Our Teachers

Our Teachers at the Bel Air Arts Academy

Jasmine LaChae’

Hello! My name is Jasmine Mays-Robinson, and I am the founder and primary instructor for Music For Me. I started teaching in-home lessons as my first job after receiving my undergraduate degree in music from the University of Maryland. Since then, I have taught music in classrooms, in-studio, in groups, at summer camps, and the list goes on and on! In-home lessons develop a special kind of relationship between teacher and family that is not easy to reproduce in a studio setting. I am so excited to be back to in-home lessons, and I can’t wait to work with you!

  • BM- Music Performance, University of Maryland
  • MM- Music Performance, The Catholic University of America
  • Music Teacher National Association Member
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing Member

Greg Wimmer

Greg is a life-long musician, starting on piano at a young age and progressing to saxophone, guitar, bass and drums; however, the guitar is his primary focus. Over the years, he has taught in a formal music school setting, taught private lessons, and played in bands, but his passion is teaching music to others. Greg teaches different forms of guitar (electric, acoustic, bass) and has done so since 2013. His students range in age from elementary school-age children to adults. Greg believes in establishing the basics of the instrument first and then allowing the students to learn styles and songs they prefer. He wants to make learning the instrument fun, while taking away the intimidation of doing so. Greg loves seeing his students reach their full musical potential on guitar and motivates them to not only play songs they like, but to be creative on the instrument as well.
Greg has a BS Degree in Corporate Communications from University of Baltimore and an Audio Engineering Certification from Sheffield Institute of the Recording Arts.
Guitar teacher
Voice teacher, Piano teacher

Liz DeVito

Elizabeth DeVito is an enthusiastic voice teacher who believes that anyone can learn to sing. She graduated from the Sunderman Conservatory at Gettysburg College with a B. M. in Voice Performance, where she studied as a soprano with Professor Matthew Osifchin. In 2017 she studied and performed in Vienna, Austria under the guidance of soprano Donna Robin. Elizabeth has sung as a featured soloist with choirs and orchestras, and placed as the semifinalist in her division of NATS in 2018 and 2015. In musical productions, she has performed as Adina in L’elisir d’amor, Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus, Just Jeanette in Too Many Sopranos, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Theif, and Dater #3, #41, and #50 in Speed Dating Tonight!. Elizabeth has also enjoyed performing solo recitals, performing works ranging from baroque arias to world premieres. She believes that all singers can benefit from a strong classical foundation, whether they want to sing classical, musical theater, pop, or jazz.

Chris Defeo

For over 30 years Chris Defeo has made a passion for music and guitar a daily practice. Influenced early in life by different genres, that led him to focus on finger-style rhythm, complex chord extensions, chord melodies and progressions. Chris writes, performs, and records original music that can be heard on all streaming platforms. He routinely performs locally and enjoys musical camaraderie with other people. When teaching, Chris works to educate through music the student is motivated by while expanding their musical abilities and knowledge. Chris can also play the piano, ukulele and bass guitar. One day he would like to learn to play the harp and drums.

Nathan Hawsey

Nathan Hawsey

Nathan Hawsey is a performing artist of opera, musical theatre, and classical art song within the East Coast region. Being equally passionate about education and performance, Nathan holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Wingate University and a Masters in Vocal Performance from Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute. Nathan was most recently seen as Basilio in La Nozze di Figaro, Prunier in La Rondine, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Ferrando in Così fan tutte, Jupiter in Semele and Private Sam in the world premiere of Urban Legend. Mr. Hawsey has also appeared as a soloist in major works such as Bach’s St. John Passion and Mozart’s Coronation Mass. As an educator, Mr. Hawsey aims to provide a well-rounded learning experience for students by teaching skills that encourage independent learning, and of course, making music fun! In Nathan’s teaching of both voice and guitar, he encourages a foundational understanding of music through the student’s chosen instrument.

Megan Natoli

Flutist Megan Natoli is revered as a captivating performer, dedicated educator, and clinician. An active freelance musician, Megan has appeared with The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Maryland Lyric Opera Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Bel Cantanti Opera Orchestra, Syracuse Symphoria, Aternus Chamber Orchestra, The Scheherazade Initiative Orchestra, Hartford Opera Theater, LoftOpera, as a guest soloist with The Hartt Symphony Orchestra, and more. Additionally, Megan has taught for The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids program, Young Audiences/Arts for Learning Maryland, The Baltimore School for the Arts TWIGS program, has been a guest flutist and educator for The Annapolis Symphony’s Music Van, and teaches a vibrant private studio in the Baltimore/D.C. area. Megan earned a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance and Music Management and a Graduate Professional Diploma in Flute Performance from The Hartt School, where she was a member of the full scholarship honors chamber music program, Performance 20/20. She earned a Master of Music in Flute Performance from Manhattan School of Music in 2016. Her principal teachers include Janet Arms of the New York City Opera Orchestra and Robert Langevin, Principal Flute of the New York Philharmonic.

Megan Natoli
Violin Teacher

Matt Shoemaker

Matt began taking fiddle lessons at a young age and has since studied classical violin and music theory with multiple teachers. He has performed in solo recitals, masterclasses, orchestras, small groups, rock bands, and in the recording studio. Matt enjoys creating and replicating sounds on more than just the violin; he can also be heard playing piano, mandolin, and guitar. As a teacher, he believes music is a great vehicle for students to develop self expression, self disclipine, and community.

Gil Rybak

Gil Rybak is an experienced drummer and percussionist who believes that a solid base of fundamentals can open a vast array of possibilities.  Playing drums for over 15 years, Gil has performed at venues from D.C. to New York with various bands, groups, and duets.  Originally trained in jazz ensemble, his reggae rock band of over a decade (The Melon Farmers) creates music that can be heard on all streaming platforms and is continually creating and playing music.  Having years of experience performing rock, jazz, reggae, hip hop, and punk music, Gil knows how to get aspiring percussionists to the levels they want to achieve.  His favorite pastime is performing with either his band or his father.

Drum Teacher

Alison Levy

Born in Toronto, Canada, Alison earned both her Honors Bachelor of Music Degree in Vocal Performance and her Masters of Operatic Performance from the University of Toronto. Upon graduating, Alison received a Canada Council Grant to study in Vienna, Austria, where she met with success performing as a soprano in many opera productions across Germany and Austria. Alison extended her operatic training at the Atelier Lyrique de L ‘Opera de Montreal. A short operatic career followed before Alison discovered her real passion lay on the teaching side of the Vocal world. She uses classical vocal technique as a basis for teaching that is adaptable to any genre of singing such as musical theatre and Broadway. She also has a working knowledge of French, Italian, and German vocal repertoire. Alison loves teaching beginners, of any age, that are interested in using their voice to sing in the most rewarding way possible.

Her personable approach makes learning fun!

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