Meet Our Team of Music Lesson Instructors

Serving Metro Detroit (313) 551-5420       Hours:  Mon. - Fri. 2pm - 8pm   Sat. 9am - 3pm                                        



Candace Reynolds - Office Manager

Candace Reynolds is a lifelong performer, musician, and organizer. Her administrative background includes 15 years of managing retail stores and small businesses across the Metro Detroit area. Known on stage as “Deekah”, she has been singing and playing guitar for 20 years while leading her rock band, Roxolydian and founding the Cosmic Slop Music Festival in 2011; a multicultural celebration of rock music in Detroit, MI. Candace is elated to be the Office Manager and the first smiling face you see; supporting the brilliant staff, students and families here at the Music Authority School of Achievers.










Maya Chavez

Maya Chavez - Piano and Voice

Maya Chavez was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She found her way to Michigan to broaden her musical horizons. Having started singing and playing piano at a very young age, her musical journey has become rich with experiences. Studying voice under Melinda Yee for 6 years before attending Arizona State University and studying under Amanda DeMaris, her vocal background is very well versed. Starting at the age of 14, she volunteered at a local private school assistant directing the musical theater program. A few years later, she was offered the position part time at the school teaching the musical theater class. Not only is Maya trained with a classical and musical theater background, but has also had experiences and instruction in the rock music and alternative world. Currently, she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Music Education to complete in the spring of 2019. Her goal is to inspire the musical minds of many and help guide them on their musical journey








Denisa Craciun - Voice and Piano

Denisa Craciun was born in Romania. She started singing at the age of four and began her piano studies at the age of seven. Denisa got her singing talent from her grandfather and her first TV performance as a singer was at the National Romanian TV station when she was only ten years old.

During the years, Denisa has won numerous awards as a traditional folk singer at prestigious folk Romanian competitions. She has won several prizes as a piano performer at national and international piano competitions. At the age of fourteen Denisa performed Concerto no.5 in F minor for Harpsichord and string orchestra by J.S Bach at Eurochestries International Youth Orchestra Festival in Charente Maritime, France.

Denisa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Music in Bucharest, Romania and got her piano teaching certificate during her studies at the University.

Always with a smile on her face she is kind and patient, loves kids and enjoys teaching. She truly believes that everyone can sing or play like a star. Her motto is “All it takes is to have a little faith and sing from the heart”.





Meggan Ellis

Meggan Ellis - Piano and Voice

Born and raised in Metro Detroit, Meggan has been involved with music as long as she can remember. She is currently attending Wayne State University, where she studies Voice Performance under Frances Brockington. During Meggan's undergraduate time, she has played several roles with Wayne State's Opera Workshop, traveled to the Classical Singer Competition twice, and spent a summer in France studying with the notable vocal training program Franco-American Vocal Academy (now the William Lewis School of Opera). Meggan has also been involved with the Michigan Opera Theatre's Learning at the Opera House program, one year as a student and two as an intern. Outside of teaching at Music Authority, Meggan is a staff singer in the choir of Christ Church Detroit and works at a dog daycare. Meggan loves having the opportunity to make an impact on people's lives through sharing her love of music!

Always with a smile on her face she is kind and patient, loves kids and enjoys teaching. She truly believes that everyone can sing or play like a star. Her motto is “All it takes is to have a little faith and sing from the heart”.







Viviana Garabello - Voice

Viviana was born and raised in Italy.

In 2014, she moved to the United States of America (Michigan), with the purpose to expand her dreams of a professional career in Music. Viviana has already accomplished many noteworthy achievements and awards, both in Italy and in the United States, during more than twenty years of experience in the music field. Viviana is currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Film Music Scoring at Madonna University.

As a vocal performer, Viviana has had many different roles in well known works by Bizet, Susanna, Mozart, Puccini, Bellini, and more. Viviana is a member of several honorary organizations, including the Verdi Opera Theater of Michigan, the Alliance for Women Film Composers, the American Choral Directors Association, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Italian American Charitable Foundation, the Society of Future Teachers, and the Student National Association of Teacher of Singing. Viviana loves teaching and supporting students of all ages. She is very personable, approachable and always positive.






Katherine MacKenzie - Violin

Katherine MacKenzie is an active freelance musician in the Detroit Metropolitan area. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Violin Performance from Wayne State University where she studied with Detroit Symphony Orchestra violinist Marian Tanua. She obtained her Master's degree in Violin Performance from Bowling Green State University, where she studied under Professor Vasile Beluska and Dr. Stephen Miahky. Katherine has mentored Toledo high school students, the Detroit Civic Youth Symphony and the Dearborn Youth Symphony, and has also worked with Bowling Green's Children Resource Center, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp's Bernstein Orchestra. She has performed with the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, and the Lima Symphony Orchestra in addition to performing at weddings with the Go 4 Baroque Company. She is delighted to share her teaching and performing expertise with the students of Music Authority!






Randy Koltyk - Drums and Guitar

Randy Koltyk (AKA-"Randy Cole") started piano lessons at six years of age with composer Marjorie Lildjegrin. At eight years old, began trumpet lessons with Irving Sarin (first chair trumpet with Boston and Pittsburgh symphonies) until age thirteen then continued trumpet studies with Gordon Smith (first chair trumpet with Detroit Symphony). At age fourteen Randy took up guitar and drums and at age sixteen he studied classical guitar with world renowned composer Joe LoDuca. Randy went on to play in many bands including Rowen Arc, Street Elite and Sinclair until joining The (Detroit) Meanies in 1987 and was signed with Capitol Records. Randy has performed and/or been the supporting act for bands such as, Cheap Trick, Megadeth, Sponge, Faith No More, Humble Pie, Mercyful Fate, Foghat, The Dickies, just to name a few and continues to perform locally with many acts.










Joseph Brilla - Guitar

Joseph Brilla obtained an Associate Degree in Music from Henry Ford Community College where he studied with John Hall. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in Music from Wayne State University where he studied classical music under the guidance of Lee Dyament. Joseph has attended Master classes by guitarists Scott Tenant, Fareed Haque, and Fabio Zanon. He has played with the Jazz Big Band at the HFCC and has also played in several classic rock and oldies bands in the Metro Detroit. Joseph has studied a variety of musical styles focusing on Classical finger style guitar, mixed with jazz, blues, folk and popular music influences. He has been teaching the guitar for over fifteen years. Besides music, Joe enjoys biking, working out and practicing tai chi. Joseph enjoys teaching and is committed to helping students develop their talents to their full potential.










Veronica Cieri - Violin and Viola

Veronica Cieri is an active musician with extensive teaching experience and a passion for helping students grow through lessons that are tailored to the individual. Veronica earned her Bachelor's degree in Instrumental Performance at Western Michigan University and a Master's in Music Performance at Florida State University. While at FSU, Veronica performed in a masterclass for Grammy Award-winning ensemble eighth blackbird and accompanied violinist Joshua Bell as a member of the University Symphony Orchestra. Veronica has been a counselor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp for four summers, where she has taken on teaching responsibilities related to viola sectionals, a fiddling class and a music appreciation class for middle-school students. Veronica has also taught in Michigan public schools as a substitute teacher and at an el sistema based after-school program. Veronica performs regularly as a violist in the Macomb Symphony Orchestra.









Shane McKeever - Piano and Flute

Shane McKeever is an accomplished pianist, flutist, and organist. He has been playing piano since the age of four. Under the tutelage of Mr. Pavel Vasilev, Shane has won numerous awards through the American Guild of Music. It was also through the firm foundation of classical music, Shane went on to learn the art of jazz music. He has had the honor of playing alongside jazz greats such as Wendell Harrison, Marcus Belgrave, Rodney Whitaker, and many others. Shane has released two Christmas CDs in addition to his two jazz CDs: " Finding My Way" was released in September 2010 and "Nightwalker" was released in October 2011. Currently Shane is attending Wayne State University where he just finished his third year in Music. Shane is a young professional who has accomplished a lot and has bright aspirations for the future.










Beatrice Hilado - Piano

Beatrice Hilado began her musical studies at the age of 5. Having studied through the Yamaha Method, which cultivates musicality from a young age, Beatrice is a specialist at working with young beginners. Throughout her musical career, she has won awards in both performance and composition. In addition to teaching, Beatrice performs as a percussionist with El Alma Espanola, a professional Spanish dance company based in the metro-Detroit area. An education major at Wayne State University, Beatrice aspires to change her students' lives through music.












Erik Sherman - Drums

Erik Sherman has been studying music since he was six years old. He studied the drums with legendary drum teacher Ray Parker. Erik has played in rock bands and school bands and currently plays percussion in the Redford Civic Symphony Orchestra. He is also a mentor to the percussionists in the Concert Orchestra of the Dearborn Youth Symphony. Erik is very passionate about all types of music, and in his free time helps his two daughters with practicing their various instruments! He hopes to inspire the percussion students of Music Authority and share with them his passion for music.










Noor Jumaa - Piano and Voice

Noor Masoud Jumaa started piano lessons at the age of four. She studied with Saad Mahmoud Hikmat in Iraq for over ten years. She has a B.S. in computer engineering from University of Technology - Baghdad, Iraq. Her studies in engineering did not stop her from learning and teaching music, she started giving music courses in Baghdad. In 2009, she moved to Lebanon where she started giving private lessons in piano in Al- Mokhtariste school and in the Norwegian community center. In 2011, she moved to Michigan, USA, where she studied with Leszek Bartkiewicz, and currently a student at Wayne State University seeking a bachelor’s degree in piano performance under the mentorship of Robert Conway. She has received a talent scholarship and endowed scholarships at Wayne State. Her teaching experience extends to include the various methods taught in Iraq, Lebanon and in the United States. Her love for music did not fade away despite the years she had to spend in engineering. She performed in different venues including solo piano recitals and competitions. She is happy to share her love for music with her students at Music Authority and help them pursue their goals.







John B. Dolph - Piano

John Dolph has a unique gift as a piano instructor. Young or old, committed or indifferent, John’s students emerge from each one-hour session wanting to learn more and play better. Now in his twelfth year as an instructor, John has long been known for his ability to engage his students with patience, humor, empathy and his insights into how to make playing the piano fun. “I couldn’t play the piano at all when I started with John, now I am a proficient piano player and sight reader,” is a common refrain. “John has mastered the psychology of how kids and adults learn.”

In addition to teaching hundreds of students from all of southeastern Michigan’s rich cultures, John Dolph has performed as a Jazz Pianist at Cliff Bells, the Detroit Athletic Club, the Chop House, the Atheneum, the Keystone Underground, Joe Muer’s of Detroit, and the Rattlesnake Club. John holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Wayne State University with a concentration in piano performance.








Dean DiPierro - Piano and Voice

Dean began studying music at age 7. He studied theory at the Berklee College of Music, Attained his Bachelor of Music in Theory/Composition at Michigan State University. Dean then performed with many groups in the Detroit area until he found his way to the national stage touring with such notables as Luther Vandross ,The Gap Band, and Parliment Funkadelic to name a few. Dean lived in Nashville for five years where he was a studio musician at EMI records. Upon his return Dean earned his Master of Music in Jazz Studies at the University of Michigan where he studied composition with Pulitzer Prize winning composer William Bolcom, and Master classes with Reggie Workman, noted John Coltrane side man. In the recent past Dean has been a Music director at the secondary level. Dean is now excited to work with such a talented staff at the Music Authority.









Mayumi Sole - Piano

May was born in Japan where her passion for music started. She earned her degree in piano performance from Pacific University and also studied Music Therapy at Michigan State University and Eastern State University. May loves listening to vocal and instrumental music as well as music from different cultures. She plays the Japanese instruments Shamisen (3 string guitar), yokobue (flute) and taiko (drum). May is proud of all her students and is constantly striving to positively influence every child through the medium of music. She is excited and honored to be a part of the Music Authority team.











Charisse Hatton - Percussions

Charisse is a passionate percussionist who was born with the gift of rhythm. At the age of 6 her father placed her in structured drum lessons and gifted her with her first drum set. As a pre-teenager she studied under Vernard Webb and Charlie Banister. In high school Mr. Benjamin McNight and the late Dr. Foster of Hampton University took her musicianship to the next level combining Classical and R&B music with marching. Last, but not least. Mr. Bianchi of Wayne State University accelerated her classical and musical reading to the professional platform. Charisse believes that anyone is capable of learning to play percussion instruments and never gives up on any of her students.










Testimonials From Our Students & Their Families..

  • Music authority is a great provider of musical education for the whole family. Our children look forward to their lessons and enjoy working with the instructors. The staff is professional and flexible. Highly recommend!

    Ronny H. ~ Google

  • It is obvious that the entire Music Authority staff truly cares about providing an exemplary music education to all students. We highly recommend this amazing music school!

    Vito C. ~ Google

  • Excellent music school for a variety of lessons, including accordion, piano, drums, voice, etc. Great teachers who work hard to encourage and support students (young and old) to improve in skill and confidence.

    Gail Mitchell ~ Google

  • Two of my kids take guitar lessons from Randy and love it! He's an excellent teacher and they have learned so much!

    Lori S. ~ Facebook