Wharton Music Center (WMC) is pleased to announce the addition of new music theory faculty members Kevin Brown, John DeMan, Raul Huaman and Charlie Lemaire to its roster of professional teaching artists. The instructors joined WMC for the start of the Fall 2015 season.

Says Executive Director Karen Deschere, “For many students studying music theory can be a challenge, but as in most things, starting early is key (no pun intended!). Music Theory is part of a complete music education, and its importance cannot be overestimated. Music theory allows us to understand how music works, to be able to listen to music analytically, perform accurately and increase our discernment skills. Because music theory is such a significant learning tool, we have increased our music theory faculty and course offerings for the 2015-2016 season. WMC offers over 25 music theory classes and labs weekly, and to make these courses more accessible to our families, we offer a 20% discount to all students taking private lessons.”

Kevin Brown is adjunct professor of Double Bass and Music Theory/Aural Skills at Montclair State University and served as adjunct professor of Double Bass at Georgian Court College from 2003-2009. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Master of Music degree in Double Bass from the University of North Texas. Performances and recordings include the Staten Island Symphony, Metro Lyric Opera, Orchestra of St. Peter-by-the-Sea, New Jersey Pops, New Jersey Ballet, and the Richardson, Sherman and Wichita Falls Symphonies. He has appeared with Marvin Hamlisch, Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, the Drifters, as well as frequent productions at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse. Mr. Brown will be teaching music theory Levels 1,3, 4 and 6 as well as the Advanced Lab.

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Percussionist John DeMan is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Percussion from Montclair State University. He has taught percussion at Pequannock High School and will be teaching WMC’s music theory lab.

Guitarist Raul Huaman performs classical, jazz, fusion, rock, pop, alternative, Latin and various forms of South American music. He began his musical instruction at the age of 8 in Lima, Peru where he studied with the world-renowned guitarist Raul Garcia Zarate. After moving to the United States, Raul continued his studies at Montclair State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. Since 2012, he has been the guitar and music technology instructor at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, NJ. He will be teaching private guitar lessons and WMC’s iCreate, iCompose, iPlay class.

Vocalist Charlie Lemaire is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree at Montclair State University and has appeared in local performances of Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors and Once Upon A Mattress. He will be teaching WMC’s music theory lab.

The Wharton Music Center’s mission is to provide the highest quality performing arts education to a wide range of students in a supportive and inclusive environment, where striving for personal excellence inspires and connects those we teach to the communities we serve.

Wharton is New Jersey’s largest independent non-profit community performing arts center serving over 1,400 students through a range of classes and ensembles including the 14 ensembles of the New Jersey Youth Symphony which serves 500 students in grades 3 - 12. Beginning with Early Childhood music classes for infants and toddlers, WMC offers private lessons, group classes and ensembles for all ages and all abilities. We believe in the positive and unifying influence of music and the performing arts and believe that arts education should be accessible to all people regardless of their ability to pay. We teach all instruments and voice and have a robust musical theatre program.

The Paterson Music Project is Wharton’s El Sistema-inspired program held at the Community Charter School of Paterson and Paterson Public School 1/26. Students receive 6 hours of intensive music instruction each week with the goal of creating social change through the ambitious pursuit of musical excellence.

Wharton Music Center is located in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Paterson, NJ and reaches students from 13 counties. All of WMC’s extraordinary faculty members and conductors hold degrees in their teaching specialty and have been vetted and trained to enable our students to achieve their personal best.