FACULTY

MIRIAM MORALES

Piano, Guitar & Voice Instructor

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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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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JOSUE RIOS

Piano, Electric & Acoustic Guitar

Josue Rios grew up around musicians for most of his life, and has had a deep rooted love for music since he can remember. He is now a multi-instrumentalist. 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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ANNE-CLAIRE CUMMINGS

Piano  & Violin Instructor

Anne-Claire’s love for music started at a very young age. She grew up in a family of musicians and has been playing the piano since she was 6 years old. 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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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 resides in Dallas 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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Anne-claire cummings 
piANO & Violin

 

Anne-Claire’s love for music started at a very young age. She grew up in a family of musicians and has been playing the piano since she was 6 years old. She played piano and violin at various school, church, and community events and weddings during high school. She went on to double major in music and psychology at Auburn University. She has studied classical piano under Dr. Jeremy Samolesky, functional piano under Dr. Joshua Pifer, and classical violin under Dr. Eugenia Cleary.  

 

During her senior year of college, she interned at Auburn Community Church in worship leadership. Here, Anne-Claire’s love for playing piano and leading worship grew, and this led her to currently pursue a Masters in Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary. She enjoys songwriting and is currently working on her first worship album.  

 

Anne-Claire desires to cultivate a love for music that will stay with students for a lifetime and be an encouragement for them to pursue their musical goals. She is thrilled to teach with New Song Music Academy!  

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Emine
EMINE AKAR
PIANO 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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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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JOSUE RIOS
guitar & Piano

Josue Rios grew up around musicians for most of his life, and has had a deep rooted love for music since he can remember. He plays guitar and piano and is a graduate of

Aliento Music School.  

 

For the past 4 years he’s been working with worship bands in the DFW area as well as with a personal project called The Yeti in Texas. In the last year he’s worked with groups such as Dirt Pile, a modern rock group, and Burgess Book, an RnB/Soul collective. He enjoys writing music and genres of focus are Jazz, Blues, Modern Rock and Folk.

 

Currently he is completing a Bachelors degree in Jazz Improvisation and Creative Writing from the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Appleton, Wisconsin.

 

Apart from practicing, in his free time he loves to write and draw. Josue is thrilled to be able to share his love for music by teaching with New Song Music Academy.