Piano Lessons


Maggie Bruning


Piano/Harp/Special Needs – Miss Maggie has been teaching music to children, teens and adults for over 20 years, both privately and in group settings. She is so thankful for the joy she sees that music brings her students and parents. She is always amazed at the powerful effect that music has on each child she teaches and treasures that special moment when she sees the student connect with the music, another child, parent and teacher. She believes that all children should have the opportunity to learn and enjoy music which is why she has dedicated her life to give every child and family the opportunity to learn and experience music. She has studied at University of Houston; attended workshops and master classes at Westminster Choir College; and continues to attend master classes and workshops.

She also held office as Publicity Chairperson in the South Jersey Music Teacher’s Association. Her passion for sharing music and inspiring others has led her to a full time schedule of over 40 students weekly, ages ranging from four to 84 years old, including beginners through advanced levels. In addition to her private students she has been on the faculty at Holy Rosary Catholic School and Kellman Academy in Cherry Hill, NJ teaching piano and group flute lessons.

She has also been on the faculty at the Cherubini Academy in Burlington, NJ where she has studied piano tuning and performed with one of the masters of the trade, Richard Cherubini Sr.,an accomplished jazz pianist and aural tuner, owner of Center Stage Pianos. She now is a piano technician who services/tunes pianos for private individuals/students, churches and schools.

Her dedication to her students involves weekly lessons, accompanying them in recitals and competitions, and attending all their performances outside of recitals she holds. She provides her students with as many performance opportunities as possible, including a fund raiser for UNICEF with a performance at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, PA.

Even with her busy teaching schedule, she still manages to make time to share her talents performing with others as well, including appearing as featured soloist and accompanist with Sinclair Productions, String Breezes, Dorian Aire, guest soloist with her student at the Kimmel Center and a guest appearance on “Musical Spotlight” program on the radio and performing on harp and flute with the West Chester Harp Ensemble.

Studied and performing with with Gloria Galante, professor at West Chester University and founder of their harp program of 20 years.

“I feel extremely honored and thankful to have such a rewarding career and I realize how important my work is as I am always inspiring and motivating my students with music, which helps them in all aspects of their life!”

Kobi Davidson

Piano – Classical pianist Kobi Davidson, born in Maine, was largely self taught until joining the studio of pianist Martin Perry in 2010. Shortly after, he had his first recital, at Bowdoin College, featuring the music of Bach, Mozart and Shostakovich. Kobi won first place at the 2013 Portland Rossini Club Competition in Portland, Maine, and has placed in other competitions. From 2013 to 2017 he attended the Marjorie Young Bell Conservatory of Music at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, under scholarship. At Mount Allison University he studied piano with Dr. Stephen Runge, Dr. David Rogosin, and Lynn Johnson, and attended a masterclass with the Canadian pianist André Laplante. He currently resides in Philadelphia, where he studies with Susan Starr, a student of Rudolf Serkin and winner of the silver medal at the 1962 Tchaikovsky Competition. Bach, Schubert, Beethoven and Chopin are amongst his most profound musical influences, although he also has a strong interest in the music of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Kobi has been teaching piano since 2013 and has experience with both beginners and advanced musicians. He is committed to helping people of all ages and levels discover the joy of music.

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Anna Sakoian

Piano – Anna is a graduate of Yerevan State Conservatory with a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy, Performance, and Accompaniment. She also attended Yerevan Special Music School for Gifted Children. Anna taught piano for ten years in Yerevan in the USSR, and she is the founder of the Performing Arts Association of Armenia, a school for aspiring young musicians. She was accompanist for the annual music competitions at the Armenian Philharmonic. Arriving in the US in 1995, Anna has offered private piano lessons to students of varying ages. She is currently a member of The National Music Association, and her students perform in the Association’s concert every spring.

Jeffrey wienand

Piano/Voice – Jeffrey Wienand has been a teacher of voice and piano in the New Jersey area since 2012. He has been studying music since he was eight years old and has earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in voice performance from Florida State University and has studied towards earning his doctorate in vocal pedagogy from the University of Miami. Jeffrey is a classically trained baritone and has performed in many venues across the United States, including Carnegie Hall and the Gusman Center for Performing Arts. He has performed as a soloist with the Miami Symphony Orchestra and has won many competitions in singing, including the National Association of Teachers of Singing award two years in a row. He has performed numerous operatic roles, most notably Count Almaviva in Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Figaro in The Barber of Seville, Sid in Albert Herring, and Escamillo in Carmen. He has also worked with many notable musicains including Rene Flemming, Helen Donauth, Bobby McFerrin, and Marvin Hamlisch.

Jeffrey has been teaching voice and piano lessons since 2003. While at the University of Miami Jeffrey taught a studio of undergraduate Music Theater and classical singers and also taught college courses in Vocal Techniques for non-music majors as well as courses in training Music education majors to teach voice. Jeffrey has experience teaching voice in many styles of music, he teaches Classical, Music Theater, Jazz, Rock, Pop, and Commercial styles of voice. He enjoys working with all ages and all skill levels. He works to create a positive learning environment where students not only learn their craft and enjoy themselves, but also foster a lifelong relationship with music.

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Piano/ Voice - Andrew Lawson is a multifaceted musician and educator who’s been working in the field of music for 5 years now. Growing up in Philadelphia allowed Andrew many opportunities to learn; from jazz to classical, rock and folk, recording techniques and of course how to educate. Growing around so many awesome minds in the city of Philadelphia, allowed Andrew to see many different styles and approaches to educating.

Andrew started his education career at The Philadelphia Kimmel Center of Performing Arts. For 3 years, he cycled through many different schools in the Philadelphia area teaching music appreciation, theory, jazz history, guitar, Orff Instruments and more. This was a great opportunity to work with students of all demographics including ESL. During this time, Andrew’s goal was to learn how to best get students engaged, active and caring about music. As a teacher, one can make a student learn but true success is found when the student wants to learn.

During this time at the Kimmel Center, Andrew was also earning his degree at University of the Arts. UARTS provided a great opportunity to learn whatever was desired as opposed to being placed on a track with no opportunity to branch out. Here he met two very influential professors in terms of pursuing a vocal career; Justin Binek for Jazz studies and Paul Adkins for classical studies. With these two professors who are experts in their field, Andrew developed a great fusion of styles over his four years of Undergrad.

Andrew returned to UARTS for an additional year, to pursue a Masters Degree in Music Education. Education is such an integral part of his life and music in the world as a whole, earning a Masters Degree helped Andrew develop further and cement ideas and beliefs which he had been formulating years prior. This year as opposed to others allowed for Andrew to nurture deeper connections to his students. While at the Kimmel Center, he was Teaching Artist, maybe seeing a school 2 or 3 times a year. A majority of this year though was spent doing fieldwork/student teaching and teaching private lessons. The following summer after graduation, Andrew took on a long-term position at Play On, Philly! as a teaching artist, teaching Vocal, Music Theory and Musicianship.

Alongside of his education career, Andrew feels it’s very important to cultivate experiences in the world of performing. Bringing these experiences and stories to a classroom can really bring a new dynamic. Andrew has worked with professionals from all genres and styles. Such people Include; Questlove, Ben Folds, Ladysmith Black Mabazo, Philadelphia Orchestra, Andrea Bochelli and Christian McBride. Though Andrew is rooted in classical music, his interest and pursuits span far beyond that. This is also reflected in his teaching style and musical repertoire he brings to his students. It’s important for students to gain many experiences because everything cyclical and can bring a new approach to something familiar.

Maria E. Botelho Hubler

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Piano - Maria E. Botelho Hubler is a pianist, piano teacher and lecturer. Ms Botelho Hubler was also a choir director and church musician for 14 years in the Philadelphia area. She earned her Master of Music degree from the Esther Boyer College of Music, Temple University with a full scholarship from the Brazilian Government. She obtained her Bachelor of Music from Faculdades de Artes Alcantara Machado, Brazil. Her teachers include Maria del Pico Taylor, Gilberto Tinetti, Sergio Melardi, Jose Eduardo Martins and Attillio Masttrogiovanni.

She has participated in Master Classes with Dorothy Taubman, Magda Tagliaferro, Iara Bernetti and Charles Dobler. Ms. Botelho Hubler has been giving lectures on teaching the Taubman Approach to children for the past twelve years for the Music Teachers Association of Pennsylvania, North and South Jersey chapters. She lectured for The Dorothy Taubman Seminar at the Lincoln Center, NY for two years. She is a Faculty member of the Dorothy Taubman Seminar at Temple University, since 2008. Ms. Botelho Hubler has presented lectures about the Taubman approach for many MTNA State Chapters, in New Jersey and Virginia for their annual State Conferences. In the same subject most recently she presented a lecture at the World Piano Conference in Novi Sad, Serbia, June 2015. She has been adjudicating for the Music Teachers Association of Pennsylvania, North Jersey, South Jersey and Delaware chapters for the past twenty five years.

Ms. Botelho Hubler has been teaching piano for over 25 years. She taught piano and the Suzuki Method at Temple Preparatory Division in Philadelphia, Academy of Community Music in Fort Washington, PA and Haddonfield School of Performing Arts, Haddonfield, NJ. She currently has a full-time Piano Studio in Cherry Hill, NJ. She has been trained in the Suzuki Method with Dr. Ray Landers, Dr. Haruko Kataoka and Ms. Joan Krzywicki.

She received the Genia Robinor Award for Teaching Excellence and The Allison R. and Maria E. Drake Pedagogy Award for Excellence in Ensemble Teaching, presented by the Piano Teachers Society of America. Her students have won competitions in North and South Jersey and have performed at Ethical Society, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall.

As a pianist she performed extensively in Brazil from 1980 to 1987, appearing at the prestigious Sala Cecilia Meirelles in Rio de Janeiro, sponsored by the National Institute of Music and National Foundation of Arts. In 1983, she performed with the Chamber Orchestra of the VIII International Summer Course of Brasilia, Brazil playing the Concerto in F Minor and the Concerto for Two Pianos in C Minor, both by J.S. Bach. In the United States, she performed in the Philadelphia area at Ethical Society and other venues as a Soloist and Accompanist. In 1997, she performed with the Orchestral Society of Philadelphia, playing the Concerto in C Minor Op. 37 by L. van Beethoven. In 2010, she presented a lecture/recital about the works of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth at UNICAMP (State University of Campinas) Brazil. Also in Brazil she has premiered the Concertino for piano, wind and brass instruments by Brazilian composer Michel Cipes Sheir. She performed at the same event the Sonata op. 31 no 3, in E flat Major by L.van Beethoven as a guess artist of the Orquestra Sinfonica de Americana. In August 2014 she returned to Brazil to perform as a soloist with the Orquestra Sinfonica de Americana in Nova Odessa, SP, Brazil. She has a standing invitation to return to perform with the above mentioned institution.

She participated twice in the Curso Universitario International the Musica Espanola in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, with a scholarship from the Spanish Government. In Madrid, she appeared in recital at Casa do Brasil, sponsored by the Brazilian Diplomatic Service.


Piano – Dr. Xu received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and minor in Music Theory in May, 2007 from Temple University, where she is an Artist-in-Residence and a member of the Adjunct Faculty. Dr. Xu holds a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from Temple University and a second Master of Music degree in Piano Performance with a Music Theory Concentration from University of Louisville. Dr. Xu has received numerous awards and grants, performing as an active soloist and a collaborative artist on piano, fortepiano, harpsichord, and organ in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Hawaii, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia and Alabama, as well as Switzerland and China. She is a member of the National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, the Music Teachers National Association and the College Music Society. Dr. Xu’s students have performed and won recognition in music festivals, auditions, and master classes.