Our Instructors

We offer an innovative, first-rate music education for all instruments & voice. Our instructors facilitate your strengths while providing a solid foundation in theory and technique. Students of all levels can participate in our quarterly workshops, group classes, annual recitals, community performances in our semi annual “Rock the House” concert. Contact us to find out more.

Reed Dieffenbach


Reed has been teaching in Salem, NH since 1994. His students have attended Berklee College of Music, Manhattan School of Music, The Hartt School of Music, etc. Reed currently performs throughout the Northeast with original music acts Moon Boot Lover and Red Tail Hawk. You can find Reed's Music on Spotify, itunes and Amazon.

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Jeff McInnis


“The first time I saw a guitar I wanted to play”. Jeff has been composing, performing and teaching music for over 38 years. Featured in Guitar World magazine’s “Hometown Heroes” column in November 1992, while playing in the L.A. music scene, he played at some of the most legendary clubs in the world. He is also a veteran of the local music scene, playing all over New England.

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Dennis Rothgaber


Dennis holds a 2 year Certificate in Professional Music from Berklee College of Music in vocal and piano performance. Dennis graduated Summa CumLaude from the University of Massachusetts/Lowell in 1992 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music/Vocal Performance. He received the Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Academic Achievement.

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Shaun Smith


Mr. Smith has been teaching various levels of music in the Methuen Public Schools for 18 years. He is currently the band director at the Comprehensive Grammar School where he has been teaching instrumental music to students in grades 5 through 8 for the past 8 years.

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Michael Gruen


Michael Gruen has been playing music professionally since 2003, having studied bass guitar at the Players School of Music in Clearwater, FL. From 2008 to 2011, he completed coursework toward a performance degree at Berklee College of Music. He plays regularly throughout the New England area and subs frequently with wedding and house bands, as well as groups playing jazz, rock, and original compositions.

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Steve Latanision


I like to bring out the many different aspects of music, so that the student receives a wide range of instruction, from how to practice, how to look at music, the studies involved, and the relatedness between genres and instruments.A good example would be bluegrass, which is a mix of Irish, blues and jazz. Theory and reading are highly encouraged, and is taught in a useful, practical manner.

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Brian Fulks


Brian received his B.M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 1997 and a M.M.Ed from Gordon College in 2010. He has been a music teacher in Methuen, MA since 1997 and has been the middle school band director at the Tenney Grammar School for the past 21 years. In addition to his full time position in Methuen, Brian is currently one of the Assistant Directors for the UMass Lowell Symphonic Band Camp.

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Lisa Ricetti

Classical Guitar/Suzuki Guitar

Lisa Ricetti holds a B.M. in performance from the Boston Conservatory and an M.M. in performance from Florida State University. Lisa has performed extensively including placing in International and National competitions.

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