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IVY MUSIC SCHOOL: Teachers

Michael Delledera - Guitar/Piano

Michael Delledera is a rock, blues, jazz guitarist and songwriter living in NYC. He is also a music educator and the owner/ founder of the Ivy Music School.

Mike studied classical & jazz guitar, jazz piano and jazz arranging at Ithaca College and is a graduate of SUNY Oneonta with a BA Music Industry. He is a member of the Grammy Foundation, ASCAP, American Federation of Musicians and an Honored Member of the Worldwide Who's Who Registry of Executives, Professionals, and Entrepreneurs.

Mike has worked in music management/artist relations at AGF Entertainment (Artist Management Company for pop artists Shawn Colvin and Suzanne Vega), Columbia Artists Management Inc. (publicity for classical musicians) and as a music teacher (K-5) at West End Day School. In 2005 Mike opened the Ivy Music School, which has grown to provide music education to hundreds of students in NYC and the tri-state area.

As a guitarist and songwriter, Mike records with his own band throughout the year, playing shows in NYC and throughout the Northeast. During the summer months, Mike tours music festivals and venues throughout the United States and Europe. He has shared the stage with platinum selling artists Rusted Root as well as other amazing bands including Strangefolk, Lotus and DJ Logic.

Along with maintaining a busy schedule of teaching and producing, Mike released his debut full-length album "WakeUpSideDowntown," in May 2014.

Mary Alouette - Guitar/Piano/Voice

Mary Alouette is an award-winning electronic jazz singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. Her voice bears both tone and control earned through opera training and the emotional connection of a jazz and soul singer grounded in her work performing as a Gypsy jazz singer. Her songs, full of infectious melodies and dangerous rhythms, have laid the groundwork for a fresh, distinctive, and unforgettable sound. She also composes and performs electronic music under the name Alarke.

Her Gypsy jazz singing brought her to stay in a Gypsy caravan in France, but before that she’s headlined at venues including the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, Blues Alley, and Terra Blues; shared the bill with Stevie Wonder; sung at Carnegie Hall; competed in the Apollo Theater’s tour; performed the US National Anthem for major league baseball teams; studied opera singing internationally; and worked in the studio as an audio engineer. She’s won awards for her songwriting and was an Artist in Residence at Strathmore. From releasing two EPs of original music that combine Gypsy jazz and electronic music to composing and performing live film scores at Nitehawk Cinema in New York City, her creative muscles have flexed a complex vibrancy reflected from her formative years in Montreal, Canada.

Jackson FitzGerald - Guitar/Jazz Studies

Jackson FitzGerald is a professional jazz and rock guitarist/songwriter and graduate of the Berklee College of Music. In 2013, Berklee sponsored a performance of Jackson's original compositions at the Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston, where he shared the stage with Grammy-nomined singer/bassist Meshell Ndegeocello. Jackson was the Guitar Chair in the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra in 2014 and performed with renowned jazz artists Danya Stephens, Terrance Blanchard and Antonio Sanchez. In 2015, Jackson arranged performances for the Boston Public School system, and has most recently taught at the Stanford Jazz Workshop where he performed with jazz greats Donny McCaslin, Anat Cohen, Taylor Eigsti, and Tupac Mantilla. He is co-author of "Immoveable Shapes Musical Forms” published in 2016. Jackson continues to teach jazz and rock guitar in Boston, MA and New York City and performs regularly throughout the Northeast.

Sonya Kitchell - Guitar/Piano/Voice

Sonya Kitchell is a songstress with a voice that is unadorned and true. She weaves psychedelic folk and unbridled pop in a whimsical array of classic melodies tinged with a raspy rock ‘n roll spirit. Based in Brooklyn NY, she has toured the globe twice over in support of her first two internationally acclaimed records, Words Came Back to Me (2006) and This Storm (2008). She spent a life-changing year collaborating with the legendary Herbie Hancock on his Grammy-winning album, River: The Joni Letters, winning two Grammys — the first for her work on River: The Joni Letters and later for her work on Tedeschi Trucks Band’s Revelator. Her prolific, illustrious career is marked by collaborations with respected artists, including Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, Jackson Brown, Reggie Watts, Blake Mills, The Barr Brothers, Blue Foundation, Yellowbirds and Trixie Whitley. She worked with producer Stewart Lerman and renowned film composer Garth Stevenson for her 2010 EP Convict of Conviction.

Sonya has graced the stage at Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and Central Park Summerstage. Her televisions appearances include Late Night with David Letterman & Live at Abbey Road. She traces her creativity and innate search for freedom to growing up in a family of artists in the backwoods of Western Massachusetts. Her new, self-produced album, The Dust, emerges from her nomadic trail through cities and stark landscapes. The Dust represents years of Sonya’s learning from masters, unlearning expectations, and re-emerging as a vivid, fresh voice.

Matt Feick - Drums/Percussion

Matt has been playing drums, percussion, and piano since age 5. He completed his graduate program at the University of California, San Diego, where he had extensive private study with west coast drum virtuosos Peter Erskine and Duncan Moore, Matt now lives in NYC and studies with jazz master Gregory Hutchinson.

Matt is in the percussion section for the Manhattan Wind Ensemble, he plays drums in several gigging rock and jazz bands, and he also works various musicals and off-Broadway shows throughout the year in New York City.

Matthew Katz-Bohen - Guitar/Piano

Matthew Katz-Bohen attended LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts (the “Fame” School) in New York City, where he studied Piano, Violin and composition. A native New Yorker, Matt has toured the world with his original projects Daddy and GoonSquad. He has backed platinum artists such as Ashford and Simpson, Jody Watley, and he currently performs with the legendary Debbie Harry as the keyboardist for Blondie. Along with touring and recording, Matt also teaches guitar and piano in NYC, and continues to produce many local indie artists.

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