Sherin Moustafa is a multifaceted and accomplished pianist and instructor based out of the Phoenix metro area. Born in Egypt with Taiwanese heritage, Sherin speaks fluent Chinese and English, and is competent in Japanese, Arabic, German, Italian, and French. Her cultural background allows her to develop a worldview and an appreciation for both western and eastern music. Not surprisingly, Sherin fell in love with music at a young age because it has both the creative and serene elements that she saw in herself.
Sherin is the owner of Tempe Music Studio offering private piano instruction and instrumental/vocal collaboration. She has a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano Performance and a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Arizona State University. Sherin also serves as the organist at Chandler United Methodist Church. She is a versatile pianist specializing in classical, music theatre, contemporary and other popular genres, and is often invited to perform at special events because of her ability to provide a captivating performance. Her passion for music and vibrant personality not only make her a mesmerizing performer, but also an effective piano teacher. Sherin has received awards from piano competitions and was a recipient of the Neely Music Talent Scholarship. She was also the keyboardist of 2015 Zoni award winning cast of Dreamgirls. Sherin has performed on numerous occasions at ASU's Katzin Concert Hall, Organ Hall, Recital Hall, Gammage and Kerr Cultural Center, Chandler Center for the Arts and Mesa Arts Center both as a soloist, and a collaborative pianist. Sherin served as an adjunct faculty and collaborative pianist at Mesa Community College and collaborative pianist/co-director at Perry High School. With Sherin's assistance, Perry High School concert choir achieved the Superior Award at the 2011 Heritage Festival. As a result, the choir was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City in March of 2012. Under Sherin’s tutelage, more than 96% of her piano students have been awarded superior honors through the Arizona Study Program. Sherin is a proud member of East Valley Music Teacher Association (EVMTA), Arizona State Music Teacher Association (ASMTA) and Music Teacher National Association (MTNA). She is currently the chair of the Composers Celebration Concert, a fundraising event for EVMTA in which students perform for the open public. Sherin has a passion for teaching and is committed to developing excellence from her piano students.
Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Matt was self taught in bass and drum set before studying guitar at the Settlement Music School in Jenkintown, PA and the Music Training Center in Philadelphia. After moving to Arizona, he studied jazz guitar, music theory, jazz composition and drum set performance at Mesa Community College while serving as the on-campus music theory tutor. Matt has been teaching guitar, bass and drum set in the East Valley for over 7 years and will be earning a jazz performance degree at Arizona State University's School of Music by May 2015.
Matt's musical styles include jazz, rock, blues, funk and pop. As a mulit-instrumentalist, he has performed with a variety rock bands, jazz groups, duets, guitar ensembles, big bands and as a soloist. He has performed the music of artists from Duke Ellington and Count Bassie to Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck as well as composing his own original music. Matt also provides recording session demos for the audio production program at Mesa Community College.
Before pursuing music full time, Matt studied secondary education at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He has worked as a classroom assistant with special needs and autistic children at ACCEL, a special needs school, in Tempe Arizona.
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