Ben Bowman is a graduate of UMA, holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music with a concentration in performance. He brings 7 years of teaching experience, (Drumset, Hand Percussion, Latin Percussion, Piano, Bass Guitar, Trumpet) in addition to public performing as a member of a number of bands in a variety of venues. He lives in Augusta and is building a small home in Pittston. In his free time, he enjoys home-brewing and building lithium electric vehicles.
Dianne Gorman has provided piano lessons to students of all ages since 1992. Specializing in beginners and young children, she has also had success teaching autistic children. With an earlier career working in public schools, she employs teaching skills learned as an elementary school teacher. She is a member and officer with Central Maine Music Teachers Association as well as with Maine Music Teachers Association. Part of her teaching program involves participation in recitals and concerts held at various public locations with themes such as Patriotic Piano Duets, Jazz and Blues, Christmas Carols, etc.
Seth Pillsbury grew up in a musical family; both of his parents played music extensively throughout Maine as he grew up. He graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with a degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music. He has been playing guitar for 20 years, and teaching for 15. He plays all over the state year round, playing electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and occasionally mandolin
Christine Little is our AAS Program Coordinator, she teaches expressive art, creative dance therapy and Christine received her BFA in Dance from the Boston Conservatory and her MA in Dance Movement Therapy from Naropa University. She has taught dance and creative movement to children and adults for over 30 years and still feels joyful and passionate about her art. Christine plays a variety of musical instruments and is a certified Music Mind Games teacher. In addition, she has had extensive training in Recreation Therapy and brings all of this experience to bear when facilitating individual and group creative arts sessions.
Marian is an accomplished singer and theatrical artist who brings a versatile background to her work on stage and into the teaching studio. A veteran of national Broadway tours and regional theatre productions, her favorite roles include: Cosette in Les Misérables, Christine in Phantom, Mother in Bright Lights, Big City, Marian in The Music Man, Fleur in Esmeralda (world premiere), Mary Jane Wilkes in Big River and Fiona in Brigadoon.
Brendan Wilson is teaching private lessons and music theory at the Arts After School Program at Snow Pond Center for the Arts. Brendan was born in Ivins, Utah, starting piano at age 5.He continued to play some piano and sing through high school until making a decision to pursue in Music Education at the University of Vermont, receiving a Bachelor's in 2014.