Currently, Jim is managing The Music Workshop; developing and implementing several music enrichment programs for The Baltimore City school system; recording and producing rock and jazz artists in his recording studio, located in The Music Workshop; playing keyboards in the original rock band, Jamb Sandwich, and working as a freelance keyboardist/vocalist/studio musician in the Baltimore-Washington area, most recently performing at the piano bar in The Horseshoe Casino. Jim has also composed and recorded for film and local and national radio and television spots. His most recent composition won a national award for teen and texting pedestrian safety.
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In 2004 he released his debut cd The Music According to Lafayette Gilchrist to enthusiastic reviews, and in September 2005 his sophomore release, Towards the Shining Path received accolades throughout the music industry. Lafayette performs with his band, New Volcanoes.
Lafayette was the featured musician in the Arts section of Baltimore’s Sunpaper on June 12, 2005.
He is comfortable in multiple genres of music, including rock, classical, folk, metal, pop, modern music, and jazz. Sean joined the faculty of the Music Workshop in August 2009, bringing more than ten years of experience as a teacher to offer his students. As a teacher, Sean emphasizes creativity, improvisation, and songwriting, focusing on reliable playing technique and the essential basics of music theory. He currently teaches private lessons in guitar, bass, & piano, and coaches bands in the Kidz Rock program.
As a professional, Fred has toured with many artists and groups throughout the U.S. Most recently, Fred has performed with jazz artists, Gary Grainger, Al Williams, Lafayette Gilcrist and Carl Grubbs. Fred is a versatile, accomplished guitarist and vocalist, equally comfortable performing in society band, jazz, combo or rock band. He has been an instructor at the Music Workshop for 15 years, teaching lessons, producing singers, songwriters and rock bands.
Over the last decade, Ian has recorded albums, taught lessons, composed and played with a variety of musicians performing everything from funk, fusion, R&B, jazz and hip hop to country, bluegrass, musicals, pop, gospel, blues, punk, and of course ROCK&ROLL! Ian currently provides bass and guitar lessons, in addition to coaching bands in the Kidz Rock program at The Music Workshop in Baltimore. When he’s not teaching, Ian is a freelance musician, which allows him the privilege of being involved with many versatile projects throughout the Delmarva area, including bassist at Living Word Ministries and 1/3 of the popular Baltimore funk/fusion trio CTW. He has studied with ethnomusicologist Dr. Ken Schweitzer, Jesse Murphy (John Scofield, Brazilian Girls); and, he currently studies with Shawn Qaissaunee (Berklee College of Music alumnus, former student of Pat Martino). Previously Ian has shared the stage with Mint Condition and The Roots; these days he has the pleasure and honor of performing with members of Parliament Funkadelic’s extended family.
Respecting the unique qualities in all people, Ian tailors his lessons to meet the individual needs and areas of interest for each of his students. He strives to provide them with a solid foundation of musical principles through knowledge of music theory, reading music, and proper technique; however, although these skills are necessary, they do not begin to capture the full scope of the musical experience for Ian. He shares integral concepts with his students, learned from Victor Wooten’s “The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search for Growth Through Music,” emphasizing that music theory or “notes” is only one element of music. Ian feels it is essential to acknowledge the other defining elements of music such as articulation, phrasing, dynamics, rhythm, tone, space, listening and emotion. Music is alive!!!
Eric continued his arts education at the Baltimore School for the Arts studying classical percussion and voice with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra percussionist John Locke, Donna Di Stefano and the late Dr. Nathan Carter and Ms. Jewel Churn of Frederick Douglass HIgh School. Eric has studied percussion and technique with legendary drummers Edgar Bateman, Johnny Polite, Billy Hart, Leroy Williams, Jamal Wilson and Clayton Cameron, voice with Timothy Shepherd and Odell Wilson and harmony/theory with Dr. Barry Harris.
Eric has performed, toured and recorded with Curtis Fuller, Phil Woods, Fred Wesley (James Brown’s music director), Nnena Freelon, John Hicks, Richard Wyands, TK Blue, Eddie Henderson, Curtis Lundy, Joe Bonner, Carl Grubbs and others. He is a bandleader and a member of the Bobby Watson Quartet/Quintet, Inside Out w Lafayette Gilchrist, Todd Marcus Quartet, Jeff Reed Trio and co founder of Dreamworld, Kinetic Sounds and Simply Eric with Eric Byrd and Eric Wheeler.
Eric has given music clinics, workshops, concerts and lessons worldwide. He taught in the Baltimore City Public School system and was faculty in the Peabody Conservatory of Music Jazz Department from 1998-2001. Eric has received numerous awards and grants for performance and composition. He was also the 2004 runner up in the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition and first place band member in the Chick Webb Jazz Combo Competition in 2008 and 2009.
Christa believes it is her responsibility as a music teacher to guide her students on a clear path to becoming fine musicians, singers, pianists, and performers. Each student has unique learning styles, goals, and inherent skills. Nurturing these individual styles and cultivating these skills in the studio promotes student growth from week to week and allows students to enjoy the musical learning process. It is also important to access different learners through the incorporation of ear training and musicianship skills into lessons. Not only do these elements encourage more rapid growth as a singer/pianist and performer, but they allow much easier and more natural musical expression in lessons and in the future.
Within the studio, Christa always strives to keep her students focused and relaxed in a positive and open environment. Her students feel comfortable because she relates to what they are experiencing in their music studies, whether their experiences are good, bad, or even somewhat confusing. Sharing her experiences with her students sets a stress-free environment for them, which, in turn, is an advantage to their relaxed singing and piano playing. Christa believes that positive reinforcement will always win over negative criticism; therefore, she consistently aims to encourage her students inside and outside of the studio.
Aaron has been composing music for most of his life. He has had numerous performances of works with an eclectic palate for different sounds and instrumentations. Whether it is a somber and melancholy string piece or a frightening, eccentric work for large orchestra, there is no limit to the type of sounds he is able to create.
With over 20 years of experience learning a wide variety of instruments, including voice, piano, cello, violin, and guitar, Aaron frequently performs at large and small venues. In 2011, he was the featured solo singer at Camden Yards for an Orioles vs Red Sox playoff game with an attendance of over 25,000 people. His diverse performance experience informs his compositional style and brings a greater variety to his writing.
In addition to classical composition Aaron is a prolific arranger and commercial composer. He was the arranger of music for the 2014 Hungary division of Miss Universe and has composed music for numerous commercials, corporate videos, and documentaries which have aired on National Geographic, HDTV, ESPN, HGTV, and MSNBC.
Aaron currently studies Music Composition at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, pursuing a Masters degree under the direction of Pulitzer-Prize winning composer, Kevin Puts. He graduated magna cum laude from Berklee College of Music in 2012 with a Bachelor degree in Music Composition. At Berklee, Aaron also studied contemporary music along with
electronic production and film scoring and was the winner of the Berklee Symphony Orchestra Composition Competition in 2012.