a creative music program that inspires students to grow as musicians, composers, and performers

Directors

Aaron Weiman

Born in Washington, D.C., Aaron started playing piano at seven years old and studied both classical and jazz piano. Aaron received a Bachelor of Music from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University and won the Mason Gross Creativity award for his studies. At age 17, he released his first CD.

Aaron was awarded a fellowship to attend both the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the Kennedy Center. He has traveled and performed at venues such as the Saint Louis Jazz Festival in Senegal, Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC, the East Coast Jazz Festival, and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He has shared the stage with such notable musicians as saxophonist Greg Osby, trumpeter Dave Douglass, and drummer Steve Williams. Aaron performs regularly in New York and Washington D.C. and has been featured in articles in the Washington Post and Washington Times.

Aaron has been teaching piano to private students since 2001. Additionally, he has taught at the Arts High and Arts Middle Schools of Middlesex County and at the East Brunswick Academy of Music. Aaron has taught ArtistsNow Jazz Improv classes and has led professional development workshops for music teachers as well as jazz workshops at Middlesex County College.

Dr. HsinYi Tsai

Born in Taipei City, Taiwan, HsinYi began playing piano at age three and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the internationally acclaimed Taipei National University of the Arts. She received her D.MA in Classical Piano Performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

HsinYi has performed solo recitals in the Taipei National Recital Hall, in other main cities of Taiwan, and in Vienna and Salzburg, where she also participated in Summer festivals. She has performed concertos in San Francisco and Beijing under the baton of Shu-de Lee. Beginning in 2009, she is a Fazioli Concert Artist. HsinYi has been teaching since 1997.