Piano Lessons

Main Street Music provides piano lessons for children and adults age 5 and up. No commitments are necessary beyond the first lesson. it's a great opportunity to come in, meet your teacher, take a lesson and decide afterward if you'd like to continue. Please scroll below to read more about our teachers. CLICK HERE to find out more information about scheduling your first lesson. If you'd prefer to call us you can reach us at 856 478 0098 or feel free to email us at info@mainstreetmusicmh.com. We hope to hear from you soon!

Eric Aldrich, piano teacher and owner of Main Street Music
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Eric Aldrich has been teaching piano lessons in the South Jersey area for more than 10 years. Over the course of that time he has developed a unique teaching style that enables him to customize his lesson plans to fit the needs and aspirations of each individual student.

 

In college Eric studied classical piano heavily as well as jazz piano. He studied classically with Raffi Besalyan and Lydia Boguslavsky. Eric also studied jazz with George Genna, Dean Schneider, George Mesterhazy and latin jazz techniques with Orlando Fiol. He graduated in 2009 with his Bachelor's degree in Music Education. Upon graduating Eric made his way into various cover bands and rock bands while keeping one foot in the jazz scene. Eric plays and tours regularly with the funk/soul band Dapp on the east coast, the Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey and with various other groups in and around the Philadelphia area. Eric has shared the stage with musicians like Denis DiBlasio, George Rabbai, Kelli Campbell and Paula Johns. He has also performed at well-known venues such as World Cafe Live, Chris' Jazz Cafe, the Four Seasons Hotel and Nectar's in Vermont. Eric has served as accompanist for the Hammonton Presbyterian Church, Walnut Street Theatre as well as many other festivals and musicals. Eric is one of the co-owners of Main Street Music and has taught at various other lesson studios including the Conservatory of the Musical Arts and Musically Speaking Studios to name a few. He has played many weddings, private parties, musicals, cocktail hours and other various events. These experiences have enabled Eric to teach many different styles of music. Whether you want to learn rock, jazz, classical, or composition Eric can accommodate you.

Anthony Otlowski

Anthony developed an interest in music at an early age, and began studying piano at the age of 8. He was fortunate to have several great mentors who helped him realize his calling to study music. Anthony is a graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ where he studied piano with Ingrid Clarfield and Jose Ramos-Santana. He earned his bachelor of music in music education and piano from Westminster as well as his master of music degree from Boston University.

 

Anthony is passionate about encouraging young people to be musical in whatever way best suits them. As a piano teacher he is committed to demystifying the practice process in order to set up students for success. It is his hope that children who are musical from a young age will grow up to be adults who continue to participate in music in ways that are meaningful to them.

 

Anthony is in his 8th year as music teacher at Harrison Twp. Elementary School in Mullica Hill, NJ where he teaches music to grades K-3 and directs the school choir. Anthony also serves as music director at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Clarksboro, and music director for Oakwood Summer Theatre in Carney’s Point, NJ.

Anthony Otlowski, piano teacher at Main Street Music
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Jennifer Drees

Jennifer is a Board-Certified Music Therapist who began in the field after graduating from Temple University in 1995. While at the university, she studied under Dr. Kenneth Bruscia and Dr. Cheryl Dileo.  Jen graduated from Temple in December 2016 with a Master of Music Therapy.  Her areas of focus include children and adolescents with autistic spectrum disorders and communication delays.  She also provides music therapy at a local mental health and addictions program, framing her groups around a wellness and wholeness model while her clients discover creative ways to engage in musical experiences to support their recovery.  She teaches Pre-K through 8th grade music at Holy Angels Catholic School in Woodbury.  Jen is a member of the American Music Therapy Association.  Jen has taught private piano lessons for beginning and intermediate students, as well as adapted piano lessons, for many years.  She recognizes no two learners are exactly the same, and a variety of approaches can be used based on a student's strengths and weaknesses. She plays organ and piano, and directs a youth choir and teen worship band at Church of the Incarnation in Mantua, NJ. Her recent interest is ukulele, incorporating new styles of groove-based playing into her repertoire.  Jen is glad to be working in collaboration with Main Street Music, to enable clients to engage in the safe container of music therapy as they work on their personal growth and discover their potential.  Jen ensures the music therapy relationship is confidential, personalized, goal-directed, responsive to client’s growth, and in line with evidence-based research.

Marcia Yurko

Ms. Marcia Yurko earned a Bachelors’ degree in Music Education from Wilkes College, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Her professional development education in Piano Pedagogy continued at Westminster Choir College and at the New School for Music Study (Kingston, NJ) where she is currently enrolled in the Piano Pedagogy Course and studying piano with Dr. Kairy Koshoeva. She has maintained a private piano studio in Sewell, NJ for over 20 years and was an adjunct piano professor at Messiah College from 2010-2017. Ms. Yurko is an active member of New Jersey Music Teachers Association, South Jersey Music Teachers Association, National Federation of Music Clubs and the National Guild of Piano Teachers.

Marcia Yurko, piano teacher for Main Street Music
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John Callaghan

John attended Temple University in Philadelphia before embarking on a fulltime musical career, lasting over 45 years. He is a professional keyboardist and songwriter. John has been musical director for various casino acts performing in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. Married, with two children, he presently performs throughout the Delaware Valley. John started teaching piano in 1993. He has taught throughout South Jersey and has been on the faculty of the “New Jersey School of Music” in Medford, New Jersey since 1997.

As owner/operator of “Ignatius Studios”, in Williamstown, John specializes in jingles, custom-made karaoke tracks, singer-songwriter demos, and full band recording sessions. In 2005, He became a member of the “Jon Lewis Orchestra”, as well as an accompanist for vocalists appearing at “Tangos Piano Bar” at Tropicana Hotel and Casino. He was guest lecturer and performance judge at the South Jersey Teen Arts Festival held at Stockton University from 2004-2006. In 2006 he placed 2nd in the Philadelphia Flyers Arena Organist Competition. He was musician/arranger for Williamstown High School Cabaret Night in 2009, performing new and classic songs from the Broadway Stage and beyond. He is presently a member of “Brandywine Valley Talent” (2007-2021), an agency providing music for corporate and private events.
      

John’s teaching philosophy is to keep his students engaged and entertained by the infinite possibilities of learning to play the piano. Growing up as the son of a piano teacher, John was exposed to many different books and methods of the study of music. Music was constantly heard or being played by any of the nine members in the Callaghan family household. John has benefited greatly from this upbringing and shares his experience with his students whenever possible. He hopes to inspire students, the way he was inspired by his life in music.

Dr. Lynn Gumert

Dr. Lynn Gumert (DM, MA, MT-BC), music therapist, composer/arranger, educator, performer, and conductor, has been a board-certified music therapist since January 2019 and has been teaching in the Music Therapy program at Rowan University since September 2019. As a music therapist they have worked with children, adolescents, and adults in medical and psychiatric settings; with older individuals experiencing the effects of dementia; and with children with developmental delays. They have served as Site Supervisor and Clinical Supervisor for music therapy practicum students through Rowan University, Montclair State University, Temple University, and Immaculata University. They have also taught adaptive piano and voice lessons for children and adults. They are currently Vice President of the New Jersey Association for Music Therapy (NJAMT) and serve as an MidAtlantic Region Assembly (MARAMTA) Delegate to the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA).

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As a composer and educator, they have taught courses in Gender and Popular Culture, Music Theory, Popular Music, Music Technology, World Music, Women in Music, and Composition at Montclair State University, Rider University, Rutgers University, Indiana University, and Gettysburg College. Their compositions have been performed in the U.S., South America, and Europe, including performances by the Contemporary Music Forum in Washington, D.C., the Festival of Women Composers International, Society of Composers Regional Conferences, the Midwest Composers Symposium in Oberlin, and the Seventh International Alliance of Women in Music Concert. They have received commissions for vocal, choral, early music ensemble, viola da gamba, and guitar compositions. They have also served in various capacities on the Board of the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM).

As a community artist, they have developed bilingual programs using music for building self-esteem and enhancing creative expression with groups ranging in age from pre-K to senior citizens and have worked with immigrant and migrant communities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. They have served on Pennsylvania AIE artist roster panels for the Cultural Alliance of York County and the South Central PaARTners at Millersville University.

 

As Artistic Director of Zorzal Music Ensemble, they developed and managed multidisciplinary art projects that received funding from Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts and served as Artistic Director for projects funded by the Central PA Consortium. They also presented lecture-recitals on aspects of colonial-period Latin American music at the College Music Society International Conference in Costa Rica and at the Seventh International Festival of Women Composers in Pittsburgh.