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TEACHER BIOS



Harold Caceres - Teaching since 2016


Harold Najarro-Caceres is a talented and experienced composer, guitarist and pianist. Born and raised in El Salvador, Harold began his study of music at the National Art Center (NECAR) in his native city of San Salvador. His studies focused on classical, acoustic and electric guitar. He made his musical debut at NECAR with his original musical compositions for classical acoustic guitar.

After moving to the U. S. he studied classical piano at the Montgomery College campus of the University of Maryland, in addition to conducting and the analysis of symphonic works. Always extremely versatile, Harold was the pianist for “The Real Deal Band”, performing jazz, soul, R & B, pop and classical rock at local DMV country clubs and hospitals.

Having earned his associate degree from MC, Harold is currently studying music at the College Park campus of the University of Maryland. He began teaching piano and guitar for Nancy Brownstein Music in 2016. Known for his nurturing and patient style, Harold continues to be one of our most requested teachers.







Benjamin Wagner - Teaching since the fall of 2019


Benjamin is originally from Hershey, Pennsylvania; he began his musical education at the young age of four years old, where he started piano lessons. In addition to the piano, he also plays the French Horn, which he began learning at the age of 10.

Benjamin studied music education at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, where he was principal horn in the Mansfield University Orchestra and assistant principal horn in the MU Wind Ensemble. He was also a member of the Great Lakes Wind Ensemble. Additionally, Benjamin has competed at the North American Brass Band Association and the World Choir Games with Mansfield University ensembles.

Prior to moving to the Washington, DC area, Benjamin was living in Columbus, OH and teaching at The Conservatory of Piano. Benjamin is very passionate about teaching music; he believes that music is an essential part of a well-rounded education and that it is just as important to be able to play music as it is to understand music’s origins, meaning, the theory behind it, and what it takes to be a great musician. He is very excited to be teaching in the Maryland Area.







Amanda Smith - Teaching since 2011


Amanda Smith has always been surrounded by music. With two parents that met in marching band in college, there was never a shortage of music in their house. She began singing in church at a young age and played around on the piano until she finally started lessons in middle school. As she grew older, she shifted toward other performing arts, earning a BA in Musical Theatre from American University, with minors in Dance and Business Administration. She currently teaches dance at Ovations Studios, in addition to directing their annual spring musical.







Ben Young - Teaching since 2013


Ben Young, a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and Washington DC native, has been compared to water that flows to fill any musical situation he finds himself in. From jazz to ska to fusion, R&B and rock, he is a musical chameleon who always finds a way to be himself while getting the job done. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, he has played in many venues in DC and other east-coast cities including: Blues Alley, Black Cat, Jojo Restaurant, Sotto, Twin's Jazz, Columbia Station, DC9, Solly's, Takoma Station, The Middle East (Boston), Donna's Restaurant (Baltimore) and Rock and Roll Hotel. He has recorded and performed with a wide range of DC area artists and acts. To name just a few: Kaleidoscope, Terry Marshall, George Jones, Delandria Mills, Free Lobster Buffet, Abby Schaffer, Brian Falkowski, Rarely Mellow Blues, TJ Turqman, Donald Tillery and BuddhaFly. Whatever your guitar needs may be, Ben Young is the right call.







John Lodsin - Teaching since 2012


John Lodsin worked with the U.S. Naval School of Music in 1966. He was a music minor in college and taught two semesters at Peabody Preparatory in Baltimore. While teaching privately, John also taught piano, bass and guitar at various music stores in the Baltimore area. John has performed with such artists as Perry Como, Red Skelton, Al Martino, Don McClean, The Ink Spots, Lou Christie, Billy Eckstein, Dave Brubeck and Monty Alexander. He was also in the house band at WJZ-TV for four years between 1970 and 1974. In addition, John worked as a studio musician at Channel 67, Flite 3 Studio and Blue Seas Music in Baltimore. He has worked for Nancy Brownstein Music since 2012.