Meet Our Instructors

Nicoletta Ciampa2Nicoletta Ciampa – Voice Instructor

Nicoletta Ciampa is a recent WVU School of Music graduate.  She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the American Choral Directors Association. As a student, she studied with Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Koehler and performed with the WVU University Singers, WVU Choral Union, WVU Opera Scenes, and the WVU School of Theatre & Dance.  She will be returning to West Virginia University in fall of 2015 to pursue a M.A. and certification in elementary education. 

Nicoletta’s teaching philosophy is that all skills – learned, practiced, and retained through musical study – can be applied to any life skill or career.  It is her goal to inspire and cultivate creative skills that will last a lifetime in students of all ages.  She wishes to share the sparks of inspiration that were given to her by her many teachers.  Within individual lessons, Nicoletta will work to set mutual goals between herself and every student based on his/her musical aspirations. She is honored to see all of her students grow onstage and off.

Nicoletta is available to teach all levels of voice instruction, beginner through advanced. Voice lessons are $250 for ten 30-minute lessons and $400 for ten 60-minute lessons.


Irina ManukovaIrina Manukova – Piano

Irina Manukova received her MS degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgian Polytechnic University with Russian education in 1979. In 1973, she graduated from Musical College specializing in piano. Irina joined the Department of Foreign Languages at WVU in 2006, and she taught advanced-level Russian Courses since. Mrs. Manukova’s interests include languages, playing piano, and working with students. She speaks Russian, Armenian, Georgian, and a little Ukrainian. She enjoys working and interacting with students and giving them the opportunity to learn new and exciting information.




amy rogers smith Amy Rodgers Smith, MT-BC

Amy has been a Board Certified Music Therapist since 2007.  She is the Founder and Executive Director of On A Better Note Music Therapy, LLC.  Amy is currently working toward a Master of Music degree in Music Therapy at Colorado State University. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.  Amy studied voice as her primary instrument and is proficient in guitar, piano, and percussion.  She completed her music therapy internship at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.  During her internship, Amy gained experience working with patients in palliative care, oncology, hospice, pediatrics, and psychiatry.

After her internship, Amy founded On A Better Note Music Therapy in Houston, TX where she primarily served infants, children, adolescents, and adults with developmental disabilities.  She became the Director of Music Therapy at Alvin Independent School District and began a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Special Education at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX.  During her time in Houston, she also served as the Secretary of the Southwest Region of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA). When Amy’s husband took a new job in Alexandria, VA, she took the opportunity to gain experience teaching toddlers in a preschool setting; exploring the concepts she had learned in her graduate studies.  Amy gained valuable insight and experience during her time at Trinity MOPS Child Development Center.

Amy is the current Chair of the West Virginia State Task Force, which works with the American Music Therapy Association and the Certification Board for Music Therapists to advocate for music therapy in our state.  She is also consulting with West Virginia University as they work to establish an undergraduate degree program in music therapy.

Asta the DrummerTammy Tennant – Hand Percussion

Born in Washington, D.C. in 1972 and raised in Dale City, VA, Tammy Tennant began hand drumming in the fall of 2006 at West Virginia State University in Institute, WV. She studied the various styles of traditional drums that the classes had to offer including d'jembe, doumbek, talking drum, conga, and bell. Tammy expanded on her education three months later after learning of a local bellydance troupe with a drum circle that played for them. In addition to the drums she used various handheld percussion instruments like tambourine, shakers, zills and 2 tone wooden agogo under the instruction of the drum leader. Other skills include playing live music on stage for bellydance performances in various places including The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulfer Springs, WV and leading a simple drum circle. She is also known as Asta in drum circles and in bellydance. 

After moving to Morgantown in 2008, she was invited to join the Morgantown Drum Circle by founder, Ann Kling. The drum circle is open to all, no experience required, and is free. We meet on the first and second Saturdays of every month at MAC from 11:30 am – 1 pm. We teach, jam, share stories, and sometimes have public performance opportunities. Instruments are provided for everyone to try out.

Anthony DouglasAnthony Douglas – Drum Instructor

Anthony is a well-rounded man of many disciplines: independent extreme metal drummer, clinican, educator, private drum instructor, composer. He is also the owner and member of drum workshop program called: Extreme Drumming, Drummers do it BEST.

Born in March of 1977, he started playing guitar at age 10.  Later, at age 12, he picked up his first drum set and began to play. It was at that time Anthony joined his first band, playing local shows and live sessions.

His many years of studio experience includes work with multiple bands such as:  Lucif, Delverance, BloodRush, and many others. Anthony joined Ground Zero Disciples in 2004, recorded 4 albums with them and helped them push forward to the extreme metal scene.

Anthony uses Evans drum heads, axil pedals, and extreme headphones.

His inspirations include: Buddy Rich, Cozy Powell,  John Bonham, Keith Moon, Simon Kirke, Stewart Copeland, Carl Palmer, Bill Bruford, Jon Hiseman, Vinnie Colainta, Terry Bonzona, Nicko Mecbrain, Mike Terrana, Danny Carey, Dave Lomburdo, Vinnie Paul, Steve Asheim, George Kollius, Martin Axenrot, Frost, Hell Hammer, INFERNO, and many others.


Stephen Pavlovic – Visual Arts Instructor

Stephen Pavlovic is a Morgantown native who received a BA in visual arts at Kenyon College and MFA at UNC Chapel Hill. He has lived across three continents, and has experienced art across many cultures, and MAC is pleased to have him educating the next generation of artists in our community!



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