give their steps to walk in to find their own way into music.”
Gregory Barnum is a Miami native and a product of Miami Dade County Public Schools. His musical talents have taken him to Boston, Atlanta and Los Angeles performing with several professional artists. Greg studied at the University of Miami and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. His instrument of choice is the drum set. Greg is active in the gospel music scene in Miami and also plays with various other performers of different genres. He is the founder of “Soul Inc.” a ten piece R&R cover band that performs at corporate events, music festivals and private affairs.
Elena has always had a great passion for music since childhood. Having studied with Wagner Music Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, she has received extensive training and knowledge and has been certified to teach her craft. As an instructor, she has taught piano and music theory for students of all ages, and also served as a teacher at Henry M. Flagler here in South Florida. Elena is currently working with the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, assisting in Concert Band and Orchestra. When it comes to teaching, she believes that positive reinforcement and motivation is the way to keep students focused and engaged, and she is committed to contributing to each student’s success by helping them progress at their own pace while encouraging their passion for music.
David Fernandez began playing the violin at the young age of 6. After years of schooling, much practice and magnificent development of his talent and musicianship he began playing on stage along side famous persons, such as: Placido Domingo. As a violinist in the Miami Symphony Orchestra and as a teacher of the violin and viola he continues developing his skills. Now you can learn how to play violin with one of the youngest and greatest players in Miami.
Christian is a Berklee School of Music graduate with over 15 years of experience both performing and instructing fine arts. His extensive education has afforded him the opportunity to learn how to play and teach a variety of instruments. These include saxophone, clarinet, guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, and voice. In addition to his instrumental expertise, Christian has studied various songwriting and arrangement techniques. He has integrated these into his method of teaching and has a special love for creativity. His professional career has seen him perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall under the direction of the great choral composer Z. Randall Stroope and placed him in the studio with contemporary greats like Inner Circle of “Bad Boys” fame.
“Every Professional was once a beginner”. Joel had his start at the age of 11 when he started playing Beatles songs on the acoustic guitar. Fueled by the influences of Chon, Animals as Leaders, and Intervals, he has been composing for his instrument since the age of fourteen and has been studying the guitar for over a decade. He went on to audition for the School of Music at Florida International University, where he was accepted to study the Classical Guitar with Rafael Padron and Mesut Ozgen. Being classically trained gives him the ability not only to incorporate more techniques into his playing, but also to teach his students better form when handling the guitar. He also enjoys playing piano and studying theory, but the guitar remains his instrument of choice: “The guitar is hands down the most expressive instrument I’ve come across. There are so many different ways you can play the same chord, so the possibilities are literally endless.” He prides himself in fostering an environment conducive to learning, where the student enjoys new challenges and perspectives. “I enjoy guiding the student down the path which they wish to travel, whether it’s composing a well-structured melody, shredding like Eddie Van Halen, or learning that new chart-topping pop song.”
Jackie is a charismatic individual who believes music is an important part of expressing who you are. Even at a young age, she has shown her passion and creativity in the field of music. She has been involved in the music programs of every school she has attended, ranging from orchestras to jazz ensembles, and has received awards in state and district competitions. She was also selected to be a part of the 2014 Florida Intercollegiate Honor Band on french horn. Jackie has been playing piano for over ten years, trumpet for four years, and french horn for eight years. Jackie is an alumni from New World School of the Arts and is currently pursuing her bachelors in music performance at Florida International University. She has received both a Bright Futures scholarship for her academic studies and a music scholarship from FIU’s School of Music for her musical abilities. This instructor works great with all ages and can help build skills in fields such as classical and pop. She has extensive knowledge of music theory and a perfect pitch that allows her to give her students a thorough understanding of music.
Gilberto Valladares graduated from “Amadeo Roldan” music conservatory in 1988 in Havana-Cuba with a vocational music degree, and a GED degree at Atlantic Southeastern Academy in Miami 2011.For the past seven years, Gilbert has worked as a Music Instructor at Archimedean School,a Miami Dade Public School (MDPS). He taught in their after school program with children in elementary and middle school levels with growing numbers in students as the years progressed. He has been active as a private piano lesson teacher in Miami,the city of Fribourg and Zurich in Switzerland, and Caracas Venezuela since the year 1999. His first teaching experience was in Havana-Cuba at the “Ignacio Cervantes”Music Conservatory during the year 1992.Gilberto was the pianist and musical director for the group “Mojito Son” from 2001 to 2005, he served as a pianist, background singer and music arranger for a musical show at the city of Juares fair in Mexico during the year 1993, furthermore, he participated and conducted various bands while in Italy and Switzerland from 1997 until 1998. In present years Gilberto has been part of live shows at different TV channels for various artists,such as Thalia, Carlos Ponce, Alicia Villareal, Tono Rosario, Alejandro Montaner to name a few. He has also worked as composer, arranger and producer for various projects and has computer skills using music software.