Owner & Instructor
Mr. Duchscherer has been educating, performing, arranging and recording in WNY for 15 years. His studies of Jazz Performance at Villa Maria College, and tours across the east coast have taught him the importance of music in its social form. Over the years award winning Duchscherer has educated and guided hundreds of musicians of all ages and proficiencies. Duchscherer’s students have been accepted in All County and All State Ensembles, received scholarships and have gone on to major in music in college. It is Shawn’s passion to educate and give the life long gift of music to his students and their families.
Drums & Percussion Instructor
Scott Keller has been playing drums and percussion for over 40 years. He has performed locally in bands playing various styles including: Rock, Jazz, Blues, Progressive Rock, Rockabilly and Americana. He has studied with Michael Bookspan and Gerald Carlyss from the Philadelphia Orchestra, Lynn Harbold of the Buffalo Philharmonic and at the University of Buffalo with Jan Williams.
Scott currently performs with the Sam Marabella Band.
Frank Colletti, a native of New Rochelle, NY, recently retired after teaching music for 33 years. Mr. Colletti holds degrees from Ithaca College and Nazareth College. Mr. Colletti has taught in the Phelps-Clifton Springs Central Schools, the Auburn City Schools, and the Williamsville Central Schools. Mr. Colletti is a member of the Erie County Music Educators Association, the New York State School Music Association, the National Association for Music Education, and the New York State Band Directors Association. Mr. Colletti served as the NYSSMA Band Sessions Chair in 2012 and 2013. Mr. Colletti is a NYSSMA All-State Woodwind and Major Organization Adjudicator, and judges at the Darien Lake Music Festival. Mr. Colletti maintains a private woodwind studio, and is currently on the staff of the Mount St. Mary’s High School Marching Band.
Paul Yates is a bass player and teacher from Niagara falls, NY. Over the last 10 years, Paul has played on studio recording sessions with both electric and upright bass. In 2009 he toured with rock and soul artist Fred Shafer performing in US cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville and even did an MWR tour to Southeast Asia.
Paul has shared the stage with such artists as Hinder, John Michael Montgomery, Julianne Hough, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, Kansas, Journey and performed with two national Elvis Tribute Acts — the award winning Irv Cass, and Rick Alviti. Currently Paul performs with many WNY artists, and performs pit orchestra work at Niagara University and other local schools. He has earned two Buffalo Nightlife Music Awards for Best Blues Bassist (2015 and 2016).
Ms. Stewart is classically trained and studied Music Performance at Buffalo State College as well as Audio Production at Niagara County Community College. In addition, she has performed and recorded with various musical artists in the Western New York area. Jessica’s interest in music began at a very young age, while performing in both school & church choir. She started taking private vocal lessons at age 12 and has since studied with Sue Anne Culp (now of Grand Rapids, MI), and with Lisa Marie Surace of Bravo Studio (Niagara Falls, NY).
Emma R. James
Emma R. James is a music theorist and pianist, with experience teaching piano lessons to children, teenagers, and adults. In addition to teaching piano lessons, she teaches music theory as an adjunct instructor at the Eastman School of Music. She has accompanied vocalists and instrumentalists at the college level, accompanied rehearsals and performed in pit orchestras for high-school musicals, and led and participated in both traditional and contemporary church music since she was in high school. She has also accompanied instrumental All-State level Soloists at NYSSMA locally for the past two years. She holds a PhD in Music Theory (2016) from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and a B.Mus. in Piano with Elective Studies in Mathematics and Philosophy (2009) from Houghton College in Houghton, NY.