Karen Amlaw 
(a.k.a. Miss Karen)

Kids on Keys (Group Instruction for 4-8 yr olds)

Ms. Amlaw’s education includes a BA in psychology / music from the University of Rochester/Eastman School of Music where her principal instrument was violin.  She has studied voice with Karen Lykes (currently professor of voice at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music), Maria Ferrante, world renowned soprano Maria Spacagna, and veteran MET dramatic mezzo soprano Sondra Kelly.  Her coaches have included Brian Moll, Olga Rogach and Bradley Pennington, founder of Boston Bel Canto Opera.  She is currently under the tutelage of for MET conductor Maestro Steven Crawford.  Ms. Amlaw also has done graduate work in Elementary Education at the University of Rochester.  

Ms. Amlaw has taught in after school and summer school music programs in both Worcester, MA and Rochester, NY.  In addition to directing the Kids on Keys Program. she has been the traveling music teacher for the YWCA in Worcester and Westborough, MA and a regular guest artist / music educator at Noodle, Noggin' and Bean, a parent/child interactive educational learning center in Northborough, MA.  She has owned and operated Karen Amlaw Music since 2005.

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Miss Karen teaches 

Tuesdays - Fridays 2 - 9 PM 

Saturdays 9 AM - 6 PM



Christopher Nifong 

Bass, Guitar, Ukulele

Chris loves to help young people (and the young at heart) find the joy and freedom he has found through music!

Mr. Nifong is a guitarist, composer, and educator from Sudbury Massachusetts. He completed his Bachelors Degree in Guitar Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston and is currently well on his way to completing his Masters in Music Education and Autism at Boston Conservatory.

From an early age Chris learned important lessons about music and the roles of different instruments . His father was assistant chair of the Ensemble Department at Berklee and a professor there at the college for 35 years. He fondly remembers his dad frequently bringing him into rehearsals at the college throughout his childhood. 

Chris had studied guitar with Raja Kassis, Tim Miller, Jack Pezzanelli, Scott Tarulli, Jon Damian, Kevin Barry, Norm Zocher, Larry Baione, Jim Kelly, Joe Musella, Curtis Shumate, Guy Van Duser and a session with Mike Stern. 

For more about Chris visit www.chrisnifong.com
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Chris teaches 


Leslie Leedberg 

Intro.to Singing

Leslie Leedberg (soprano) trained at Ithaca College (MM Vocal Performance) and the University of New Hampshire (BM Music Education), as well as the Florence Voice Seminar, an intensive summer program in Florence, Italy.She has been a private voice teacher for over ten years, working with students ranging in age from pre-teen through adult. She has taught throughout New England and New York state, and has been an adjudicator for many music festival auditions in Massachusetts. Leslie worked as an elementary school music teacher before deciding to stay home to raise her sons. She taught children from kindergarten through sixth grade, teaching general music and directing choruses of over 180 students.

Leslie performs frequently in opera, oratorio, and concert. She debuted with Greater Worcester Opera as Frasquita in Carmen. Other notable operatic performances include Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte. Leslie is a frequent oratorio performer. She has appeared as a soloist with Assabet Valley Mastersingers, Pilgrim Festival Chorus, and Masterworks Chorale. She has sung with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus, the official chorus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops.

For more about Leslie and voice lessons with her visit www.leslieleedberg.com/lessons.

Leslie teaches 

Silvia Irving


Silvia earned her degree in Music Education in Germany and her masters degree in Vocal
Performance and Pedagogy from the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. Silvia
concertized in Germany and Switzerland, singing repertoire ranging from Early Music to
contemporary music. After moving to the USA and settling in Worcester, MA, Silvia performed
for many years with professional ensembles such as Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque and Ensemble Abendmusik. Silvia was a soloist and section leader for the Schola at Holy Cross College for 26 years. She has been teaching students of all ages at Pakachoag Music School of Greater Worcester since 1987, and undergraduates at Anna Maria College since 1997.

Silvia has been a NATS Member since 1995.
She provides lessons to singers from age 6 to mature adulthood in a safe and supportive
environment, taking into account the individual student’s talents, interests, and needs. Her
focus is on sound vocal and interpretative skills.
By incorporating fundamentals of music she encourages her students to become complete

Says Silvia,
"Learning to sing is hard work and fun!"

Silvia  teaches 
on Thursdays

Stan Schertzer - Piano

Playing piano is his passion. Composition is his love. Teaching is a way to pass both of these joys on to his students. 

A graduate of Berklee College of Music with a BM in Composition, Stan has 33 years of piano teaching experience in all mediums from pop and jazz to the classics.  His strength is in the jazz idiom and improvisation. 

Stan instills in his students the importance of creativeness and self-expression through their instrument. 

He is currently playing keyboards and arranging for the SMS Jazz Project with his son Adam, performing in varied venues throughout the New England area. He is also musical director and arranger for Cantor Jodi Schechtman of Temple Beth Am in Framingham and is the composer of a CD of original songs entitled Shabbat Unplugged.

Stan teaches
Monday - Thursday


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David Lookwhy 

Cello, Viola, Violin

David graduated from UMass Amherst in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Cello Performance and Music Education. During his time at the university, David studied under Juilliard cellists Astrid Schween, Edward Aaron, and Gregory Beaver. 

Mr. Lookwhy has been teaching violin, viola, and cello privately for six years. An elementary music teacher of Springfield Massachusetts, he believes in making music engaging, by mixing in standard repertoire with arrangements of songs that students would like to play from their own lives.

 Students find lessons very safe and supportive, always working towards music projects that they enjoy. David wants to make music interesting and accessible to students of all ages.

David teaches 
Mondays & Tuesdays