Ian Bentley is a tenor, voice and piano teacher, and early childhood music specialist. He has performed in opera roles throughout the Northeast and has been a Resident Artist with Tri-Cities Opera and the Pine Mountain Music Festival. In addition to his work at LREI, Ian is on the faculty at The Diller-Quaile School of Music, has taught group and private voice at Binghamton University, and maintains a private studio in NYC. He has led musical residencies in schools throughout the tri-state area as part of Tri-Cities Opera's educational outreach program. Ian holds a B.M. in Vocal Performance from NYU, a M.M. in Opera Performance from Binghamton University, a Certificate in Vocology from the University of Utah, and is an Estill Master Trainer.
Helen Yoo Boynton is a NYS certified music teacher and has taught for more than 10 years. She has taught elementary and high school piano, general music, and directed and accompanied children’s choirs for the last 10 years in Brooklyn and Manhattan. She has also accompanied middle school Suzuki based string orchestra and Suzuki group classes. She is certified in the Kodaly method and is experienced with Orff. Helen studied the piano since age four and the violin at LaGuardia H.S. of Music and Art. She earned her BA in music from Colgate University and MA in Musicology from New York University. She is currently studying piano and piano pedagogy with Donald Pirone at the Aaron Copland school of Music at Queens College and is working towards her Dalcroze certification. She also was the LREI lower school music teacher from 2005-2007. Helen is excited to be back at LREI, and is looking forward to teaching in the Afterschool Program.
A native of Monticello, New York, Chris Bradshaw graduated with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. He then pursued his graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music, earning a Master of Music in piano performance, and completing the requirements for doctoral candidacy. He has performed at chamber music festivals in the U.S. and abroad. In September 2008, Chris relocated to Manhattan, after teaching and performing in the Philadelphia area for nearly a decade. His students have received honors and awards for their playing. A member of the Bradshaw/Parker Piano Duo since 1992, he has performed and premiered a wide variety of four-hand and two-piano repertoire in the United States, Spain, Austria and Germany. Chris is the artistic director of the Church of the Redeemer Concert Series in Astoria, Queens.
*Please note that Lucía is a professional musician who travels at times. She is always able to complete make-ups for any lessons she has to miss, and tends to not miss many, but this may be important to note should you decide to study with her.
Lucía Caruso is an Argentinean-born composer and pianist, based in New York City. Her musical career has taken her across four continents, and over a dozen countries. She has performed at some of the most prestigious venues in the world, such as: the Versailles Palace, the Louvre Museum, and Jardin des Tuileries in Paris, France; Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Vanderbilt Hall at the Grand Central Station in New York City, and the Kew Royal Palace in London. Lucía performed her works for piano and orchestra as a soloist with the Orchestre Lamoureux in Paris and the London Metropolitan Orchestra in the UK. She also performed as a soloist with the National University of Cuyo Symphony Orchestra in Argentina and the National Youth Orchestra of Costa Rica.
Lucía is the Artistic Director and founded the successful Manhattan Camerata with composer/guitarist Pedro Henriques da Silva, which is the first ensemble to perform Transclassical music: Transcending classical music, incorporating elements from different cultures around the world with a variety of styles, genres, and exotic instruments.
Lucía received her bachelor’s degree in classical piano from the Manhattan School of Music, and her Masters Degree in Composition and Film-Scoring from the New York University. Lucia loves teaching piano as well as composition to children.
Mary Cherney is a music educator and performer, specializing in woodwind instruments and recorder. Mary’s performance career is diverse, and includes collaborations with musicians of many genres; from renaissance to contemporary
music. Mary was a founding member of Duo Nova Antigua along with guitarist/lutenist Dennis Cinelli. More recently Mary is playing with Waters Music in partnership with Anti Social Music (contemporary classical music), Las Triolinas (a classical ensemble), and The Twelve House (an improvisational jazz orchestra). The Twelve Houses was on the Best Concerts of 2021 award list in The New York City Jazz Record.
In addition to performing Mary is currently teaching at Hunter College in its graduate Music Education Department. Mary was head of the music department at PS89/IS289 from 1998-2021. She has been teaching in the Afterschool Program at LREI for many years.
Tara McLaughlin is a guitarist, singer/songwriter, and educator.
She has been working at LREI since 2014 and has been an instrumental teacher for over seventeen years. Tara's educational background is very diverse and includes her studies at Florida Atlantic University and her post-graduate studies for music therapy in the Creative Arts Therapy Program at The New School.
Tara has been in bands since the age of fifteen and has toured multiple countries, recorded and produced many albums, and played a major part as a musician in the Miami music scene in the early 2000s.
Tara loves to rock but teaches all genres of music in a very fun way. Her favorite part of teaching is when her students finally understand how to read music! She is very passionate about sharing music with children and can not wait to be back in person teaching again at Little Red in the fall.
Alex Perry is a jazz and classical pianist, composer, and teacher. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies. Alex has studied internationally at the Banff Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music and the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam Summer Jazz Workshop. Alex performs in New York with his own groups and collaborative projects. He has performed at the Blue Note Jazz Club, ShapeShifter Lab, Spectrum, Scholes Street Studio, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. In addition to teaching at LREI, Alex accompanies dance classes at the Mark Morris Dance Center in Brooklyn. Alex has spent the last two summers teaching piano lessons, leading the jazz band, and accompanying musical rehearsals at Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp in New Milford, CT. Alex is excited to begin his first year teaching piano lessons Afterschool at LREI.
Eve Silber is a guitarist, singer, songwriter and teacher. With a BS in Performance Studies from Northwestern University, and an MA from NYU, she continued to receive her professional training in the Village, under the tutelage of guitar greats Dave Van Ronk and Frank Christian. Eve has worked extensively as an instrumental teacher and vocal coach for students of all ages. She is in every respect an ideal teacher bringing a rigor and passion to her work that every student will appreciate, while never losing sight of the fun and creative dimension that lies at the heart of arts instruction. She can also be found regularly in performance at neighborhood jazz clubs, like every Wednesday night’s jazz sets at Arthur’s Tavern, NYC’s oldest jazz club.
David Ullmann is a guitarist, composer, and lifelong New Yorker. He is a graduate of the New School Jazz BA/BFA program and has performed at many venues in and around NYC including CBGB's, The Blue Note, Wetlands, The Knitting Factory and the 55bar. David has been teaching in Afterschool at LREI for many years and his greatest joy is hearing a first performance of "Hot Cross Buns". He is also actively involved in the NYC jazz scene. His debut CD "Hidden" released in 2005 receiving such praise as "Hidden is an exciting record that reflects restless creativity" (all about jazz). David is also a film composer and recently completed D.W Young's "A Hole in A Fence". Currently, David is beginning work on his new album featuring all original compositions.