Helena Reid began playing the piano at the age of 6, and was a music scholar throughout her entire school and college life. She competed in local and national competitions from a young age and studied music composition and performance at the University of Kent in England. Upon moving to America in 2005, Helena has taught the piano for the past 12 years and regularly prepares students for Bak and Dreyfoos School of the Arts auditions. Her students range from beginner (age 6) to advanced levels, both children and adults, and although classically trained, Helena enjoys teaching all different styles and genres of music.
Jessica Samuel grew up in a family similar to the Von Trapp Family in The Sound of Music! Her father starting teaching her to recognize piano keys and their corresponding notes at the age of three. She and her four brothers and sisters have studied music at Chafin Music for more than 7 years – four on piano and two on guitar! Jessica tutored her brother and sister on piano. With her help and their formal lessons, they were both accepted to study music at BAK Middle School of the Arts. Jessica then made the decision to become a piano instructor and started to apprentice under Doug Howard, former piano instructor at Chafin Music. Jessica enjoys classical music but really has a love for jazz as it reminds her of the gospel music that she grew up with.
Since age 5, Michael has studied classical music performance on violin and piano. At 10 he began teaching himself banjo, and he composed his first composition at age 12. Since then, he hasn’t stopped composing. In May, 2017, Michael graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition, summa cum laude, a graduate from the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program, a member of the National Music Honors Society (Pi Kappa Lambda), and the Outstanding Graduate for the university’s School of Music. During his PBA career, he was winner of the Sylvia S. Brainen Piano Competition and a two-time winner of the the university’s Concerto Competition—the second time in collaboration with his triplet brothers. Michael also received the privilege of meeting his wife Karol at PBAU. Following their wedding in July, 2017, they enjoy their life together in West Palm Beach. As a string trio, piano trio, and folk band (The Lubben Brothers), Michael and his family currently perform throughout Palm Beach County. Passionate about teaching instrumental lessons, Michael has taught piano, violin and banjo for four years, his students’ levels ranging from beginner to advanced. He also enjoys teaching beginning guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and voice.