Our Community is More than Just Private Music Lessons
Cardon Studios is more than just a music school, we are a music education community with exclusive programs for our members.
Our Faculty is Comprised of DC’s Top Music Talent
Our Teachers partner with you one-on-one to structure the perfect course for your unique needs and goals. No two students are alike, so no two lessons are either!
Voice and Piano, Staff Accompanist
About Matthew GoinzAcclaimed as an “exemplary” and “moving” musician (Minneapolis Star Tribune) and an “inspired” and “captivating” artistic programmer (St. Paul Pioneer Press), conductor, lyric baritone, pianist, and arranger Matthew Goinz enjoys an active, cross-county musical career, joyfully exploring the programmatic, narrative, and theatrical fringes of the modern vocal ensemble. In July 2018, he concluded a four-year run as a member of the celebrated vocal chamber ensemble Cantus, with whom he toured nationally and internationally and served as Tour Manager. He has appeared as an ensemble member and soloist at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, the National Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Minnesota Public Radio, The Greene Space (New York Public Radio), The Barns at Wolf Trap, Duke Performances, the Krannert Center, Teatro Metropolitano in Medellín, Colombia, the Busan Choral Festival and Competition, the Daegu International Choral Festival, the National Theater and Concert Hall in Taipei, Taiwan, Tianjin Concert Hall, and Shenzhen Concert Hall. Matthew has commissioned and premiered works by Gabriel Kahane, Libby Larsen, David Lang, Dale Warland, Roger Treece, Ysaye Barnwell, and Rosephanye Powell, and has enjoyed collaborations with Chanticleer, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Eric Whitacre and the Eric Whitacre Singers, Purple Voices, and Taipei Male Choir. Matthew has worked with a number of other professional and collegiate ensembles including extensive work with True Concord Voices & Orchestra, The Concordia Choir, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. He can be heard as a soloist and chorister on a number of critically acclaimed albums, including a live recording of Cantus's 2018 concert "For the Beauty of the Earth" and True Concord’s 2015 GRAMMY®-nominated “Far In The Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus”. Returning to his piano roots, Matthew recently collaborated with his fellow ensemble members in Cantus' inaugural 2017 chamber series "Songs of Travel," which was hailed by the Star Tribune as "totally successful." In July 2018, he took to the piano once again as Cantus presented "Songs My Mother Taught Me," anchored by selections from Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs." Matthew enjoys engagements as a conductor, vocalist, educator, coach, and collaborative pianist with musicians young and old in arts organizations and educational institutions across the country. Having served several churches as Director of Music and choir director, he currently sings with the Shrine Choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and with the Cathedral Choir at Washington National Cathedral, both in downtown Washington, DC. Hailing from northern Minnesota, Matthew studied conducting, voice, piano, and theater at Concordia College, Bemidji State University, and the University of Arizona. He makes his home in the Washington, DC area with his wife, soprano Sophie Amelkin and Lucy, the sweetest beagle.
About Montez TerrellHailing from Nashville, TN, Montez Terrell wrote, recorded, and has performed on many of Nashville's legendary stages including the Hard Rock Cafe and the Grand Ole Opry. Montez has been classically trained, but specializes in contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul, and Jazz. Helping inspire and strengthen those who share his love for music, both young and old, is one of Montez's greatest passions. In pursuit of this vision, Montez began teaching voice in 2014, has led songwriting camps for talented youth, and continues to grow in his own knowledge of music-making and the human voice by pursuing such credentials as certification from New York Vocal Coaching, a training program for ambitious multi-genre voice educators.
Piano and Voice
About Lauren AndersonA student of the world-renowned (and DC hometown favorite!) Denyce Graves, Lauren Anderson holds a Masters of Music in Voice from Peabody Conservatory. Lauren is thrilled to be teaching at Cardon Studios and excited to work with many different types of students. Lauren's background in vocal pedagogy and classical technique for both voice and piano can be applied to whichever genres her students would like to explore and Lauren loves to find ways to adapt to each student's unique needs. Lauren guides her students to become well-rounded musicians by helping to foster, not only their primary instrument, but also their knowledge in music theory and history. [···]
About Joe GalloJoe Gallo is a guitarist and composer from Baltimore, Maryland. As a teacher, Joe provides his students with a diverse and interconnected understanding of the instrument. His teaching draws from his wealth of experience playing classical, jazz, blues, pop and rock, and incorporates both standard technique and jazz improvisation in lessons, to give students a broader guitar education.Joe has had the benefit of learning from some of the great guitarists of our time. A graduate of American University, he studied with some of the best music faculty in the DC area while completing his degree in guitar performance. Joe also received the opportunity to study abroad in Austria, learning under Armin Egger, one of the most acclaimed classical guitarists in Europe. Joe uses his depth of experience to now write, arrange, and perform his own music for jazz fusion ensembles, occasionally alternating between diverse technique for jazz and classical guitar within the same performance.With more than 12 years of guitar experience, Joe has played at a variety of area venues, including Rams Head Live, DC 9, and the Recher Theater. Currently, Joe composes and collaborates with others in the pursuit of releasing an album.
PIANO, Beginning through Advanced
About John ParkJohn Park, a graduate of the University of Maryland, has studied with Drs. Kristina Suter, Alon Goldstein, and Audrey Andrist to obtain a vast knowledge of repertoire and chamber music concert experience. John has participated in prestigious music festivals and competitions such as National Music Festival, Wonderlic Competition, Liszt-Garrison Competition, and International Keyboard Institute Festivall, winning Special Honors from the 2016 Paderewski Competition in Hartford, CT, and finishing in the top 12 during the 2017 New York Piano Festival and Competition. In addition to being a frequent recitalist and passionate performer, John also has a deep love for sharing music with others in an educational setting. [···]
PersonalizedAndy S., Voice and Piano Student
Lessons are tailored to you and what you hope to achieve. I have grown leaps and bounds in a short amount of time... I have also been complimented by many friends about how much my singing has improved!
Keeps Me Motivated!Maria G., Voice and Piano Student
I had some music training before so I wanted to brush up my skills. My instructor keeps me motivated and I always leave with something new to work on. Most importantly, I can see improvement in my skills!
Diverse StylesJohn W., Voice Student
I wanted to work on singing rock & roll, and even though both teachers [I work with] are primarily classically trained, they have no trouble applying what they know to help me as a rock singer.
Warm and WelcomingCristina M., Guitar and Music Theory Student
What a find: a warmhearted and truly generous teacher! No egos here, only a wonderful and satisfying learning experience.
Never a Lazy MomentAlice F., Voice Student
My teacher definitely pushes me-- we never have a lazy moment in our lessons. She is cheerfully determined to break my bad habits, invests a lot of energy into her students, and seems to get genuine pleasure out of being a teacher.
Surpassed ExpectationsKat W., Voice Student
I've really enjoyed these lessons. Brandon is a great teacher, and I've surpassed my goals and expectations going into this.