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Western & Indian Music Teachers & Team Biographies 

Notes n’ Beats is taught by Western and Indian music teachers who have a passion for teaching a wide range of music that runs the gamut from the latest hits on the radio to classical Indian music. Our experienced teachers specialize in specific genres such as piano, guitar, Indian voice, and Western voice. We started many years ago in 2005 by teaching music to children of family and friends in the neighborhood.  Seeing the amazing development in those children unleashed the passion in us for teaching music in a way that resonates with children the most.  Over the years, we have developed a program that is fun and engaging to our students - children and adults alike. 

We are a team of professional music teachers who feels a strong responsibility to keep music education alive and accessible to all. We believe that music is crucial to one's development and growth - most importantly, we believe that music can become one's soul mate for life. Additionally, music education is beneficial for cognitive development—many research centers have published studies on how music education improves cognitive abilities in children in other subjects like mathematics.

 

At Notes N’ Beats, we also find ourselves in the unique position to bring together the best of two, rich, worlds of music - Indian and Western.  As Western and Indian music teachers, we believe in a strong foundation of Classical music, but we also allow for creative freedom in the classroom—our students explore many other genres of music like Rock, Pop, Theatre and Bollywood.  Our curriculum provides multiple educational tracks for students to pursue - A) Western music only, B) Indian music only, or C) A combination of the two. These curriculum tracks are unique to our school, in that our curriculum intertwines the complexities and nuances of both cultures of music, providing powerful insight into how Indian and Western music genres compare and contrast with one another. In 2021, we have enhanced our curriculum to incorporate this unique approach in our lessons beginning from a student's first day of lessons. 

 

Our music school challenges the traditional methods of teaching by including hands-on projects, performances, recitals, and our newest program called "Creative Immersion". Additionally, our teachers help students prepare for recitals, competitions, performances, and certification exams that further enhance each student’s musical education.

We are humbled and proud to be able to bring music to you! 

Check out our impressive Western and Indian music teacher biographies below to meet our entire team. For teachers that specialize in specific instruments or voice, click on the corresponding button below.

Founder & CEO, Carnatic Classical & Light

Veena Pandiri

Founder & CEO, Carnatic Classical & Light

A passionate musician and teacher, Veena's dream is to make music enjoyable to all...

Western Vocals and Piano (Classical & Contemporary)

Alicia Deckard

Western Vocals and Piano (Classical & Contemporary)

Classical, Jazz, Blues and Pop Singer and Piano Player/Teacher.

Western Voice (Contemporary and Classical)

Kari Hart

Western Voice (Contemporary and Classical)

Holds a Masters of Music in Classical Vocals and Performance.

Ph.D, Classical Guitar and Piano

Thomas Creek

Ph.D, Classical Guitar and Piano

Brings experience from masterclasses for renowned artists and Classical guitar styles...

Drum, Piano, Guitar from Berklee School of Music

Steven Velasquez

Drum, Piano, Guitar from Berklee School of Music

An eclectic drummer with vast styles of musical knowledge, Steven studied at Berklee School of Music..

Ph.D, Classical Guitar and Piano

Dr. Joe Carbone

Ph.D, Classical Guitar and Piano

An eclectic taste with fluency and mastery in many styles of music such as: rock, pop, blues, jazz, folk, funk, and classical.

Piano (Classical & Contemporary)

Stephen Gliatto

Piano (Classical & Contemporary)

An elementary music teacher for Loudoun County Public Schools....

Violin - Carnatic & Light

Vishnu Ashok

Violin - Carnatic & Light

A beautiful blend of classical and non-classical plays on his violin..

Indian Voice

ParthaSarathy Nemani

Indian Voice

Popularly known as Parthu, Parthu is an Indian Telugu Playback singer with rich classical music background. Parthu rendered more than 100 film songs and sung more than 2000 private songs in Telugu, Hindi and Kannada.