Meet the Teachers

Ashley McGinnis

Voice Lessons, Piano Lessons, Music Theory Tutoring

Ashley has taught voice lessons and piano for the past eight years. She strives to make her studio a safe, welcoming space where people feel comfortable to make mistakes and try new things! Ashley’s students range in age from 5 to 65. She has prepared kids for their choir and musical auditions, guided aspiring singer-songwriters finding their sound, and helped countless hobbyists, both young and young at heart, to enrich their lives through music.

Ashley is a lifelong learner, constantly seeking opportunities to learn more about music education and technique. She attends symposia, masterclasses, and teacher training to provide the best instruction possible.

Ashley has had the pleasure of teaching in her private studio as well as music schools, elementary/middle schools, and theatre companies. After graduating with her BA in Vocal Performance in 2011, Ashley taught voice lessons, piano lessons, and glee classes at Village Center for the Arts in Pleasant Hill. She also held after school glee clubs in Bay Area elementary schools and worked as a music editor/arranger for local composers.

In 2013, Ashley moved to Los Angeles where she opened her own music studio for students of all ages. She taught a full studio of voice and piano students and tutored music majors from local universities in Music Theory and Music History. Brendan and Ashley co-taught group performance classes for singers and group theory classes for studio members. In 2016-2017 Ashley taught an Orff-based general music program at Laurence School in Van Nuys for students K-6.

Ashley has had a passion for musical theater since childhood. She has worked as a music director for countless musical theater productions at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels. She served as music director for Sunset Theatre Company in Redondo Beach from 2013-2017. Some of her credits include Into the Woods, Once on This Island, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Hairspray, Spamalot, The Addams Family, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and The Drowsy Chaperone.

In 2018, Ashley and Brendan decided to move back to Ashley’s home state of NJ. They’re excited to be accepting new students in the Asbury Park area!

Brendan Hartnett

Voice lessons, Performance technique

Brendan Hartnett studied Vocal Performance at University of California Santa Cruz. He spent his remaining time in the Bay Area teaching, singing, stage managing, and assistant directing for local opera companies.

Brendan went on to get an MFA in Directing from UCLA. He then served as a lecturer at the UCSC music department where he taught opera workshop and directed the annual children’s opera. When he’s not directing theatre in the NY/NJ area, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Ashley and their adorable dog Melon.