Double Bass | Electric Bass | Cello
Shaun Jurek is a professional upright bass player and music educator. He graduated with honors from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition. Since then he has been performing professionally and teaching throughout the Northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area.
Shaun has nineteen years teaching experience including ten years as an adjunct professor of music at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland. Shaun currently teaches upright bass, electric bass, and cello, and loves teaching and sharing his love of music with his students!
Violin | Viola
Michelle Eng is a classically trained violinist/violist, music educator and orchestra entrepreneur. She began studying violin at the age of 9 years old and the viola at 14 years old. In 2005, she founded the University of Maryland Gamer Symphony Orchestra, the first collegiate orchestra solely dedicated to video game music. After starting her orchestra, she has helped advise other video game orchestras. Her orchestral work has been featured on CBS This Morning, TerpVision, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and in countless media stories.
Her passion is to work with individual students as well as ensembles to cultivate a deep love for music as a lifelong journey. She believes in the power of music to heal, transform, inspire, and tell the stories of what it means to be human. She hopes to bring the music of video games and contemporary media to the forefront, where musicians can connect the stories to their own lives and experience something deep and meaningful.
Electric Bass | Guitar | Piano | Drums
Justin Mason is a professional bassist with over thirteen years of live performance and touring experience. He started performing at the age of fourteen and hasn’t stopped! His wide range of experience includes a national tour of original music, off broadway shows in NYC, multiple church bands, and even being signed to a major record label.
Justin brings his real world experience to his students in a fun and focused way. His primary goal in teaching is to give students the tools and confidence to create and perform music—and have fun doing it!
Music Production | Song Writing | Lyric Writing | Piano | Drums | Guitar
Thirteen Bahizi is a professional Music Producer with a focus on Electronic Music Composition. He began studying music at the age of 10 and plays a wide variety of instruments.
Thirteen started his career guiding local DC bands and artists through their songwriting development phase. Since early 2017 he has spent the last 5 years teaching Music Production, Lyric Writing, and Song Writing in Argentina.
Currently Thirteen teaches Music Production through a wide range of DAWs (music production software) in a variety of styles and genres. He loves helping students learn to express themselves through music using the tools they already have, or that are modestly achievable. He believes that participating in music is called PLAY for a reason! Learning music in a structured but fun exploratory way (almost like a video game!) will keep students engaged and consistent on their journey. Even with minimal resources, but consistent effort, anyone can create music at any level.
Flute | Piano
JennaMarie Warfield (Ms. Jenna, She/her) is a performer, musician, and educator in the Northern Virginia area. As an educator, Ms. Jenna has over a decade of experience. She enjoys teaching in her private flute and piano studio, in which many of her students have placed in district bands, won local competitions and have successfully auditioned into college music programs, such as Shenandoah Music Conservatory and Berklee School of Music.
Ms. Jenna has taught all ages and levels of students, but especially enjoys working in early childhood settings. She most enjoys experiencing music through a child’s eyes and discovering new things alongside her students. Ms. Jenna holds a masters degree in music performance and an undergraduate degree in music performance and pedagogy. In addition to joining the faculty at Shaun’s Strings Studio, she has developed programs and curriculum for early childhood music at local Montessori Schools, the Mason Community Arts Academy and in other group lesson settings.
As an active performer, Ms. Jenna performs with the Manassas Symphony Orchestra, Symphony of Northern Virginia, and Capital Wind Symphony.
In her free time, Ms. Jenna enjoys reading, fostering dogs for A Forever Home Rescue, gardening and hiking with her husband, Chris, and dog, Gizmo. Ms. Jenna’s favorite children’s books are anything that encourages individuality including “Pete the Cat” and “Giraffes Can’t Dance.”
Drums | Percussion
Paul Bernfeld (he/him) is a performer and educator from Annandale, VA with over 20 years of percussion experience. At George Mason University he studied Classical Percussion Performance and performed with 12 ensembles ranging from the Wind Symphony to the Green Machine Pep Band. Paul was also the co-founder of the GMU Fife & Drum Corps.
After graduating in 2014 with a BA in History and minor in Jazz Studies, he worked with the Mason Green Machine Ensembles as an office administrator and coach of the rhythm section, consisting of a multitude of instruments. From 2018 to 2022, Paul worked in both theater production and advertising based in Manhattan.
Now back in the Northern Virginia area, Paul regularly performs with the Dirty Gold Brass Band and the 8th Regiment Brass Band, a branch of the GMU Green Machine. This upcoming NFL season he will be performing on snare drum with the new Washington Commanders Marching Band, and has also recently been brought on at Oakton HS to teach drumline.
While drumset is Paul’s speciality, he has performed across percussion mediums at such venues as the Kennedy Center, Capital One Arena, and Hylton Performing Arts Center.
Our mission is to help students of all ages and levels foster a life-long love of music. We help them find their voice and joy in playing strings!
All are welcome
Music is a language
we all share
Each student is unique
Lessons are catered to an
individual’s interest and ability
We connect, share, and
build each other up