Instructor biographies

Wilfred Beaudoin drums, flute, bassoon, 401 781-2142,
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. Bill 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,
Cheryl 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.

Susan Hodgin, piano, recorder, and individualized combinations of voice, ukulele, functional piano, and theory
Susan taught music at Gordon School to fourth to eighth grades from 2010 to 2021 and directed musical theater, two choirs, a handbell ensemble, and an auditioned a cappella group, the G-Notes. She has two degrees in piano performance, a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina and a Master of Music from the University of Illinois, and she completed post-graduate work at Boston University and the University of Rhode Island. Her wide range of experience includes years playing the French horn, playing the piano for a comedy improv show in Chicago, and conducting choirs, bands, and orchestras in public schools. She has worked extensively as an accompanist and chamber musician, and she has taught piano at the Tanglewood Institute, Wheeler School, and her private studio. She currently sings with the Gracenote Singers. Susan believes that each person can develop their own talent and love for music, and that time spent in individual study is a means of discovery and self-integration via synthesis of emotion, reason, sensory perceptions, physical coordination, and outreach. Students at any level can feel deep satisfaction through their achievements!

Michelle Kaminsky violin, fiddle, beginning guitar and ukulele 401 246-2720,
Michelle joined Gordon’s after school music program twelve years ago, and has been teaching music and fiddle for over twenty-five years: more recently adding beginning guitar and ukulele as well. 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 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,
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.

Wayne Marcus saxophone and clarinet, 401 500-0329,
Wayne 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,
Ruth Soares, Lesson Coordinator, 401-403-1865,
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. He has performed in the 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. He is also a studio teacher at the Wheeler School in Providence and a visiting artist and piano accompanist for the Jacqueline Walsh School in Pawtucket.

Chris Monti guitar, ukulele, harmonica, bass, 401-374-4478,
Chris has taught at Gordon since 2007, having taught the children of many past and current Gordon faculty and staff members. Chris’s goal is to give students a good foundation in rhythm and technique. He often starts students with simple, well known folk melodies and chords, and expands, depending on the students ability and interest, into rock and roll, surf music, and pop music. Students learn to read both standard music notation and tablature. Chris composes and performs in various American styles as well as styles from West Africa, South America and The Middle East, and has collaborated and toured with The Puppet Showplace Theater and Big Nazo.

Domenick Panzarella guitar, bass, ukulele, 401-787-7237,
Mr. Panzarella is currently offering lessons exclusively on the Zoom platform
Domenick is a performer and instructor based in Providence, Rhode Island. He has been teaching privately since 2002, and at the Gordon School since 2015. With an emphasis on technique and ear training, he strives to instill self-sufficiency and nurture creativity in his students, focusing special attention to each student’s learning strengths, music interests, and skill level.
Cheryl Poisson piano 508 761 4225 (home) or 401 359 3329,
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 continuing teaching in Gordon's after school remote 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 the Gordon School since 2014, she is continuing to teach private lessons in her home and remotely to adults as well as young people.