FACULTY

MIRIAM MORALES

Executive Director

Miriam Morales has been teaching for 10 years and truly loves working with all students and encouraging them to develop a deep love for music. Read More

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ANGELIA GARRARD

Programs Coordinator

Angelia is a native of Mississippi but has spent over the last thirty years near the surrounding areas  of New Orleans, Louisiana. Read More

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SARA BIERSCHENK

Piano & Voice Instructor

Sara has been singing for most of her life and teaching in formal music education for 5 years. She is a graduate of Booker T. Washington. Read More

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BRAULIO GRANADO

Guitar & Piano Instructor

Braulio Granado was interested in music from a very young age. He started playing guitar at the age of 13. He started as a rock n roll guitarist and vocalist. Read More

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KEVIN HAWKINS

Voice & Piano Instructor

Kevin studied music education and vocal performance at the prestigious University of North Texas College of Music. Read More

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VICTOR PIANTANIDA

Piano, Electric & Acoustic Guitar

Victor Piantanida started playing drums at age 11 and quickly progressed in skill throughout his early years. Read More

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JUAN DURAN CHANG

Artist in Residence

Juan began studying piano and viola at the age of 4. He continued his piano studies at the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory. Read More

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KARA GREINER

Integration Specialist

Kara Smith grew up learning music all across the United States, studying under many teachers across the country... Read More

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EMINE AKAR

Piano, Flute & Ukulele Instructor

Emine is a multi-instrumentalist in piano, ukulele and flute and she teaches piano and ukulele lessons at New Song Music Academy. Read More

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SANDRA ANDARI

Piano and Voice Instructor

By joining the New Song Music Academy, Sandra brings in a multitude of assets and skills which were acquired through her  diversified upbringing. Read More

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SHAUN YU

Violin, Piano and Harp Instructor

Shaun has experience playing
in orchestras as a violinist and is now currently learning the Harp in University of Texas. 
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MARK JULIUS PAR

Lessons Coordinator

At a very young age, Mark Par has a passion for performing, specially with Dance. Read More

Interested in joining the team? Apply here.

 
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Miriam Morales 
executive director
Piano, Voice & Guitar

Miriam Morales has been playing the piano for over 25 years and enjoys playing other instruments as well. Miriam started studying piano with Rebekah Branham at an early age who saw a deep love of music in Miriam and recommended she study further.

 

She attended W. E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy in middle school and continued on to become a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas. During this time she studied classical piano under the direction of Eva Flowers, Gabriel Sanchez and jazz piano from Kent Ellingson & Roger Boykin. 

 

She holds a Bachelor of Music Media with an emphasis in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Arlington. Miriam also holds a Masters Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in Biblical and Theological Studies where she also enjoyed classes in the Media Arts & Worship department.

 

Miriam has been teaching music for 10 years in both group and one-on-one settings. She has taught for multiple music studios and non-profit organizations in the DFW area including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas, Big Thought, Junior Players and Arts Net. ​

She has served as the pianist for several churches in the DFW area and continues to perform for weddings, corporate events and private parties. She enjoys writing worship songs and playing solo jazz piano and singing. 

 

Currently she is the Executive Director for New Song Music Academy which has equipped over 200 students to play music they truly enjoy. She believes that anyone can become a lifelong musician regardless of their profession. 

 
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Juan Duran CHaNG
artist in residencE
PIANO, VIOLA & VIOLIN

Juan Felipe Duran Chang was born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. His parents had a high standard of promoting knowledge in science, art and music from an early age.

He began studying piano and viola under the direction of Blanca Pulido, at the age of 4. He continued his piano studies at the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory of Music where he studied piano with Maestro Omar Gómez,Dr. Alejandra Sánchez and privately with Ingrid Algarra.

In addition, he was learning viola under the guidance of Professor Mari Gil, Maestro Pedro Vargas and Maestro José Guillermo Fuentes. He entered El Sistema, a national music education program, where he performed Gustav Mahler's second symphony under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel. He has participated in multiple master classes to develop his orchestral skills. 

 

He is a graduate of the U. E. N. San Francisco Javier and the U. E. Colegio Ilustre Americano in science. He holds bachelors degrees in Mathematics from the Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado and Music from the Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory of Music.

In 2015 he served as the  conductor of the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra and an orchestral and viola coach. He currently studies viola under Ellen Rose (principal violist for the Dallas Symphony 25+ years) and serves as the Artist in Residence for New Song Music Academy where he teaches piano, viola, violin and cello including group ensembles.

 
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Angelia Garrard
Programs Coordinator

Angelia is a native of Mississippi but has spent over the last thirty years near the surrounding areas  of New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

Her education includes an Associate of Arts degree in church music from Clarke College and a Bachelor of Music Degree from William Carey University where she studied music therapy under the direction of Carylee Hammons, voice under the direction of Josephine De arpa and classical piano under the direction of Dr. Jeff McLelland. 
 
While pursuing her studies, Angelia served as Minister of Music at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Union, MS and directed children church choirs at Temple Baptist Church in Hattiesburg, MS. 
 
Angelia became a board certified Music Therapist in 1989 and has a plethora of experience with early childhood music programs. She served in children’s ministry  for eighteen years as director, coordinator of volunteers and other roles at Church of the King in Mandeville, LA.

 

She brought her passion for music and children together by serving as a Vocal & Piano Instructor at the Louisiana Academy of Performing Arts. Most recently Angelia has joined New Song Music Academy as Programs Coordinator and is excited to serve NSMA's students and community in Dallas, Texas.

 

She is happily married to her husband Jim and they have three children: Jon, Grace and Joy.

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KARA GREINER
INTEGRATION SPECIALIST

Kara Smith grew up learning music all across the United States, studying under many teachers across the country including Michael Johnson, Jason Roy and cellist Lindsey Smith-Trostle. She has performed with the Sparkling Keys and Strings orchestra under the direction of Simone Parker and has served in worship as the pianist and cellist for numerous churches.

Kara has a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities with a Piano Performance focus from Thomas Edison State University where she studied under Sheila Threlfall and performed Mozart’s Sonata K. 283, Bach’s Praeludium VI, BWV 875 and Rachmaninoff’s Elegie, Op. 3, No. 1. She has performed at venues such as APSU Mabry Concert Hall, as well as for private parties and special events.

She graduated with a Masters of Arts in Media Arts and Worship from Dallas Theological Seminary with an emphasis in culture and theology.

Kara has over twenty years of experience in piano and has taught piano, ukulele, and beginner cello with music studios in Washington D.C., Dallas, TX., and Fayetteville, N.C. She enjoys teaching students of all ages and delights to watch students grow in their skill and enjoyment of their instrument.

 
 
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EMINE AKAR
PIANO, FLUTE AND UKULELE


Emine is a multi-instrumentalist in piano, ukulele and flute. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey. She has private and group teaching experience, and she loves to bring out the creativity, confidence, and musicianship out of her students. 

 

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Music from the University of Texas at Dallas. She studied classical piano under the direction of Dr. Catherine Parsoneault and Mary Medrick. She enjoyed performing as a solo pianist and as an accompanist to vocalists and other instrumental musicians.

 

She is very interested in music therapy and loves to connect people of different backgrounds with the unifying power of music. She also enjoys performing in weddings, cultural events, and special occasions. She is the pianist of Polyphonic Dallas, a Turkish band based in Richardson, Texas. 

 

In her free time, she loves to go camping, trying new coffee shops, and baking. She is very excited to share her passion in music with her students at New Song Music Academy. 

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BRAULIO GRANADO
GUITAR, VOICE, piANO, BASS

Braulio Granado was interested in music from a very young age. He started playing guitar and singing at the age of 13.  Braulio is a native of Dallas and quickly started performing as a rock guitarist and vocalist, playing with several groups as well as opening for international groups, playing music festivals, and recording music. 

 

In the last several years, he has performed in a wide variety of bands from Mariachi to Rock to Heavy Metal. Currently he is the group director and lead vocalist for Granado Mariachi.
 
He is a graduate of Dallas College with an Associates of Music where he studied a variety of instruments and genres including classical piano, classical/spanish guitar, pop and jazz. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Music in Guitar at the University of Texas At Arlington. 

He has taught for Academia Musical Valero and privately for the last 7 years including but not limited to a variety of instruments such as piano, electric bass, ukulele, vihuela and vocals. 

 
 
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Sara Bierschenk
Voice & piANO

Sara is a vocalist and pianist who has been teaching in formal music education for 7 years. She is a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and received her Bachelors of Music and Teacher's Certification at The University of Texas in Arlington in 2014. 

She is an alumna of the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas and the Downbeat Award winning BTW Latin Jazz Ensemble. She has studied under the direction of Dr. David Grogan and Dr. Jennifer Ciobanu.

 

She is an active member of the St. Thomas Aquinas Choir and has performed at the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Cathedral Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe as well as the Texas Music Educators Association and American Choral Directors Association conferences.

 

She performs for weddings and is also a Soprano section leader & Cantor at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Dallas.

She has served as the inaugural Director of Music and Choir Director at the St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic School in Dallas as well as the Choir Director at Daniel Intermediate School in the Duncanville Independent School District.

 

She currently teaches beginner piano students and intermediate to advanced vocal students for New Song Music Academy where she loves sharing the beauty of life through music.

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SANDRA ANDARI
VOICE & PIANO

By joining the New Song Music Academy, Sandra brings in a multitude of assets and skills which were acquired through her international and diversified upbringing. Born in France, educated in Lebanon, and well-acquainted with multi-cultural settings, she sets her mission to give back to the next generation and help form new musicians.

 

From an early age, her pianist mother instilled in her and her four siblings a passion for music. Sandra took piano and solfege lessons at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music for 7 years, which she followed up with 3 years of church choir experience.

 

Her love for music, coupled with her passion for teaching, have inspired her to embark on a journey of giving back in the form of private piano lessons in Richardson and Dallas, which she enjoys tremendously. Her ultimate goal is to shape educationally well-rounded individuals so that they can easily express themselves through music.

 

Sandra holds a Degree in Dental Surgery as well as in Orthodontics and Epidemiology. She likes to spend her spare time reading, exploring new scientific topics, and contributing to the community through volunteering. She strives to continuously offer her best in everything she endeavors.

 
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KEVIN HAWKINS
VOICE & PIANO

North Texas native Kevin Hawkins is a singer, songwriter and musician born and raised in the city of Lancaster, just outside of Dallas. Kevin studied music education and vocal performance at the prestigious University of North Texas College of Music.


He has also sung background for artists such as KeKe Wyatt and Mario and has opened for Dallas legend Erykah Badu as well as K. Michelle. Kevin has been featured in D Magazine, Dallas Observer, LA Times, E News, and NBC Insider just to name a few. In 2017 Kevin was the featured artist in Klyde Warren Park’s Summer Artists Series and headlined the 44th Harambee Festival. Kevin has also had the privilege of being on tour with Oprah Winfrey in 2020 and now his currently on Season 22 of THE VOICE.

 

Kevin still has a love and passion for teaching as he continues it to this day in addition to performing. His motto is no student is too young or too old to learn.

 
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SHAUN YU
Piano, VIOLIN AND HARP

Shaun Yu is pianist who is interested in different kinds of musical instruments. He has experience playing
in orchestras as a violinist and is now currently learning the Harp with Dr. Allison Read in University of
Texas at Dallas.


He is currently completing his undergraduate studies in Information Technology and music minor
concentrating in piano. He is currently studying under Dr. Domi Oh for solo piano performance and Dr.
Catherine Parsoneault for Collaborative Piano.


He is very interested in small group musical settings such as chamber music, piano duets and
instrumental piano accompaniment. He has experience in piano accompaniment for the violin, viola,
flute and voice.


In his free time, he likes to play video games and explore different kinds of music. He is excited to be
part of New Song Music Academy.

 
 
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VICTOR Piantanida
Piano

Victor Piantanida started playing drums at age 11 and quickly progressed in skill  throughout his early years. He has earned a bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from Belhaven University (Jackson, MS). He has experience in traditional jazz, be-bop, fusion, pop, funk, rock, country, and is most known for his modern worship drumming.

 

He has played with Thomas “Tiger” Rogers, Michael Adkins, Jacob Lowery,  and many others. He is currently the drummer for the worship group, “CHANEY”, and  independent artist, “Tyler Hook”.

 

Along with drumming, Victor is also an accomplished  soundtrack composer. He is known for his original music on PBS Artbound’s episode, “Deitch”, and the Emmy award winning documentary, “Fertile Ground”.