Meet our Teachers
Jay Graham: Guitar and Bass
Various levels and styles including Rock, Funk, Blues, Jazz, and Classical, as well as music theory, introductory vocal instruction, composition, and improvisation. 20 years of teaching experience, and over 30 years of performing experience as a solo artist and with various local acts including Soulstice, the Sam James Band, the Arthur Dent Foundation (ADF), and the WSC Jazz Band. BS from Worcester State University w/music minor and 3 years of Jazz studies with local instructors.
Natasha was educated in Albania, and taught Violin and Piano there for 20 years. When she came to America in 1990, she taught at Worcester Academy, and the Bancroft and Performing Arts schools in Worcester. She was also a member of the Worcester Symphony Orchestra.
In 1996, Natasha move to Los Angeles. For 10 years she worked as a Violin teacher for a program affiliated with UCLA for children in grades 1-12. She was also the director of the orchestra and chamber music for string instruments.
Natasha has used both the Russian and Suzuki methods for teaching.
Kyle Champeon: Guitar and Saxophone
Kyle is a very active gigging musician and Berklee College of Music graduate who teaches guitar as well as saxophone. He teaches students of all ages and experience. Lessons with Kyle are fun and encouraging and catered to whatever each student wants to focus on. This could be learning some of your favorite songs, working on improvising and soloing, ear training, music theory, learning chords and scales, or anything at all!
Playing guitar and performing locally for 40 years and teaching for over 20. Bill loves teaching the basics of playing guitar just as much as digging into your favorite songs. Acoustic singer-songwriter stuff is his specialty. Influences are: Neil Young, James Taylor, Third Day, John Mellencamp, Eva Cassidy, the Beatles, Kenny Burrell, The Allman Brothers, Keith Green, Doc Watson, and lots of others.
Victor has 60 years experience as a bluegrass, old time and contraband musician. He has been in numerous local and national bands such as the Lilly Brothers and Ola Belle Reed. He has performed and appeared on TV, WICN radio, the Smithsonian, medaled at fiddle contests and many other venues. He is proficient in mandolin, fiddle, clawhammer banjo and rhythm guitar. He has many years experience teaching these instruments at music stores and bluegrass music camps.
His approach to teaching at Union music is by ear so the student doesn't need to read music.
Ken has been a professional musician and teacher for over 35 years. His students have been Central District and All State competition winners. He manages and conducts his own student band that provides semi-annual concerts.
Along with music lessons, he includes instructions in Music history, theory, improvising and more.
J.C. has over 20 years of teaching experience and specializes in teaching students at the beginner and intermediate levels. Lessons with J.C. are fun and structured around the needs of each student individually, making learning easier, more enjoyable and more rewarding.
Lessons are also accompanied by audio examples, in which students can use while practicing at home. These audio examples can be slowed down to make learning beats/patterns easier and more fun!
Gabe Cain: Guitar and Voice
Gabe has been teaching for 3 years. His goal as a teacher is to help students find their own voice as a musician. There are tools that help in this journey. The theoretical and technical knowledge that I provide helps students to achieve the ultimate goal as an artist: to express themselves with no limitations. Lessons help a guitarist get to a point of technical competence where they are able to play the music that they want to hear.
Gabe is an Accountant during the day and he teaches and plays music at night. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from UMass Amherst. In high school, Gabe studied Jazz Guitar. He loved the playing of Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, and Kenny Burrell. In his late teens, inspired by Andres Segovia and Julian Bream, he began studying the classical guitar. Through practice, he strived to develop an original and distinct style.
Armand Langois: Guitar, Bass, and Ukulele
Jeff Schuller: Drums and Percussion