Like many musicians, Michael Henss began playing early in life and has been consumed by the world of music ever since. In addition to the guitar, which he has been playing for 30 years, Michael has also studied electric bass and drums and plays each at a professional level. While studying music at the University of Maine he developed an interest in composition and spent a great deal of time prioritizing the development of a personal writing style. During this undergraduate period Michael composed and arranged music for jazz and rock ensembles, in addition to writing and recording electronic music. Following his time at the University of Maine, he studied audio production for music and film at the Audio Recording Technology Institute and interned with world-renowned mastering engineer Bob Katz. Michael currently works as a music educator and freelance audio engineer in CT and has been involved as a composer and performer for a number of commercial music projects. Michael is devoted to helping students find their own musical voice and his musical expertise lies in rock, metal, folk, and electronic music.
A Berklee College of Music graduate, Karen brings a wealth of experience in musical instruction. She is a prolific performer and author, having written many articles for Acoustic Guitar magazine and Fretboard Journal, including interviews with legends Les Paul and Tommy Ramone. She has written two instructional books for guitar: Guitar Made Easy and Women in Rock. Her 25 years of teaching experience includes both private and group lessons on guitar, mandolin, and ukulele at various music schools and summer camps across the country. She also leads student bands in preparation for recitals.
A New Haven-area native, Karen is the mandolinist in the band Flint Ladder. She also regularly provides solo fingerstyle guitar, fingerstyle ukulele, and solo mandolin at weddings and events in the area. Karen loves teaching and encouraging students to do their best AND have fun!