Instructor biographies

Wilfred Beaudoin drums, flute, bassoon, 401 781-2142, bbeaudoin@gordonschool.org
Bill attended Rhode Island College and Berklee College of Music. He plays rock, jazz, and classical music among other genres. He enjoys playing drums, flute, and the bassoon. He plays regularly with the Fall River Symphony Orchestra and Classic Winds woodwind quintet. He has performed with the Rhode Island Wind Ensemble, local orchestras, and smaller ensembles, and enjoys performing in a variety of musical styles. He is the director of the Jazz Band for the Gordon's seventh and eighth grades, as well as founder and director of the Percussion Ensemble elective.

Cheryl Faria piano, 401 419-8682, cherylafaria@verizon.netCheryl has been teaching piano at the Gordon School for ten years. Her specialty is young beginner students and she is passionate about helping students learn the joys of piano playing. Her teaching style emphasizes a focus on the individual, connecting students to the type of music they love and includes sight reading, rhythm, ear training and theory. Cheryl grew up in a musical family and began taking classical piano lessons at the age of 6. She has dual undergraduate degrees in Music and Art Education, has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and is certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas.  She studied classical piano with Judith Stillman, both at Rhode Island College and privately. Besides teaching piano at Gordon, she also teaches at the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School. 

Michelle Kaminsky violin, fiddle, 401 246-2720, mkfiddle99@gmail.com
Michelle joined Gordon’s after school music program ten years ago, and has been teaching music and fiddle for over twenty-five years. She is known for her flexible teaching style and patience, inspiring a love of music in her students. Combining her background in classical violin with familiar folk songs to teach good technique; her goal is to give students a good foundation for wherever music will take them. Michelle started on the violin at age nine, and continued her classical studies through high school. In high school she discovered New England country dancing, and string band music, and has been hooked ever since, learning from other fiddle players for the last thirty years. Michelle currently plays with Magnolia Cajun Band and French Roast. Michelle has had the honor of teaching fiddle as a master for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). Michelle also teaches in her private studio, and for Rhode Island Fiddle Project. Michelle has a degree in elementary education, specializing in early childhood music. She is certified in Level 1 Orff, Early Childhood Kodaly and Music Together, as well as having studied the Suzuki method. Michelle offers private lessons and group experiences. 

Ian Kasarjian piano, 508 966-4628, ikasarjian@hotmail.com
Ian is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music and Boston University’s School of Music. He began piano lessons at the age of four, and quickly developed an eclectic repertoire of music, ranging from classical to pop and everything in between.  He has been a professional musician since he was sixteen and got his first job as a church organist.  He is currently the organist/music director at Saint Joseph Church in Medway, Massachusetts. Ian has also recently accompanied Royal Conservatory Program vocal students in recitals at Carnegie Hall. He began teaching piano lessons in 1985, and has taught piano at Moses Brown School since 1998.  In 2005, Ian began regularly accompanying the Gordon School’s plays. Ian’s approach to teaching is different for each student, depending on their individual preferences and strengths. While he includes technique and exercises in his lessons, his focus tends to lean toward performance and personal style to ensure students have fun and feel confident in their ability to perform the pieces they choose. Besides teaching and performing, Ian loves to compose, having performed his first composition at his third grade piano recital. He also enjoys traveling with his wife and three boys.
 
Elena Kishkovich piano, 401 651-5175, ok43@cox.net
Elena joined Gordon's after school instrumental faculty seven years ago. A mother of four children, she holds a Master of Music degree from Moscow University and is both a piano instructor as well as a professional accompanist. Elena is also the organist and choir director at Providence Presbyterian Church in Providence, RI. 

Wayne Marcus saxophone and clarinet, 401 500-0329, waynesaxophone@gmail.comWayne has been fascinated by the saxophone since the fourth grade, eager to learn all forms of music, especially jazz. He was the lead alto saxophonist of the Syracuse University Jazz Ensemble for five years, and now makes music with local Rhode Island jazz, blues, and rock musicians. Always learning and improving, he has added clarinet and tin whistle to his teaching and performing repertoire. Wayne has a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education, and is an ESL Science teacher at Nathan Bishop Middle School in Providence.

Joel McCoy piano and trumpet, 401 368-5886, jmccoy@mccoymusicstudio.com
Joel received his Bachelor of Arts in Music History and Literature from Rhode Island College. In addition to playing piano as a soloist/accompanist, his experience also includes orchestral brass music and singing tenor primarily as an early music choral member and soloist. Recent activities include participation in the Boston Early Music Festival, the Society for Historically Informed Performance, and the FirstWorks Festival, a program that focuses on world and local premieres of cross-genre works. Joel brings two decades of teaching experience and solid knowledge of performance practice to his studio.

Chris Monti guitar, ukulele, harmonica, bass, 401-374-4478, montichristopher@gmail.com
Chris has been teaching since 2001, and teaching at Gordon since 2007. He composes and performs in various American styles as well as styles from West Africa, South America and The Middle East. He also collaborates with the Puppet Showplace Theater and Big Nazo on puppet shows for children and adults.
 
Cheryl Poisson piano 508 761 4225 (home) or 401 359 3329, cheryl.poisson@juno.com
Cheryl has been teaching piano and keyboard to adults and children for over 25 years. She has her Masters Degree from Rhode Island College.  She is very excited for the opportunity to be joining Gordon's after school music program.  Teaching is one of Cheryl's passions!  Her philosophy is to offer her students stress free yet professional lessons. Giving exposure to music and the opportunity to learn an instrument is so beneficial for children!  She teaches note reading and rhythm in a progressive manner and offers a strong foundation of chord skills with opportunities for solo and duet pieces. Besides giving lessons at Gordon, she is teaching private lessons in her home and at Barrington Christian Academy.