Brian Avery – Owner, Piano and Guitar Instructor
Brian Avery founded Avery’s Music in 2010. He has been playing piano since the age of seven and guitar since the age of fourteen. He attended the prestigious Hartt School of Music on scholarship, studying Music Education with a concentration in Jazz Piano. Brian has been teaching piano and guitar for over ten years. He has performed at weddings, restaurants, private parties, and was the regular pianist at Nordstroms in West Farms for four years. Brian’s students have performed at private parties, open mic nights, sung the national Anthem for East Hampton’s Old Home Day, and competed in State and National adjudicated events and Talent Competitions. Brian volunteers at East Hampton events including Epoch Arts silent auctions, The Old Home Day parade, and the Holiday town sing along. Avery’s Music is a well respected source for music education and instruments and has maintained an ever growing body of students since its founding.
Carlee MacDonald – Clarinet, Saxophone, and Flute Instructor
Carlee has been teaching instrumental music lessons for over ten years and comes highly recommended by East Hampton parents and music teachers. Her students have competed in state and regional music festivals, and have gone on to major in music in college. Carlee studied Music Education at the University of Connecticut, and graduated in 2010 with bachelors degrees in both Education and Fine Arts
Jennica Serra is an accomplished vocalist and actress with a passion for teaching young students the art and techniques of her craft. A soprano with extensive training in opera and musical theatre, Jennica brings her professional experience and continuing delight with the world of music to Avery’s Music. As a teacher, Jennica specializes in role and audition prep as well as long term vocal technique and development. She has been involved East Hampton’s performing arts programs since grade school and has directed and assisted in the direction in multiple dramas and musicals in the area. She currently tours with Lights Up Productions’ Lost in Vegas as Darla Belafonte, and is very involved with leading and singing worship at her church. Jennica studied vocal performance at Gordon College and at the Crescendo Summer Institute in Sarospatak, Hungary
Marissa Levy – Piano Instructor
Marissa graduated from the University of Connecticut as a piano major, receiving a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music. At UConn, she performed and recorded with the Wind Ensemble and performed extensively as an accompanist, chamber musician, and soloist. She is currently the organist at the Second Congregational Church in Middle Haddam and has played for many musicals in the area. Most recent shows include: “Legally Blonde” with Norwich Free Academy, “Annie” with Sacred Heart Academy at the Schubert Theater in New Haven, and “A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” with Swing Bridge Arts Alliance. As a teacher, Marissa is passionate about helping young players reach and surpass their musical goals.
Having started out by learning from recordings of guitar greats such as B.B. King, Albert King, Muddy Waters and Eric Clapton, Jesse built his foundation deep in the tradition of American blues. After playing at Boston area venues often from a young age, Jesse moved to Hartford CT where he began his studies at The Hartt School of Music. While studying with guitarist Rich Goldstein, Jesse graduated with a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz. Jesse maintains a busy gigging schedule with Hartford’s own West End Blend. Recently featured on WNPR’s Where We Live, the band is currently promoting the release of their debut EP. As a teacher, Jesse enjoys watching a student grow and develop a love for the instrument as well as music. All styles can be covered in lessons, ranging from rock, pop, jazz, funk, blues and more. Jesse is able to cater to a variety of students needs, stylistically as well as skill level. Furthermore, he is able to translate and communicate performance expectations to students in a relaxed and friendly environment.
Susie Guarino- Woodwinds, Brass, Voice, Piano, Guiatar
Susanna Guarino earned her Bachelors of Music in Music Education on trumpet (minor in jazz) from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2011. She has enjoyed performance experience in select choirs and bands, with styles including concert, chamber, quintet, marching, jazz (combo and big band), pit (theater), symphonic orchestra, barbershop quartet, madrigal/a capella, and church (solo and ensemble). Highlights of her performance career include touring internationally (Costa Rica and Switzerland music festivals) with the WCU Trumpet Ensemble, and performing as a Semi-Finalist in the National Trumpet Competition, quintet division. Since graduation she has been through a variety of classroom teaching and director experiences, including Brass Visual and Music Tech for CVHS Marching Band (Lancaster, PA), Musical Director and Piano Accompanist for high school productions of Legally Blonde and 13! The Musical, and Choral Director for LMHS (Lower Moreland, PA) including honor choir and traveling choirs. She has started or been employed with private studios for the past five years, specializing in trumpet, voice, and piano. Susie believes education is a high calling, and she is passionate about inspiring critical thinking, growth, work ethic, and expression through all technical, logical, social, and emotional aspects of music.