Meet the Staff
DARREN, FOUNDER AND TEACHER
DRUMS, PIANO, GUITAR, UKELELE, KIDZBANDZFor the last 15 years, Darren has been bringing the IHJ concept to area homes. Coming to Boston from Maryland, he studied music performance and business at The Berklee College of Music. Upon graduating in 1996, Darren toured with the Hypnotic Clambake and played in jazz bands and cover bands throughout Boston. Besides being a working musician, he is a pop songwriter and has recorded an original album in Los Angeles. Darren brings excitement and unique teaching methods, accompanied by a lot of laughter and learning to each jam-packed lesson!
GUITAR, DRUMS, PIANO, KIDZBANDZAmir was born into a musical family (his father plays guitar and sings), and is a lifelong Cambridge resident. He graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and has a degree from Skidmore College in New York. Amir plays in various rock and indie rock bands around Boston and performs at weekly gigs with his dad playing latin jazz. He has a special talent with connecting with the little ones (due to years of experience in kids programs) as well as rocking out with our older kids.
DRUMSHailing from Ohio, Jake came to Boston to attend Berklee on scholarship. His musical net is wide- he’s toured behind hip hop artists, metal bands, and even studied African rhythms in West Africa! Jake is upbeat, loves to jam with his students, and really knows how to connect with kids, beginner to advanced.
PIANO AND VOICESunny has been an area favorite for years, teaching hundreds of children how to play piano piano and sing their hearts out! Since graduating from the Berklee College of Music she has been performing her own original music from Boston to Manhattan. Sunny has put out two albums with her original rock band and scored two feature length films which were shown at many film festivals in NYC and LA. Several of her songs have been even been performed by the Pierce School Chorus in Newton! Sunny brings years of experience and the joy of music to each of her students, which is why she is such an in-demand teacher.
GUITAR, PIANO, BASSMauricio hails from Northeast Brazil and came to Boston on talent scholarship to attend The Berklee College of Music. Since graduating, he has been performing in a host of different bands, playing rock, pop, jazz and Brazilian music. Recently he has toured Japan with Racha Fora (brazilian group) and played throughout the Tri-State area with the John Hanifin Band. Maurcio brings his passion for music and patient personality to all of his InHome Jams lessons.
PIANO, GUITAR, BASSDegan is a super-popular teacher and brings his multi-faceted musicianship and upbeat personality to each lesson. On any given night, he can be found leading his own acclaimed rock band Body English or as an assistant director of Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra, a 12-piece epic-rock Ensemble. Degan’s forte is his multi-faceted musicianship and the sheer joy and positive vibe he brings to each lesson.
GUITAR, PIANO, DRUMS, KIDZBANDZA Needham-Native, Matthew is a guitarist, drummer, pianist, and singer/songwriter who is currently in the midst of earning his degree in Music Performance at The New England Conservatory in Boston. In addition to being on staff at InHome Jams, Matthew has spent his last 3 summers on the music faculty of The Charles River Creative Arts Program in Dover, coaching kids rock bands. Matthew’s musical tastes run the gamut from classic Beatles (he can play/sing a ton of their hits) to indie rock bands and the latest pop smashes. As a KidzBandz coach, Matthew balances each rehearsal with equal amounts of fun and hard work- which is why he is so popular with the kids.
PIANOChris hails from Bath, Maine and has had a passion for music all of his life. After receiving scholarships from Berklee College of Music’s World Scholarship Tour, and graduating cum laude, he received his Master’s degree, with honors, from New England Conservatory of Music in May of 2012. Chris brings his unique teaching approach and supportive demeanor to his students, relishing in developing their talent. n his own words “When kids learn for themselves that they can play a song and ‘wield’ a little of that magic, it feels a bit like having a superpower. As a teacher, there’s nothing more thrilling than watching them realize this.”