Our Teachers    

Sherry Miller is the owner and one of the piano teachers at S Music Studio. She has been teaching piano and voice for over 40 years. Her B.S. in Music Education is from West Chester University. S Music Studio has been in business for the past 10 years and continues to grow. Sherry will be opening a second branch called S Music Studio at the Barn, on the West side of Middletown, in the fall of 2018. 

Sherry has been married for 38 years and has 2 married girls and 5 grandsons. When not teaching she loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. Sherry is an active member of Love of Christ Church and plays with the worship band each Sunday. 

Sherry is a small business mentor with SCORE Delaware and loves helping other small business owners get started. She is also an active member of the Middletown Chamber of Commerce and is proud to be a business owner in the town of Middletown. 

 

Penny Mears graduated from Lee University with a degree in music and has taught piano lessons for the past 35 years.  She has accompanied choirs led worship and taught privately throughout her career.  She homeschooled her 4 boys and still teaches history at Mount Sophia Academy.  Penny is an accomplished teacher who loves working with children. 

Noah Baker has been playing drums since middle school.  He played percussion in the school band and has played with a worship band for the past 10 years.  He is an accomplished drummer and loves teaching kids. 
 

Vanessa Drews is a senior at the University of Delaware studying early childhood development. Vanessa works with our younger children teaching WunderKeys as well as beginner piano.  Her students love her and she loves teaching.  

Debbie Loftis studied guitar at Caruso’s Music School in Brookhaven, PA where she was trained in a variety of styles.

 

Following her guitar studies at Caruso’s Music School, she earned a degree in biomedical technology. After working in the field for several years, she returned to her musical roots and taught guitar classes and private lessons at various schools throughout the tri-state area.

 

Debbie’s teaching experience and personal studies include rock, blues, jazz, contemporary and traditional Christian, solo improvisation, beginner classical, and some country.

 

She strives to make guitar lessons relevant and enjoyable for the student by using the student’s musical interests wherever possible. Theory and reading are incorporated into the lesson according to the student’s interest, ability, and parental preference.

 

With over 20 years of experience as a guitar instructor, Debbie is one of the most-sought after female guitar teachers in the area.

 

Jonathan James has been singing from a very young age. He grew up in the Island of Grenada. Coming from a musical family, being engaged in music came naturally and so he participated in numerous school and church activities where he sang.  In 2009, Jonathan became the winner of the very first GBN Gospel Challenge then in 2013 he was one of the opening acts for Donnie McClurkin in the “Saving Souls Concert”. Later that year, he lent his vocals as one of the lead singers on the Gospel track, “The Well” by Sounds of Heaven. In 2014, Jonathan and the other members of Sounds of Heaven were one of the opening acts for Vashawn Mitchell and in the following year, Jonathan and the group released the song “Not the Same”. The song has now been nominated for Best Contemporary Male Vocalist by the Marlin Awards in Bahamas. He now serves on the worship team at Love of Christ Church.

In spite of his achievements, Jonathan attributes all his successes to God and hopes that he can continue to use his voice to represent God as long as he can. 

Chris Everett has a BA in Vocal Performance from Lebanon Valley College.  He has extensive performing credits including US tours, Sight and Sound, PCA, The Everett Theatre, The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, and had the honor of performing for former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.  He has taught private lessons for years including at the Bethlehem Conservatory of Music, Premiere Center for the Arts, and privately.  He is currently the co-founder and Executive Director of The Griffin Theatre in St Georges, DE.  

His teaching style for both voice and piano is based on building a strong and healthy technique as well as blending in coaching and specialized techniques that are applicable to the appropriate style.  

Stephanie Ferguson. Music has always been a passion of mine. I have been playing piano since the age of seven and teaching since age twelve. I graduated summa cum laude from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

I taught homeschool general music classes for four years at Glasgow Christian Academy, worked as coordinator and instructor for the School of Performing Arts at Reach Christian Schools for five years, and have served in the positions of elementary music teacher, choir director, and accompanist at Red Lion Christian Academy. Currently, I accompany the Mount Sophia Senior Chorale in Newark, Delaware.

I play piano on my church's worship team, and I am always happy to provide guidance to any of my students who would like to use their talents in that way.

Andrew is currently a student at Delaware Technical & Community College, studying Elementary Education. He has been playing piano since he was 12 years old, and has lots of music experience, including marching band, symphonic band, musical theater, music theory, and concert choir.

Morgan Whitcraft has played violin for 30 years, and has taught for nearly 20 years. She was first enrolled in musical instruction at the age of three, when her grandfather watched her become captivated by violinist Ithzak Perlman's television performance. Soon after she began instruction in flute and piano.

The Suzuki method helped foster Morgan's early musical education, and was influential in developing her passion for music and the desire to share music with others. After completing the method at age twelve she established her own private studio at fourteen; she has not stopped teaching music since. She has received training in the Suzuki method and specializes in teaching younger children.

As a young adult Morgan majored in Violin Performance and Music Education at the Hartt School of Music, as well as studying at the University of Delaware with world-renowned violinist Xiang Gao. She took the role of Assistant Concertmaster in Newark Symphony for four years, and is often found collaborating with other members to form small ensembles for seasonal performances. Morgan is currently a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association, and is also a certified Kindermusik instructor.

John M. Cassidy is a passionate and dedicated drummer who first picked up a pair of sticks at the age of 13. He studied privately for 11 years with local instructors Richard Kenny and Tim Laushey while playing in the school symphonic, marching and jazz bands as well as the Delaware State Jazz ensemble. After spending several years cutting his teeth in clubs up and down the mid-Atlantic coast, John moved to Los Angeles, California and attended the famed Musicians Institute where he studied with such notables as Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey and Efrain Torro. He graduated with honors and remained in LA to perform, teach and accept studio work. He later went on to work the casino circuit out of Vegas and throughout the US and later played in lounge and show bands on several cruise lines across the globe.

 

In 2003, John returned to Delaware where he now lives with his wife and step daughter and continues to play in area bands through the tri-state area. He is grateful to be a part of S Music Studio to share his knowledge and love for an instrument that has given his life so much meaning. 

Herbie Maitlandt began playing guitar at an early age, spurred on by his cousin. After initial meetings with his cousin, he decided to leap into the deep end of the pool. His formal studies began with Sal Salvador and Joe Carter in New York. After high school he continued his studies at Lehman College with the primary focus being on performance.

Herb began teaching after one of his teachers recommended him for a teaching position at, The American Institute of Guitar in New York. Along the way he has performed across the country as well as Europe and Asia.

In his lessons, the focus is on the student and how far they wish to take their playing and studies. Above all else, it’s going to be a fun experience for both student and teacher.

"Jason Golden began studying music in Elementary School on the Alto Saxophone.  By High School he had discovered Guitar and spent his first year studying with a blind teacher who was classically trained at Berklee.  This inspired Jason to continue his music studies at the University of Delaware where he completed a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Jazz Theory.  This is also where he met his awesome wife.

 

Jason and his wife recently relocated to the Middletown area and welcomed their first son.  Jason has taken on the role of full-time dad, opting to stay at home to raise his son.  He began teaching guitar part-time and discovered a passion for helping others take their first steps on a life-long music journey. "

Pierce Deshields held his first pair of drumsticks in his church at the age of five. Since then, he has played with multiple choirs and churches throughout Delaware and Maryland, and enjoys teaching kids at his church.

He played drums in elementary school and throughout high school for the chorus, concert, jazz, and marching bands. In Pierce’s last three years of high school, he served as Drum Section Leader and Band President. During his career, he has mastered the snare, tri-tom, quad, and timpani drums. He also played the vibraphones.  Pierce created and arranged many drum cadences for his high school marching band, several of which are still being used today.

Pierce began playing for the Church of God in Christ’s Delaware State Choir at the age of 14, and retired after 19 years of service. However, he continues to play regularly for his home church in Millsboro, Delaware.

Heather has been practicing and performing voice for 18 years. She has performed in local theaters as well as All-State Choir. After high school she continued her studies at Cecil College, earning an Associate's Degree in Music with a Voice concentration. She is passionate about teaching voice as well as the fundamentals of music theory.

Andrew Cunningham is a student at Wilmington University working towards a degree in business. Coming from a musical family he was inspired by his grandfather to learn the piano. His grandfather’s playing created a desire in him as a young boy to become a pianist. Having studied since he was a child he has found the piano to be a comfort in the good and difficult times in his life. Andrew’s passion for music has inspired him to write music as well. His love of the piano and contagious smile will have your child looking forward to coming to lessons each week.

Hours and locations

 

Monday-Friday 3:00pm-8:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-2:00pm

 

Middletown location

892 Port Penn Road

Middletown, DE 19709

 

1-302-838-5330