Benjamin Lowder is a rising freshman in college with a life-long passion for music of all types. He first played the euphonium/baritone at age eight. Nine and a half years later, he is still playing euphonium as well as tuba, trombone, bass trombone in jazz ensembles, concert bands, and orchestras.
Benjamin has participated in various honors ensembles through All-county, Area All-State, and finally, he played second chair tuba in the 2021 NYSSMA All-State symphonic band.
Not only is Ben an instrumentalist, but also a composer/arranger who had his arrangement of Shinzou Wo Sasageyo performed by his high school's wind ensemble in addition to numerous other a cappella arrangements performed by his high schools a capella group, the “Tempomentals”.
Ben loves performing and making music, he also has a passion for teaching. He enjoys encouraging younger musicians to unlock more of their musical potential and to deepen their appreciation for the art of music.
Ben is available for lessons with MKHM this summer. Please email to inquire about availability.
Tommy De Martino is a seasoned and accredited veteran of performing and teaching with over 30 years of successful and progressive experience in all aspects of drumming and percussion. A drummer who has toured with several bands on the East Coast circuit and has recorded with artists such as Brian Tarquin, Emile Menasche (Speak the Language), John Montaldo (Significant Others).
Tommy focuses on sight reading and teaching students the art of rudimental drumming, building hand technique and how to approach the drum kit. He teaches all genres of music such as Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Fusion, Hip-Hop, R&B and linear drumming.
Tommy is a member of the National Association of Rudimental Drumming (N. A. R. D.) which he received while attending Miami Dade College. He also attended Drummers Collective in NYC, where he studied with Mike Clark.
Tommy teaches advanced drumming students remotely from sunny Florida. He is available for zoom/messenger/facetime sessions on weekdays.
Rose Stoller is a New York based multidisciplinary artist. She performs regularly in jazz ensembles, pop/r&b bands, and as a solo singer-songwriter. Lead singer of former jazz fusion group, RoseGold, was featured in 2017 and 2018’s Jazz In The Valley festival in Poughkeepsie, New York. Rose works with a variety of NYC and Hudson Valley based musicians, taking influence from Brazilian repertoire, the Laurel Canyon folk rock scene, and contemporary American jazz.
Since graduating from LaGuardia High School (The FAME School) Rose has worked as an actor and collaborator in various theatrical productions, both with her co-created production company, Rascal Arts, and with a range of other organizations across the states. Recent involvement include The Puzzle Festival of New Works (NYC), The New Harmony Project (Indianapolis), and Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, Florida).
Rose runs our vocal program and also teaches piano and guitar to vocal students so they may learn to accompany themselves. She is available for lessons on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Samantha Brideau Legato is a lifelong artist and musician. A fervent player from an early age, she is a classically trained violinist who also plays piano, viola, cello, bass, guitar, and sings. She has provided professional music instruction in Westchester since 2010.
She enjoys working with all ages, but is particularly passionate about starting little ones on their musical journeys and — most importantly — making music fun. Her approach and lesson structure make learning an instrument engaging and memorable for young minds, instilling musical confidence in them from day one.
Privately trained, Samantha has performed in many symphonic and chamber orchestras, quartets, select choir, fiddle groups, and bands. She is an indie singer-songwriter and plays first violin with local community orchestras such as the Northern Westchester Symphony Orchestra, and Cortlandt Chamber Orchestra. She is also a registered member of NAfME.
Samantha teaches violin, viola, and all of our beginner pianists. She is available for lessons on Saturday & Sunday.
Eric legato is a musical entrepreneur with passion for teaching students young and old! His musical knowledge and experience crosses genres, from rock - to blues, broadway, or Mozart. Eric embraces music in all of its forms, and has dedicated himself to lifelong learning and teaching of the musical arts.
Strumming his first guitar at age six, and studying music ever since, Eric played cello and guitar throughout school in jazz band, symphonic orchestra, string quartets, youth orchestras and competitive festivals (NYSSMA). He continued to study performance, conducting, music theory and composition into college and graduated from Oswego University of New York with a bachelor’s degree in arts (BA), specializing in music performance.
Eric loves performing and sharing the stage with others and is a regular with the band on cello for singer/songwriter Jesse Terry when he plays locally.
When Eric isn't teaching you can find him spending time with his family, playing with his dog, cheering on students at the ball field, playing a round of golf or enjoying a fun video game (Legend of Zelda is his favorite!)
Eric runs our band workshops and teaches cello, guitar, bass, ukulele, and beginning/intermediate drums. He is available for lessons weekdays and saturdays.