About Us / Instructor Bios
Robert Pesa - Drums and Percussion
Robert has been a professional and semi-professional musician for over 35 years. He held a position at Brockton's Dick Johnson's Music Center for 12 years as private drum instructor, group ensemble instructor, operations manager, and events coordinator. He pursued a career in computers (his second love) in 1990, while continuing his music career through general business band engagements, community theater, and teaching. He has studied privately with several great instructors including Dick Johnson and Dick DiCenso, and has continued to further his music education through private study and Master Classes, as well as current enrollment in drum legend Dave Weckl's music school. He is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society, the Sabian Education Network, and the D'Addario Education Collective, and regularly performs with various bands and community theater groups. He is proficient in all types of of music, and has a particular affinity for Jazz and Latin drumming. He recently published a a story about his early music career in the "Weekend Warrior" segment for Drumhead Magazine.
Robert's private instruction includes a blend of fundamentals, reading, technique, and musicianship, as well as a focus on a deep love of music and having fun with the instrument. He frequently uses online media such as YouTube in his lessons, and loves when students come in excited to learn something they saw or heard. He is passionate about helping students become not only drummers, but musicians.
Aleksandra (Aleks) Donato - Voice, Piano
Aleks holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music for Vocal Performance from Westfield State University, where she spent four years on the Dean's List and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She is an active member of the Massachusetts American Choral Directors Association, and participates regularly in opera and musical theater performances. Aleks also recently completed her Certified McClosky Voice Technician (CMVT) certification. Her teaching experience includes vocal and piano instructor positions at music education facilities in Sharon, MA, Feeding Hills, MA, and Westfield, MA. Aleks is also a graduate of our very own Norton High School.
Beau Smith - Piano
Beau holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from University of Massachusetts. He has been providing private instruction on piano since 2010, while continuing his study of music and performance and participating in several chorus and chamber ensembles. He was the recipient of UMass Dartmouth Margot Neugebauer Award in 2014. Beau has an affinity for classical music, but is well-versed on all styles including contemporary and pop. He enjoys teaching students of all ages and skill levels, and strives for a well-rounded and comprehensive approach to piano.
James Stone, Trumpet
James holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Rhode Island College, as well as diplomas from New England Conservatory and our very own Norton High School. He possesses extensive performance experience with various orchestras, including the Rhode Island College Symphony Orchestra, the Brown University Orchestra, the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and many others. His Chamber Music experience includes Brass Quintet for both Rhode Island College and New England Conservatory. James enjoys teaching students of all levels and abilities, with a focus on musicality and tone. His youthful approach, blended with formal education, are an inspiration for students of all ages.
Peter T. Griffin - Trombone, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Percussion
Peter Griffin holds a BMus in Music Education degree from University of Massachusetts, a Massachusetts DESE License in Music, and an MM Certification in Trombone Performance. He currently holds a position as Elementary Music Teacher at Hemenway Elementary School in Framingham, MA, as well as Trombone Teacher at Braintree Continuing and Adult Education. He has significant experience in conducting Band and Orchestra programs, and has helped private students make both District and SEMSBA bands. He teaches a multitude of instruments, and his performance credits include the Grammy-nominated album “Fantastique: Premieres for Trumpet and Wind Ensemble” featuring Eric Berlin, Charles Schlueter, Richard Kelly, Greg Spiridopoulos, James Patrick Miller and The UMass Wind Ensemble (2014), Pit musician for the shows “A Chorus Line” (2017), “The Wizard of Oz” (2017 and 2007), “Oliver” (2016), “The Producers” (2016), “Hairspray” (2016), “Fiddler on the Roof” (2015), “The Pirates of Penzance” (2014), and “The Sound of Music” (2009), and many others.
Daniel Maloney – Drums and Percussion
Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Bridgewater State University, where he gained extensive performance experience with many diverse groups including the Jazz Band, the West African Drumming Ensemble, the Wind Ensemble, and the Jazz Combo. He has also performed with several other groups outside of school including The Southeastern Philharmonic Orchestra, The Big Lonesome, Quadra Funk, Dionysus Park Ranger, Straight Up, Nate Cozzolino and the Lost Arts, and Sounds of the Fallen. These playing experiences, along with his musical theater pit orchestra and recording background, allow Daniel to bring a fresh and comprehensive approach to our students at Bella Music Center.
George is a Berklee graduate who holds a Masters in Music Technology. He has had the opportunity to hold numerous professional roles including Music Teacher, Audio Engineer, and Private Music Lessons Instructor. He is currently the Music Teacher at Kingston Intermediate School in MA.
George is fluent in both English and Spanish, and his students have ranged in age from kindergarten through retirement. He has maintained strong audio/visual technical skills as he has prepared chorus groups for concerts, as well as audio-produced numerous children’s books and the whole Bible in Spanish. He has also worked with rap artists, meditation instructors, and other professional presenters to perfect their performances. George’s inspiration comes mostly from the Beatles.