About Us

Inspiring a love of music

Our goal is to pass on musicianship in an engaging way, using a variety of methods and materials. We teach from a classical approach. This doesn’t mean we teach only classical music, but we place a high emphasis on technique, music theory, and literacy of music notation. We aim to create independent learners. Regardless of how long a student studies with us, it is our hope that he or she will be equipped with the knowledge and curiosity to teach themselves pieces at or below their current level.

We strive to make our lessons fun and engaging. Learning is its own reward, yes, but sometimes an extra incentive is helpful for our young learners. We use an assortment of prizes and small competitions throughout the year. Participation is optional – but the principle is simply that we want to inspire each student to do his or her best work.

Meet our staff

Elizabeth Hasbrouk
Piano

Elizabeth (Noonan) Hasbrouck holds a M.M. in piano performance from the University of Southern Maine, where she studied with Laura Kargul. Elizabeth also earned a B.Mus. degree in piano performance with pedagogy emphasis from USM, studying piano with Laura Kargul and Annie Antonacos, and piano pedagogy with Christine Kissack. Prior to USM, she studied for two years at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, majoring in sacred music with a piano emphasis.

Elizabeth has over eighteen years of teaching experience, fourteen of which have been in Cumberland. She is on faculty at the University of Southern Maine as artist faculty, teaching class piano to music majors. She is a member of the Maine Music Teachers Association and the Music Teachers National Association, completing the requirements for NCTM certification in piano teaching through the MTNA in 2013. She has accompanied numerous recitals, vocal competitions (NATs), and served as accompanist for church services.

Elizabeth was a winner of the Anne Gannett Scholarship from the Maine Federation of Music Clubs (2005), was the recipient of the A. H. Chatfield, Jr. Piano Prize through Bay Chamber Concerts (2006), and was awarded a prize in the Rossini Club’s Wright scholarship competition (2006). In 2008, she received the MTNA StAR Studio Teacher Fellowship Award and was inducted into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Elizabeth resides in Cumberland Center with her husband and their three children and a menagerie of animals. Her side passion is working with the elderly, particularly those with dementia, and she is active in the medical field as a CNA and CRMA. She can often be heard singing to and with residents, finding that often when the memory fails to remember words, melodies remain. 

Lois Hasbrouk
Piano

Lois Hasbrouck holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Cairn University in Langhorne, PA. She began piano lessons at the age of six and continued them into high school, as well as some of her college years. After graduation, she began teaching piano lessons and music classes in Portland and Gorham.

Marriage took Lois to southern New Hampshire for 15 years, then the family moved to Maine in 2001. She has taught piano for about 30 of these years, while also raising and homeschooling her now-grown children. She misses the days of singing and playing together, but is happy that each one of her five children maintains a love for music.

Lois’ musical involvement has included choral singing and conducting, accompanying choirs, vocalists, and instrumentalists, some composing and arranging, and being a church director of music and worship. She resides in Gorham with her husband, daughter, and occasionally her college-student son.

Rebecca Shaw
Piano
Rebecca Shaw has her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of New England and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Gordon College. She has worked in the clinical social work field primarily with children and their families on the Autism Spectrum and children and families with mental health diagnoses. Rebecca has played classical piano for twenty years and sought a career change after having her first child. Rebecca enjoys spending time outdoors with her family in all seasons.
Melody Hasbrouk
Flute
Melody Hasbrouck holds a Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine School of Music, and joined the studio in 2018. Raised in a musical family, Melody studied piano for several years before picking up the flute in 7 th grade. Over the years, she has studied flute with Alexandra Petropolous, Jean Rosenblum, and Krysia Tripp. Melody took 1 st prize for the Portland Rossini Club’s Emily K Rand instrumental scholarship in 2016, and enjoys performing occasionally in recitals and for church services. Melody began teaching private flute lessons in 2015. She believes that learning an instrument should be enjoyable and tailored to the individual. Her teaching focuses mainly on music literacy and tone development for beginners, with supplements of breathing, posture, technique, creativity, and musicality increasing as students grow more comfortable with the basics. She hopes to pass on the love of music and the gift of musical expression to the next generation.
Brynn Lewallen
Piano & Voice
Brynn Lewallen is a performer and teaching artist based in Portland. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Denison University, and a Master of Music in Music Performance from Arizona State University. In addition to teaching piano and voice for over fifteen years, Brynn has also served as a collaborative pianist, church pianist, music director and arranger. Brynn credits Robin McNeil, her middle- and high school piano teacher, with fostering her love of piano music and music theory/music history. As a pianist and singer, Brynn has performed across the country in regional theaters and on national tour; her most recent favorite performance contract was in Alaska, where she sang and played piano near Denali National Park. Brynn has received top awards from organizations including the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the Classical Singer Competition. In addition to music, Brynn is active as a theater teacher with STAGES Youth Theater (Portland) and The Theater Project (Brunswick). When she’s not teaching or performing, you can usually find Brynn in the outdoors– favorite activities include hiking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing, and practicing her earsplitting whistle!
Robert Gans
Piano
Robert Gans is a multi-genre teacher, pianist and composer who is thrilled to be part of the Stone Coast Music team. He received his baccalaureate degree in music and studied piano with Anthony Crain DMA at the State University of New York at Oswego. After a semester of post baccalaureate study he returned home to New York City where he was involved in a wide range of activities including piano study with concert pianist and Dame Myra Hess protégé John Contiguglia, and composer and Roger Sessions student Roland Trogan. Robert taught at the NY School of Music, Ridge Music Outlet and worked for Chappell Music Publishing, Associated Music, Warner Brothers Music Publishing and composer/arranger Gil Evans among others. Robert joined the piano faculty at the Portland Conservatory in 2005. From 2010 – 2016 he taught in the San Francisco Bay area at the Gorin School of Music, Avloni Academy of Music, Opus One Music Studio and privately. Robert rejoined the faculty at the Portland Conservatory in 2017 and premiered his piano composition A Distant Shore, a 2017 American Prize semi-finalist at the Portland Conservatory’s Noonday Concert Series. Robert is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. His music is available worldwide through multiple online outlets. Further details are available at www.robertgansmusic.com
Jenniefer Eaton
Admin/Billing

Jennifer Eaton raised her family in Maine and now lives in Virginia, where she works as a standardized patient, runs an Airbnb and leads a ministry for 20 Somethings+. Reach out to her any time you have questions or concerns about billing, at billing@stonecoastmusic.com.

Millie Barnard
Piano

Millie Barnard holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Southern Maine and is a second degree black belt in Okinawa Kenpo Karate Kobudo. She has taught karate classes to children for several years, as well as piano lessons and music classes, particularly to ages 3-6. Millie has been playing piano since the age of seven and has dabbled in several other instruments including violin, cello, guitar and ukulele. She is passionate about young minds learning the skill of playing an instrument and growing an appreciation for music. When she is not doing something music or karate related, Millie enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, 2 year old step-daughter, and dog.

Voice

Sarah Tuttle holds a Masters degree from the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program at Bard College, where she worked closely with soprano Dawn Upshaw, and holds a Bachelors degree from the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College . She is also proud to have spent two summers as a Vocal Fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center, from whom she received the Grace B. Jackson Prize for Excellence in the summer of 2015. Beginning her musical study as a pianist with a deep interest in music theory, the intimacy and authenticity of the human voice lead her to pursue degrees in music and later a career in performance that took her overseas.

Sarah was based in Northwest Germany for three years where her projects included the roles of Hanna Glawari (Die Lustige Witwe), Gertrud (Hänsel und Gretel), La Reine Marguerite (Yvonne, Princesse de Bourgogne) and Freia (Das Rheingold), as well as concert performances of Handel’s La Resurrezione and Benjamin’s A Mind of Winter. Prior to her time in Europe, Sarah performed the roles of the Fox in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen with the New England Conservatory Graduate Opera Program and both the Governess (Britten’s The Turn of the Screw) and Gertrud (Hänsel und Gretel) while studying at Bard.

Committed to contemporary music and collaboration with composers, Sarah is delighted to have participated in the creation of new works. In 2015, she gave the world premiere performance of John Harbison’s Seven Poems of Lorine Niedecker with pianist Ursula Oppens, garnering praise from the Wall Street Journal. In 2013, she was the soprano soloist in the world premiere of Avner Dorman’s Letters from Gettysburg, a work commissioned for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War battle. Shortly after the pandemic lockdown began in 2020, Sarah collaborated virtually with award-winning English composer Ed Nesbit and ethnomusicologist Thomas Hodgson on Aenigmata, a project featuring musical settings of riddles penned by St Aldhelm, a 7th-Century saint and scholar.

In addition to her work as a performer and teacher, Sarah shares her love of music as a producer and on-air host with Maine Public Classical. Her work on the air is a fulfilling parallel to her work as a performer and a natural fit for her programming expertise and natural storytelling abilities. Since joining Maine Public, Sarah has produced and hosted her own weekday morning radio program and has lent her voice to special programming, pledge drives, and interviews. Maine Public Classical is broadcast statewide to thousands of listeners and is available online to be heard around the world.

Sarah is a board member of the Maine chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) and the Opera on Tap Maine. She was an invited adjudicator at both NATS Maine and Bay Chamber Concerts Young Stars of Maine Competition in 2021. She makes her home in Portland.

Violin
 
Sylvia Schwartz
Deeply inspired by the relationship between music, movement, and dance, violinist and teacher Sylvia Schwartz is a passionate chamber musician in both modern and historical performance practices. The power of music to heal and to bring us together drives Sylvia to teach through the Suzuki method and to perform wherever she can, from the Scarborough, ME COVID-19 vaccine clinic to Shostakovich Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia—and many places in between. 
 
Sylvia’s history with the Suzuki method goes back to her first experiences with the violin. After a demonstration in her Kindermusik class by Stow, MA-based Suzuki teacher Doris Goldman, Sylvia was very definite about starting lessons. Her mother believes at least in part Sylvia was drawn to Doris’s vibrant, deeply kind, nurturing, and loving spirit, as well as her joy in making and teaching music. Sylvia strives to bring that same deeply kind spirit to her own students, sharing her own love of performing and music in community as she gives students the technical, artistic, and practice tools to develop into capable, creative, and healthy musicians—and people! She has taught at Winchester Community Music School, Vienna Music Institute in Irvine, CA, the Boston Music Project (when it was JQOP), and was Interim Orchestra Director for three fabulous orchestras at Woodbridge HS, a Grammy Signature School.
 
She steadfastly believes that every child—every person—can learn, and makes it her business to meet each individual where they are on their journey of learning, discovery, and mastery. Sylvia enriches the Suzuki curriculum by drawing on her own experiences with Feldenkrais and Alexander Technique somatic approaches for healthy technique, dance, theatre, and historical performance—something that in particular offers great insights into Shinichi Suzuki’s choice to include so many baroque works in his foundational repertoire. Truly, a sense of rhetoric in this music sets up compelling musicianship in music of any era and genre, and speaks to our own humanity.
 
Sylvia is an active and committed performer, enjoying the ways her performing and teaching inform and enrich each other. With her partner, cellist/gambist John Ott, as Guts Baroque, she has been determinedly reimagining the possibilities of historically-informed chamber music performances, rising out of the ashes of March 2020 to play a new livestreamed concert each month and looking ahead to the collaborative opportunities of digital production. In the “before times,” Sylvia performed with Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Los Angeles Baroque, L’Esprit Baroque, LA Master Chorale, Harvard Baroque, Eudaimonia: A Purposeful Period Band, and the Amherst Baroque Academy opera orchestra. She was thrilled to return to live performances with Portland Bach Experience 2021, playing ten concerts in two weeks as Concertmaster of the festival orchestra and as Guts Baroque.
 
Sylvia earned a M.Mus. in Violin Performance from Longy School of Music, where she studied violin with Laura Bossert and historically-informed performance with Dana Maiben, Na’ama Lion, and Vivian Montgomery. She has continued her education with Julie Andrijeski and Elizabeth Blumenstock. She also earned a B.S. in Engineering from Olin College, where she was Concertmaster of the Olin Conductorless Orchestra. 

Our daughter has improved so much since she has been working with Liz, the owner of Hasbrouck Piano studio. She shows interest in playing and has gained confidence which for a 13 year old is a good thing. Thank you Liz!

– Vicky F.