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We are pleased to offer lessons on an extensive selection of instruments, with instructors from Lincoln School faculty and the surrounding community.  A list of instructors is below.

To help you find a particular instrument, you may click on its name to jump: violincello, harp, drums/percussion, guitar, upright and electric bass, piano, and voice.


Chelsae Biggs, violin and viola

Chelsae Biggs loves teaching violin!  Before recently moving to Rhode Island, she ran a studio of 40 weekly students.  She has been playing violin for 14 years and teaching it for 7 years.  Growing up in the Twin Cities, MN, she participated in school groups and private lessons.  She was also a member of The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony for 8 years.  After graduating, she played for various community orchestras as well as professionally.  Chelsea would like all prospective students to know that violin lessons are really fun, and she encourages you to try it!  Whether you are a beginner or want to take your playing to the next level, lessons with her will make it easy and exciting to learn.


Sheila Zuccarellovoice

Everyone has a voice! Sheila Zuccarello is dedicated to helping her students discover and nurture their own. Sheilaearned her Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance in 2009. She has worked as a mentor for The Junior Providence Singers, helping to prepare them for performances with the RI Philharmonic Orchestra. Sheila also teaches voice at Moses Brown School and was the soprano soloist for their performance of Schubert's "Mass in G" in May 2013. A lover of art song, Sheila can be heard performing the music of Schubert and Faure in seasonal recitals at The Music Mansion in Providence. In addition to teaching and performing, Sheila is the Director of Music at St. Mary of the Bay Parish in Warren, RI.

Joseph Bentley, upright and electric bass 

Born and raised in Cranston Rhode Island, Joseph is a freelance classical double bassist, who works frequently around southern New England. He recently made his way back to his home state after earning his MA in Double Bass at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he studied with Duncan McTier and Graham Mitchell. He is currently earning a Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, a special teaching certificate with a focus on private lessons. While in the UK, Joseph was also the double bass instructor at the King’s College, London.

Since his beginnings as a self-taught bass guitarist, Joseph has become comfortable in many styles outside of what is ‘normal’ classical training. Rockabilly slap bass, bluegrass, jazz, gospel, funk, rock, and even metal are all styles that Joseph has played and taught. He loves the double bass, and is excited for the opportunity to share that with everyone he can – and to help his students realize their potential, and love for music.


Cheryl Faria, piano

Cheryl Faria loves to play and teach piano and is excited about helping Lincoln School students learn the joys of piano playing. She grew up in a musical family and began taking classical piano lessons at the age of six. Ms. Faria has dual undergraduate degrees in Music and Art Education and has a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA). She is also certified by the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Her repertoire includes classical piano works, popular standards and original compositions. Recent performance venues include the Rhode Island College Recital Series, Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, Studio 34 Dance Shows and the Hallworth House. When not playing or teaching piano, she works part-time for the RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School researching and writing grant applications. Her other passions include gardening, jazz dance, local 1600’s history and travel.

Eric Hastings, drums/percussion

Eric Hastings is a musician whose career has included a wide variety of touring, recording, and teaching experiences. He composes and produces music for TV and film. He has performed and recorded with jazz combos, rock groups, singer-songwriters, world music ensembles, hip hop collectives, pop bands, electronic acts, blues bands, and experimental artists. Eric co-founded NCM East Records, a label dedicated to nurturing artists and releasing music that pushes creative boundaries. He has overseen the licensing of the releases internationally and to over 250 different TV shows, films and other new media outlets. As an educator, Eric teaches private drum lessons, conducts rhythm section workshops, and music business and technology seminars. He co-founded, Creative Music Adventures, a Seattle-based music education group dedicated to providing students with hands-on education focused on improvisation and ensemble interplay. He can currently be found on stage or in the studio with the likes of Anna Coogan, Tania Alexandra, Collective Acoustics, Kim Lamothe Tree-oh, Leah Carlson, Paul Williams, Gin Mill Jane, Justice on a Budget, Cuchata, Don McCloskey, Drums & Circuits, the Michael Stegner Trio, and The Jongleurs.


Matt Knippel, cello  

 [Program Coordinator]

Matthew Knippel is best known for bringing a smile and energy to the stage. Originally trained in classical music and jazz at Lawrence Conservatory and the University of Minnesota in Education and Cello Performance, Matthew is currently Principal Cellist and board member of RI Philharmonic Community Orchestra. He maintains an active performing schedule with solo and ensemble work at Brown University, Roger Williams University, Providence College, and Rhode Island College. Matthew was a cellist in the South Dakota Symphony, Oshkosh Symphony, was principal of the Southwestern Minnesota Symphony, and and active sub for Mississippi Valley Orchestra, and the Manitowoc Symphony.  Matthew also found great success playing bass for jazz, brazilian, and latin groups, gaining tenure with the famous 'Latin Sounds Orchestra' in 2005, cuban prodigy Viviana Pintado in 2009, and as bassist for the 'Working Stiffs'.  Matthew is a regular on TV and Jazz 88.5 FM, as well as at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival main stage and legendary Dakota Club. 

As an educator and group leader, Matthew directs orchestra and choirs at Lincoln School in Providence, RI. He has directed major musicals there including 'Singing in the Rain', 'Little Abner', and 'Meet Me in St. Louis'.  In 2013, his youth ensemble performed an outstanding rendition of the entirety of Bach's 'Brandenburg no. 4'. He works with ensembles at Community Music Works, and has formed ensembles for Walker West Music Academy and the Eagan Youth Symphony. He has arranged and conducted for Sinatra Live Big Band, and is a tenured bass player for the group. Matthew is grateful to all of the instructors and friends who provided opportunities to make music and believe in him.


Kevin Koehler,


Kevin Koehler is a New York native who moved to Rhode Island in 2010 to pursue a Masters degree at the University of Rhode Island. He began playing the violin 18 years ago and loves to share his passion with his students. He has played for various symphony orchestras including the Sound Symphony and Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra. Kevin is also a member of the La Bella Musica chamber ensemble and company. Kevin welcomes students of all ages to study the violin and unlock their true potential as musicians.


Judith Mitchell, harp and piano

Judith G. Mitchell graduated from the University of Rhode Island where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. After a career in social work, she decided to pursue her lifelong passion for music. She studied with Hunjung Choi, assistant professor of harp, at Brown University and Dr. Eleanor Carlson, former Chair of the music department at UMASS Dartmouth. She is the former president of the Southeastern Chapter of MMTA and is a member of MTNA.  She is a member of the American Harp Society and a former president of the Shoreline Chapter for harpists, which includes Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.  Presently, she serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Fall River Symphony, Fall River, MA. In addition to teaching piano and harp at Lincoln, she teaches both instruments privately and performs at various venues with her levered and pedal harps. In her spare time she is a square dancer with the Portsmouth, RI Town Howlers.

“Do not neglect your music. It will sweeten many hours of life for you. It furnishes a delightful recreation for hours of respite from the cares of the day. Music is the passion of my soul.”  Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States, and accomplished violinist.



 Marcia Taylor, guitar and voice

Marcia Taylor has taught performing arts at Lincoln for the past twelve years. She graduated from the Hartt College of Music with a Bachelor of Music in classical guitar performance. She has toured the U.S. and Canada as a solo singer/songwriter, and also as a member of the topical/folk/cabaret group Bright Morning Star. Marcia has released three albums of original songs. When not teaching at Lincoln, she teaches guitar, voice and songwriting, and enjoys honing her storytelling and Spanish-speaking skills. She likes to think of herself as, among many other things, a ‘musical midwife’.


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