Flute and Friends Faculty
owner and flute instructorJennifer Janson is passionate flute teacher of 20 years, and specializes in early childhood development & pedagogy. Currently, Jennifer is owner & director of Flute & Friends Suzuki Music Academy in University City and the former Flute Teaching Artist for Play On Philly. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Hahnemann/Drexel University, from which she holds both a Bachelor’s degree in flute performance and a Master’s degree in Music Therapy. Jennifer has been a long time student of Kazuo Tokito (Philadelphia Orchestra), Eileen Grycky (Delaware Symphony) and also Jan Boland (Red Cedar Chamber Music), whom have all greatly inspired her career path as both as a performer and teacher. As a board-certified Music Therapist, Jennifer has worked with kids in adoption & foster care, along with children with special needs, including autism & learning disabilities. Jennifer also actively enjoys freelancing and performing chamber music in the Philadelphia area.
flute instructorOriginally from Pittsburgh, Stephanie Ashman received her BM in Flute Performance from West Chester University. She is currently a member of the Brandywine Pops Orchestra and has also played in the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and West Chester University Symphony Orchestra. Stephanie is a certified Suzuki & Music Together teacher and offers early childhood music classes in Wilmington. Aside from music, Stephanie loves to paint! Contemporary and colorful, you can find her work on StephanieAshmanArt on Facebook. Stephanie is thrilled to be a part of the Flute & Friends Community! She currently teaches all new students at the Academy including the youngest age group 2.5-6 year olds, Baby Suzuki, and Music Mind Games classes.
early childhood and music therapyMeryl Lammers is a board-certified Music Therapist, multi-instrumentalist (flute, piano, voice, percussion & guitar) and owner of Sound Sanctuary Healing Arts, a successful private practice that serves the Greater Philadelphia area. Meryl has over 15 years of experience working with children of all ages and abilities, and specializes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition to practicing Music Therapy, Meryl had used her broad experience to create a unique curriculum & rich environment for early childhood music learning. Meryl is also a mom to 4 month old Vincent, who loves music!
piano instructor and accompanist
Pianist, May Aihua Ye, from Waterville, Maine, is a 2012 graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, and a 2017 graduate of Western Michigan University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Music in Piano Performance. Between 2010-2014, May returned as an instrumental collaborative pianist with the Interlochen Ensemble and the Interlochen Symphoney Band. With a deep love for collaborative piano, May has organized and performed with chamber music groups since the age of ten, including touring the state of Maine with guitarist, Antonio De Innocentis from Italy as one of the winners of the Arcady Music Society, Melba Wilson Youth Competition. May has attended many summer chamber music festivals, including the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, the Interlochen Arts Camp, Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts Next Generation program and the Portland International Chamber Music Festival. At the closing ceremony of IAC in 2010, she received the Fine Arts Award in Music, “Piano for the High School Division”. In 2011, May’s trio, The Tux Pants Trio, placed as finalists in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.
Derick Lai from Staten Island, New York has been a classically trained pianist since the age of 5. He has been a piano instructor for Rome Piano Studio, LLC in New York City for several years before finishing his undergraduate degree from Villanova University. Derick has experience working with middle school to high school youth in developing Arts and Music After School Programming. Besides a passion for mentoring, he is also a DJ and has been involved with weddings, breakdance competitions and workshops for aspiring artists.
Elisa Muzzillo is a flutist in the Philadelphia area where she enjoys a career of performing and teaching music alike. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance at Temple University and a Master of Music in Flute Performance at the University of Colorado Boulder. During her time at Temple, Elisa was a private flute instructor for the Community Music Scholars program for the Temple University Preparatory Division. She has also taught at the Nelly Berman School of Music in Haverford, PA, and as a private instructor in Boulder, CO. Elisa has performed nationwide in renowned music festivals and orchestras such as the Aspen Music Festival, Texas Music Festival, Pierre Monteux School & Festival, Music Academy International festival in Siena, Italy, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra (CO), and the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra (WY). Elisa’s primary teachers include Christina Jennings, Brook Ferguson, Adeline Tomasone, and Ronna Ayscue.
Right around age six, teacher/creator/multi-instrumentalist Asher Wolf discovered that his hands were finally big enough to fret a guitar! Piano soon slipped into his repertoire, and after a dozen years of avid but DIY music education he flew off to Swarthmore College for a BA in music. Asher effectively cannonballed into the world of western classical, harnessing his self-taught musicality with the theoretical and technical rigor of this formal tradition. All of his remaining free time went toward feverishly creating, performing, teaching, and organizing music groups and events. Since high school, his priority as teacher has been to foster creativity, joy, musicality, versatility, originality, and collaboration skills – to help students express and develop their own musical identity through their instrument.