Jennifer Erwin White - Music Director & Instructor (Voice, Piano, Guitar)
Jennifer has been singing and playing piano since the age of five, and teaching both since 2000. Coming from a family of musicians, she grew up active in school and church choirs, performing in plays and singing solos, and playing clarinet in marching band from 6th to 11th grades. She earned a degree in Voice from the University of Oklahoma, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. While at OU, Jennifer was voted Outstanding Soprano her senior year, and won several scholarships throughout her time there. She also played in three bands that performed in Norman and Oklahoma City, and later in a large country-folk group in Fayetteville Arkansas, where she sang and played guitar and mandolin. Jennifer loves the jazz and blues heritage of New Orleans, and believes in learning to play whatever style of music you like through a foundation of solid classical technique.
Jennifer has been teaching with Creative Dance & Music Studio since 2009. She teaches private piano, voice and guitar students as well as PreSchool Intro to Music Class.
Craig Wilson - Instructor (Guitar & Beginner Piano)
Craig started playing the piano at age 7, and by the age of fifteen, he had also learned to play guitar and drums as well. He received a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. Also preforming on bass guitar, Craig has enjoyed performing music one way or another for over 30 years. He has been teaching private lessons since 2008 and is excited to begin his second year with us at CD&MS
Justin M. Blanchard - Instructor (Beginner Piano and Voice)
Justin has been singing in choirs since he was in second grade, and throughout his schooling, that passion has only grown stronger. During his time at Brother Martin High School, Mr. Justin was an active member of both the choir and drama club (Dionysians). Now, he works and performs with those groups as an alumni. He is a recent graduate of Loyola University, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Music Education. Since the beginning of his college career, Mr. Justin has had the opportunity to perform as a chorister with the New Orleans Opera Association and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. When he is not performing on stage, he is often found stage managing, music directing, and/or accompanying for various local theatre companies in the New Orleans area. Mr. Justin is thrilled to be joining the Creative Dance and Music Studio family for this season.
Matt Kruft- Instructor (Guitar, Beginner Piano, Drums)
Matt Kruft is a guitarist, producer, composer and educator from Baltimore, Maryland. Now based in New Orleans, he recently graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies. He has performed alongside jazz luminaries Danilo Perez, Rufus Reid, Kurt Elling, and Shannon Powell, as well as many other greats in the New Orleans area. In addition, Matt has been featured as a soloist with Baltimore Center Stage and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. He has over ten years teaching experience, and has had the opportunity to teach with jazz master Donald Harrison, Jr. through the Tipitina’s Foundation. You can find him featured prominently on original projects Atomic Jaguar, Medium Cheetah, and various recordings in the Baltimore/DC area. He teaches all styles of music on electric and classical guitar, steel-string acoustic guitar, ukulele, mandolin, piano, drums and bass and is so excited to bring all of his skills to CDMS! You can keep up to date with his performance schedule and original projects at www.mattkruft.com.