ABOUT OUR STUDIO
The Musik Makers was started in 2000 by Rebecca Pieper as she gave lessons in her little attic apartment to some younger students who were involved in local theatre. As she taught, she began to realize how unique each student was and how differently they all learned. She began to notice that not all of their journeys were the same and she started reaching deep into her education background to meet the needs of each individual student so that they can create the musical path they desired, while at the same time, always being challenged to excel, work outside of their comfort zone, develop the skills and discipline their instrument demands, and always remaining authentic to who they are as a person and performer. The studio has grown substantially since those first days, but Rebecca and all of the staff at The Musik Makers remain true to these same beliefs and wholeheartedly welcome you into The Musik Makers family.
The studio holds 2 recitals a year which are not mandatory but are highly encouraged as well as other performing opportunities throughout the community. We also offer opportunities to compete in competitions as well as participate in specialized workshops and just had our very first Musical Theatre Summer Camp that proved to be quite successful!
We offer lessons in:
- Voice (Ages 10 and Up)
- Piano (Ages 5 and Up)
- Combo Lessons in both Piano and Voice (Ages 10 and Up)
- Acting / Audition Coaching (All Ages)
REBECCA PIEPER - Piano & Voice
Education: Vocal Performance and Music Education at Westminster Choir College
Years Teaching: 22 years of experience in the field of teaching voice, piano, acting, dance, directing, choreographing
- Levels 1-3 of Contemporary Commercial Music with Shenandoah University CCM Institute
- Meisner Certification
- Chekhov Acting Technique Certification
- Musical methodologies of Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze and in the 4Mat Teaching System
- Early Childhood Certification through the Musikgarten Program
Miss Rebecca has been heavily involved in music and theatre since a young age. Because Miss Rebecca feels an early exposure to the arts is so beneficial, one of the goals of The Musik Makers is to make students feel comfortable sharing their gift of music not only with themselves but with others. If this comfort level is reached at an early age, the possibilities are infinite. Music can be learned at any age!
Starting with piano lessons at the age of three, Miss Rebecca soon added tap, jazz, ballet, and later modern dance. By the age of eight, Miss Rebecca was performing in her first musical and her passion for the stage was rampant! Voice lessons followed shortly thereafter and Miss Rebecca began competing in vocal competitions in high school.
The highlight of her competitive career came when she was featured as a soloist in the NYSTS Young Artists Winners Recital at Carnegie Hall at the age of 17.
Miss Rebecca double majored in vocal performance and music education at Westminster Choir College. While a student, she also performed leading roles in school and local opera and theatre companies. She also studied dance at the Princeton Ballet School.
Her schooling peaked an interest in Early Childhood Development. and Miss Rebecca became certified in the musical methodologies of Orff, Kodaly, Dalcroze and in the 4Mat Teaching System. She received Early Childhood Certification through the Musikgarten Program and ran a birth through 6 year old, parent and child, music and play program from 2000-2003.
From 1997-2004, Miss Rebecca served as the Choir Director to several vocal and handbell choirs as well as for a musical drama group at Readington Reformed Church in Readington, NJ.
Since leaving the Princeton area, Rebecca has performed in various theatres throughout PA. In addition to performing she also has directed, choreographed, music directed and ran summer musical theatre camps at Chansonette, NCC, PA Playhouse, and Civic Theatre where she also served as an intern to the Artistic Director.
In 2002 Rebecca played the leading role of Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro with the New York City Opera Forum.
In addition to teaching in her private studio, Miss Rebecca is an Adjunct Professor of Voice in the Theatre Department at DeSales University. She was also recently accepted as an accredited long distance instructor for Berklee College of Music. She can also be seen accompanying and assistant directing the Nazareth Area Intermediate School Chorus and loves the opportunity to work with students as they begin their musical journey in this nationally recognized top school district for music education.
She is currently the President of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of The National Association of Teachers of Singing and is enjoying continuing her education in the field of Vocal Pedagogy and Performance Master Programs.
Miss Rebecca finds it extremely important to teach to the individual student. Lessons are structured around the student and not a publisher’s curriculum. There is a focus on the quality of the music and performance, rather than the quantity. Miss Rebecca recognizes the importance of producing a musician for life. This unique approach to teaching is a combination of her own performance experience as well as her studies in the field of music education.A passion of Miss Rebecca's is to train her students to have a healthy and functional voice. A voice that is healthy and functional is one that can be used on any stage whether it be operatic, dramatic, concert, or coffee house.
Alumni of Miss Rebecca's studio can be found performing in opera houses, symphony Halls, Broadway theatres, national tours, off Broadway theatres, dinner and community theatres throughout the country. Students have been accepted into some of the most exclusive undergraduate and graduate Performing Arts and Music Education, as well as Music Composition Programs in the country.Many have also gone on to be the stars behind the scenes working in technical theatre and others have become directors, music and drama teachers, and accompanists themselves! Lehigh Valley residents would recognize several of the faces that cross the stage as Freddy award nominees and recipients as students from the studio of Rebecca Pieper. In Miss Rebecca’s life outside the studio she is a mother of two not so little boys, Carson, 17 and Brandon,16 years and loves fitness, food, fashion and her friends. Rebecca and her sons reside in Nazareth and are active on their worship teams at church.
ALYCE DAUBENSPECK - Piano & Voice
Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College
- 1st Place Winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
- 1st Place in the American Prize - Art Song Division
- 2nd Place in the American Prize - Women in Opera Division 2019
Alyce Daubenspeck is a classically-trained mezzo-soprano whose public performances have been described as "emotionally shattering" with a voice "fully formed from top to bottom, a pristine tone, and high notes that are both extraordinarily controlled and on the edge of wildness."
Ms. Daubenspeck has most recently performed with Opera Steamboat as "The Witch" in Hansel and Gretel after spending last summer with Opera in the Ozarks (2018), Westminster Opera Theater (2016 – 2017), the Princeton Festival (2016) and the Russian Opera workshop (2016). She has also participated as a Fellow in the CoOPERAtive program (2016), as an artist apprentice with Opera Ithaca (2015-2016) and as a young artist with the Si Parla, Si Canta program (2014). Ms. Daubenspeck has also sung with the Princeton Society of Musical Amateurs, and in Westminster’s Lindsey Christiansen Art Song Festival – both in 2017 and 2018. Ms. Daubenspeck’s past roles have included Augusta Tabor (The Ballad of Baby Doe), Berta (Il barbiere di Siviglia) Madame de Croissy (Dialogues des Carmélites), Third Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Lyubov (Mazepa), Kecal (Bartered Bride), La Tasse Chinoise (L’enfant et les sortilèges) and Virginia (Billy Blythe).
In 2019, Ms. Daubenspeck has placed first in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions in South Carolina, and was also selected as the winner of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—The Friedrich & Virginia Schorr Memorial Awards, 2018-19, in the college/university art song division. Her upcoming engagements include the Brahms Alto Rhapsody with the Moravian College Choir and Festival Orchestra, and Hänsel und Gretel with Opera Steamboat, where she will perform the Witch.
Ms. Daubenspeck studies privately in the studio of the distinguished dramatic soprano Sharon Sweet. She graduated with distinction from Westminster Choir College in 2018 with a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy.
A Nazareth native, Ms. Daubenspeck has studied with Janice Derstine, and Rebecca Pieper in her formative years. She graduated from Northampton High School in 2009, and Ithaca College in 2014 with a B.A. in Environmental Studio. Ms. Daubenspeck teaches voice and piano privately in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas. She is an associate teacher with the Musik Makers studio in Nazareth, and will begin teaching at the Hunterdon Academy of the Arts in NJ, and also at DeSales University in 2019.
RICH TARRIFF - Voice
Rich Tarriff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from The College of New Jersey, as well as an M.Ed. from East Stroudsburg University. While teaching Vocal and General Music in Clinton Township School District, New Jersey, for the past 18 years, Mr. Tarriff has also privately coached students ranging from elementary school through collegiate singers. Classically trained, favorite Operatic Roles include Colline from Puccini’s “La Boheme” and Figaro from “Le Nozze di Figaro” by W.A. Mozart. In 2019, Mr. Tarriff coached vocalists for the First Annual Musik Makers Summer Camp and served as an adjudicator for the National Association for Teachers of Singing (NATS) at Moravian University. Lessons will consist of building healthy vocal technique, and life-long musicianship skills though age appropriate repertoire. Mr. Tarriff currently lives in Nazareth, PA with his wife, three kids, and basset hound.
CATHERINE MILLS - Piano & Voice
Catherine Mills began her love and study of music at age 7 studying piano with a local piano teacher, Nancy Bellows.At 14, she began to also study voice with Soprano, Tanya Ulg, and was so excited to be old enough to sing her church choir! In her high school years she sought out as many musical experiences as she could as a soloist for many local churches and schools, directing a children’s choir at her church, performing and starring in school musicals, and even learning the flute so that she could join the marching band!She won awards at local teen arts festivals for her musicality, and was selected for Honors Band and Regional Chorus. This love led her to study vocal music at The College of New Jersey under tenor, Robert Guarino. As part of her undergrad she studied vocal pedagogy, performance, music theory, as well as accompaniment.In 2004, she graduated with honors from TCNJ earning a Bachelors in Music Education with a concentration in vocal music.
Since that time Catherine has performed as a soloist and accompanist for several churches, and continues to teach piano and voice privately.This year you may see her around Nazareth accompanying the male choral group, the Men of Nazareth at NAHS, the Nazareth Area Middle School Chorus, or performing with the Nazareth Area Community Band.She is very excited to be joining the Musik Makers Studio, and to help others pursue their love of music!
LORI COLACITO - Acting & Coaching
Lori Colacito is a local actor and director who has been working in community and regional theatre for over 12 years. She has dedicated a lot of her time directing and teaching young actors at various theaters and schools in the Wyoming Valley, where she is originally from and now in the Lehigh Valley. While living in Wilkes-Barre, she started the improvisation comedy troupe Unorganized Business and taught several improv and acting workshops for kids while directing at the area’s top theatre companies. Some of her favorite directing projects with young actors have been: Into the Woods, Spring Awakening, Children of Eden, Beauty and the Beast, Urinetown and Guys and Dolls Jr. Currently, she is the director for Orefield Middle School in the Parkland School District and runs acting workshops for adults and teens at the Charter Arts High School in Bethlehem.
MELODY CRUZ - Guitar, Ukelele & Songwriting
Melody Cruz is a local musician who has been playing guitar, piano, ukulele, and singing for 10+ years. She has studied and continues to study with voice with Rebecca Pieper. She regularly performs at breweries, bars, restaurants, taverns, weddings, and other various venues and events in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. She recently performed at and won the West End Lounge’s “Spirit: Search for the Next Superstar” contest in NYC and subsequently performed with “The Four” singer Matt Bloyd at NYC’s “The Cutting Room.” Recentlly she has debuted some of her original work and it is now available for download on itunes. Check out some of her work at www.melodycruz.com.