Dr. May Strange
Currently Director and Owner of the Music Studio. She teaches violin and piano Monday through Saturday. Dr. May has acquired a Doctorate degree from Columbia University in Music Education, Masters of Music from Temple University and a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University. Prior to opening the Music Studio, Dr. May performed as a free-lance violinist in the Philadelphia and Atlantic City area. She has played for many top entertainers in back-up orchestras.
One of our longest teaching instructors, Joseph Mendillo has taught guitar in the Music Studio since 1995. He is available Tuesdays. Joseph has acquired a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology from Montclair University. However, Joseph studied guitar while growing up in North Jersey and played professionally in the New York City area. Joseph currently works in the Egg Harbor Township School District, teaching Wood Tech and Digital Photography. Joseph still continues to play with bands professionally.
Mary Onopchenko joined our staff in the summer of 2016. She will be available for flute and piano lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mary is a recent graduate of Rowan University with a degree in Music Education as well as a Teacher of Students with Disabilities endorsement. Starting in September 2016, Mary will be working in the Absecon school district teaching elementary general music. Mary started her music training here at the Music Studio when she was five years old.
Our instructor, Craig Martin, teaches piano, low brass, flute, clarinet, and saxophone. He is available Mondays and Wednesdays. He has taught in the Music Studio since 2013. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Hofstra University and a Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University. Craig also is a full-time general music teacher in the Atlantic City Public School System.
Craig will be taking this summer off from teaching.
A teacher of piano, Marilyn DeHaven is available Mondays and Wednesdays and has worked in the Music Studio since 2003. In 2009, Marilyn completed the certificate pedagogy program from Westminster Choir College of Ryder University and holds certificates to teach early childhood programs such as Kindermusik and Musikgarden.
Marilyn will be taking this summer off from teaching.
Marc Spatz teaches drums, marimba, and piano in the Music Studio. Marc is available Mondays and Tuesdays and has been on our staff since 2014. Marc Spatz graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor in Music Education. He currently teaches in the Atlantic City Public School System as a middle school instrumental teacher and directs the district wide Choral Academy. Marc performs regularly with the Philadelphia Wind Symphony, the South Jersey Wind Ensemble and other various high school musical productions. He is now the head director of the Mainland Regional High School Marching Band.
Since 2008, Jean Kibler has been teaching beginner to advanced piano in the Music Studio. She is available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Jean has acquired a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Maryland and a Masters of Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York in Plattsburgh, NY. While obtaining both degrees, she always played piano professionally. For the past nine years, she has been the organist at Central United Methodist Church of Linwood, NJ.
Robert Boney has been a drum instructor in the Music Studio since 2010. He is available for lessons on Mondays and Fridays. Robert has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from West Chester University and completed his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University. Even though his college education focused on law, Robert always studied piano and drums. He has played the drums professionally in all the Atlantic City hotels and casinos, local clubs, festivals, shows and other venues with many bands and orchestras. Currently Robert continues practicing law as well as play and teach drums.
Christopher M. Evans
Christopher has joined the studio in November, 2016, teaching clarinet, sax, trumpet, guitar and ukulele. Christopher is available for lessons on Thursdays & Fridays. He graduated from Rowan University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Currently, Christopher teaches music in the Middle Township Elementary School.
Carlye joined the Music Studio staff in January, 2017. Carlye is available for lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She teaches clarinet, sax, and piano. Carlye graduated from the College of New Jersey in May 2012, specializing in music education. Currently, Carlye is the Elementary General Music Teacher at the Dawes Avenue School in Somers Point, NJ.
Mr. Bryan joined the Music Studio staff in the summer of 2017. He teaches advanced piano and voice. Mr. Bryan attended Eastern University, graduating in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Composition and Piano. Currently, he is the Music Director at St. Mark & All Saints Church, located in Galloway, NJ. Mr. Bryan also performs regularly with Starfield Entertainment as a keyboard player and vocalist.
Who We Are
Our Studio is based on the belief that our students’ needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire staff is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.
We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver to you the best service in the industry.