Michele Maresca Schule - Founder
Michele began her musical education with the most caring and patient teacher, her father and then her musical mentor, Dr. Donald Pirone with whom she began intensive studies at the Brooklyn Conservatory. Music was a part of her earliest memory and influenced her love and affection for the art of music and others.
At The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, Michele studied Music and Education and piano and continued as organist, choral conductor and accompanist at institutions throughout New York and Connecticut and has directed and produced local musicals from Elementary to High School.
She is actively working as a music director at St. Cecilia and St. Gabriel Churches in Stamford, CT and other churches. Michele shares her love of piano and music by teaching privately in her home studio and in various schools and remotely from Pre-school through Seniors and presently teaching music at CAS. She is thrilled to bring these unique musical programs to this area and looks forward to enlightening every student at every age.
John Patrick Schule - Vocal, Elementary Piano and Group Theory Classes-Children -Adult
John grew up in a very musical household, began playing piano at age 4 and his love for music flourished in high school when he began studying musical theatre. John studied Music Theory at Fordham with a focus on vocal performance and did his graduate work at Sacred Heart in Education. He also had the opportunity to study Ear Training and Sight Singing at The Juilliard School.
While enrolled in University, he co-founded and performed with "The Fordham Hot Notes" a jazz acapella group. He continues to perform in various other singing groups locally and internationally and performs on stage at various musical venues. He is currently employed by Norwalk Public Schools as well as teaches remotely from his home office.
Larry Nardi-Guitar, Ukelele Classes-Children to Adult
Larry is a musician, composer and audio engineer with over twenty years experience with a passion for teaching. As a professional guitarist he has performed everything from rock, blues and jazz to musical theatre and Latin music. As an audio engineer he has worked with such artists as Michael Buble, Metallica, Jay-Z and Rush. His own compositions have been featured on CBS Sports, NBC and ESPN. Larry has taught guitar to students of all ages, children and adult and enjoys encouraging people to be creative and express themselves through the guitar. “Beyond giving my students the tools and techniques to perform, I strongly believe that people of all ages have amazing mental benefits from having a creative outlet like the guitar. It’s also whole lot of fun!”
Lucia Crespo - Toddler Programs 3-6
Lucia is an early educator and caregiver of children with an emphasis in bilingualism. She graduated in 2007 and has 10 years experience with children including owning her own Montessori based school that focuses on music, art, dance, and theater in her home town in Colombia. She has performed in many musicals and is currently dedicated to developing her passion of working with children and teaching through performing arts.