Jim Jones
Jim JonesOur Leader!
Jim Jones is a Baltimore native and an honors graduate of The Berklee College Of Music, majoring in Music Synthesis and Jazz Composition and Arranging. After moving back to Baltimore in 1993, he founded The Music Workshop that presently has over 300 students attending on a weekly basis.

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.

Our Valuable Instuctors

Lafayette Gilchrist
Lafayette GilchristPiano
A 1992 graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Lafayette has received local and international acclaim touring throughout Europe. He has performed with jazz legend David Murray’s octet.
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.
Sean McCahill
Sean McCahillGuitar/Bass/Piano
Sean McCahill was born in Annapolis, Maryland. At the age of 14 he picked up a guitar, started playing, and has never wanted to put it down. A 1994 graduate of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Sean earned a degree with honors in music composition. At C.U.A., he studied with renowned orchestration specialist Dr. Robert Garofalo, and guitarist Ginger Hildebrand. Since then he has worked & performed extensively in many areas of music ~ as a guitarist, percussionist, keyboard player, clarinetist, tenor, composer, arranger, transcriptionist, and high school music director.
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.
Fred Moss
Fred MossVoice, Guitar, Bass
A native of Shreveport Louisiana, Fred Moss began his musical studies at an early age with his father, author/composer/conductor, Orlando Moss Sr. At age ten he started playing the Double Bass, and continued through college. As a teenager, Fred performed with the Louisiana All-State Chorus and Orchestra three years consecutively. He was awarded a music scholarship to Harding University, where he studied voice with Neva White, and was a member of the University’s Chorus, Orchestra, and Jazz Band.
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.
Ian Trusheim
Ian TrusheimBass/Guitar
Growing up in Newark, DE Ian Trusheim was born into a musical family. He played piano, euphonium, tuba, bass guitar and performed with the Delaware All-State band. Although music was temporarily placed on the “back burner” while Ian focused on playing team sports during his adolescence, it was not in vain. This experience allowed Ian to develop his ability to adapt to various group dynamics, which formed the foundation for future musical collaborations. Upon entering Washington College, Ian fully realized the beauty and power of music, while playing the bass and piano daily and developing his understanding of music theory. During that time, Ian focused on performance and composition, playing the tuba in the concert band, bass for the jazz big band, jazz combo and Afro-Cuban ensemble. Ian graduated from Washington College in 2007, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music.
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!!!
Yawn Jones
Yawn JonesGuitar/Piano/Clarinet/Sax
Yawn Jones Jr. is a multi-instrumentalist,producer and composer. He has BA degree in Music Education from University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Yawn has played jazz guitar in the Eastern Shore Jazz Band ensemble under the direction of Dr. John Lamkin were he share the stage with Tanya Blount,Lionel Hampton,Shirley Scott, Dorothy Donagan,Robin Eubanks and Charles Fambrough. He is also a member of the Baltimore Jazz Alliance Big Band under the direction of Dr. Anthony Villa. He has played guitar in production plays at Morgan State such as “At the Royal Theater”. Yawn has 14 years combined teaching experience in the public and catholic school system. Yawn also teaches clarinet,saxophone,piano and bass guitar and music production at the Music Workshop to young and older students who have an interest in furthering their music journey.
Eric Kennedy
Eric KennedyDrums/Percussion
Eric Kennedy, a Baltimore native, is a drummer, vocalist, percussionist, educator and composer. Eric’s introduction to all styles of music and early music training was initiated by his musical relatives, who also cultivated his love of jazz.

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 Monokrousos
Christa MonokrousosVoice / Piano
Christa Maria Monokrousos holds a Master of Music degree in voice performance and pedagogy from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from Towson University, and an Associate of Arts degree in music with a piano emphasis from CCBC Essex. Christa has had extensive practice and training in voice and piano and has been teaching voice, piano, and music theory since 2004.

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 Gage
Aaron GageVoice / Piano / Violin / Cello / Guitar
Multi-dimensional, award-winning composer and performer Aaron Gage creates music that connects with people on an emotional, cerebral, and spiritual level. Whether through his compositions or his performances, he uses his musical abilities to embrace the humanity in music.

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.