MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS
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.
Hailing from New Haven, CT, Drew Fermo is a well versed multi-instrumentalist, producer, and composer, whose passion for educating people of all ages is something he can't live without. A 2020 graduate of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College, Drew has spent recent years pursuing his career in the Greater New York area. From his experience being on stages, in studios, and everywhere in between Drew brings knowledge from all corners of the industry to his teaching - and is excited to call Philadelphia his new home. It's seldom that you'll catch Drew without a cup of coffee in hand, ready to tackle whatever is set in front of him. Other passions include - anything denim, biking, and casual hangs with friends!