*Mark Bryson, guitar, bass & guitar class instructor
Teaching artist statement:
I’ve had the opportunity to learn under some great teachers, and it’s my goal to bring that same enthusiasm and passion to my students. I love seeing a student’s eyes light up when they discover something they didn’t know before or beam when they play something amazing that they’ve been working on for a long time. Improvisation is key to making music your own, so I guide my lessons towards teaching students how to play, not just what to play.
Teaching & Performing Bio:
I started playing the guitar when I was 9 years old, and bass at 16. Since then I’ve played and recorded with bands and worship teams with many different band arrangements, and these experiences taught me just how versatile an instrument the guitar is. Similarly bass, along with percussion, forms the foundation of modern music. The infinite possibilities of these instruments make it impossible to run out of things to learn.
*Kaye Cariola, guitar instructor
Teacher Artist Statement:
Teaching guitar has become a fulfilling way for me to combine my passion for music and my purpose in helping others. When I first started learning guitar as a struggling teenager, I knew I wanted to channel my energy into something positive that would allow me to express myself. I have found such joy in my guitar and saw how it brought me personal growth and self-confidence. In teaching, I aim to empower students, especially young girls, to use their skills and intuition to find their unique voices and develop their self-expression in creative ways. It’s always a special moment to see their excitement when I’m teaching them the songs that they want to learn or when they realize they can play a passage they thought they wouldn’t have been able to play before.
Kaye has been playing for more than twelve years. Her classical guitar training began during her first year of college, which has ignited within her a passion and ongoing curiosity for the genre. She studied Classical Guitar Performance at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Currently, Kaye is a guitar teacher who specializes in the classical genre and popular music. She holds a private studio and teaches at the International School of Music. Kaye started teaching at CVSM in 2022.
Kaye has studied Classical Guitar Performance at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Kaye has had ample performance experience during her time in college and university, participating in classical and jazz ensembles and in formal and casual recitals. She developed much of her personal performance style through her studies with Dr. Candice Mowbray and her participation in master classes with other female guitarists including Berta Rojas and Meng Su.
*Arnold Helmick, guitar & bass instructor
Arnold Helmick has been a performing and teaching musician for over 35 years specializing in electric and upright bass, and also has in depth experience with six-string guitar as well. He has performed across many genres, including pop, blues, classic rock, big band, and jazz combo. Arnie is one of the most sought-out professionals in the Mid Atlantic music scene; his understanding of music and professionalism is seen as boon for any musical project in need of critical stylistic skills for most genres.
Arnold’s extensive performance resume is too broad to list here in its entirety, but highlights include: Founding Member of the Cumberland, MD Jazz Society, bassist/guitarist for many musicals, bassist for many jazz, blues, and classic rock bands in Western MD, visiting bass player for the Gary Marvel Orchestra and Ray Birely Orchestra; diverse music band Prophets of the Abstract Truth, blues band Stack o Blues, and jazz band the Danny Webber Trio. He also finds time most Sundays to play in the praise band at Cornerstone Community Church.
Teaching artist statement:
Mr. Helmick’s broad range of musical experience provides a strong concept of the key importance of the role of bass and guitar instruments across musical genres. His studio instruction introduces students to the depths of physiological adaptions that must occur in order for a student to develop the successful physical skills necessary to be an effective performer for all genres of music. Arnold also deepens his students’ understanding of the subtleties and demands for musicians for both the guitar and bass across the different genres of music. Arnold’s goal is not just to create a well-rounded instrumentalist, but a musician with a strong understanding as to what the demands of the music are in order to become a successful musician.
*Marie Hershey, piano, piano class, organ, & accordion instructor
I consider myself to be a nurturing and relational teacher and especially enjoy beginner to intermediate students. My love for children motivated me to be a teacher. I have taught piano, organ and accordion; 5th grade; and college ESL in Nanjing, China. Now, much of my time is spent with piano students, both in classes and privately. The love I have for my students helps me to gain great satisfaction in seeing their success. My goal is for them to develop a love and joy for music with enough basic understanding to take with them into any other area of music.
I have a B.S. from Liberty Un. with a concentration in music, teaching certification from Wilson College in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Wilkes Un. I also had a year of Applied Piano and Pedagogy from Shenandoah Music Conservatory. Although piano is my first love, I also had training as a certified Yamaha organ instructor and taught classes at Keyboard World at the Chambersburg Mall for 7 years. One of my greatest joys there was to have my classes, children and adults, perform in center court twice a year. At Cumberland Valley Christian School, I taught private piano for 15 years and 5th grade for 10 years. For 5 years I taught ESL in Nanjing, China. I have been at CVSM since 2000 teaching privately and classes, both children and adults. Presently, I am also taking training to be a certified Musikgarten instructor for children’s classes ages 6-9.
I have a B.S. from Liberty Un. with a concentration in music, teaching certification from Wilson College in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Wilkes Un. I also had a year of Applied Piano and Pedagogy from Shenandoah Music Conservatory. I have been teaching at CVSM since 2000. I became a church organist at age 15 and have played for many weddings, receptions, and other special events including playing accordion for a Chinese choir who performed Christmas concerts in Chinese hotel restaurants and also on the sidewalk in front of the hotel. I have recorded 2 CD’s. One is all accordion featuring polkas and oldies while the other one has more organ than accordion and is sacred music. I especially enjoy teaching classes at CVSM and seeing my students perform well.
*Chuck Krepley, banjo & fiddle instructor
Chuck has been playing banjo in several styles since 1975. His first love was the hard-driving Bluegrass style, exemplified by players the likes of Earl Scruggs, Ralph Stanley, J.D. Crowe, Bill Keith, and other Bluegrass luminaries. Within two years of first picking up the instrument, Chuck was teaching and playing in Pittsburgh-area Bluegrass bands. Within 5 years he was making his living with the banjo, teaching over 20 students a week and playing in bands on the weekends.
Since those early days Chuck has picked up the old-time Clawhammer style common in Appalachian mountain music, and even the earlier Minstrel or Stroke-style playing of the 1840’s and 1850’s. Lately he’s even been exploring the Irish style as played on the 4-string tenor banjo.
These days you’re more likely to hear Chuck performing Celtic music on the fiddle in one of several bands he performs with throughout the Middle Atlantic states, and even into Canada on occasion. He still manages to work the banjo into some of those performances, though.
Chuck loves to teach, and enjoys nurturing his students and watching them grow musically. He prides himself on helping his students discover just what it is they need to work on to improve their skills. He treats each student as an individual with different strengths and weaknesses, and enjoys guiding them along the path to discover the joy to be found in making their own music.
*Joel Newman, guitar & voice instructor
Teaching Artist statement:
My approach to teaching voice is different from teaching guitar, but in both cases, learning how to study/practice is paramount, as is a sense of self objectivity. That is what I try to teach my students. Each student is unique and I adapt my teaching to them. I teach using the music that the student wants to learn. Rock/Blues/Jazz/Soul/R&B/Funk/Country are my are my strengths on guitar, as well as music theory, improvisation, playing and singing, songwriting and technique. For voice I teach the time honored technique of Bel Canto. Though a classical technique, I am not a classical singer and I know it works for whatever style of music the student applies it to. My main focus when working with voice students is to get them to their biggest best vocal placement and teach them how to properly practice their songs. I love teaching, I love being there when the light bulb turns on. My burning desire is to ignite a spark then light and pass on the torch to any and all open hearts and ears.
I consider myself “street learned” on guitar. I studied plectrum style guitar privately in NYC for many years with some name brand teachers, Allen Hanlon and Pat Martino to name a couple. I also studied music in classes from ‘Sounds of Joy’ studios and from the great bebop master Barry Harris. I studied Voice for nine years in NYC and in New Jersey in master classes and privately with Judy Hages. I find I’m constantly reinventing myself as a teacher, taking on summer youth rock camps, group singing classes as adjunct faculty @ Frederick Community College, and even coaching middle schoolers to sing musicals!
I’ve played and sang at many venues in NYC, (CBGB’s , Spiral, Lion’s Den, Dan Lynch etc.). But mainly was more of a session guitarist collaborating and recording with such old style greats as T.M. Stevens, Dr. John, David Sanborn, Miroslav Vitious, Dick Wagner, to name some. My biggest claim to fame is recording on the actor Tim Curry’s 3rd album for A&M records “Simplicity”, where I co wrote a song on the album. Since relocating to Maryland I’ve played in many bands from variety wedding bands, to R&B and Rock bands. I did a stint in Taipei Taiwan in the “Brown Sugar” house band for several months. Up until recently toured, recorded, co-wrote, and co produced with the now defunct western Maryland favorite Blues band “Moondog Medicine Show.” I still write, record and perform my original music.
*William Schoenberger, guitar, bass, & piano
Teaching Artist Statement
Music allows individuals to listen, communicate, and express themselves in a way that is greater than speech. As teaching has shifted itself unto my life, I’ve come to thoroughly enjoy sharing the knowledge that has been shared with me, and watching my students improve. My goal is to nurture a love of learning and practice among my students, so they have the tools to advance beyond just what we learn in our lessons. To enjoy the process and allow the results to come is something I emphasize in my teaching. I hope that those I teach can apply these lessons to other areas of their lives as well; lessons such as discipline, patience, and persistence.
Though music had always been a part of his early life, Will found a deep personal love for music when he began playing guitar at the age of 8. From then on he had several teachers in both guitar and piano, as well as played in a multitude of ensembles. Will continued his music education through York College of Pennsylvania and acquired a bachelors degree in Music Industry and Recording Technologies. There, he studied and specialized in the genre of Jazz, primarily on guitar and piano. Additionally, he honed his music production, engineering, and composition skills; which he uses to create resources for his students by producing backing tracks, and composing music that emphasize certain area(s) his students should focus on.
Will was the lead guitarist for both the Mercersburg Academy, and YCP jazz ensembles, as well as the banjoist for the YCP wind ensemble, and acquired the “best soloist award” from Hershey’s “Music in the park adjudication” in 2015. Apart from performances, he writes, composes, and produces music for other up and coming artists, amassing over 250,000 platform streams from his production alone. Additionally he arranges and reproduces popular music in the form of covers on YouTube under the pseudonym “Kaz on the boards.”