Mr. Bill Stevens has been the Director of Bands at Osbourn High School since fall of 2008. His band program consists of: symphonic band, concert band, chamber winds, percussion ensemble, marching band, basketball band and jazz band. Mr. Stevens received his Bachelor of Music Education (2002) and Masters of Music (2005) from Louisiana State University. He also earned his Masters of Management/ Public Administration degree through the University of Phoenix. Prior to his arrival at Osbourn, he served as the director of bands at North DeSoto High School in Stonewall, Louisiana and Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is currently a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia men’s music fraternity, Music Educators National Conference, Virginia Band and Orchestra Directors Association, and Virginia Music Educators Conference.
Mr. Stevens’ primary instrument is the trombone and he regularly performs around the Northern Virginia region. At Nova Music Center he is available to teach beginning piano, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, flute, clarinet, and sax. Mr. Stevens has a passion for teaching all levels of students and fosters the learning process to allow students to get the most out of each lesson. As a high school and former intermediate school band director Mr. Stevens’ students have worked together to win state championships and earn chairs in district and state honor bands.
Jesse is a musician, music instructor, and parent with over 15 years professional experience as a percussionist & keyboardist. His earliest memories are of a music-filled household – the constant stream of pop classics, Motown, Broadway, rock, and funk established a familial relationship to music. Jesse worked tirelessly during school to hone his craft as a percussionist, volunteering for any and every musical opportunity. Upon leaving high school, he had accrued a generous knowledge of various disciplines & styles of percussion, including rock, funk, jazz, Latin drum kit, snare drum, marching percussion, theater pit experience, mallet percussion, and auxiliary percussion. Additionally, Jesse took up piano & keyboards, falling in love with music theory and harmonic function.
All throughout his early and later educational career, Jesse performed in countless professional recording acts – he still maintains steady work as a session & performing musician. Following high school, Jesse immediately jumped into a career as a professional musician & music instructor. He attended Middle Tennessee State University to study Recording Industry, and there he broadened his musical palette & experience pool. After moving back home to be close to family, Jesse fully focused his musical efforts from a holistic approach. Instead of seeing music purely as an academic endeavor, Jesse believes music is essential to a fully enriched life.
After the birth of Jesse’s youngest son, he again re-prioritized into teaching full-time. As an instructor, Jesse values each individual student’s education, musical & personal growth, and personality. All of his students, regardless of area of study or age, have personalized lesson plans and techniques to maximize their growth and enjoyment. He maintains a wide appreciation of my students’ interests, goals, and needs as musicians, and this understanding always informs his teaching direction. Jesse teaches drums and piano to people of all ages and experience levels, although his primary student base is between 8-12 years old beginning & intermediate musicians. He is familiar with many types of learning & behavioral disabilities, and he has family, friends, and students along the autism spectrum – Jesse considers this experience to be of the purest value to his students.
Jesse currently resides in Woodbridge with his fiance and their two sons.
Dr. Rami Kanaan
Rami Kanaan graduated with honors (first prize) from the High Institute of Music in Damascus, Syria in 1998. He completed his Master of Arts in violin performance and Doctorate of Arts in higher education at George Mason University in 2007. He studied violin performance with Professor Edwin Johonnott, a former violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra.
Rami was a violin instructor at the University of Mary Washington in 2002-2006. He served as concertmaster of the University’s orchestra and assisted in directing the chamber orchestra.
Currently, Rami is a violin instructor at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Rami has also performed with many local orchestras and ensembles. He is currently a member of the American Pops Festival Orchestra.
Charlie is a very active participant in the Washington D.C. And Northern Virginia musical communities. He got his start composing music for student films and has since collaborated on film festival award winning projects. Aside from composition and songwriting, Charlie has also performed at an extensive number of venues with his band, “The Charlie Bare Quartet”. Bringing over twelve years of experience with the guitar and another seven with piano, he is most content to be improvising with like-minded musicians and enjoys going with the flow. His genres of choice include jazz, blues and some forms of rock. When it comes to his teaching philosophy, Charlie tailors his lessons based on the varying goals of each student.
Chuck is a very passionate Teacher who has been providing drum lessons in the Virginia, Maryland and DC area for 32 years. His drum instruction methods include: Learning the difference between orthodox grip and matched grip stick holding and the history behind it, control and technique. Reading drum music and by listening and memory. playing rudiments, syncopation, big band/swing, basic jazz, and rock patterns.
His extensive experience as a drummer is in both studio and live application performing in various groups from the Boston area to DC. Virginia and Maryland.
David Bartell has been playing ukulele for many years. He has helped lead lessons and jams for the Northern Virginia Ukulele Society. As a member of the Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble, he has performed live in the area and in Hawaii. He has been teaching at NOVA Music Center for several years and specializes in beginners and young students. He works with students to identify their musical goals and modifies lessons to meet their needs.
Don brings to his students a vast background of experience in both guitar and drums. He’s played both instruments for over thirty years. His teaching is geared to the beginner student and starts with providing a thorough understanding of the instrument and the fundamentals. Don has taught private lessons on guitar to kids and adults with a method he calls “First Year Guitar.” His objectives in teaching are to get the student playing immediately, focusing on engaging both hands, learning chords and building strumming patterns. This creates a solid foundation for good acoustic playing as well as being an important skill for those who wish to transition to electric guitar. Don has also played drums in bands over the years both for fun and semiprofessionally. Don thoroughly enjoys teaching and playing music and wants to share this love of music with his students. His easy going style makes learning exciting and fun.
Joe Zani has been teaching for almost 30 years now as an attempt to share the joy he receives every time he sits at the instrument. This love is evident to everyone who has ever seen him perform. Mr. Zani’s overriding teaching philosophy has always stressed an emphasis on fundamentals, particularly in the areas of rhythm, technique and having fun (The latter of which is probably the most important). This approach has helped produce many musical careers and a wonderful lifelong hobby for many, many more.
The son of a saxophone player, Joe Zani began his musical journey at age 7. After studying Music Composition and Classical Piano Performance at The Pennsylvania State University, he embarked upon a performance career that included many years in the tourist mecca of Central Florida. This ongoing career has included work in nearly all genres of piano music, including Classical, Jazz, Rock, New Age, Blues, Ragtime and original composition. The performance strengthens the teaching and the teaching strengthens the performance. Diversity is essential to the creative process.
Moses Kamai, a native Hawaiian and integral member of the DC Metro ukulele community, teaches beginner thru intermediate ukulele. Students learn to play the ukulele in bite-sized chunks targeted to their ability level. You also gain an understanding of melody, chords, and eventually harmony to enable you to play songs like the blues, swing, ragtime, old time, or even Hawaiian.
Moses is certified to teach the Ukulele in the Classroom (UITC) methods Levels 1, 2, & 3 as part of the James Hill Ukulele Initiative (JHUI) programs (https://www.ukuleleintheclassroom.com/). UITC certification is becoming popular globally since James Hill has established a sound and respected certification process. Moses is influenced by Master Ukulele players like Herb Ohta Jr., James Hill, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Daniel Ho, Ohta-San, and Peter Luongo. He also supports and follows the original singer/songwriter ukulele musicians like Victoria Vox & Jack Maher, Craig Chee & Sarah Maisel (now Mrs. Chee), Victor & Penny, and Aaron Keim.
Continuous improvement to his own musicianship, Moses is a member of the Luongo Ukulele Experience (LUE) Ensemble (https://luongoukulele.com/ensemble-project/). The LUE Ensemble is led by the renown, Peter Luongo. Peter Luongo taught and led the Langley Ukulele Ensemble (http://www.langleyukes.com/) for 35 years. With LUE Ensemble, Moses has over 20 performances over the last 24 months with the LUE Ensemble in Nevada and California. He will accumulate over 30 performances by end of July 2018 after adding Hawaii to the performance list. Performances include:
* the Peppermill Casino and Resort, the Nugget Casino & Resort including their showroom, St. Gall’s church, & Aria Music School in Reno NV;
* the Palm Springs Ukulele Festival and the Strum Shop in California;
* and in July 2018, the 48th Annual Ukulele Festival in Hawaii.
See him perform with LUE Ensemble (Moses is center, back row in middle of the Tenor section) at their latest performance in:
* 6th Annual Palm Springs Ukulele Festival: https://youtu.be/0IRsMs15jkI
* 10th Annual Reno Ukulele Festival: (forthcoming)
In addition to his private classes at NOVA Music Center in Manassas, VA, he has also taught at Seattle Ukulele Players Association (SUPA), Tacoma Washington Ukulele Festival, Milwaukee Ukulele Festival, and a collection of ukulele players in the Seattle-Tacoma area at two other venues. He also runs and teachs at the Northern Virginia Ukulele Society (NVUS) and the Music Director of the Northern Virginia Ukulele Ensemble, a product of NVUS, leading many performances in the local DC metro area.
Susannah Started taking violin lessons in the 5th. This Sparked her love of the orchestra world and pushed her through college where she graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Music Education. She is currently teaching elementary school strings in Fairfax County Public Schools.
In her time away from the classroom, She still fills her time with music and is a member of many of the local orchestras including The Piedmont Symphony Orchestra and the Washington Temple Orchestra while also being a regular performer with the Atoka and St. Charles String Quartets.