Maestro Music Academy L.L.C   

  (734) 762 -0775         

Meet Our Teachers

Piano Teacher



Patty Sopita


About Patty                                                                                        

              Patty started working as a piano teacher when she was studying music bachelor  at the university in Thailand (2002-2006). She has over 13 years of experience teaching piano. Patty’s goal, as a piano teacher, is to share her love for music and playing the piano with each student. All lessons are uniquely tailored to fit each student's strengths and weaknesses. Patty is well liked by both students and parents for her infectious enthusiasm when conducting her piano lessons, and dedication in imparting her music skills to her students.

             She is a piano judge for National Federation ofMusic Clubs ( MFMC) ,who rates piano student  performances in Michigan. She also has experienced teaching children with special needs, and trained in person-centered planning with children, adults and families.  

Piano Teacher


John Dolph

About John                


            John B. Dolph has performed as a Jazz Pianist since 2006. His gigs include bookings at Cliff Bells, the Detroit Athletic Club, the Chop House, the Atheneum, the Keystone Underground, Joe Muer’s of Detroit, and the Rattlesnake Club. John holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University with a concentration in Jazz Studies and with piano as his musical instrument. He is also a graduate of Ann Arbor’s Community High School.

          John Dolph is about to begin his fifth year of piano instruction for players of differing abilities. Beyond patience, humor and empathy, he has another gift. His students, young or old, committed or indifferent, emerge from one hour sessions wanting to play the piano learning to play the piano and becoming better piano players. 

Arts Teacher


Mildred Chico

About Mildred               

             Mildred Chico is passionate about arts of different forms and she loves sharing her skills with children of all ages. She worked as an Enrichment Specialist and Assistant Program Director in an after-school program in the city of Canton.

             Her strong background on Child Psychology, Montessori teaching and Special education makes her understand children, their behavior as well as their learning styles.Other than painting, drawing and crafting, she enjoys traveling, photography, culinary arts and learning about different cultures.   


Vocal/Piano Teacher

Juanita Jeffries

About Juanita

             Juanita attended Fisk University for two years majoring in Vocal Music where The famous Jubilee Singers were established. Eventually she transferred and graduated from Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor of Music Degree with a minor in Theater.

         After 18 years of service where she was Music Department Head. She was responsible for both the Choirs and the Orchestra. The choirs excelled in Solo/ Ensemble and Choir Festivals receiving excellent ratings, awards and plaques in both District and State Competitions.. Mrs. Jeffries also had the distinct opportunity to take The Advanced Ensemble to perform in New York City at the great Carnegie Hall in both 2003 and 2013. She is also a member of the internationally known Brazeal Dennard Chorale where she has had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States. This group performs annually with The Detroit Symphony Orchestra during the Classical Roots Series also performing with notables such as Paul Anka, opera stars Jessye Norman, Kathleen Battle and Roderick Dixon.


   Vocal Teacher




Soprano Elizabeth Hicks


About Elizabeth

                 Soprano Elizabeth Hicks recently finished her bachelor's degree in vocal music and is currently pursuing a second degree in psychology. She has studied voice for 10 years with professors such as Mary Stewart Kiesgen and most recently, Oliver Henderson. She performed her debut as a featured soloist in Carnegie Hall. She has also traveled in two European orchestra tours as a soloist. Elizabeth specializes in operatic and classical literature and continues to perform actively in the community.

           She has been teaching for four years and utilizes a classical approach to the vocal mechanism. Ms. Hicks is also quite comfortable teaching music theater and pop styles and has ample experience in both areas. 



Tricia Moore
About Tricia 

              Tricia Moore is a native Detroiter who attended Detroit Public Schools and is a graduate of Cass Technical High School where her love for the violin began. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and holds a Bachelor Degree in Music Education and a Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling.

             She has over 30 years experience and has taught music in DPS for over 12 years. Her classes included teaching orchestra, concert band and jazz ensemble. She has performed over the years with various civic symphonies in the tri-county area. In 2005 she started her own jazz group entitled the Tricia Moore Quintet. She has performed at the International Jazz Festival, Comerica Tastefest and the Idlewild Music Festivals. She has also performed at the historic Bakers Keyboard Lounge and the Jazz Club. She currently performs for private parties, weddings and corporate events.  She has a love for teaching violin to students of all ages and wants to spread the gift of music one note at a time,





Matthew Sheppard


About Matthew

                Matthew has been involved with music since he was a child. His father was a music teacher, and Matt followed in his footsteps. Earning a Bachelor's degree in Music Education - Choral/Vocal from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2008, Matthew has been teaching since then, and has been teaching private lessons since 2009. While in college, he had the privilege of studying under Anthony Titus and Joe Hagedorn, the latter of which is one of the founders of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet.

            While student teaching , Matthew had the opportunity to lead both Elementary music classes and middle school choirs consisting of the 8th graders. Subsequent to graduation, he taght elementary music at a St.Paul charter school where he organized a winter concert and taght private voice and guitar lessons to students. Matthew has a passion for travel, and has had the opportunity to play Bass with the local Minneapolis band "Cosmonaught," around the Twin Cities area and Sao Paulo, Brazil.


Music Theory Teacher 

Jeff Marshall

About Jeff


            Jeff has been a music teacher since 2003. He has over 10 years experience teaching private lessons, group classes, ensembles, improvisation, sight-reading, art- training, theory and composition etc.  Jeff has a BM from the Berklee College of Music and a MA from New York University. Jeff has been involved in the music business for over 30 years and has had a variety of experiences that include: recording, performing, touring, jingle writing, music editing and composing.     He scored music for the independent film, "A House Divided" which received best screenplay award at the Brooklyn Film Festival. He was signed to a recording contract with the band "Clem Snide". Jeff made 3 records with them as an upright bassist and toured the U.S. and Europe.  He composed music jingles for advertising and was a music editor for the animated series "Pokemon". 

      As a teacher, Jeff goal is to help students realize their full potential as musicians while helping them find their own musical identity.





Don Buckmaster

About Don


             Don has been teaching Clarinet and Flute for over 30 years in the Metro area. He is patient and kind with students of all ages. Don has with Paul Schaller former principal clarinetist of the DSO, George Benson former "Jazz studies" instructor at Wayne state university. He has also studied clarinet with Richard Saunders former director of Fine arts at Schoolcraft College. Don performs with several bands in the Detroit Metro area.


Banjo Teacher


David Jones


About David

            David has been playing banjo for fifteen years, more than five of which have been on a professional level. He is a founding member of the Southeast Michigan indie band Frontier Ruckus , with whom he has played over a thousand shows across the U.S and Europe. As incredible as touring and performing can be, He has a huge passion for teaching banjo too. Whether complete beginner or an advanced player, it’s important to him to show student that banjo is not just a bluegrass instrument, but an incredibly versatile conduit to every type of music.



Timothy Gay

About Timothy

              Timothy is a versatile musician, who's knowledge of many different styles of music has made him an asset to many different artists and bands around the city. Based in Detroit, Michigan, Timothy began vocalist singing in Rackham Children's Choir. After changing schools, he picked up the saxophone and began to play in the school band. Timothy studied with his first teacher and mentor Carl Cafagna. His tutelage prepared him for Detroit's Civic Jazz Orchestra, a classic style jazz orchestra playing professional level jazz charts, under the direction of Marcus Belgrave. Timothy has an uncanny ability to blend into any musical situation. He's had a wealth of experience with different styles of music including pop, rock, jazz, funk, world music, electronic music, and more, and has played with some of the areas top talent in the Metro Detroit area. In 2010, Timothy formed the jazz group Rare Standard with drummer Doug Austin, where he contributes to the group his original compositions. In 2014, Timothy joined Groove Kicthen with vocalist and pianist Amy Saari, playing saxophone and singing backup vocal.