Since getting started with music at age 9, Matthew's musical credo has been 'maniacal about rhythms' and is now owner/creator of Rhythmaniacs! He has been playing with Armelle since 2012 and was a key contributor to the award-winning CD "Rock Your World Kids! Vol.1".
Originally a native of Central New York, he has relocated to Westchester County after attending the Music Conservatory at Purchase College.
Matthew has won the Tony Pellegrino performance award both in 2006 and 2007 from Drum Corps International's Drums Along the Mohawk show and the 2006/2007 Purchase College Concerto Competition on snare drum.
Well versed in orchestral, pop, rock, contemporary, world, marching, and improvisational styles, he has performed for a combined audience of over 300,000 at Madison, Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium and Pasadena's Rose Bowl.
His motto is: “It's not always your aptitude but your attitude that determines your altitude”.
A.F is the founder of DigitalementElles, a marketing and communication agency dedicated to small businesses and their owners. Adetola has worked with many industries from retail and beauty to financial and real estate companies. Her role has been to develop and to implement the best marketing strategies to stimulate sales and to build the notoriety of her clients. Her expertise is always welcome at AFK!
Born in Lima, Peru, Tany studied assistant teaching in "Las Cazuarinas" school, where she worked as a Kindergarden assistant.
Full of energy, Tany is a happy and interactivebilingualspanish teacher who brings to her students the eagerness to learn a new language while having a tremendous amount of fun. She plays the autoharp and thrives to grow her repertoire in English and Spanish.
Tany moved to the US 10 years ago and lives in Port Chester, NY with her husband and two children.
Over the past twenty years, Nina has taught music and musical composition to students ranging in ages from pre-school to college, at institutions that include the Home School/Camp Mohawk in White Plains, NY, the National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame, Sleepy Hollow High School (grant program educator),
New York University and Montclair State University (guest lecturer), and Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY (guest educator at her alma mater, from which she earned a BA in Music in 1980). She is especially adept at engendering enthusiasm in students for musical composition, encouraging them to use their life and school experience (including classroom learning) to guide their lyrical and musical development.
We are honored to have Nina on board! Her energy, open mind and knowledge of world music is a wonderful addition to our enrichment Rock Your World Kids music program!!
Nina lives and works in the greater New York City area, with an office and home in Briarcliff Manor, NY.
Elizabeth Varuolo is a resident of Hartsdale and has been working as the business manager for Armelle for Kids since 2017, bringing together her business background with her passion for music. She is married and the mother of twin girls and has been playing music for almost 40 years. Elizabeth has an MBA in finance from Fordham University and a BS in Finance from Manhattan College. She made a transition to music education after having her children and has been teaching music for the last 12 years in schools to children in pre-k through grade 8 which included several years of early childhood teaching for Armelle for Kids. In addition, she has taught piano privately and directed the drama club productions at Sacred Heart in Hartsdale School for 8 years. Elizabeth is passionate for music of all kinds and enjoys writing music as well and cooking in her spare time. She is excited to work with Armelle and her team on marketing classes and events for Armelle for Kids and to spread the word about this unique program that bridges children to different musical styles, cultures and languages.
Benedicte is the one and only behind all Armelle's CD covers, posters, brochures and the new logo! She also painted a gorgeous 15' x15' backdrop for Armelle's Language Studio's yearly multilingual presentation, full of colors, forest, smurf house, castle and river. She has created art work and websites for many private companies and non-profit organizations, she has a heart of gold!
Benedicte graduated at the Ecole Pivaut Supérieure Technique Privée d’Arts Appliqués, Nantes, France. She lives in Tauché, France with her husband and her son.
Ericka studied teaching primary schools in Guatemala Ciudad, Guatemala and holds a certification from NYS. She has been teaching in the United States for over 20 years and is an expert at teaching Spanish Through Music at all levels! She is an amazingly versatile, engaging and committed teacher. Her students love her creativity and clarity in her way of teaching!
Ericka lives in The Bronx, NY with her husband and their three sons.
Yasmina Edwards is the Founder of Edwards Global Management, NY (EGM NY), a talent management company that provides a safe platform for its clients by allowing them to freely create their art.
Fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Yoruba, Edwards is acutely aware of the unique value which intercultural communication brings to the table. By amassing a roster of international clients among whom are writers, musicians, film directors, and actors, EGM NY champions the growth of underground artists. Due to her focus on multimedia projects, Edwards provides her talents with a visionary platform to share their stories with the global community.
Yasmina travels between New York, Paris, and Lagos.