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Meet Our Teachers

Meet our Teachers!

Our music instructors are what set us apart from the competition. All are professional musicians with extensive backgrounds in performance and education.

Just as important as their talent and experience, our music instructors are also great teachers. They offer patient, personal attention to each and every student, making the learning process as easy and enjoyable as possible. Contact us today to find the perfect teacher for you and your child! 

 We're always adding new faces to our teaching staff. Interested in teaching lessons at David French Music? Call us at (508) 366-5994 or send your resume/cover letter to [email protected]

 
   
Adam Mejaour - Trumpet

Adam Mejaour
Area of Instruction: Trumpet

Adam holds a double Bachelor’s in Music Education and Trumpet Performance from UMASS Amherst. He has been teaching since 2013 and began by independently starting a studio while finishing his studies. When teaching, his varied educational and performing background gives him an eclectic “bag of teaching tools.” He feels comfortable teaching at any age and/or ability level in both the classical and jazz idiom. He credits much of this to his teachers: Bill Fanning (classical, jazz, lead trumpet), Eric Berlin (classical trumpet), and Jeff Holmes (lead and jazz trumpet). He also can be found playing as a member of the Abletones Big Band and High Society Orchestra under the direction of Dan Gabel throughout Massachusetts and New England. Adam teaches at David French Music Monday-Friday. 

Bonnie Cochran - Flute

Bonnie Cochran
Areas of Instruction: Flute, Piccolo

Bonnie is a dedicated teacher with more than 15 years of experience teaching students from age 7 to adult. Many of her students participate in Districts, All-State, Community Ensembles, and Summer Music Programs. She has an MM in flute performance from Boston Conservatory & BA in Music and Religious Studies from Agnes Scott College. Other performance locations include Washington D.C., Nashville, Atlanta, and New England, while she is familiar with recording projects through Berklee College of Music, PBS American Experience, Sarah Manning Stuart, and Willow Flute Ensemble. Her principal teachers include Linda Toote, Elinor Preble, and Paul Brittan. An avid chamber musician, Bonnie regularly performs concerts with The Amaryllis Chamber Ensemble, the Cochran-Wrenn Duo and Chamber Music Metrowest. Bonnie teaches lessons on Mondays and Thursdays at David French Music.

Find out more about Bonnie on her website, www.BonnieCochran.net or see her at upcoming events with Chamber Music Metrowest.

Dimitar Krastev - Violin

Dimitar Krastev
Area of Instruction: Violin, Viola

Dimitar Krastev has been teaching and playing the violin for 25 years and received his master’s degree in violin, chamber music, and teaching from the National Music Academy in Bulgaria. He played First Violin in the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra and has also participated in many different recording projects and tours in various European countries. Before moving to Massachusetts, he taught and played Violin at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León in Monterrey and University of Saltillo Coahuila Mexico. He was a member of the well-renowned Civil College Quartet throughout his time at the university. When not teaching at David French Music, Mr. Krastev teaches violin and viola lessons at Marlborough High School and plays in the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra and the Brockton Symphony Orchestra. Dimitar teaches on Thursdays afternoons at David French Music. 

Ed Clough - Trombone

Ed Clough
Areas of Instruction: Trombone, Euphonium, Baritone Horn, Tuba, Low Brass

Ed attended Boston University for Music Performance and has been teaching for 30 years. Ed has studied trombone with Ronald Barron, William Harris, and members of Empire Brass. He is one of the founding members of Boston Brass and is currently on staff at Boston College. Ed likes to use “music theory, history and even singing to give his students a complete grasp of music performance”. Ed specializes in ensemble coaching and encourages all his students to participate in district preparation regardless of ability level. Ed teaches at David French Music on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Evie Brogan - Not Accepting New Students
Area of Instruction: Violin, Voice

Evie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music with a concentration in Vocal Studies from Gordon College, studying classical vocal technique under Susan Brooks. She has been playing violin since she was three years old, studying with Kathy Charlestream, David Tasgal, and Janet Packer. Having almost ten years of teaching experience, Evie specializes in vocal instruction for beginning to advanced singers and violin instruction from beginner to intermediate-advanced levels as well as beginner cello and viola. Evie is a co-founder of North County Music in Gardner, MA, where she co-directs the Junior and Senior Youth String Orchestras, Youth Choir and teaches Music Theory, Music History, and Appreciation classes. Evie has a passion for music education and encourages everyone to find their voice through music.

Evie will begin teaching in person lessons at DFM in October 2021

Jessica Popik - Clarinet

Jess Popik
Area of Instruction: Clarinet

Jess holds a Bachelor’s in Music Performance from UMass Lowell. She is experienced with preparing students for Districts and All-State and has been teaching private lessons for 12 years, ages 8 to adult. Jess is currently on staff for Westminster Elementary and the Oakmont-Overlook Marching Spartans. Currently, Jessica is performing with the Claflin Hill Summer Wind Ensemble and the Indian Hill Clarinet Choir. She has studied with David Martins and Paul Surapine. Jess teaches at David French Music on Tuesdays.

(Photography by: © Charles Saulters II http://charlessaultersmedia.com)

 

Mario Ramirez
Area of Instruction: Cello, Violin, Viola

Mario Ramirez studied at the New England Conservatory under Laurence Lesser and Colin Carr, and then went on to receive awards from the Arnold Schoenberg Institute and the Colburn Foundation. He has also participated in the Idyllwild Art Summer Program, Edinburgh International Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival and Piatigorsky Seminar. As a cello soloist, Ramirez has played concertos with the La Jolla Symphony, Savannah Philharmonic, San Diego Symphony, Guanajuato Symphony (Mexico), Queretaro Philharmonic (Mexico) and has given many chamber, solo, and orchestral concerts throughout the U.S.A., Europe and Israel. A dedicated teacher and pedagogue, Ramirez cultivated a private teaching studio of over seventy students in the metrowest area, the majority of whom were accepted into district and state orchestras and excelled in solo competitions. Now he joins us having spent six years in San Diego with his youth orchestra organization, The New Youth Orchestra. Mario supervised string students from beginner to college level, in their five orchestra and band ensembles. Several of his students went on to pursue music at The Eastman School of Music, Boston Conservatory, Berklee College of Music and Meadowmount School of Music.

Mark Weissman
Area of Instruction: Saxophone

Rachel - Bassoon

Rachel Juszczak
Area of Instruction: Bassoon

Rachel Juszczak is an active freelancer, chamber musician, and teacher. She has performed with Symphony New Hampshire, Orchestra of Indian Hill, Lexington Symphony, New England Chamber Players, Commonwealth Lyric Theatre, and other ensembles in the New England area. She currently teaches at Westfield State University and is the Bassoon Workshop Assistant at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Previously, she taught non-degree lessons at Boston University and lessons through the Butler Community Arts School located in Indianapolis, IN. She holds a Master of Music degree and a Performance Diploma in bassoon performance from Boston University and earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance from Butler University, Indianapolis. Her principal teachers include Richard Ranti, Suzanne Nelsen, and Dr. Doug Spaniol. Rachel teaches at David French Music on Mondays. 

Rich Graiko - Trumpet

Rich Graiko
Area of Instruction: Trumpet

Rich Graiko studied jazz performance at Berklee College of Music and has been teaching and playing for the last 20 years. He was most recently the music department head of the Smith School in Manhattan where he taught trumpet, drums, bass, audio production, ensembles, and music theory. In addition to occupying the original Trumpet seat in the Reggae/Soul group Westbound Train, he is a co-founder/producer of traditional ska group The Void Union and the founder of Brooklyn-based Reggae/Jamaican Jazz band The Brooklyn Attractors and has many other freelance credits. Rich has toured extensively, studied and worked with several renowned musicians and producers and draws upon this diverse professional experiences to deliver balanced and inspirational music lessons. Rich Graiko teaches at David French Music on Wednesday evenings. 

Ronni Gillette - Clarinet

Ronni Gillette
Area of Instruction: Clarinet

Ms. Gillette holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Clarinet Performance from UMass Amherst where she studied with Michael Sussman and Kai-Yun Lu. Her performance background spans a variety of settings and styles. Ronni has been teaching private lessons since 2011, promoting proper technique, musicality, ear training, and an array of repertoire. Guiding students towards realizing their talents, needs, and goals are the elements she finds are key in facilitating growth in lessons. Outside of teaching, Ronni plays Bb and Eb clarinet in the Valley Winds, a professional wind ensemble stationed in Belchertown and actively performs in pit orchestras doubling on clarinet, saxophone, flute, piccolo, and oboe. Ronni teaches at David French Music on Monday, - Thursday.

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