NHTunes is proud to have a GREAT team of instructors on staff! All of our instructors have a formal music education, and practical real-world performance experience. They are a dedicated, passionate group that love to teach students the joys of music, and watch their student's musical abilities grow!

Our staff varies from teachers with decades of experience, to some who are in the final year of their college music degree program. We try to place students with instructors that align with their goals, experience level, and whom we feel would be the best fit for the student.

See below for details on each of our instructors (and you can even see their openings and book a single lesson with them to see if they are a good fit!).

Valentina Bashindzhagyan

Instructor: Voice, Piano

Valentina graduated from the Music Concentration School, located in Baku, Azerbaijan for  musically gifted youths, as a pianist. She continued her musical education at the Azerbaijan State Conservatory receiving a bachelor’s and master’s degree in operatic singing. She has worked as a soloist in both the Baku State Academic Opera Theater and the Moscow State Academic Russian Chorus. She also formed and directed the children’s chorus Vasilyek in Moscow. She immigrated to the United States in 1993 where she has continued to teach.

To see Valentina’s openings and/or schedule a lesson, please click HERE.

Matthew Hasty

Instructor: Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced Piano

Matt began studying music at age 8, and has been involved in performing since age 9.  He studied classical music and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Piano Performance from Pensacola Christian College in 2000.  Also he studied traditional and contemporary Christian music and received a Master of Arts in Church Music from Southeastern Baptist Seminary.  He has had the privilege to study under Daniel Nagy and Daisy de Luca Jaffe – concert pianists trained by Magda Tagliferro.   Matt has taught music on the elementary, middle school, high school and college levels both in the classroom and as a private instructor.  He also plays and arranges music at FaithBridge Church.
To see Matt’s openings and/or schedule a lesson, please click HERE.

Bill Godwin

Instructor: Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Piano (beginning level)

Bill has been sharing his passion for playing music since the late 1970’s and been playing even longer! He currently plays in a wide variety of bands and situations covering classic rock , jazz, folk, country and pop tunes. He also plays solo and in his church.  Bill earned his degree in Music Education from Berklee College of Music in 1980. His current students range in age for 7 to 75. “you are never too old to learn  or to improve your guitar playing! Bill also teaches Ukulele, Music theory , Harmony and Ear training.

To see Bill’s openings and/or schedule a lesson, please click HERE.

Marie Hasty

Instructor: Voice, Piano, Ukulele

Marie began piano lessons at age five and continued through high school.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Pensacola Christian College.  She has been teaching private music lessons for ten years and has also taught children’s choirs and preschool music classes.

To see Marie’s openings and/or schedule a lesson, please click HERE.

Lisa Hansen

Instructor: Piano, Brass

Lisa has been playing the piano for 20 years, the trumpet for 15, and has been teaching for over a decade. She has taught piano, brass, and woodwind instruments at NHTunes. Lisa is the music teacher at Jaffrey Grade School in Jaffrey NH, and teaches students in kindergarten through 5th grade, and also runs the band and chorus for the school. She has been involved with countless ensembles and productions over the years. Lisa has a Bachelors of Music in Music Education degree from the University of New Hampshire. Her skills are perfect for lessons that will help your band student excel.

To see Lisa’s openings and/or schedule a lesson, please click HERE.

Ethan Brown

Instructor: Guitar, Piano, drums, saxophone, voice

NHTunes is very pleased to have Ethan Brown on board as a guitar and piano instructor. Ethan has his B.M. in Music Education,  and B.A. in Jazz Guitar Performance from UNH. He has extensive music teaching experience, interning at Mast Way Elementary School, and teaching Saxophone at Moharimet Elementary School. Ethan enjoys playing & teaching many different styles of music including jazz, to classical, flamenco, folk, pop, and hip hop.

To see Ethan’s openings and/or schedule a lesson, please click HERE.

Samantha Tramack

Instructor: Voice, Clarinet, Piano (beginning level)

Samantha Tramack started performing when she was 9 years old. She is currently a student at Plymouth State University studying Music Education focusing in Voice. Samantha is part of the Chorale, Chamber Singers, and is the Music Director of the a cappella group at Plymouth, Mixed Emotions. Samantha also performs in the Symphonic Band on clarinet. She has taught to all ages, as she performs in a barbershop chorus and in a quartet that was named the Harmony Queens in 2016 in Harmony, Incorporated.

To see Samantha’s openings and/or schedule a lesson, please click HERE.

Becca Tarling

Instructor: Flute, Piano (beginning level)

Becca has been playing flute for over 10 years. She is a student at Plymouth State University, completing her Music Education degree. Becca plays her flute in the flute choir and symphonic band at PSU, as well as a community band in Portland, Maine called the Maine Pops Concert Band.
After completing her degree, she is looking is to work in the public schools with her k-12 degree and possibly continue her music education at graduate school.

To see Becca’s openings and/or schedule a lesson, please click HERE.

Carol Syversen

Instructor Guitar, Ukulele

Carol Syversen, originally from New York, began playing guitar at age 13 and has been dedicated to the craft since. Now a New Hampshire native, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Interdisciplinary Skills from Berklee College of Music in 2018. Her talent ranges to include a variety of teachable styles and techniques, and she particularly enjoys playing and teaching finger style and folk guitar. She enjoys sharing her love of music with others and looks forward to working with new students at NHTunes!

To see Carol’s openings and/or schedule a lesson, please click HERE.

Chris Heffernan

Instructor: Voice, trombone, saxophone, piano, guitar, and bass guitar.

Chris Heffernan is a multi instrumentalist and vocalist who has been performing since age six. He is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education from Plymouth State University on trombone. Chris plays trombone in the Symphonic Band, Big Band, Jazz Combo, and Brass Ensemble; baritone saxophone in the Sax Ensemble, and is teaching assistant for the jazz department at Plymouth State. He also plays keyboards, bass, guitar, trombone, saxophone, trumpet, and sings in outside bands.

To see Chris’s openings and/or schedule a lesson, please click HERE.