MEET THE STAFF
The Music Room boasts an impressive roster of talented musicians, each classically trained and passionate about sharing their love of music with our students.
OWNER, VOICE, & PIANO
Amanda Elizabeth Testa-Oerth is a graduate from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music program located at the Catholic University of America. There she studied voice, piano, and music education. After receiving her BM in 2013; Amanda performed and started teaching at private studios. Some of her favorite preforming credits include Ado Annie in Oklahoma, Gertrude in Seussical, Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress, Second Spirit in Die Zauberflöte, and Chérubin in Chérubin. Despite loving to preform, Amanda’s true calling has been teaching. Opening the Music Room when she moved to MA in 2015, Amanda has worked for years sharing her love of music, building relationships, and creating a safe and supportive environment for individuals to work on their skills. Amanda has continued to enhance her teaching and performance skills by attending pedagogy and musical style workshops and intensives through schools like Boston Conservatory and Shenandoah to better understand her instruments and serve her studio families.
DRUMS & MUSIC PRODUCTION
Sander is a drummer and producer who graduated from Berklee College of Music. He's been playing drums for over 15 years and has been teaching for about 10. He specializes in various Rock, Jazz and Hip Hop genres. He has been performing live since high school and has toured all around the U.S. and parts of Canada since 2011. Sander approaches each student with the understanding that everyone learns differently. He adapts his teaching to each students' skill levels and learning abilities. He is passionate about sharing his love of music and drumming with others.
VOCAL COACH - LANGUAGES & ACTING
Kristen Marion is a singer-songwriter and actress from High Point, North Carolina. Coming from a family of musicians, her passion for the performing arts has led to her training in several fields including film/television, theatre, classical performance, and R&B performance. She acquired her Bachelors of Arts degrees in Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently working on her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Longy School of Music of Bard College. Her teaching and coaching experience spans across many genres including musical theatre, classical (including French, Italian, German, and English diction), rock, pop, country, jazz, and gospel. The practice of mindfulness and intentionality with each musical phrasing are fundamental principles of her pedagogical technique.
MUSICAL STYLES & VOICE
Soprano Amy Suznovich has been teaching voice and piano since 2009. As a performer she's sung the National Anthem/God Bless America for over a dozen professional sports teams such as the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Cannons, Brooklyn Cyclones and Venus Williams. She was the Soloist/Cantor at the King's Theater in Brooklyn, televised live on EWTN in October 2018, for the Silver Jubilee of the Magnificat with the Philharmonia Orchestra of New York and Magnificat Foundation. Amy is a magna cum laude graduate of Ithaca College School of Music with a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance & Pedagogy and has completed additional training at the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute at Shenandoah University on Musical Theatre Styles, Working with Injured Singers, Vocal Health and Bridging Classical Singing to Contemporary Singing. She believes that singing is a full-body, sensation-based athletic endeavor and that the voice functions best when trained that way.
GUITAR, ELECTRIC BASS, & UPRIGHT BASS
A music major attending the University of Massachusetts Lowell, he has kept his range of music wide, performing with many university groups including the Orchestra, Concert Band, Latin Band, Studio Orchestra, as well as small jazz, classical, and contemporary ensembles. Filippo teaches guitar and electric bass to an advanced level, as well as upright bass to an intermediate level. He includes music theory, technique, musicality, improvisation, and formal music elements such as reading music in his lessons, as well as including student’s favorite songs or pieces in lessons. One of his favorite parts about teaching lessons is learning what engages the student and intensifies their interest in studying their craft. Most of all Filippo loves watching his pupils improve, and it is always his first and foremost goal.
SAXOPHONE, FLUTE, CLARINET, & JAZZ
Sam Spear is a woodwind instrumentalist, composer, educator, and jazz history enthusiast based in Boston, MA. She holds a B.M. in Performance and Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music and is completing her M.M. in Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory. She has played with Antonio Sanchez, John Hollenbeck, Luciana Souza, Dave Holland, Jason Palmer, Allan Chase, J.C. Sanford, Amanda Monaco, among others. Sam has taught for a number of institutions and programs including Interlochen Arts Camp, Margarita Muñiz Academy, Berklee College of Music, and Jazzhers. She is passionate about helping students of all experience levels find their unique voice on their instrument and have fun in the process.
PIANO & COMPOSITION
I am a recent graduate with a bachelor of music in composition and an emphasis in piano performance and pedagogy. As a composer, I have worked with professional Broadway composers, orchestrators, and production companies at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.
Composing for film and theatre production is my primary passion and I look forward to inspiring and finding each student's talent. Over the past eight years, I have taught beginner to advanced students in piano, composition, theory, and notation. I believe music should be a fun, educational, and always a positive experience for the best development of each student.
Welcome! I am a violinist at the New England Conservatory of Music, where I study violin performance with Nicholas Kitchen. I have 16 years of experience playing the violin, and 6 years of experience in music education, specifically working with children ages 3 - 12. I have previously worked as a violin instructor at the Lamar Stringfield Music Camp, and began my own private violin studio. I am passionate about using the art of music as a medium to fully engage the mind and body in creativity: I teach traditional and Suzuki method, and incorporate music theory games and singing in my lessons to create a fun and engaging music experience. My philosophy is to shape music around the individual, to provide a multi-perspectival approach to music, and to tailor my teaching towards each student’s learning style, goals, and interests.
Chris Rubén Winters
Guitarist Chris Rubén Winters graduated with his Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from UMass Lowell in the spring of 2020. He specializes in jazz and classical guitar, but he possesses years of experience performing in a wide variety of ensemble formats, including big band, salsa band, chamber choir, and pit orchestra for various local musical productions. As a member of these ensembles, Chris has performed at many venues across Massachusetts, among them the State House and the Hatch Shell; he has also participated in workshops at several public schools across New England. Chris enjoys tailoring his teaching to his students’ own stylistic preferences and goals while emphasizing fundamental reading and theory skills. Above all, he hopes to share the intrinsic joy of guitar-playing and music-making with others.