Meet the experts!
Our staff is made up of professionals who have toured the world, been on the biggest stages in music and theater and have been voted the best teaching staff in Worcester. They all have years of experience teaching one on one or in the classroom. Our teachers will try to create a plan for you to make the progress you are searching for.
Matt founded E.L. Music after 20 years of teaching and music retail experience. His goal is to bring back the "small store" to the world of music retail. "I want E.L. Music to be the Hub of the music community. I want it to be a place where musicians hangout and buy their instruments. A place where everyone belongs and shares their gift of music with each other."
Matt also went to Leeds Guitar Building School and can be seen performing with the band Vertical Horizon. Matt does in house repairs and has select openings for private lessons.
Kristine with a "K": Assistant Manager
You'll always be greeted with a smile from our "special K." Kristine is always there for our wonderful customers and keeps the store moving and shaking! Rumor has it she was originally what the new Wonder Woman was based on. We can neither confirm or deny this...
Staff and Repairs
If you are from the area and you play guitar, then you know the name Jay Tullio. For almost 30 years Jay has been such an important part of our music community. He is an expert on all things to do with guitars and amps. You have a question, he has the answer. We are very pleased to have Jay here with us.
Bass and Guitar instructor
is a bassist, guitarist, composer, and educator who divides his time between the worlds of Jazz, Rock, and Celtic music. He has been a gigging musician for the better part of the last two decades and has been an active educator for the last fifteen years. Tom holds a Bachelor of Music in String Bass Performance from UMASS Lowell and has pursued private studies with Mark Henry of The Boston Pops, Bassist John Lockwood, brief studies in Hindustani Classical Music, among many other private studies and mentorships. As a performer, Tom has founded and led several groups spanning genres, worked as a freelancer with a wide range of musicians, played on a number of recordings, and performed in many festivals and venues throughout the Northeast. Tom can be seen with the Award Winning group The Worcester Jazz Collective
Paul “Blakey” Blaquiere:
Guitar, Bass, Ukelele Instructor
beginner/intermediate level, all ages.
Custom lessons designed to meet student goals for a fun, productive, and satisfying musical experience.
* 20+ years teaching
* 2 years, guitarist in Blues band
* 20+ years band leader, guitar/bass /ukulele playing Contemporary, Standards, ethnic music
* Degree in Secondary Education (includes Music courses), Worcester State University
* 7+ years lessons with noted musicians: Monster Mike Welch, Pete Clemente Sr., Joe D’Angelo
Drums and Steel Drums
Is a drummer, percussionist, steel drummer, and teacher. A percussionist for over 15 years, Phil has been a full time teacher and gigging musician in the area since 2009. As a teacher, Phil’s goal is to develop a fundamental understanding and enjoyment of music with his students. Phil‘s lessons are carefully tailored to each individual, so his students have a fun time playing the drums no matter their current level. Phil also maintains an active performance schedule. His current endeavors include percussion for various local orchestras and musical theater productions, Steel drums for nationally recognized Jimmy Buffett tribute show Changes in Latitudes, and Founder, Manager, and performer for Steel Accent Steelband. Phil holds a Masters and Bachelors in Percussion from CCM and the Hartt School, where he studied with Ben Toth and Jim Culley.
*Drum set and percussion for musical theater productions.
*Percussion and Timpani for local symphony orchestras in MA and CT.
*Steel drums for Jimmy Buffett tribute show, Changes in Latitudes.
*Founder, Manager, and performer for Steel Accent Steelband.
Tim has been playing Jazz, Funk, Metal, and Rock for the last 25 years. He holds a degree in Drum Set Performance from Boston’s Berklee College of Music where he studied Jazz with Ralph Peterson Jr. as well as Rock and Metal styles, including Double Bass techniques with Mike Mangini. Tim maintains a very active playing schedule, performing or rehearsing nightly. In teaching private lessons, Tim combines decades of studying music with real world practical experience.
Piano and Guitar
JOE’S MUSICAL EXPERIENCE
1967-1972: Guitar study, Al Loconto
1971-1976: Piano study, Serge Conus, Saint Gabriel’s School Of Music
1975-1988: The I-Ties Band, local general business performance
1976-1979: Worcester City Band, local marching band (percussion)
1978-1982: Berklee College Of Music, Bachelor Of Music (composition)
1983: Boston University, Masters Program (composition), Master classes with
Karel Husa, Elie Siegmeister, Leonard Bernstein
1989-present: Pit orchestra performance for local community theatres, New Players Theatre Guild,
Theatre At The Mount, Groton-Littleton Theatre Guild, Stageworks Of Leominster
Over 25 yrs experience teaching
Available Monday- Thursday
David studied with Michael Herzog before attending Berklee College of Music from 2002-2005. He studied privately with both Boston Jazz greats Jon Damian and Bruce Bartlett. David started teaching in 2012 and in 2014 was offered a teaching position as guitar instructor for Bancroft School. He specializes in teaching Blues, Jazz, Pop, Folk and Rock styles to all ages. His main focus is in establishing fun and effective practice habits for all his students.
All styles including Rock, Blues, Metal, & Acoustic music. Specializing in song writing and music theory. 24 years of live performance and studio experience. Lead guitarist for international touring act Thy Will Be Done. Graduate of The New England Institute of Art.
Miss Jodi Lynne
Vocal, Piano, Drama and Performance Technique
Miss Jodi receive a dual BA in voice and teaching from Boston University of Fine Arts. She is certified to teach grades K-12. She will except students from ages 5 and older.
With more than 20 years of teaching experience, Broadway actress/vocalist Jodi Lynne offers instruction on piano, voice and drama from the ground up. She will structure the lessons for the age and interest of the student while insuring a solid foundation in music theory and performance techniques. Miss Jodi also offers audition preparation lessons and will also help guide a student in the field of music/acting on the professional level.
Some of Miss Jodi's credits include:
- Over 40 musicals and plays
- International tour of "Little Women the Broadway Musical"
- Performed with Olympic Gold Medalist Oksana Baiul in the World Premier Ice Skating Musical "Cold as Ice"
- " Man of LaMancha" with pop star Sheena Easton and Walter Charles
- The Hanover Theatre in Worcester
Geoff Watson Oehling:
Cello, Violin, Viola, Upright Bass and Piano
Geoff has had a 30 year career playing the contrabass (upright bass, stand-up, the doghouse) that has been as diverse and rich as the instrument he plays. He has been able to maintain a career that crosses genres and allows him a truly diverse musical life. Geoff was extremely fortunate to study classical double bass performance at the Hartt School of Music with the illustrious Gary Karr, and benefited from being one of Gary’s last protégés. At Hartt Geoff won several awards and competitions, giving him opportunities to perform with such players as the Emerson Quartet, Joshua Bell, and the Hartford Chamber Ensemble. Despite his love of classical repertoire, Geoff needed more musical challenges and has sought and fulfilled his desire in the wonderful greater Worcester area. He has been the bassist for a number of the areas most successful bands - Niki Luparelli & the Gold Diggers (best jazz band in 2010 & 2011); Andy Cummings & Swingabilly Lounge (best album); Dale Lepage & the Manhattans (best jazz band 9 years running); as well as performing in local theatre productions and sneaking his classical songbook whenever he can. Most recently Geoff has joined the Carlos Odria Trio which has extended his vocabulary once again and provided a new world of challenges.