Since graduating from George Mason University in 1999, Dan Perriello’s career as a drummer and songwriter has included performances at major music venues, award-winning recordings, and critically-acclaimed original compositions licensed to major television networks. A passionate drumming educator and hand technique devotee, Dan has absorbed Jim Chapin’s “Moeller Method,” Joe Morello’s “free stroke” approach, and legendary teacher Alan Dawson’s “Rudimental Ritual.” In his nearly 20 years in education, Dan has taught with both Fairfax County and Loudoun County public schools, and his percussion students have consistently won top spots in school jazz and All-District bands, with several going on to study music at the university level and pursue music careers of their own. Dan Perriello has been teaching at Mintons Academy of Music since 2009.
Bass Guitar, Guitar & Piano Instructor
Derek Evry began his career at age 11 in the Washington Opera Company at The Kennedy Center before briefly attending the Berklee College of Music. As a singer, songwriter and music producer, Derek had his compositions featured on several episodes of the ABC crime drama “Castle,” and in a more than two-decade career as a performer and bandleader he’s played legendary venues and events such as D.C.’s 9:30 Club and the Punk Rock Bowling festival in Las Vegas. Derek has released several solo albums of original material, as well as produced and performed on several albums for various DC-area musicians. Derek brings his wide-ranging musical taste and experience to Bass, Guitar, Ukulele & Piano lessons at Mintons Academy of Music.
Piano & Percussion Instructor
Piano and percussion instructor Sarah brings an extensive background in ensemble performance to her lessons. A graduate of the University of Virginia - where she accompanied Opera Viva on piano, participated in percussion ensemble, and was a section leader in the Cavalier Marching Band – Sarah is currently a member of the Manassas Symphony Orchestra and the Pied Piper Theater Pit Orchestra. Sarah’s educational philosophy is borne of her own experience as a student: recognizing that success brings success, she stresses problem-solving and self-reliance with her students, leading them down the path to efficient practice and faster musical progress. Extending a tried and true precept of learning, Sarah says “If at first you don’t succeed, figure out why you didn’t succeed and have a plan to succeed next time. Then, try again.” Sarah has been teaching at Mintons Academy of Music since 2015.
William Mercier is dedicated to helping his vocal students find their voice and develop their unique style. Bill was an adjunct professor of music and voice at Castleton University in Vermont and has conducted at the Basilica of The National Shrine of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg MD and at the Basilica of The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. His work as a performer has taken Bill across the country and abroad to Italy and Cuba, performing in oratorios, choral and orchestral concerts, small vocal ensembles, musical theater, and cabarets. He has also been a high school choral director and performed that role at many churches. Bill focuses on technique, relaxation and preparation for auditions and has had several students win NCA Cappies awards.
Not many people turn down an acceptance to Berklee College of Music, but that’s exactly what guitarist and vocalist Phil Kane did. Preferring to remain in the musical melting pot of New York City, Phil studied with jazz guitarists Frank Terris, Sal Salvador, and George Barnes, and obtained a BA in music education from the City College of New York. He also studied with vocal and performance coach Billy Shepard, and channeled his early inspiration from groups like the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel into a career of performance and education that has included teaching with both NYC and Loudoun County public schools, a role as Musical Director and Cantoral Soloist for a religious school, and appearances as an entertainer at nightclubs, corporate and private events, and assisted living facilities. Phil has been a great inspiration to our students here at Minton’s Academy since 2017.
Katherine Yeon-Jung Baek has a Master of Music in viola performance from Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. Katie has performed with Ka-Eum Soloists, Brighton Symphony Orchestra, Westchester Chamber Orchestra, Sol String Quartet, Trinity Chamber Orchestra. Katie loves to play and enjoys sharing her love for music with her students.
Kyle Alperstein combines his individually focused student-centered teaching style with a sincere dedication to formal string pedagogy to provide his strings students the best of both worlds. Kyle is vice president and co-founder of Shenandoah University’s chapter of the American String Teachers Association and is also founder and director of Shenandoah Conservatory Cello Ensemble. Kyle studies with world renowned cellist Julian Schwarz and is currently pursuing his music education degree and performance certificate.
Spencer King is a clarinet & saxophone player, he started at the age of 11. He has a great passion for music which led him to pursue his career music. He attended Northern Virginia Community College with a major in clarinet and a minor in music composition. Spencer has achieved an Associates degree and will be attending the university of his choice to acquire a master’s degree in clarinet performance. Spencer has been with Minton’s Academy of music teaching the clarinet and saxophone since December 2019, and he adores every moment.
Alfred is a pianist, music teacher, composer, producer and audio engineer. Alfred has taught piano to students of all ages. He has also composed scores for Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea. The video was featured on national television, movie theaters, subways, and airports. As a pianist, he has performed in venues across the country: from New York to Boston and Washington DC. He is also a skilled producer and audio engineer who has worked with Clean Cuts to design sounds and tag animations for major video game titles.
Jackson Valad is an accomplished guitar player with great musical expertise. A frequent participant on the DC jazz scene, Jackson is entirely dedicated to improving his musical abilities, and having his students do the same. A member of the first All Virginia Guitar Ensemble, Jackson is well-versed in a wide variety of styles including jazz, rock, blues, and classical. Starting at a young age, Jackson developed a deep understanding of how to play an instrument, and an appreciation for musical accomplishment.