OUR TEAM

Choosing the right teacher...

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Lauren Canna

Advanced Voice

Choirs

ASM Director

Ms. Canna holds a BM in Voice from Rutgers University and an MM in Choral Conducting from Temple University. She has completed additional studies at Westminster Choir College and Rowan University. Owner of AfterSchool Music, Ms. Canna maintains a selective studio of students. 

She is the former conductor of the Garden State Girlchoir, (a part of the Commonwealth Youthchoir Systems and cousin to the renowned Pennsylvania Girlchoir). She was the Program Director of the Pitman Recreation Theater for many years. She has taught voice and conducted the choir at Cumberland County College for 10 years, has taught at Buena Regional High School, Cape May Technical High School, and the New Jersey School of Music.

She is especially proud to have taught over 25 local music teachers and maintains a warm and collegial relationship with many of her former students and their families. Many of her students have become professional performing musicians, music academics, working actors, music therapists, and studio musicians.

Ms Canna is a great choice for 6th-12th grade developing singers with some previous experience, although dedicated beginners are fine as well. Adult singers and those looking to improve their classical, musical theater, or pop/jazz singing.  Ms Canna's approach is centered in solid, healthy singing technique.  

Ms Canna teaches Monday through Friday in Pitman and Monday and Wednesday in Woodbury

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David Van Antwerp

Piano

Guitar

Voice

David has been working as a music educator, choir director, and musician for over 30 years, but his love of music began in his childhood with his studies of the piano, guitar, and voice. As a student, he sang with various honors ensembles in New Jersey from regional, state, and national choruses as well as performing as a guitarist and pianist in various school, church, and community groups.

David holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Rowan University. David applied his musical experience and training to the community in a variety of ways, including Church Musician / Choir Director (Our Lady Queen of Peace in Pitman), Music Therapist, and Director of Choral Activities at Washington Township High School.

In all of his roles, he has provided one-on-one, small-group, and large- group musical activities, instruction and performance leadership.

 

Along with his directorial responsibilities, David has also taught guitar class, music theory and composition, and music appreciation.

Mr Van Antwerp is best for piano and guitar students who are committed to regular practice and who are goal-oriented. He also teaches male singers.  His methods are rooted in solid music pedagogy.  He accepts students of all ages, but will do best with students who are committed to lifelong music study. 

David teaches Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in Pitman.

... is an important step in ensuring the success of your lessons.  Music teachers can have a profound impact on their students - we all strive to build a relationship that lasts years.  Where else does a student find dedicated one-on-one attention from an adult who isn't a parent every week for years?  Our teachers are committed to helping their students overcome challenges, face their fears, develop discipline, and grow as both musicians and well-rounded people!  

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Christa Conklin

Saxophone

Clarinet

Beginning Piano

Ms. Conklin holds a BA from Rutgers University in both Music Performance and Communication and an MALS from Monmouth University. She worked in the education department of the New York Philharmonic and, while at Lincoln Center, played with Juilliard chamber ensembles as a classical saxophonist. This allowed her the joy of performing in Alice Tully Hall.

In addition to studying woodwinds, and playing them in wind ensembles and big bands, Ms. Conklin played electric bass guitar in jazz ensembles and pit bands. Providing private instrumental and french language instruction to students led her to prefer to teach outside of the classroom and inspired her to homeschool her own children. Ms. Conklin is also a published author.

Christa is excellent with beginning piano students - particularly K-5th.  She has a background in homeschooling and is a YA author, so she has a great rapport with our little ones. She is a very experienced saxophone player and accepts beginners through adults.  Additionally, she works with beginning and intermediate clarinetists. 

Christa teaches Monday, Wednesday and Thursday in Pitman.

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Jessica Nelson

Voice

Piano

Ms. Nelson enjoys teaching both voice and piano. She is a professional singer of opera and art song, and has sung with various companies - Delaware Valley Opera Company, New York Opera Forum, and Bohème Opera of NJ, to name a few.

Some of her favorite roles include Gretel in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Susanna in The Marriage of Figaro, and Musetta in La Bohème, a role she studied and performed in part at the Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival. Jessica completed her Master of Music degree in vocal performance at Temple University. She holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Delaware and Rowan University.

Jessica teaches singers of all ages, and has a strong pedagogical background in classical technique.  Her focus is on healthy, age-appropriate singing and on the building of solid musicianship.  Jessica will do well with a committed singer who is dedicated to long-term study.

Jessica teaches on Monday in Pitman and Thursday in Woodbury.

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Mike Skalski

Guitar

Mike Skalski has an extensive background in both teaching and music. Following 19 years of elementary school teaching, he returned to Rowan University to complete his degree in music therapy.

 

He currently works with patients that are in hospice care to provide them with music therapy, playing music from various chapters of their lives and collaborating with them to create a custom song that tells a part of their story.

 

He taught guitar lessons independently before joining AfterSchool Music where he can combine his experience of teaching with his passion for music. 

Mike makes guitar learning fun.  With his background as an elementary teacher and his current work in music therapy, he has a knack for meeting students of all ages where they are.  He uses reliable teaching methods while allowing students to follow their interests.  Mike does very well with students of all ages.  He is friendly and approachable for K-5th, but is great with teens (he has a few teens of his own) and relatable for adult students.

Mike teaches Tuesdays in Woodbury, Wednesday and Thursday in Pitman.

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Addi Achterberg

Voice

Piano

Adelaide is a singer, musician, and actor graduating from Rowan University with a degree in Musical Theatre. Her main instruments are voice and piano, as well as oboe, ukulele, saxophone, and bass guitar. She started playing piano and performing onstage at a very young age and performed with many musical groups and community theaters in her home county of York, PA.

 

Adelaide prides herself on her versatility of vocal styles, though she specializes in musical theatre and jazz. With her strong background in musical theatre, she believes in creating a well-rounded performer with a healthy voice and an equal focus on musicality and emotional expression.

Addi is an extraordinarily versatile teacher who our students *adore*.  She teaches healthy singing technique, primarily in the musical theater and contemporary style.  Addi makes our beginning students feel at ease and has technique and experience that is broad enough to work with singers K-12. Additionally, Addi is an excellent pianist who works well with beginning and intermediate piano students.

Addi teaches Monday in Woodbury, Tuesday and Wednesday in Pitman

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Molly Carfagno

Piano

Guitar

Flute

Molly is a Music Therapy and Composition student at Rowan University. She loves all genres of music and enjoys learning as much as she can about each one, especially folk and punk. She has been playing music since she was a child, starting with the flute and then learning guitar and piano. This is what led her to start studying composition, where she focuses mainly on folk and neoclassical music. Molly enjoys working with all ages and is eager to help share her love of music with as many students as possible.

Molly is a very versatile musician and teacher.  She is wonderful with our K-8 pianists and guitarists, particularly those who are focused on the fun!  She is an exceptional flautist and works with flute students from beginning through advanced.  As a music therapist, Molly is exceptionally adept at working with students on autism spectrum, students with ADHD, or with other behavioral and learning differences. 

Molly teaches Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in Pitman.

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Alexis Goeller

Piano

Alexis is a recent graduate of Immaculata University with a B.A. in Music, concentration in piano and a minor in psychology. Her interest in Music Therapy and her experience with special needs children makes her an asset on our teaching staff. She started studying when she was 8 years old and has participated in multiple recitals and performances. In college Alexis participated in chorale, woodwind ensemble, clarinet ensemble, and concert band, all the while studying piano. Also while in college, Alexis began her teaching career. She loves working with children of all ages and abilities. Alexis believes learning an instrument of any kind should be a fun and relaxing experience!

Alexis is an accomplished pianist and music therapist who specializes in teaching piano from beginner through advanced. She has a particular report with our little ones. As a music therapist, Alexis is exceptionally adept at working with students on autism spectrum, students with ADHD, or with other behavioral and learning differences. 

Alexis teaches Friday and Saturday in Pitman.

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Chris Cancglin

Trumpet

Trombone

Chris Cancglin is a recent alumni of The College of New Jersey, where he received a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He earned several honors including being principal trumpet in the TCNJ Wind Ensemble and was named to the Dean's List all 8 semesters. Primarily a trumpet player, Chris is qualified to teach all band instruments. Chris is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher and looks forward to working with area students.

Chris is a friendly and engaging teacher for students of all ages. He teaches brass instruments at all levels and as a K-8 teacher, teaches all band instruments and piano to beginners.  Chris teaches Monday and Wednesday in Pitman.  

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Sean Duffy

Guitar

Bass

Ukulele

Sean is a laid-back and engaging teacher who works best with teens - particularly students interested in bass. His collaborative style brings out the abilities of students who have a bit of experience with their instrument. With 1st-8th students, Sean uses time-honored methodologies to encourage musicianship and independence in his students.
Sean teaches Monday and Tuesday in Pitman.