How Our Music Lessons Work (Part Two)

This is part two in a podcast series on music lessons by Dr. Daniel Broniatowski, D.M.A. Here, he discusses how parents and students can have a successful outcome from music lessons and how the Maestro Musicians Academy philosophy is unique.

How Our Music Lessons Work (Part One)

This is the first of a two-part series on music lessons and how they are conducted at the Maestro Musicians Academy in Boston, MA and Baltimore, MD. Artistic director, Daniel Broniatowski, D.M.A. discusses the methodology of the Academy, group lessons versus individual lessons, and the Suzuki Method.

Podcast With Ayala Asherov

On July 9, I had the privilege of interviewing the very interesting and charming Israeli composer and singer/songwriter Ayala Asherov. Ayala Asherov is a two times ASCAP Plus award winner. Her Chamber Orchestra piece, BeResheet, was premiered in 2014 with the new music initiation Magnetic South with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Ayala is also releasing a new album this fall called Colors & Shapes. All songs in Colors & Shapes were written by her and produced by Mark Bryan of Hootie and the Blowfish.

Podcast with Violinist Maria van der Sloot

On April 14, 2015, we interviewed Maria van der Sloot, a fantastic Canadian-born violinist now based in Boston. Ms. van der Sloot is also on our faculty list at the Maestro Musicians Academy. Maria first picked up her instrument at the age of six under the guidance of her father, Bill van der Sloot. Maria […]

Me2 Orchestra Conductor Ronald Braunstein

On March 10, 2015, we interviewed Maestro Ronald Braunstein, conductor of the Me2 Orchestra.

He is the music director and conductor of the Me2 Orchestra – “The world’s only classical music organization created for
individuals with mental illnesses and the people who support them.” According to Me2’s website,, “Me2/ (“me, too”) serves as a model organization where people with and without mental illnesses work together in an environment where acceptance is an expectation, patience is encouraged, and supporting each other is a priority.” The orchestra performs 3-4 times per year and was started in Burlington, VT. Me2 performs in traditional concert venues, correctional and rehabilitation facilities, and for mental health events. The orchestra has also recently made a fantastic transition and is now developing and growing in a second location in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, MA.

Podcast With Alicia Jo Rabins

On Thursday, December 18, and we interviewed a very unique guest named Alicia Jo Rabins. Alicia describes herself as a poet, composer, performer, and Torah scholar based in Portland, OR and Brooklyn, NY.

I met Alicia at a house concert that she played, through a mutual friend of ours. In addition to playing the guitar, Alicia sings and plays the violin – an unusual combination – and successfully combines the two in her performances of music on Jewish themes. Alicia recently premiered her original piece “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff” at Joe’s Pub in NYC, which is a chamber rock opera that stimulates us to think about about the implications of the infamous financier’s role as a criminal juxtaposed with society-at-large.