Hungry Monk Music provides quality teaching instruction for all ages and all abilities. Our teaching staff includes some of the areas most experienced and qualified artists. Our staff hold degrees in music performance and/or music education. Lessons are set up by appointment. Times and fees vary.

Call to set up a lesson: 843-571-3857

Hazel Ketchum - Piano / Guitar / Banjo / Lute / Irish Drum /  Music For Young Children

Co-owner of Hungry Monk Music, Hazel holds degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Southern California. Hazel has taught music in SC public and private schools, at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and has been Artist-in-Residence at the Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Center in Ohio, among many other teaching posts. Hazel is a certified Music For Young Children teacher. Hazel is an active performer as a soloist and with her group The Hungry Monks.

John Holenko - Guitar / Mandolin / Banjo 

Co-owner of Hungry Monk Music, John holds degrees in Classical Guitar Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern California. John has taught throughout the Charleston area at public and private schools, Charleston Southern University, and Creative Spark. John has several music books published by Mel Bay Publications. An active performer, John has played with The Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Na Fidleiri, and his group The Hungry Monks.

Loretta Haskell - Piano/Voice 

Loretta Haskell’s professional training began at Furman University and continued in Chicago at Northwestern University and in New York City where she performed numerous concerts, operas and recitals.  She has maintained a private voice studio in Charleston since 1994 and has been employed by Harbor View Presbyterian Church  for the last six years where she is currently serving as Organist and Chancel Choir Director, as well as the Children's Choir Director. In Charleston she has performed as a soprano soloist with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Charleston Chamber Music Society. Additionally, Ms. Haskell served as Dean for the Charleston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists from 2010-2012.

Pam Wiley - Violin / Viola / O’Connor Method Instructor

Pamela Wiley holds degrees from Carleton College in Minnesota and The American University in Washington, D.C. For the past 30 years, she maintained a private studio and directed a performing Suzuki Violin Group in Harrisburg, PA. Ms. Wiley has written several articles for the National Suzuki Journal. She is currently a contracted member of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra. Pam is also the Director of Education and Teacher Training for the O’Connor Method.

Cindy Kearney - Music For Young Children / Piano 

Cindy began playing the piano and singing as a child.  After receiving a BA from Florida State University, she studied jazz as a postbaccalaureate at Georgia State University.  For the past 15 years, she has performed jazz, blues, and r&b throughout the Southeast.  She plays the piano, Hammond B-3 Organ, and sings.  Since relocating to Charleston, she balances being the mother of two young children, teaching music, and playing occasional gigs with her husband in a jazz combo.

John Wiley - Violin

John Wiley has a BA degree from Franklin and Marshall College and attended Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.  He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Westminster Choir, The USAF Singing Sergeants, Berkshire Boys’ Choir, The Washington National Cathedral Choir, The New York Philharmonic, the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and most recently in the South Carolina area with the Beaufort Symphony Orchestra, Long Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Terry Ryan - Guitar, Banjo, Bass

Terry began playing guitar at age 12. Terry has performed with Byron Berline, Dan Crary, and Mason Williams. Terry studied with Sam Dorsey at Norfolk State University and Michael Johnson at the University of Alabama, and has performed in master classes with David Russell and Olivier Chassain. He has released three recordings: “4:00 A.M. and Other Times”, “Potpourri”, a collection of classical, original, and easy listening instrumentals, and “Better Late Than Never”, a co production with his wife Lauretta that includes 10 original songs. Terry is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Music For Young Children

is a classroom program for student and parent. Using the keyboard as their primary instrument, students learn not only piano skills, but also basic music concepts: note recognition, rhythm, singing, and music theory.

There are five age-appropriate beginning levels:
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2 and 3 year olds can begin with Sunrise

3 and 4 year olds begin as Sunshines

5 and 6 year olds begin as Sunbeams

7 and 8 year olds begin as Moonbeams

The fourth level, Music Your Best Choice, is a two-year

program for teens and adults.


Damian Kremer - Cello

Cellist Damian Kremer received degrees from Michigan State, Western Illinois, and Boston Universities.  Damian has performed around the world as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician including as Principal Cellist with the Chautauqua Festival Orchestra, the Mozarteum Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, and has also been a member of the New World Symphony, the Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon, Portugal, the Honolulu Symphony, and the Savannah Symphony. A cellist in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra since 1997, Mr. Kremer has also been on the faculty of the College of Charleston.

Debbie Heimberger - Piano 

Debbie Heimberger studied classical piano at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, and later graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA with a BA in Piano Performance. She has also earned an MA in Leadership at Shorter University in Rome, GA.  She has taught private and group piano lessons for the last 30+ years - from beginner to advanced students, from ages 6 to adult.  The genres she teaches include classical, jazz, contemporary and pop.  She also coaches students in music theory, music composition and music history.  She is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, as well as the South Carolina and Charleston Music Teachers Associations.

Ellie Jos - Violin 

Ellie Jos began playing violin at the age of 5.  Her violin studies began in Charleston, South Carolina where she studied classically in addition to participating in Na Fidleiri, a Celtic fiddle group. She has a Masters Degree in violin performance from University of Minnesota where she studied with Sally O’Reilly.  Her Bachelors Degree is from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied under Kevin Lawrence.  She performed in many master classes including a chamber music master class with David Finckel, of the Emerson String Quartet.  She has been the concertmistress as well as section player for the opera orchestra and symphony orchestra at UNCSA.   She is trained in all three books of the Mark O’Connor Method as well as all ten books of the Suzuki Method and loves to teach.

Kumi Bergman - MYC & Piano 

Kuni Bergman was born in Japan and started studying piano at age 4. She also learned to play the koto, a Japanese folk instrument.  After moving to the United States, she sang with the Columbia Choral Society and Charleston Symphony Orchestra Choir for several years.  Kumi began her involvement  with the Music For Young Children program when her own daughter was 4 and enrolled in the program. Kumi teaches both MYC and private piano at Hungry Monk Music. She currently performs with the Japanese drumming group, Taiko Charleston.

Jonathan Kammer - Saxophone                                               Jonathan Kammer is a saxophonist and music instructor in the greater Charleston, SC area. He is a 2002 graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music. Mr. Kammer presented and coached numerous master classes. He has performed with the critically acclaimed PRISM saxophone quartet. Mr. Kammer is the adjunct sax teacher for Charleston County SOA, as well as Cario and Moultrie Middle School Bands. Jonathan is a member of the New Music Collective and a musician with Annex Dance Company. Mr. Kammer performs with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the North Charleston Pops Orchestra, and Chamber Music Charleston.

Matt Masie - Drums/Percussion

Originally from Holbrook, New York, Mathew Masie attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and received his Master’s of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago. When he is not teaching at Hungry Monk Music, Mathew keeps himself busy playing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the North Charleston Pops Orchestra, Charleston Stage, and The Hungry Monks.

Tom Noren - Classical Guitar/Childbloom Guitar

Tom Noren is an active performer and educator who has made the Charleston area home since 2005. He is the director of the Childbloom Guitar program of the Low Country and has introduced scores of young children to the joy of guitar. In addition, Tom is  the assistant choir director at The Cooper School and an Engaging Creative Minds Partner. As a performer he has toured and recorded with the New World Guitar Trio and the HourGlass Ensemble. His most recent group, Porto Seguro, specializes in music from his native Brazil. He studied Classical Guitar with David Leisner at the New England Conservatory, where he received a masters degree in performance

Childbloom Guitar Program

The Childbloom Guitar program is a comprehensive musical education program for children between the ages of 5 and 12. It was developed in 1980 by Kevin Taylor, of Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. The Childbloom Guitar Method is currently being used by educators throughout the nation and is the largest program of its kind in the United States. If its children's guitar lessons you are looking for, Childbloom's guitar lessons for kids are the best! 

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