Maestro Music Academy L.L.C

Meet Our Teachers

Piano Teacher


Patty Sopita


About Patty                                                                                        

              Patty started working as a piano teacher when she was studying music at the university in Thailand. 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 also has experience 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. During his education and professional career, John has witnessed many levels of teaching skills, preparation and outcomes. 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.







Adrian Gherghina

About Adrian              


                 Mr. Adrian has been teaching piano professionally for over 30 years, with a special emphasis on the implementation of an effortless, ergonomic approach to piano technique, as an indispensable catalyst to expressive musical performance—the interpretative keystone providing innumerable years of peerless enjoyment to students of all ages and all levels of accomplishment. Having studied piano, theory and composition for several years as a protégé of world-renowned composer, pianist and harmony professor Nicolae Coman at the National Romanian Conservatory in Europe, Mr. Adrian subsequently continued his studies at the University of Michigan with the celebrated American composer William Bolcom and the chair of the Composition Department, George Wilson, as part of a piano- and composition-oriented Bachelor of Music program. Mr. Adrian is a Beethoven scholar and an expert, assiduous researcher of the music of Bach and Mozart, notably specializing in 18th century counterpoint and classical harmony.

Violin/ Viola


Linda J. Ignagni   

About Linda            

             Linda J. Ignagni completed her studies in performance under scholarship at Wayne State University. In 1989 she was invited to study privately with Peter Michalica in Czechoslovakia and to perform at social events and on television airing across eastern Europe. Interviews with Mrs. Ignagni by European CNN and Bratislava TV were aired on western and eastern European television. She also did interviews for the Bratislava Radio children's program in 2001. Mrs. Ignagni is an alumnus of the Interlochen International Music Camp, All State Division (1958-1965) and National Camper (1966). Mrs. Ignagni played in the Saginaw Symphony for 20 years and also played in the Nashville Symphony and the Flint Symphony. She is the founder and a member of the Doree' String Quartet and provides private lessons in violin and viola. 

   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. 

Vocal / Choir 




Felicia Christian
About Felicia


           Felicia began singing in the choir at age 10 & directing the choir at her church. She sung in choirs and as a soloist around the city as a teenager.  She sang in the elementary school's glee club. She graduated from Northwestern High School. During her high school years, she sang in a teen gospel group and sung around Metro Detroit.  She also sung in Community Choirs where she travelled locally and through the United States to sing at various engagements. Felicia completed her Undergraduate education from the University of Detroit Mercy. Felicia is a teacher with a passion for music that continues to cause her to attract young people and adults of all ages to assist them in living out their dream through music and song. Felicia loves singing and performing in celebrations and engagements around Metro Detroit & throughout the United States..





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 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. 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 a BM from the Berklee College of Music and a MA from New York University. He also scored music for the independent film, "A House Divided" which received best screenplay award at the Brooklyn Film Festival. And also composed music jingles for advertising and was a music editor for the animated series "Pokemon"

Guitar Teacher 




Steven Dieh         


About Steven

               Steven has played guitar, bass, drums, and studied music theory for over 10 years. He started playing in bands when he was 13 and started his own recording sessions when he was 16. Steve writes, produces, and records music. He is excited to help students on their journey with music!

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.





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.

Oboe/ Woodwind 


Nicole Aaronson

About Nicole


             Nicole Aaronson has been teaching music since 2010. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree in Music Education from Colorado State University where she also completed Kodály Certification. She has been playing the oboe since the age of ten and has performed with numerous instrumental ensembles throughout the United States. She has also performed as the principal oboist of the Stellnbosch University symphony orchestra in Stellenbosch, South Africa.




Maestro Music Academy L.L.C.

35647 Central City Parkway, Westland, Michigan 48185

(734) - 762 - 0775