MTC Music Academy

Discover your best musical self, achieve your goals, and find joy in making music.
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Why MTC Music Academy?

No matter your age or skill level, you will train at a high level and you will love it!

Have you always wanted to take voice or piano lessons?

Are you looking to hone your musicianship skills or technique?

Maybe try your hand at jazz harmony?

Do you have big dreams and goals but don’t know where to start?

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Our Instructors Are World-Class

Tegan Miller

Founder/Voice Teacher

Tegan believes with her whole being that music is for everyone and everyone can sing. She is the assistant conductor and a professional singer with the innovative chorus, Choral Chameleon.

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Christina Kershaw

Instructor | Voice Teacher

Christina believes that being a well-rounded musician is a vital part of being a performer. She is an NYC native and has performed all over the world in places like the Oslo Opera House in Norway.

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Assaf Gleizner

Instructor | Jazz Piano Teacher

Born and raised in Israel, Grammy nominated Assaf Gleizner has been working as a composer, music director, orchestrator/arranger and pianist both in NYC and around the world for the past 15 years.

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Lynda DeFuria

Instructor | Vocal Coach and Kids Classes Teacher

Lynda is a Las Vegas native and specializes in audition prep and vocal performance. She has held residences with Waterwell and New York City Children’s Theatre.

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Jay Kauffman

Instructor | Guitar Teacher

Jay Kauffman is a classical guitarist who has performed around the world as well as all around New York. He is a published composer whose works and arrangements have been performed at Carnegie Hall. His performance degrees are from the Juilliard School and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.

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Tegan is an incredible voice teacher! In the four months I've been taking classes (in-person and online), I've grown more than I thought possible as a singer. Tegan is fabulous at finding the teaching style that works for you, and takes into consideration your whole person. Sometimes we have complicated relationships with our singing, and most teachers tell you to just push past it. Tegan uses her experience and intuition to help you engage with yourself as an instrument honor the parts of learning that are hard. I'm so happy I found MTC Music Academy!” 

Sarah Harburg-Petrich, Voice Student, Activist

“Tegan Miller is truly one of my favorite voice teachers that I've had over the years. She not only comes prepared with countless vocal exercises and little tricks up her sleeve to help your voice grow (no matter what style you choose to sing!), but she also intuitively knows exactly what to say to help build your confidence. Confidence is such a huge factor in singing and she treats everyone with such kindness and love, while reminding you to be kind to yourself. I'm so grateful to have Tegan as my coach, and I think anyone would benefit from having her as a teacher!” 

Meg Halcovage, Female Swing in Off-Broadway's Love Actually the Musical

“Our daughter has been working with Tegan for 3 years, and in that time we have seen her skills and confidence bloom.  Each week, Tegan brings enthusiasm, patience, and focus to the lesson.  She manages to find ways to connect with her students, and make the student want to challenge themselves.  Tegan sets realistic goals and always uses positive reinforcement to help her students achieve them.  I don't think our child would have the level of understanding or interest in Musical Theory if it were not for Tegan's lessons.” 

Laura Sanzel, mother of preteen student

“I’ve worked with Tegan in the past and I can say I came out much more confident than when I went in. She worked at a comfortable pace, was always positive and friendly and her talent and instruction is unmatchable! Tegan inspired me to escape my comfort zone on and off the stage and I am so much better for it!” 

Ashley McDonald,  Actress

“2 years ago, when I started working with Tegan, I felt like I was terrible. I had never had any formal training in voice or sang in college or anything like that.  But like many people in NYC, I had the karaoke bug and dreamed of being able to actually sing.  After lessons and hard work (you gotta practice!) — I can’t believe I can match pitch on my favorite songs now.  It’s unbelievable.  It’s such a huge accomplishment for me, and now I can’t stop singing.  Tegan has made feel so much better about myself and during some very dark days for me. I'm so super lucky to be working with her!” 

Mid-thirties NYC male with a post-graduate degree

“Tegan is a natural born teacher with an innate gift for music. Her ability to personally connect with musicians of any skill level and inspire them to find their true voice makes for a special experience whether you’re working with her as a conductor, a music director, or as a one-on-one student.” 

Taylor Coriell, Pam in The Office the Musical

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Tegan Miller

Founder/Voice Teacher

Originally from Kentucky, Tegan Miller is a NYC-based voice teacher, conductor, music director, and performer. She believes with her whole being that music is for everyone and that everyone can sing. She also believes true artistry is found in strengthening your musicianship skills and refining your technique.

Tegan is the Assistant Conductor and a professional singer with the innovative chorus, Choral Chameleon (www.choralchameleon.com). Tegan's latest project is a ground-breaking partnership with Empire City Men's Chorus to create and conduct an LGBTQ+ Youth Chorus. She is also thrilled to be joining the award-winning Brooklyn Youth Chorus' Conducting roster. Her most unusual choral directing experience to date involved being one of 25 conductors of over 1000 voices in 'The Public Domain' project at The Lincoln Center in 2016.

As a Music Director, she most recently directed the off-Broadway hit 'The Office - the Musical Parody'. Other favorite MD credits include 'Friends - the Musical Parody' (National Tour), '90210 the Musical' (off-broadway), 'If/Then' (High School Premier).

As a vocalist, Tegan is a multi-genre performer who has been fortunate enough to sing all over the world, from Carnegie Hall to the Vatican. She a Semi-Finalist and was awarded the People's Choice Award at the American Traditions Competition this past February in Savannah, Georgia.

Tegan holds a degree in Music Education from the University of Kentucky and has studied Conducting and Ear Training at Juilliard School of Music and the European American Musical Alliance in Paris with Mark Shapiro and Dr. Kyle Blaha. She is currently getting her Masters in Choral Conducting at Simpson College.www.teganmiller.com

CHRISTINA KERSHAW

Instructor/Voice Teacher

Christina specializes in healthy singing but also OPERA! She takes beginner to intermediate voice students.

Soprano Christina Kershaw is a New York City native and a recent graduate of The Conservatory at Brooklyn College with a master of music degree in vocal performance as a student of renowned voice teacher, Mark Schnaible.

Ms. Kershaw believes that being a well-rounded musician is a vital part of being a performer. She believes in a holistic approach to voice instruction and technique, knowing that the most important part of teaching voice is to develop a student’s true voice and color, giving them the technical tools to sing healthily - for the longevity of their career and freedom to be an artist!

Ms. Kershaw has done a considerable amount of teaching and ensemble work as well as solo work. During her time in Connecticut, she received a bachelor of science degree in music education and was a member of the University Singers, with whom she toured and performed throughout China and Japan. She has worked with several professional church choirs in NYC, most notably the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir. She has also done work with Loft Opera in the chorus of Le Comte Ory, hailed by the New York Times as “a perfect union of New York’s most raucous and delightful opera company with one of the most raucous and delightful works in the repertory.” Christina is also a member of the Composer's Choir, which is a small ensemble designed to create premium recordings for new works by composers from all over the world.

Equally comfortable in opera, oratorio, and ensemble work, Ms. Kershaw freelances regularly around the tri-state area and makes appearances internationally. Her voice has been described in a review by John Yohalem as “...always on pitch and on target, incisive and direct.” Ms. Kershaw has most recently performed the roles of Nella in Gianni Schicchi and La Tasse Chinoise / La Chatte in L’enfant et les Sortilèges under the direction of Isabel Milenski. Prior to that, she performed the role of Cinna in one of Mozart’s earliest works, Lucio Silla. She has also taken on the role of Nada in the New York premiere Svadba, a six-female contemporary a cappella opera, composed by Ana Sokolovic. This summer she was a 2019 studio artist at Lidal North International Opera Workshop, performing the roles of Yvette and Georgette in Puccini’s La Rondine at the Oslo Opera House in Norway. Additionally, she has sung 1st Lady in The Magic Flute with New York Lyric Opera Theatre and performed as the soprano soloist for Vivaldi's Gloria with the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra. Last year, she was the soloist for Ralph Vaughn Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, where she made her Carnegie Hall debut, under the baton of Malcolm Merriweather.

Ms. Kershaw has done a considerable amount of teaching and ensemble work as well as solo work. During her time in Connecticut, she received a bachelor of science degree in music education and was a member of the University Singers, with whom she toured and performed throughout China and Japan. She has worked with several professional church choirs in NYC, most notably the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir. She has also done work with Loft Opera in the chorus of Le Comte Ory, hailed by the New York Times as “a perfect union of New York’s most raucous and delightful opera company with one of the most raucous and delightful works in the repertory.” Christina is also a member of the Composer's Choir, which is a small ensemble designed to create premium recordings for new works by composers from all over the world.

Assaf Gleizner

Instructor/Jazz Piano Teacher

Born and raised in Israel, Grammy nominated Assaf Gleizner has been working as a composer, music director, orchestrator/arranger and pianist both in NYC and around the world for the past 15 years. Most notable projects are:​ ​Broadway: Stephen Schwartz 70th Birthday Concert (Hudson Theater) Featuring Ben Platt, Renee Fleming, Lindsey Mendez, & Andrew Lippa - Orchestrator, Arranger. Arts For Autism (Gershwin Theater) Featuring Kelly O'Hara, Julia Murney, & Christopher Jackson - Orchestrator, Arranger. Off-Broadway: The Office The Musical (The Theater Center/National Tour) - Composer, Orchestrator. Friends the Musical Parody (St Luke’s Theater/National Tour) - Composer, Orchestrator. 90210! The Musical (Theater 80/Broadway Chicago) - Composer, Orchestrator. Full House Musical Parody (Theater 80) - MD, Orchestrator. The Travels (NYMF) - MD, Orchestrator. International: The Astonishing Times of Timothy Cratchet (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester, England) – Orchestrator​ ​Regional: The Swingaroos (Florida Studio Theater) - Composer, MD. Cassandra (Proctor's Theater) - MD, Orchestrator. Other: Move on: A Sondheim Adventure Jazz Album - Arranger and Co-Producer (Grammy Nominated). Show Choir! The Musical - Cast Recording Featuring Christiane Noll (NYC) Orchestrations. The Wolf (NC & NYC) - Orchestrator. You're the Pest: The Web Series (NYC) - Composer, Music Supervisor. Assaf is also a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop.

Jay Kauffman

Instructor | Guitar Teacher

Guitarist Jay Kauffman has performed to critical acclaim on stages from New York to San Francisco to Shanghai, and is a published coomposer whose works have been featured on National Public Radio.
As a classically trained musician and teacher with graduate degrees from the Juilliard School of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory, he is committed to translating the principles of technical and musical mastery into plain language and practical suggestions for guitar students of all levels and all stripes. He’s been on the faculty of the prestigious Bowdoin Music Festival as well as the Western Connecticut State University.
His compositions have garnered much praise, and combine a high level of guitar wizardry with a fluid, expressive, and richly varied compositional technique. His music can be heard on his recording, Fingerprint, which contains music inspired by the traditions of Spain, Venezuela, Brazil, The United States, Japan, Mongolia, and Turkey.His music is published by Tuscany Publications and distributed by The Theodore Presser Company, as well as by Les Productions D'oz.
He has been awarded numerous fellowships and scholarships, and has won top prizes in several national and international competitions, including ASTA, MTNA, and the Arts America Auditions. He performed his New York Debut at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall as the only winner in guitar of the 1994 Artist’s International Competition. He has performed throughout North America, concentrating on the Eastern and Midwestern United States.
His work as an Artistic Ambassador for the now defunct United States Information Agency brought him performing throughout China, Korea, Taiwan,
and Mongolia, as well as in India.

Lynda DeFuria

Instructor/Vocal Coach and Kids Classes Teacher

Lynda DeFuria is a Las Vegas raised, New York based artist lady. Since graduating from Berklee College of Music in Boston, DeFuria has built a versatile career on the stage, both in music and theatre. She has performed at Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House, on national TV's “Showtime at the Apollo,” New York’s The Bitter End and Rockwood Music Hall, Off-Broadway, and most recently on the National Tour of the Tony award winning musical, “Kinky Boots.” Using her art to inspire change, Lynda is a Co-Founder of the feminist changemaking nonprofit, The Shrill Collective, that focuses on producing new works written by women and non-binary playwrights with proceeds benefiting various organizations. A songwriter and storyteller, DeFuria’s two previous releases 2010’s “Alive” EP and 2013’s “Ticking Clocks” delivered “confessionally honest, but relatable lyrics” with soaring vocals to “paint aural landscapes of acceptance, love, the unseen, belief, and hope.” Her song “Where You Stand” was awarded 1st place in BMI’s John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition. Lynda DeFuria’s newest single “Hiding From Love”was released in February 2020. When she’s not performing, writing, or shrilling, Lynda works as a private vocal coach and teaching artist in NY public schools. Specializing in audition prep, vocal performance, songwriting, and devised theatre, Lynda has held residences with Waterwell, New York City Children’s Theatre, UrbanArts Partnership, Manhattan Youth, and was previously part of the Middle School Vocal Faculty at PPAS.Lynda DeFuria currently resides in Harlem where the Pizza Stop guys know her name and she’s perfectly okay with that. Stay in the Lynda Loop: www.LyndaDeFuria.com | IG: @LYNDAmonsterr

Check out Lynda's music on SPOTIFY!