Catherine Mingus


Catherine is a saxophonist, teacher and a professional performing artist who has toured in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. Originally from West Cork, Ireland, Catherine has been based in the NY/NJ area since 2000. She has many years of experience in teaching students of all ages and from all backgrounds, and teaching is a very important and enriching part of her work. She focuses on enjoyment of the process of learning music, while encouraging her students to develop healthy practice habits, good self discipline, and to think analytically and critically. Her belief is that healthy habits learned in the study of music will also benefit the student in every other area of their life. 

Steve Klein


Steve Klein has been playing, performing and teaching guitar for over 30 years.  He is not only a guitarist, but also a composer/arranger, recording engineer and background vocalist.  He has been taught under the direction of Joseph Lilore, John Carridi, Mike Kuscak, Joe Owens & Andrew Lucibello.  Steve has performed, composed and recorded with various signed artists such as The Rascals, Steve Cohn, S.O.D., M.O.D., The Duprees, and The Temptations.  His original bands Jealousy, Breath of Life & The Blackouts have opened for Motley Crue, Winger, Zebra, Mountain and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes to name a few.  Steve has also performed in and outside the country at various venues including Club Med in France and Italy, Giants Stadium and Riverfront Stadium in NJ, The Stone Pony, The Starland Ballroom, Live On-Air radio performances on NJ 101.5FM and with Joe Piscopo at The Sands Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.

Steve is experienced in teaching a variety of popular styles which include blues, rock, funk, classical, jazz and gospel.  He works closely with each student to assure there is a solid understanding of their lessons as well as meeting their individual goals.  Steve also teaches various tunings, slide techniques and has extensive experience with both private and classroom instruction.re.

Paolo Cantarella 


Paolo Cantarella is a New York based drummer and composer. He received his bachelor's degree at New Jersey City University with a major in jazz studies. While a student at NJCU Paolo studied with Tim Horner, Mark Sherman, and Allen Farnham. He has also studied under Steve 
Johns. In 2013, he received the Don Robertson scholarship from the New Jersey Jazz Society. Paolo has played and/or recorded with musicians 
such as Carlo De Rosa, Jean-Michel Pilc, Ohad Talmor, Radam Schwartz, David Gilmore, Travis Reuter, Kaleta and Zozo Afrobeat, Nathan Hook, 
Erica Seguine/Shannon Baker Jazz Orchestra, Bill Warfield, and many others. Paolo is currently studying with Dan Weiss who has greatly 
impacted his understanding of rhythms from a variety of cultures.


​​Ray Donato


    Ray is a teacher with his NJ Certification, songwriter/composer, arranger, and producer.  He has worked in the recording studio on various projects. Besides being a teacher and songwriter, Ray still performs in clubs and coffee houses in NYC and NJ. 
     Ray has over 20 years experience teaching different instruments like the guitar, piano, violin, music theory and composition.  He has a BA in Psychology from Seton Hall University, and a BA and 25 graduate credits from Montclair State University in Music Theory/Composition. 
      He has been employed as a proofreader, editor and arranger in music publishing for companies such as United Artists, Warner Brothers, Cherry Lane and Hal Leonard Publishers.  Ray has many guitar books that he's arranged for these companies. 

Ronen Evron


Israeli born, Ronen Evron began his drumming career early on, studying under the country’s most influential and important teachers, David Z.Rich. In addition, Evron’s professional career also extended to playing with different ensembles and popular artists in the country. 
In 2003 Evron relocated to the United States to pursue his academic career in music and graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2007. With his passion to teaching, Evron has been a drumming instructor in various schools and cultural organizations. As a performing artist, he has also played with New York City’s finest corporate musical ensembles and currently performs and records with local independent musicians.

 “I enjoy teaching music and sharing my knowledge, while with my extensive background in music, exposure to numerous cultures and performances, I provide my students an opportunity to flourish, create and develop a full understanding of the drum-set, music and art.” 

private and group music lessons