The extraordinary experience and artistry of the Community Music School Faculty provides the critical foundation for students’ musical journeys. Our goals are to awaken and inspire the imaginative self within our students; to help students gain a profound appreciation of art and creation; to support each student in the quest to connect with music in a meaningful way; and to provide students with a vision of their inherent potential and the tools required to realize that potential.

“The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school demands from the teacher that he be a kind of artist in his province.”

Albert Einstein

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Derison Duarte — UNC-CMS Director, Piano

A full bio on Mr. Duarte is available on the UNC Music Department Faculty/Staff page.

Inessa Fishbeyn-Reeve — Early Childhood

Inessa Fishbeyn-Reeve graduated with an M.A. in music education and early child development from Kazan University in 1985. She worked as a music teacher in Kazan and Kiev and, for 23 years, at Bnai Shalom Jewish Day School in Greensboro, N.C., where she created and taught the music curriculum for children from PS-2 to 8th grade. She holds a N.C. teaching license. She has taught piano privately and served as choral director of intergenerational and children’s choruses. She is interested in opera and music literature, has been an active member of folk and Israeli dancing groups, and has implemented a school folk dance program. She has two grown-up daughters, both UNC graduates, and lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, C.D.C. Reeve, a UNC philosophy professor.

Samantha Owen — Piano FacultySamantha Owen

Samantha has been studying piano for nearly 20 years.  She holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Delaware, and a M.M. in Piano Pedagogy from Temple University.  She has studied with Dr. Charles Abramovic, as well as pedagogue Dr. Maria Del Pico Taylor. Her teaching experiences include private piano lessons, group piano classes, and youth musical theatre directing.  Samantha has taught with a community music program for 5 years, working with students of all ages and musical abilities. Samantha’s philosophy as a teacher is to create an enjoyable environment for learning the piano and studying music; she gears lessons towards each individual student and their own personal musical goals. An avid performer and collaborator, Samantha has worked with solo vocalists and instrumentalists, chamber groups, choirs, and theatre companies as both accompanist and arranger.  Hailing from Long Island, NY, Samantha moved to Chapel Hill in 2018.

Elizabeth Morgan — Student-Teacher of Voice

Elizabeth Morgan WebSoprano Elizabeth Morgan is a sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill working toward a degree in music education. She has studied voice for six years and is currently a student of Dr. Louise Toppin, chair of the UNC Music Department. She has also taken two levels of piano class at UNC with professor Derison Duarte. Her focus of vocal study is classical literature, although she also has experience in musical theater. Her major roles have included Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof and Mrs. Banks in Mary Poppins, both performed with the NRCA Squire Theatre. She is entering her second year as a member of the UNC Chamber Singers under the direction of Professor Susan Klebanow and hopes to pursue a career in teaching.

Pocock, Ar. WebAriel Pocock — Jazz Piano and Voice Faculty

Ariel Pocock has received international acclaim as an equally captivating jazz pianist, vocalist, and composer. Recognized by notable institutions such as Downbeat Magazine, the Kobe-Seattle International Jazz Vocal Competition and the Essentially Ellington Competition at Lincoln Center, Ariel is steadily gaining momentum as a uniquely gifted and versatile musician with both her “true facility for…sinewy jazz piano [and] breezy, achingly plain-spoken vocal chops…” (Seattle Times). A captivating performer, Pocock has headlined at many notable venues and music festivals, including Ronnie Scott’s London Club, the Iowa City Jazz Festival, the Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival, the Stanford Jazz Festival, the Bellevue Jazz Festival and in July 2015 had the opportunity to perform at the prestigious Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Ms. Pocock is a recent graduate of the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

Pocock, A. WebAleen Pocock — Piano Faculty

Aleen Pocock holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance. She has studied with Larry Graham and C. Curtis Smith, as well as James Dick at the Round Top Festival in Texas and with Anthony de Bonaventura at Colby College in Maine. Mrs. Pocock has served as staff accompanist for Butler University and the Forest Ridge School in Bellevue, Washington. She has also performed as concerto soloist with the Capriccio Chamber Orchestra, the Boise Philharmonic, and the Kalamazoo Symphony, where she also was principal pianist. Mrs. Pocock is currently on the faculty at North Carolina Central University serving as staff accompanist and the accompanies for the UNC Women’s Glee Club.

Billy Stewart — Guitar

A full bio on Mr. Stewart is available on the UNC Music Department Faculty/Staff page.Stewart Web

Sierriana Terry — Student-Teacher of Piano

A native of North Carolina, Sierriana Terry is a 3rd Year Graduate Student, who received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from North Carolina Central University (Summa Cum Laude). Her research interests include issues of musical characterization in Japanese Anime and American Cartoons. Her secondary interests include contemporary African American studies in Broadway, musical theater and popular music, and protest culture within music festivals held by people of color in South America, similar to America’s very own AfroPunk festival. Her Master’s Thesis focuses on the explorations of blackness and the construction of a black sonic aesthetic in Donald Glover’s most recent television series Atlanta. Sierriana looks forward to contributing to the burgeoning field of public musicology and engaging the public in discussions about popular music.