Piano Teachers

Get to Know Us


Jake Malone-Brancato

Jake Malone-Brancato has experience teaching music to all skill levels and ages. He has worked as an instructor for a day program at People Inc. in which he led a music group for adults with disabilities. Jake is well-studied in classical and jazz piano and is an active member of three bands. He is a graduate from the University at Buffalo, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2014. During that time, Jake was a member of UB’s Jazz Big Band and Jazz Combo groups where he played both piano and trumpet.

He studied under the direction of local jazz greats Dave Schiavone, Bobby Militello, and George Caldwell. He has also studied piano privately with his father Joe Brancato since the age of 6.

He was nominated for Rising Star and Best Jazz Piano awards in the JazzBuffalo’s 2017 and 2018 annual musician’s poll.


Jennifer May

Jennifer May currently teaches private lessons on Piano, Bass, Guitar, Ukele & Recorder. Jenny May has been a professional bassist since 1982. She is the founder and leader of an all female 15 piece big band. Jennifer May has been with our community for 5 years.

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Rick Nicosia

Rick is a classically trained pianist who shares his love for music through teaching piano to various ages and skill levels. During his years of playing the piano, Rick has played in a wide variety of settings spanning multiple genres. He has experience in pit orchestra, jazz combos and big bands, and classical repertoire.

Rick was a Buffalo Rising Star nominee, a finalist in the Oishei Children’s Hospital Brahms Competition, a Louis Armstrong Jazz Award recipient, and continuously placed highest in the county for jazz piano in the NYSSMA festivals. Rick hopes to bridge the gap of classical music and the modern era through his teachings, and get students excited about the music that has stood the test of time.


Kathleen Dunne

Kathleen shares her love for music through teaching beginner piano and flute. Katie is a Music Education Major at Buff State. Please welcome Kathleen to our Community as a new staff member.


Erin Keppner

Erin Keppner earned her Masters of Music at DePaul University in Chicago, where she studied with the principal flutist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Previously, Erin completed her Bachelors of Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York City. As a native of Western New York and a graduate of Iroquois Central Schools, Erin has performed with ensembles such as the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Erie Chamber Orchestra, Erie County Wind Ensemble, and Cheektowaga and Orchard Park Symphonies.


Passionate about music education, Erin has over ten years of experience teaching flute/piccolo, piano, music theory and general music. Her students have earned positions in ECMEA and NYSSMA honor ensembles, as well as college music programs. She has taught for organizations such as The People’s Music School (Chicago, IL,) Rhythm NY (Queens, NY,) The Art of Piano Playing (Long Island, NY,) The Aaron Copland School of Music (Queens, NY) and Iroquois Summer Lesson program (Elma, NY.) Erin specializes in teaching flute, piccolo, piano and ukulele.