Everyday our teachers create opportunities for exploration and learning by establishing engaging environments where students feel safe, comfortable, and confident. We have amazing instructors who are caring, enthusiastic, and dedicated to helping students exceed their every expectation. All our teachers have degrees in music. Read more about each instructor below.


Ann Schwartz founded The Green Tambourine in 2012. Her musical knowledge stems from extensive training in a wide range of instruments and styles. With a performance degree in viola from Temple University and additional instrumental experience with flute, violin, voice, saxophone, piano and mandolin, Ann loves to learn new instruments and share them with aspiring musicians. 
A proud West Philly resident, you can find Ann playing music on her porch with her husband, Matthew, and son, Perrin, or out and about with their two dogs.



Charlie Heim graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Jazz Performance, and a minor in Music Education. After graduate study in Music Education, he returned to Philadelphia to pursue a career in performance and teaching. Currently he is performing with William Gruff, Johnny Showcase and the Mystic Ticket, the Alex Radus Trio, Megalodon, and many others throughout the Philly area. He has credits on a growing discography of nearly 20 original albums, and has had his compositions published independently and by Holiday House. As an educator, Charlie is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Arts, served for 3 years as Music Director of the School of Rock in Cherry Hill, and continues freelance private instruction on Drums, Percussion, Guitar and Saxophone.



Nick is a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter, recording artist, and music educator. Nick attended Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where In 2008 he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Music Education and received the music department's Outstanding Student Musician award. In addition to being a music educator, Nick also performs as a recording artist.
Throughout his career, Nick has taught music privately and in the classroom. His experience has provided him the opportunity to work with students of different ages and backgrounds. He teaches piano, guitar, bass, music theory, composition, and songwriting. Nick takes great pride in passing on his joy for music and enjoys teaching students of every level.