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Jolin Hsu Music Director   
  • Piano, group programs, design and teach group programs
  • Masters degree in Music Education, The Boston Conservatory, Boston, MA
  • Bachelors degree in Professional Music in Piano, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
  • General music teacher at Cambridge Public Schools, MA
  • 20 years experience in teaching both children and adults piano and other music programs
  • 10 years as the Music Director of LexiMusic
     The Music Director of Happy Music, Ms. Jolin Hsu, earned her Master's Degree in Music Education from The Boston Conservatory (TBC), after having graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors Degree in Professional Music in Piano.  Her graduate thesis for Master's Degree "The Investigation of Absolute Pitch demonstrates her strong academic background, as well as the extensive knowledge and skills in teaching and performance. 

     While at TBC, Jolin worked as an assistant in a series of Orff classes for young children under the guidance of Ms. Edna Geary for a full year.  Before her graduation from TBC, Jolin was a general music teacher for children from grades K to 2 at Cambridge Public Schools from 1998 to 1999, while she was also teaching private piano lessons in The Musical Suite in Newburyport.  Jolin has been giving piano lessons for private students scattered in the greater Boston area for over 8 years.  Among those, Jolin has prepared and helped some students to pass the piano grading examinations administrated by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (A.B.R.S.M.)

     Jolin designed and developed all our group lessons, including Music Beginner I, Music Beginner II, and Music Beginner III, Music Step One, Music Step Two and Music Step Three, Magic Keyboard I, Magic Keyboard II, and Music Theory for Kids.  For private piano instructions, she also designed Private Piano Beginner Book, Finger Exercise, and Music Theory, all of these cover the basic, technical, and theory aspects of piano instructions.  Her comprehensive experience in teaching as well as her strong academic background establishes for Happy Music and for your children a solid ground of music education.  Happy Music, for the last couple of semesters, has offered group programs for young children to Loker Public School in Wayland.  They were very well received.  


About Carol Cubberley

I have been teaching violin for 8 years and love working with students of all levels and ages. Helping each student meet their musical goals in a positive learning environment is a priority for me. I use the Suzuki Method books along with supplemental repertoire and draw from the Alexander Technique to help build healthy playing habits. I received my BM from the Oberlin Conservatory and my MM from the Boston Conservatory.

Levels Taught: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Background check: Last verified 05/06/2016
Carol teaches: Ages 4 and up
Teaching since: September 2009
Last sign in: Today
Overview

Welcome to my page! I work to create a positive and fun learning environment, and I adapt my teaching style to match the individual student's learning style. I help students build a strong technical foundation through scales, music theory, and ear training so that they have the freedom to find their own expressive voice. I also focus on body awareness so students play with more ease and comfort. My job is to help each student meet their own musical goals and to help them experience music as an enjoyable and inspiring part of their lives. I have my BM from Oberlin Conservatory and my MM from Boston Conservatory and have been teaching for 8 years.

Carol Cubberley


I have been teaching violin for 8 years and love working with students of all levels and ages. Helping each student meet their musical goals in a positive learning environment is a priority for me. I use the Suzuki Method books along with supplemental repertoire and draw from the Alexander Technique to help build healthy playing habits. I received my BM from the Oberlin Conservatory and my MM from the Boston Conservatory.

Carol  work to create a positive and fun learning environment, and I adapt my teaching style to match the individual student's learning style. I help students build a strong technical foundation through scales, music theory, and ear training so that they have the freedom to find their own expressive voice. I also focus on body awareness so students play with more ease and comfort. My job is to help each student meet their own musical goals and to help them experience music as an enjoyable and inspiring part of their lives. I have my BM from Oberlin Conservatory and my MM from Boston Conservatory and have been teaching for 8 years.
Deborah Apple

  • Violin, viola, and cello

     Deborah Apple is an active and diverse performer and teacher in the Boston area. She currently has a studio of over thirty students in Brookline, Newton, and Wayland, where she provides Suzuki and traditional instruction to all ages. The students learn musicianship, theory, and technical facility as well as  leadership, perseverance, and commitment through semi-annual studio recitals. In addition to her teaching, Deborah also performs with the Symphony Nova and the Brookline Symphony.

     She was previously a Resident Artist at the Conservatory Lab Charter School in Brighton, MA where she taught viola. She recently completed her Master of Music degree in viola performance at the Boston Conservatory where she studied with Patricia McCarty and completed her degree recital on April 9, 2010. While in school Deborah performed with several chamber groups coached by Judith Eissenberg, Max Levinson, Lila Brown, and Rictor Noren. In the Boston area Deborah has played with the Boston Civic Symphony, the Newton Symphony, and the Dorchester Symphony.      

     Prior to moving to Boston, Deborah attended the University of South Carolina where she studied with Ryan Kho and Dr. Constance Gee. She also spent two years teaching violin and viola at the USC String Project and in the USC Community Music Program. While living in South Carolina, Deborah played with the Florence Symphony and the Spartanburg Symphony. Deborah graduated summa cum laude in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music Degree.      

     Growing up in Virginia and Georgia, Deborah Apple started studying the violin at the age of eight and viola at the age of fifteen. She was always involved in her school orchestra programs as well as youth orchestras including the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. She spent her summers at music camps including Interlochen Arts Camp and the National High School Music Institute. During this time she studied violin with Sheela Su and viola with Elizabeth Derderian-Wood.

     As a passionate chamber performer, Deborah has performed with various chamber groups at several summer programs including Meadowmount School of Music, Icicle Creek Music Festival, the Quartet Program, and Las Vegas Music Festival where she has been coached by Renato Bonacini, Basil Vendryes, Mark Rudolph, Diane Monroe, James Lyon, and members of the Ying Quartet. In 2005 Deborah performed as a part of a cello quintet at the Rochberg Memorial Tribute Concert in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. 

The following is the resume of Debbie, showing her excellent accademic background and extensive orchestra and teaching experiience.

Orchestral experience
Symphony Nova (MA), 2013
Brookline (MA) Symphony, 2012-2013
Mercury Orchestra (MA), 2010
        Principal 2012
Calliope (MA), 2012-2013
Video Game Orchestra (MA), 2012
Haffner Sinfonietta (MA), 2011
Boston (MA) String Players, 2011-2012
Neponset Valley (MA) Philharmonic Orchestra, 2010-2011
Boston (MA) Civic Symphony, 2009-2011
Newton (MA) Symphony Orchestra, 2009
Dorchester (MA) Symphony, 2009-2011
Boston Conservatory Orchestra, 2008-2011, 2013
University of South Carolina Symphony, 2004-2008
        Assistant Principal, 2006-2008
Florence (SC) Symphony Orchestra, 2007-2008
Spartanburg (SC) Symphony Orchestra, 2007-2008
  
Chamber Music
Fifth Floor Collective, Resident Violist, 2010-2012
Boston Conservatory Mixed Chamber Ensemble, 2009
University of South Carolina Chamber Orchestra, 2004-2008
        Principal, 2007-2008
Rochberg Memorial Concert in Weill Hall as part of a string quintet, 2005

Solo Recitals
The Boston Conservatory Concert Room, 2010   
University of South Carolina Recital Hall, 2007 and 2008

Summer Festivals
Meadowmount School of Music, 2009
Karen Tuttle Summer Workshop, 2008
The Quartet Program, 2004-2007
Icicle Creek Music Festival, 2007
Las Vegas Music Festival, 2006

Teaching Experience
Private Studio
       Violin, viola, and cello instructor 2004-Present
Suzuki Training
       ECC and Book 1, 2013
Gordon College Orchestra
       Mentor, 2011-2012
Conservatory Lab Charter School
       Resident Artist, Viola Instructor, 2010-2011
University of South Carolina Community Music Program
        Violin and viola teacher, 2006-2007
University of South Carolina String Project
        Violin and viola teacher, 2004-2006
        Viola class teacher, 2005-2006
Kaplan SAT Preparation, 2008-2010
        SAT Class teacher
Tree of Life Religious School, 2005-2008
        Beginning Hebrew teacher

Honors/Awards
Scholarship, Boston Conservatory, 2008-2010
Scholarship, University of South Carolina, 2004-2008
Kirk D. Moss Scholarship, 2004

Education
Boston Conservatory, Boston, MA
Masters of Music in viola performance, 2010
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Bachelor's of Music in viola performance Summa cum Laude, 2008

Principal Teachers
Patricia McCarty, Dr. Constance Gee, Ryan Kho,
Elizabeth Derderian-Wood

Coaches
Rictor Noren, Lila Brown, Max Levinson, Judith Eissenberg,
Renato Bonacini, Basil Vendryes,
Mark Rudolph, Diane Monroe, Charles Fugo

Conductors
Bruce Hangen, Eric Hewitt, Richard Orent, Max Hobart, Donald Portnoy, Jere Flint

Masterclasses
Ronald Houston, Helen Callus, Karen Dreyfus, Jeffrey Irvine,
Karen Ritscher, Susan Dubois

Professional Membership
American String Teachers Association
Suzuki Association of America
Kosta Haralampiev     
  • Piano, Vocal, recorder, and guitar, as well Group Programs designed by Happy Music
  • Masters degree in Music Education with Honor, Academy of Music, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Bachelors degree in Music Business / Management, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
  • Piano and voice teracher at Pete Pidegon Music School in Boston, MA
  • Piano teacher at Area Four Youth Center, Cambridge, MA
  • 20 years experience in teaching both children and adults piano and vocal lessons

     Kosta Haralampiev is a voice teacher with about twenty years of experience as a singer and a vocal instructor. He graduated from The Academy of Music and Art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria with a Masters degree in Music Education and Performance. Kosta enriched his vocal education through participating in a summer workshop in the Hoch Schule fur Music in Weimar, Germany, studying Mozart repertoire with Professor Peter Schreier.

     He worked as an opera singer in the Silesian Opera Theater in the Czech Republic for six years. In 2009 Kosta graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston where he extended his vocal skills studying jazz, and pop- vocal technique, and repertoire with Joey Blake, Dona MacElroy, Lisa Thorson and Gwendolyn Leader.

     Kostas voice teaching covers many styles of the classical vocal repertoire and of the contemporary entertainment vocal music. His rich teaching experience allows him to teach students of all levels and ages.
In addition Kosta taught piano, keyboard, guitar and recorder for seven years at the Arts School in the town of Odry, the Czech Republic. His American teaching experience was enriched with his work as a piano and voice instructor at Hyde Square Task Force in Jamaica Plain, Area IV Youth Center in Cambridge, and at Pete Pidgeon Music School, Boston.

     Kosta began teaching at Happy Music in the Fall of 2009.  He had led several group programs designed for young children, offered to Loker Public School in Wayland, MA. 

     Kosta is currently our full-time teacher.  He teaches private lessions from Monday to Saturday.  If schedule and distance permit, he can go to your home for private home instructions.

 

Julia (Holiday) Erhand  
  • Violin
  • Master of music in violin performance, Boston University, Boston, NA
  • Bachelor of Music in violin performance, Cleveland Institude of Music, Cleveland, OH
  • Experienced accompanist for all instruments, church organist, choir director, and bell choir director
  • Private violin teacher

     Julia Erhard is a very talented musician as well as an experienced violin teacher.

     While in Boston University and in Cleveland Institude of Music, Julia served as the Principal violinist or the Concertmaser in orchestra.  She was also the Principal Second violin in Cleveland Women's Orchestra.  Julia also performed solo works such Bartok First Rhapsody, Vivaldi Double Concerto, and Bruch Concerto No.1 with music groups such as National Repertory Orchestra and Sounds of Sousa Band in Chautauqua, NY. 

     Currently Juliia is a freelance musician in Boston area, as well as violin teacher in private teaching studios.  Juliia started teaching at Happy Music since late 2010.

Gregory B. Goldfarb   

  • Flute, piano, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, and drum 
  • Masters degree in Flute performance, University of Miami, Miami, FL
  • Bachelors degree in Music with emphasis on Flute performance, U. Mass., Amherst, MA  

     Mr. Gregory Benjamin Goldfarb is an accomplished,authentic, and versatile flutist whose soul motivation in music is to heal and inspire people. He has studied and performed flute for over 20 years, diversifying himself with various cultures and genres of music. He has studied with many inspiring and well-known artists including Grammy Award winner Dr. Yusef Lateef, a true asset in the world of music.

     While being an active recording artist and performer, Mr. Goldfarb has spread his knowledge of his craft to many inspiring flutists and musicians. His motto in music and to the world is Music is like people. We may all be from different cultures, countries, and races, but we still all are people. Music will always bring us together as one.

     Mr. Goldfarb has been a member of the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra (csob.org) since 2005 playing flute and piccolo. He also teaches privately and performs in and out of the recording studio.  He has been with Happy Music since 2008.

 

Oksana Gorokhovskiy    
  • Violin
  • Bachelors degree in Violin Performance, State Academy of Music, Sofia, Bulgaria.  

    Bulgarian born violinist Oksana Gorokhovskiy started her journey in the field of music at the age of six. After graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Violin Performance from the State Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria, she continued her musical education in United States. Her private teachers and coaches were Professor Yuri Mazurkevich, members of the Shanghai String Quartet, Kronos String Quartet, and Muir String Quartet.

     While living in Europe, she was a soloist of the State Academy Orchestra, and second violin in String Quartet Slavyani, with which she performed actively and won the First Prize at the International Competition ‘Music and the Heart’. Mrs. Gorokhovskiy was also touring as an orchestra member with several orchestras throughout Europe. Currently she lives in United States and actively performs as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestra player.  She performed as a soloist with Boston Accompanietta, and is a member of Boston String Players, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony, Symphony New Hampshire, Symphony Nova and Cape Ann Symphony.

     As an active violin teacher, Mrs. Gorokhovskiy is utilizing the Traditional Method and Suzuki Method.  In her teaching she focuses on student’s needs and personality, and her approach to each student is very individual.

Reiko Yamada 
  • Piano, Music Theory
  • Masters degree in Music Composition, Boston University, Boston, MA
  • Bachelors degree in Professional Music, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
  • Computer skills with music notation software
     Reiko is an enthusiastic music maker.  She works on music all the time she plays piano, she composes music, and she teaches music.  Her insight into the composition and de-composition of music when teaching young children makes her a very efficient teacher.  As such, Reiko is also able to offer instructions for Jazz Improvisation, as well as composition for our students.

     While Reiko is not teaching for Happy Music, she teaches piano lessons for after-school programs offered by IRN.  She also teaches youth programs in Boston University on Sunday.  Happy Music is very enthusiastic, as well, to have her on board as a member of our teaching staff. 

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