Chris Poon | Guitar Program Director
Christopher Poon is an experienced teacher who has taught private students and was a faculty member of the Institute of Vocational Education in Hong Kong, where he was a lecturer for the music technology program. Chris graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor Degree in Music, double-majoring in Guitar Performance and Contemporary Writing & Production. Jazz Guitar has been his main focus in the recent years, but he enjoys playing other styles of music on the guitar as well, such as Pop, Rock, Latin, and Folk. Chris has developed his own curriculum-based, goals-driven and progressive guitar course utilizing renowned teaching materials from the Berklee College of Music and Musician Institute that covers both guitar playing and music theory.
Andrew Bayardi | Guitar
Andrew is an experienced and versatile guitar instructor who is well versed in various music genres. Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew grew up listening to Country and Rock n' Roll music. As he was developing his love and skills for the guitar at a young age, he also studied classical and jazz music along the way. After earning his Bachelor of Music Degree in Guitar Performance from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, he has been an active educator and performer in the recent years. He is currently the lead guitarist in an indie rock band, "The Honors", that appears in festivals and venues throughout the Northeast. It is his belief that the main goal for learning an instrument is to have fun and to explore one's own path to making music. With his upbeat personality and positive attitude, Andrew always how to make learning and music fun for his students.
Michael Byrne | Guitar
Originally from Martinsburg, WV, Michael is a talented and experienced guitarist/instructor who has a passion for music making and teaching. Since high school, Michael has been teaching guitar lessons to students of different ages and levels. His musical journey eventually led him to the prestigious Berklee College of Music where he majored in Music Business. While in Boston, Michael has had the opportunity to work with school-aged children from the Boys & Girls’ Club in Dorchester, MA, teaching them guitar lessons. As a musician, Michael is currently active with two local bands – Hyrbrid Noise and Akidna that perform both cover and original music. Michael believes patience and being personable are the two important qualities for every instructor. Knowing that spiking students’ inner passion for music is what would reward them ultimately, Michael always tries to strike a balance between teaching the fundamental and fun elements in his lessons.
Chris Donelan | Guitar
Chris Donelan is a guitar player and producer/songwriter with over 15 years of experience. Born and raised in Newton, MA, Chris was first introduced to classic rock at a young age and took up guitar shortly after. During high school, he joined a local band and began honing his playing and performing skills while studying with local greats such as renowned guitarist, Ethan Brosh. At The Penn State University, Chris became the President of the Penn State Guitar Club, teaching students of all skill levels. Upon graduation, Chris has been working in different music studios and venues around the greater Boston area as a recording engineer and live sound engineer. Besides teaching, Chris is currently a full-time producer/engineer at My Lady On Fire Music Studio in Brighton, MA. As a teacher, Chris believes instructors should have a thoughtful and organized approach to create a smooth experience that avoids frustration. He also believes that patience is key for both teaching and learning in all areas of life!
Andrew Klang | Guitar
Andrew Klang is a guitarist, singer-songwriter, producer, arranger, and composer based in Boston, MA. Originally from Long Island, New York, Andrew has always had a passion for music. Andrew started playing guitar when he was 12 years old, and began writing songs soon after. As an artist, Andrew is heavily influenced by John Mayer, Passenger, Phil Wickham, Marcus King, and Kingfish. His specialty is writing acoustic singer-songwriter and indie rock tunes with ear-catching melodies and emotionally vulnerable lyrics. Andrew graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2022 with a Bachelor’s of Music in Contemporary Writing and Production. He is the frontman and brainchild behind his pop/rock band, The Andrew Klang Band. As a teacher Andrew believes in bringing joy and excitement into the music. He believes in sharing his passion with the new generations while also teaching them the importance of technique and theory.
Amy Mantis | Guitar
Hailed from Maine, Amy started her musical journey on the guitar at a young age. Her talents and passion for music eventually led her to the Berklee College of Music where she graduated with honors majoring in Music Business. While at Berklee, Amy started her own rock band called Canary. Since Canary's inception in 2010, the band has opened for Jackson Browne at the House of Blues, was hand-selected to represent Berklee at the 2012 SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, and performed nearly 100 self-booked shows. Amy also performs regularly as a solo act as well as with the American Who Sensation (rocking the music of The Who!), one of Boston's best tribute bands. Amy has been actively teaching students of all ages and levels in the recent years. She strongly believes in the fundamentals when it comes to teaching while at the same time, the learning should be fun (note that the word "fun" is in "fundamentals")!
Raquel Rosenwald | Guitar
Originally from Philadelphia, PA, Raquel is a gifted and multi-talented musician. For the past 10 years, she has performed throughout the northeast such as Boston, Philadelphia, and the New York area with various bands. On top of that, Raquel has also been actively participating in live sound and studio recording projects as a sound engineer. While growing up, Raquel has studied with renowned fingerstyle guitarist Trevor Gordon Hall. She also studied at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts under great musicians/teachers such as Anthony Tidd and Sumi Tonooka. All these training combining with her talents have eventually landed her a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music where she studied Music Production and Engineering. With the influences from the great teachers she has had, Raquel believes music education is at its best when it is personal and caters to individuals. She aims to create music lessons that are fun and personal so that students can get to enjoy music and grow in their own ways.
Austin Smith | Guitar
Austin Smith is a multi-talented guitarist, composer, and educator from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. After receiving his Bachelor Degree in Music majoring in Composition at Berklee College of Music, he went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Composition from UMass Amherst. Over the years, as a performer, Austin has kept himself busy performing/recording in the U.S. and Europe with his own trio as well as pop artist Kat Kennedy and jazz drummer Marton Juhasz. As a composer, he was a semifinalist in the chamber music category of the American Prize Competition in 2018/2020, and won the IBLA Grand Prize for Most Distinguished Musician and Special Mention in 2019. As an educator, Austin aims to build a bridge between the fundamentals of music and students’ interests. Seeing a student delighted when making music is a major driving force behind his work. Austin strives to create an learning experience that is both inspiring and challenging to bring out the best from each student.
Richardson Smith | Guitar
Richardson Smith is a guitarist who holds a Master's degree in Modern American Music Performance from the Longy School of Music and a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of New Hampshire. He is a founding member and guitarist of the soul/jazz rock band Gretchen and the Pickpockets and performs extensively across New England and the eastern US. He is well versed in all music styles from Classical to Rock music and everything in between. Richardson has privately taught students ages 6 to 65, has taught K-8 in public schools, and catering to each student's personal learning style is a vital part of his teaching. Music is a both a personal and universal language, and Richardson is glad to enrich his students' lives with it in fun and engaging ways.
Christopher Sweeney | Guitar
Chris Sweeney grew up in Morris, Illinois and started playing guitar and saxophone at the age of 10. He continued throughout high school playing in concert, jazz and rock groups as well as teaching lessons at Brandalino's School of Music in Morris, IL. Intending on pursuing a career in music, Chris accepted a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. He graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. Chris currently teaches elementary general music in Middleboro Public Schools at the Memorial Early Childhood Center. He continues to perform in various genres including jazz, rock, musical theatre as well as solo classical repertoire. Chris encourages all students to reach their full potential. He meets students at their level and uses familiar materials and techniques to help his students' progression.