Pianoberries Music School will have 10 years anniversary in September 2020! 

Thanks for visiting Pianoberries Music School! Our school started as Robin Cho Piano studio offering piano lessons for kids and adults in 2010 in the Town of Brookline. Pianoberries Music School now offers Piano Lessons, Voice Lessons and Violin Lessons and we’re looking forward to celebrate 10th year in September 2020!  We are grateful for our music community that has given support, encouragement and trust and built a beautiful relationship to make music into memories together past 10 years. 


Robin Cho

Director, Piano Instructor

Hello! My name is Robin Cho and I am the director of Pianoberries Music Studio.

When I first started teaching, I was teaching the way I was taught. I started my piano studies when I was 6 and studied with a classical piano repertoire. Through the study, I gained strong sightreading skill, perfect pitch, good technique and expressive artistry. Importantly, I became to find my passion for piano so I pursued my career by entering Berklee College of Music and became a professional pianist, composer, and teacher. My training worked for me so I believed my training and taught my students with a method that I was taught.

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As my teaching years were added, I became to think differently. I believe traditional method would give a strong foundation for the students but what about students who don’t get interested much and quit too soon before building it? Piano study is a journey and needs dedication. And this dedication comes from inspiration. In my lessons, Students are guided through a comprehensive study which covers all aspects of rhythm, technique, theory and sight reading with a variety of music from classical literature to popular and jazz. I explore music from any genre students enjoy including rock, jazz, contemporary, movies, Broadway and world music. Because each student is unique and hear, interpret, and express music differently, the student’s curriculum is always tailored to the student’s interests and goals.

Once students find the music they love they bring out all important life skills including concentration, grit, patience, perseverance to master it. Recitals and performances are also an important element of a students piano studies. These provide an opportunity for the students to share their gifts and talents with the audience and interact with other students.

As a teacher, I desire to cultivate a lifelong love of music in each of my students. It is my goal to develop in each of my students a comprehensive understanding of music that enables them to play the piano with utmost enjoyment and musicality, furthermore, help them to become well-rounded musicians who inspire others, support arts and music and appreciate beauty in the world around us.

Gaeun Ban 

Piano Instructor

Korean Canadian pianist Gaeun Ban has started to earn attention since 2013, when she had won the Canadian Music Competition at the age of 18. She has also won top prizes at the Kiwanis Music Festival and Peel Music Festival in several different categories. Some of her major performances include solo recitals at the Steinway Hall in New York City, Guk-je Art Hall in Seoul and a performance with Napolinova orchestra playing Schumann concerto.

Ban is currently pursuing Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Boston University. She holds Graduate Performance Diploma and Master of Music degree from Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, and Bachelor’s from New England Conservatory. Her major teachers include Boaz Sharon, Yong Hi Moon, Gabriel Chodos, Yun He Lee, Irina Chukovskaya and Kyung Sook Lee. She also had masterclasses with renowned musicians such as Antonio Pompa-Baldi, Alexander Korsantia, and Eteri Andjaparidze.

She has about 9 years of teaching experience ranging from beginners to college students. She believes that one of the most important thing to teach as a teacher is to make music enjoyable for the students. Not only learning how to read the music scores, but to help her students deeply understand the music and appreciate it as well.

Jannell Lo 

Piano Instructor

Jannell Lo is a pianist and a music educator born and raised in California. She began playing the piano at the age of 4, and has since then always been fascinated with music.

Jannell has earned both her Bachelor of Music in piano performance, and a Master of Music in music education at Boston University. A licensed music educator in the state of Massachusetts, Jannell believes that one’s musical experiences are paramount factors to their success in learning music.

She believes that music education is not a one-size-fits-all activity. Rather, it is an opportunity for the student and teacher to communicate so that the teacher can help to cultivate the student’s passion and drive to becoming lifelong learners of music. To do this, Jannell tailors her instruction to each student, and is passionate about finding exciting new approaches to teaching music.

Jannell loves working with students of all ages, and strives to make learning a fun and successful experience for all.

Alexandra Stoetzel 

Piano Instructor

Alexandra has taught piano for 15 years. She loves to introduce students of all ages to music and its powerful ability to lift their spirits, help them to grow, and have fun. As a teacher, she focuses on balancing inspiration, explanation, and consistent technique practice.

Alexandra began studying piano at age 5, after tagging along to her mother’s classical piano lessons. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Music Performance from Berklee College of Music and continues her education through apprenticeships, private lessons, and real-world experience. Beyond the piano, she has studied mandolin, guitar, and voice.

She also led or served as a musical director in several contemporary ensembles, including blues, pop/rock, country, and jazz.

Seungmin Kang

Piano Instructor

Pianist Seungmin Kang is from South Korea. She began studying piano at the age of four and earning many prizes such as Eumak Chunchoo, Samik piano competition, Teenager piano competition and Ewha competition, etc. In 2009, she graduated from Yewon Arts School than continued her musical studies at Seoul Arts High School as a pupil of Jungwon Moon and Haerim Kim. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Ewha Womans University under Jeongeun Byun and Myeongsun Kye. During the college years in Ewha, she has been nominated to perform on various stages, such as with Ewha Orchestra.

Originally from Korea, Ms. Kang moved to the United States to earn her Master’s degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Phillip Kawin. She continued her studies with Mr. Kawin at the Manhattan School of Music, earning a Professional Studies Certificate’s in 2020. While she was in New York, she gave numerous recitals at all the well-known stages such as Steinway & Sons hall in New York and Carnegie hall. Pianist Seungmin Kang has now moved to the Boston University to pursue a Doctor of Musical Arts under Pavel Nersessian while holding Teaching Assistantship and Graduate Assistantship.

More than 10 years of passionate teaching experience at multiple music studios and schools conferred Seungmin valuable experience of teaching piano lovers of all ages, guiding them into the most beautiful music world and letting them fall in love with their own playing. As a teacher, she also encourages students to challenge themselves with state exams, competitions, and recitals.

Nick Maritz

Piano Instructor

Nick Maritz is an experienced pianist and teacher who is currently pursuing his Master of Music in Piano Performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He received his Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Sonoma State University, where he won the concerto competition and performed Rhapsody in Blue with the university’s orchestra. During his time as an undergraduate, Nick served as Assistant Music Director and Accompanist at Community Baptist Church in Santa Rosa, CA, where he performed traditional and contemporary gospel music during each service. He has also performed in a variety of other settings including weddings, funerals, and music festivals.

Nick currently works as Staff Accompanist for the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. He has received scholarships from multiple different sources, including the Pierce and Marie Thompson Memorial Scholarship, Jeff Langley Scholarship, and the pianoSonoma scholarship. Nick is currently studying with Dr. Jonathan Bass.

Nick is highly passionate about teaching all ages. His experiences as a musician have made him a highly-qualified pianist and teacher with great enthusiasm for music. Nick is a patient, kind, and knowledgeable teacher who loves to share his passion for music with others.

Ming Yang

Piano Instructor

Ming Yang is a Taiwanese percussionist and music educator based in Boston. She specializes in keyboard, classical, contemporary and chamber percussion. Ming received her M.M. in marimba performance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she studied with Nancy Zeltsman and Sam Solomon.

Ming has performed with several different professional orchestras. During her time in Taiwan, she served four years as a percussionist for the Philharmonia Moments Musicaux. As a solo musician, Ming has competed internationally. Notably in 2017, Ming placed 3rd in the Australian Marimba Competition. Ming has participated in several festivals including Keiko Abe Marimba Festival in Japan(2013), Eurocuivres in France(2014), and NanaFormosa Winter Academy in Taiwan(2017). She has performed with leading artists and musicians including Keiko Abe and Isao Nakamura at Eslite Performing Hall in Taipei in 2017. 

Ming is passionate about sharing music from her culture, as her roots have always been her artistic drive. She has commissioned several solo marimba pieces based on folk songs from Taiwan, or her own stories from Asian composers. These include:  Percubo(2019), Egret (2022), Ocean(2022)

As and educator Ming focuses on creating an encouraging environment for her students. Being a music educator is always artistic simulating, it is always her goal to help students grow their music ability fundamentally and musically. Ming now serves as a piano instructor at Pianoberries and percussion instructor at the NEMPAC and Wellesley Public School. 

Yoon Chung (“Meet the Composer” series)

Piano Instructor

Yoon Chung received his Bachelor’s degree in piano performance at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his Master’s degree in the same field at Rice University and Artist Diploma at the Longy School of Music of Bard College.

His teachers include Zalina Gurevich, Christopher Harding, Brian Connelly, and Leslie Amper. He received further musical instructions from Anton Nel and Ann Schein at​ Aspen Music Festival and from Sandra Wright Shen at Brevard Music Center. He has received additional music instructions and coaching from Peter Takács, Elisabeth Pridonoff, Levon Chilingirian, members of the Danish String Quartet, Vadym Kholodenko, and Peter Serkin.

Yoon currently serves as a faculty member at Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School, Providence College, and Brown University, teaching piano, chamber music, and music theory. He also composes in his spare time, and he received composition instructions from Daniel Crozier, Bright Sheng, Paul Schoenfeld, and Paul Brust.

Juliet Kim

Violin Instructor

Juliet Kim began studying the violin at age 4, and at age 8, Ms. Kim began her pre-college studies at The Colburn School in Los Angeles, performing with the youth orchestras, the LA Opera, and the Ed and Mari Edelman Chamber Music Institute. During her time at The Colburn School, Ms. Kim was awarded the Herbert Zipper Scholarship in conjunction with the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. Additionally, Ms. Kim was also awarded the Wesley Bing Leung Scholarship Award for Leadership for her dedication and achievement as the concertmaster of the Colburn String Orchestra.

Ms. Kim studied with Stephen Miahky at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music where she earned her BM in Violin Performance, as well as a minor in Child Development. Along with her academic and musical studies, Ms. Kim also volunteered at W.O. Smith, a local music school for underprivileged students in the Nashville area.

Ms. Kim currently studies at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, where she is earning her MM while studying under Bayla Keyes.

Weronika Balewski

Early Childhood Music Teacher

Weronika Balewski is a flutist, music educator, and arts leader who believes the Arts have the power to build connection, relationships, and community. A certified Dalcroze instructor, Weronika is thrilled to join the Pianoberries faculty to offer Integral Steps’ music and movement curriculum, Piano Moves.

She will also offer Rhythmic-Solfège in Brookline, a Dalcroze musicianship class for ages 10-15 to support more advanced musical study. Weronika is Director of Development and Instructor at Integral Steps, as well as Co-founder of Marvento Duo. Weronika performs on modern and Baroque flutes and loves inviting audiences into the magic of music.

She is passionate about building a joyful learning environment for her students based on the principles of Dalcroze and Integrative Education. She teaches private flute and piano lessons in her studio in Waltham, flute and musicianship at the Concord Conservatory of Music, and Integral Steps programs in Brookline, Waltham, Concord, Colorado, and online.

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