Ridge Music School Faculty
Hall - NRMS Director. Instructor of Guitar,
Electric bass and Double Bass. Teaching with an intense
focus on aural development, reading, writing, and
understanding a wide range of musical styles. A life
long Philadelphia resident and Temple University graduate
with a long history of performances throughout the
tri-state area. He enjoys the interaction of student
teaching and helping each student grow to their very
best personal and musical potential. As a world traveler
and closet-ballad-pianist of many years, he feels
music is a gateway to universal communication.
Hall - NRMS Co-Director/Vocal Instructor/RN.
A vocalist of extraordinary natural abilities, her intuitive
sense of melody and pitch are equaled by her extensive
years of live performances and studio recording sessions.
Started singing professionally in high school, appearing
on local TV and radio and rattling the rafters of noted
area hot spots which culminated in 20 years of working
as a lead singer for many pop/rock and special affair
bands performing in the tri-state area. Studied voice
with Margaret Stefano - Curry, vocal teacher/guru.
teaches vocal techniques based on the methods of Larra
Browning Henderson and Kenneth H. Phillips which emphasize
singing in a physiologically correct technique. A graduate
of Hahnemann University, her vocal talents are complemented
with her medical knowledge and abilities as a registered
nurse working in pediatrics and adult care. She has
a first hand understanding of the physical demands and
complexities of the voice and wants to inspire students
to sing with passion and sincerity while discovering
oneself and having fun in the process.
Ono - Piano and Jazz Ensemble Instructor. A
native of Chyogoku, Japan. Mrs. Ono now resides, teaches
and performs in the Philadelphia area. She has studied
with Dennis Sandole, Steve Giordano and Trudy Pitts.
B.M. in Jazz Performance from the University of the
Arts, PA, and recipient of awards including the Best
Performance Prize at the Fukuyama, Japan Piano Competition
and the University of the Arts Steinway/Jacobs Music
Award in 2002.
Matijasic - Violin and Piano instruction utilizing
Suzuki techniques and publications. Ms. Matijasic has
a BFA in Music from the University of Virginia and had
been a faculty member of the Music Education Center
in Charlottesville, VA since 2000. Her extensive violin
performance experiences in the Ashlawn Opera Festival
and concerts with the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra
and the Charlottesville Oratorio Society reveal a depth
of classical knowledge and appreciation for the art
Catalano - is an eclectic guitarist and innovative
instructor. He studied classical guitar at the Pennsylvania
Governer's Schoool for the Arts, and went on to earn
a bachelors degree for jazz guitar performance from
the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he
studied with greats like Jimmy Bruno, Pat Martino, and
Steve Giordano. He has also performed with several original
projects in Philadelphia including Natural Selection,
Fred F Hopper and 722. Nick most recently appears with
722 on the TV show City Sessions New York.
Rast - Percussion and Bucket Band Instructor.
North Carolina School for the Performing Arts. Fluent
in jazz, ska/reggae, and afro-cuban styles and frequent
performer in the Philadelphia area.
Krpata - Piano Instructor. B.M. and State of
PA Music Teaching Certificate from Susquehanna University,
has taught both classroom elementary music and private
music lessons in piano, flute, oboe, handbells, and
choir throughout both Pennsylvania and North Carolina.