WholeTone Music Academy

About Us

WholeTone Music Academy is a nurturing and rad place to Grow in Self & Sound! Our teachers will help you to develop into a joyful, soulful, skillful musician.

Now accepting new students of all ages, abilities, types, & stripes.


We feel strongly about community involvement. Our school offers our students frequent performances in retirement centers, nursing homes, and other community venues. We are always working on making people of all types and stripes welcome, and consider ourselves an LGBTQA safe space.

Help Us Grow

We are poised and ready to for a growth spurt this Spring! We will be building a second room and a convenient bathroom! Wahoo! To support local music education and this beautiful creative space, please contribute here and/or share widely. Many Thanks!


Nora Maynard - Voice & Violin

NoraNora has been developing her dynamic teaching style since 2009, while simultaneously gaining stage experience around the Boston area and abroad. She received her MM in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from Longy School of Music.

Nora helps her voice students gain body awareness, ease of tone in the upper register, a bold chest voice, and a playful-yet-passionate attitude towards singing. For her violin students, she offers an economical left-hand technique, body-aware playing posture, and development of rich tone through balance and trust.

Nora feels called to bring the experience of solo and ensemble music-making back into community and family life. She herself grew up singing and playing everything from Elton John to Bach with her family. Whether you seek dramatic coaching to polish and refresh your operatic repertoire, are a karaoke connoisseur, or are trying to pick up music for the first time, Nora will work with you to enrich your experience of music making.

Von Bringhhurst - Voice & Piano

VonVon specializes in giving his piano students a direct connection to music theory through inventive exercises and repertoire. He assists his voice students in creating a healthy vocal framework for emotive and powerful singing. Von has been teaching music since the age of 16. He graduated from Longy School of Music with a M.M. in Vocal Performance in May 2012.

Von worked as Music Director and Cremona Player for the Illustrious Virginia City Players of Virginia City, MT for their 2010 season. He is currently a member of the choir of St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church in Harvard Square. He has performed with many groups and recording projects across the area, and finds great enjoyment in performing music and in helping other to find and develop their own musical talents.

Hayes Cummings - Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Hayes Cummings Hayes is a guitarist who recently moved to the Boston area from North Carolina to pursue his teacher training in the Alexander Technique. Hayes approaches teaching music with the Alexander principles in mind which he believes provides more ease, freedom, and enjoyment in learning and making music. Hayes received a bachelors degree in classical guitar performance from Appalachian State University and has performed, studied, and taught rock, folk, and jazz throughout his guitar career. Hayes’s passion for music translates into a genuine love for teaching music, he enjoys working with students to develop as musicians and as people. He also believes learning music should be fun and works with each student in relation to their interests.

Jessica Smith - Flute

Jessica Smith With over ten years of experience, Jessica has happily taught students ages 6 to 65. Teaching is one of Jessica’s greatest passions as a musician and she believes that private lessons are a wonderful way to enrich the learning of music. Her lessons provide a completely individualized session focused on expression, confidence, technique, theory, and an overall love of music. Whether you hope to pick up the flute for your very first sound, are returning to flute after a hiatus, or anywhere in between, Jessica is dedicated to creating a unique lesson for you. Jessica received her M.M. in Flute Performance from Ithaca College and is currently an active performer and teacher in the Boston area.

Mariia Gorkun - Violin & Music Theory

Mariia Gorkun Mariia is a compassionate and inspiring teacher, kind yet always urging her students to hold themselves to the highest standards. She is a violinist as well as bowmaker. Mariia is currently apprenticing in David Hawthorne's bow shop in Harvard Sq. She has her MM in Violin Performance from Longy School of Music, as well as a Masters Diploma of Music from the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine.

Mariia has regular recitals and concerts with ensembles and orchestras in Kiev. She has toured in Ukraine, USA, Russia, Switzerland, Hungary, Holland, Australia, Japan, and other countries.


Email us for a trial lesson or more info.

Located within the Department of Public Art at 312 Highland Ave, Somerville.

Phone: 617.544.7693

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