Albert Einstein

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.



Alice Laurissa Director

Alice Laurissa has a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Master of Music in Jazz Voice from Howard University. Alice has been classically trained in piano in New York City at various schools including, Harlem School of the Arts, The Copland School of Music at Queens College and has graduated from LaGuardia H.S. of Music and Art and Performing Arts “Fame”. Alice has taught at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. as well as The Lowell School. She has had an opportunity to teach at the Summer Institute for the gifted at the UCLA Campus in California. Her students have been able to travel and perform in local schools, churches in addition to travel abroad to places like Africa experience the culture of the people of Kenya.


Kelly-Marie Mingo Manager of LJMS

Manager of LJMS – Bio Coming Soon


Sofia Juan Musical Teacher / Choral Teacher

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and currently based in New York City, Sofia Juan is a singer-songwriter, actress and performer. With an eclectic background in Musical Theater, Jazz and Tango, Sofia has been singing all her life. She has recorded, performed and collaborated on a number of projects with different groups and renowned musicians. Her unique and versatile voice afforded her the opportunity of touring through Europe and the Americas. In 2009 she founded Amapola Dry, a electro-tango project, with multi-awarded producer Martin Fuks. They released their first album in 2013, mixed in NYC with the Grammy winner engineer Pablo Arraya. Sofia began studying at the School of Julio Bocca & Ricky Pashkus at the age of 13. She also studied music as a voice major at EMBA – Escuela de Música de Buenos Aires.  She graduated from AMDA NY conservatory program with a degree in Musical Theater. As an educator she has been teaching for more than 7 years in different music institutions, non-profits and schools in Buenos Aires, and in NYC such as Casita Maria, Teatro Sea and Joy of Music Studio. She is now working on her first solo album, to be released in 2016, mixing her Latin roots, with Pop and Electronic Music.

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Sapphire Greene Teaches Piano and Beginning Voice

Ms. Greene is the visual arts teacher South Bronx Academy for Applied Media through Scarsdale Strings, an organization that provides arts programs to New York City and Westchester County schools. Ms. Greene graduated from Temple University in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, violin concentration. She has obtained an Instructional I Certificate in Music K-12 in the state of Pennsylvania and a New York State Conditional Certificate in Music K-12 and is working toward her Initial Certificate in New York State. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Ms. Greene taught group instruction at the Philadelphia String Project, which is part of the National String Project Consortium (NSPC). This program provides instruction in bowed string instruments for upper elementary students. Ms. Greene has studied with Barbara Sonies and performed in Temple University’s Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia and Opera Orchestra, in addition to performing in chamber ensembles. Ms. Greene was formerly the treasurer of the Delta Mu chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota and Vice President of the Temple University chapter of the American String Teachers Association.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love; that is the soul of genius