Welcome to steeple street music academy!

Building community through art



About Us



Demetrius Becrelis

Owner, CEO

Mandolin, Ukulele, Guitar, Voice, Songwriting, Artist Development

Demetrius Becrelis is a diverse musician in styles that range from pop and rock, to classical, jazz, celtic and bluegrass.  He is also co-founder and co-owner of West Bend Music in Dennis Port, MA. In his tenure at West Bend Music, he launched several new teaching programs, including private ukulele lessons, songwriting groups, and student rock bands, to name a few. He also opened Cape Cod’s first of its kind, “Ukehead” ukulele shop.

Before moving back to Cape Cod, Demetrius was involved in the Nashville music scene as a singer songwriter, recording artist, producer, and session player.  Demetrius has studied voice under the direction of Renee Grant Williams, who taught Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Keith Urban. 

Demetrius co-founded a musical group by the name of Tripping Lily, an all original pop folk group. With Tripping Lily, he managed to make his way onto the big stage. He was chosen to score out an entire symphony where he, along with Tripping Lily, performed his original holiday composition with The Cape Cod Symphony. His music also hit the big screen when his original composition, “Alone,” appeared on the Showtime original series, “The Big C.”

 Demetrius teaches mandolin, ukulele, guitar, voice, and songwriting – and feels it is never too late or early to pick up an instrument.

Katherine bECRELIS


Piano, Drawing, Poetry, Marketing, Website Development

Katherine Becrelis has been in the education field for 14 years and has taught various subjects at all grade levels in Maine, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. She studied piano for 11 years under three different instructors, and went on to teach piano privately. She has accompanied choral groups as well as individual performers and provided the piano instrumentation for a variety of settings – including parties, museum events, and theater performances.

Before beginning a career in education, Katherine, or “Kate,” received her undergraduate degree as well as her master’s degree from the University of Maine in Orono. She was nominated and awarded a position in the honors society, All Maine Women, representing the top 1% of graduating women on campus. She served as a Resident Director while earning her Masters in Education, managing a staff of Resident Assistants and caring for the well-being of students living in a residence hall.

Kate teaches piano and is also available for tutoring in poetry, art, reading, writing, and history. She is additionally ready for hire as a website developer or as a consultant on marketing strategy. All inquiries are welcome!

Passionate about life-long learning and creative expression, she’s always ready to discover something new. 

Why Steeple Street Music Academy?

Owners with a Vision

We envision a school that is a haven for those seeking a place to hone their creative energies and connect with other like-minded individuals. Imagine SSMA as your home away from home!

With access to both this amazing facility and the unique Mashpee Commons setting, the sky’s the limit! The staff and students involved right from the start have the unique opportunity to see the dream evolve and have a direct hand in crafting its identity.

Unique Facilities & Setting

We have 12 modern and spacious teaching rooms, a larger multi-purpose room for ensembles, in-house recitals, and other events, and the Mashpee Commons has given us ample opportunity to use the outdoor stage across the street.            

SSMA is located in the commons, but in a stand-alone building! This gives us the flexibility in making beautiful music without interrupting upstairs neighbors or adjacent businesses, while also remaining connected to this one-of-a-kind community.

Passionate Instructors

Instructors at SSMA come from a variety of musical performance and teaching backgrounds. They understand the importance of providing a meaningful music education experience that is tailored to each student’s learning style and personal desires. 

Whether you want to focus on music theory, playing technique, or vocal range, we are ready to match students up with an instructor, who is prepared to facilitate an individualized curriculum just for you.

Music. Culture. Passion.

Building brand integration and possibly funnel users.

Seize Your Moment

Building brand integration and possibly funnel users.

Let’s Rock!

Building brand integration and possibly funnel users.

Music. Culture. Passion.

Building brand integration and possibly funnel users.

Seize Your Moment

Building brand integration and possibly funnel users.

Let’s Rock!

Building brand integration and possibly funnel users.

Payment Plan Options

When you sign up for lessons or a class, you can choose a payment plan that works for you. You can pay prior to each month with our “Pay While You Play” plan OR pay prior to each semester and get a discount on our services!

Using the Student Portal, students and families are able to submit payment. With so many things taking up time and energy in our lives, we at SSMA want to make the payment process as convenient and stress-free as possible.

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

– Maya Angelou

Connected Community

Our music software allows our school community to stay CONNECTED!

Both students and staff have access to an online portal to support more effective communication and organization. Students can:

✔️Check out available lesson times
✔️Read lesson notes from the teacher
✔️Review attendance history
✔️Set up auto payments
✔️Opt in to get text and email reminders

………..and MORE!









At SSMA, we are passionate about what we do! Whether you want to come in for a private one-on-one lesson or participate in a rock group, we want to provide those learning opportunities for you. Check out some of the ways you can get involved…

pRIVATE Lessons

Set up one-on-one, weekly 1/2 hour or hour-long music lessons with one of our instructors! This is our optimal learning format for significant learning and growth.

*Now also offering hour-long private ART LESSONS with Lydia on Sundays!

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Semi-Private Lessons

Wish to take music or art lessons with a friend or family member? Inquire about our semi-private lessons – and the discounted rates associated with this format!

*Now also offering hour-long semi-private ART LESSONS with Lydia on Sundays!

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Want to learn more about vlogging? Dive into Berklee-style music theory? Enroll your older child or teen in an artist development course? Inquire about our class options currently available!

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Early Childhood Education

We believe it’s NEVER too early to start learning music! “Tones in Motion” classes at the school provide infants through young children with an opportunity to move & groove to tunes!

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Always wanted to be in a rock band? Experience playing with a worship team? See if you can join a band of interest!

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summer camps

Need something musical or artistic to do this summer? Crave being around like-minded people? Check out our summer program schedule and inquire today!

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Pricing & Policies



Pay While You Play

Perfect for students just starting music lessons or families on a monthly budget.


  • Private 1/2-hour lessons
  • Paid one month in advance
  • 3-5 lessons


Pay by Semester



Perfect for students seeking to commit to musical growth or families interested in getting a discount on lessons.



  • Private 1/2-hour lessons
  • Paid one semester in advance
  • 20-22 lessons


Pay by Summer

Perfect for students interested in maintaining and building upon skills learned from a public school music class or families on cape for the summer months.


  • Private 1/2-hour lessons
  • Paid one summer in advance
  • 8-9 lessons (July-August)



Rates vary, depending on teaching format and instructor.  See above for approximate rates and payment plans for private lessons.

There is a one-time fee upon registering for lessons or a class. In addition, for any materials bought through the school, payment is due at the time of purchase.

Withdrawals for the next month must be made via email by the 15th of the current month to info@steeplestreetmusic.com. If you withdraw after the 15th of the month, you will be responsible for the next month’s fees in full. Any financial obligations still outstanding will be made with auto-pay. (See registration paperwork for details.)

Attendance to all lessons on time is crucial for success. Students who are late for a lesson cannot be guaranteed their full lesson time. Our instructors are not obligated to provide make-up lessons or classes, unless an instructor is unable to attend the assigned time. If an instructor is unable to schedule a make-up lesson, a credit will be issued by the school to the student’s account.

Tuition does not cover the cost of instrument, music, or materials. For students beginning mid-month, the tuition will be pro-rated, and the monthly tuition will start on the 1st of the following month; for students beginning mid-semester, the tuition will also be pro-rated and discounted accordingly. Late payments will result in a $30 late fee. SSMA reserves the right to suspend lessons/classes for non-payment of tuition.



The Crew



Matt Scinto


Classical Piano, Viola, Violin

Dr. Matthew Scinto is an emerging conductor based in Cape Cod, where he currently serves as Founder and Conductor of the Cape Cod Chamber Orchestra and the Music Director for the Civic Orchestra of New Haven (CT). He has twice studied conducting at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, and was recently finalist for the Assistant Conductor of the San Antonio Symphony. He received his Doctor of Musical Art’s degree from Boston University, where he was a student of Stefan Asbury and David Hoose and twice received the Conducting Department Award for Excellence in Conducting. He also holds degrees in Viola (BM) and Conducting (MM) from Syracuse University.

Dr. Scinto has worked with such orchestras as the San Antonio Symphony, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Symphoria, the New Haven Civic Orchestra, the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra, the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestras, the Miami Music Festival Orchestra, the Syracuse University Symphony, and the Boston University Symphony, Chamber, and Opera Orchestras. He also serves as an active cover conductor for the Portland (ME) Symphony.

Matthew currently resides in West Yarmouth with his wife Cara and two kitties (and a baby on the way!). He’s happy to join the Steeple Street team!

Kayla Burnell



Kayla Burnell grew up in Mashpee and recently returned after studying Music and English at Westfield State University, where she expanded her knowledge of music and fell in love with Czech and French music of this century. She also studied styles such as classical, jazz, and gospel. 

Kayla has been passionate about music for as long as she can remember and is thrilled to share her passion for vocal music ranging from opera to musical theatre and everything in between with students.

She feels that music has the power to bring people together and can’t wait to start building relationships with her students through it.

Brandon Sylvia


Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Music Theory, Jazz/Rock Ensembles, Ukulele

After studying jazz and classical guitar at UMass Dartmouth, Brandon was given both the degree and the experience to play guitar in many settings. He currently plays in a rock/blues band and work on the side doing a jazz duo. Outside of this, he takes on many different musical projects whenever the opportunity arises. 

  In June , 2018, Brandon went to Ghana in Africa to experience their traditional music and culture. Every morning, he would drum and dance to songs that originated in different regions of West Africa. This helped him realize the “language” behind music , seeing how they teach it , perform it, and speak it. 

  All of these experiences keep Brandon’s mind open to various genres of music and seeing it all as one language. 

  He listens to a variety of music, but some artists that have captivated him include Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers, Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, George Benson, Marcus King, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Jimi Hendrix, The New Mastersounds, Mandolin Orange, and Grateful Dead. There are many more – too many to list! –  but these are some that have planted seeds in his musical journey. 

  From teachers and people he’s met, he will forever be learning and growing, and he wants to show his students how to do the same.



Piano, Music Theory, Voice

Guitar, Flute, Trumpet, Composition & Songwriting

Emma has enjoyed exploring the wonder of music throughout her life and maintains a firm belief in the healing power of the arts. In addition to her skills as a musician, she has six years classroom/music teaching experience (grades K thru 2 and 4 thru 8) as well as twenty-five years of music lessons, teaching young children, teens, and adults including elder seniors.

As an educator, she thoroughly enjoys teaching through the ARTS and seeks to discover each students ‘learning style’ in order to enhance every students experience. Individual and/or group instruction, fosters visual and auditory stimulation, to assist enjoyment of ALL aspects of music as well as the creative process of learning.

While in the Mashpee School District (2000-2004) she taught music for Grades K,1 & 2, and instrumentals for Grades 4 thru 6 (Flute, Trumpet, Snare, Violin). In addition, she worked collaboratively with integrated arts, developing curriculum that reached across various subjects.

  • MA Certified (Music: Pre-K – 12)
  • Masters Education, Cambridge College
  • Bachelors Music, UMASS Dartmouth
  • Associate Science in Jazz and Contemporary Music; UMaine Augusta
  • Additional coursework at Berklee College of Music, Portland School of Art, Framingham Union Hospital School of Nursing and Cape Cod Community College



Maddy Ames


Voice, Songwriting, Guitar, Ukulele

Maddy has been involved in the music world since she was young. She started leading worship at 14 years old and never stopped. Guitar is her primary instrument, but she also plays ukulele and sings. Her style ranges from singer-songwriter to indy/alternative. Currently, she leads worship at Harbor Church and writes her own songs. 

In 2018, she got to go to Port Au Prince, Haiti to sing and help teach English. That experience changed her life and taught her that music really does overcome a multitude of boundaries. She has also played in multiple bands and worship teams throughout the years. 

Maddy is primarily self-taught and plays a variety of styles by ear. Her approach to music has always been out of the box and driven by her deep love of the arts. To Maddy, music is a pure, unique form of self-expression. The most important thing to her is that her students feel that same passion and love for their craft.


Michael Dunford


Drums, Percussion

Michael began his professional music career in his teen years playing timpani and percussion with the Cape Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Jerome Cohen and Royston Nash, and the Chatham Chorale, directed by founder Marjorie Bennett Morley. While in high school Michael studied with legendary Broadway drummer Dick Koff and later Boston timpanist John Grimes and Hartt School of Music Dean, Al LePak.

At the Berklee College of Music, Michael studied with Gil Graham, John Ramsey and Percussion Chair Dean Anderson. After graduating from Berklee, Michael performed with many notable Boston-area classical, jazz, blues and rock musicians, recording and touring throughout the U.S.

Now residing in Sandwich, Michael regularly performs in clubs, theaters and concert halls from Boston throughout the South Coast and is a sought-after drum instructor.

Dan Felix


Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Percussion, Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Music Production

Dan is a touring saxophonist who has been teaching privately since receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Ithaca College. As well as being classically trained, he also found his passion for jazz music at IC and held the lead saxophone chair in the IC Jazz Ensemble for 3 years. Since, Dan has enjoyed playing saxophone across the country with various jazz, rock, funk, reggae, jam, and wedding bands, including folk/funk/jam band “SixFoxWhiskey,” who he has been lucky enough to see the country with and record an album with.

As an educator, Dan is a MA-State certified teacher (K-12 Music) and has been teaching private lessons to musicians of all ages for 8 years. Since 2017 he has been director of the “Joy of Music” band program in Kingston MA, where he taught group lessons to over 75 students in grades 3-6 on instruments including Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, and Piano. Dan truly enjoys sharing his passion for music and is very excited to be a part of the SSMA crew!


LeeAnn McKenna


Flute, Recorder

A native Rhode Islander, LeeAnn McKenna, has had the great privilege to work with some of the greatest classical flute players of the 20th and 21st centuries: Jean Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker (New York Philharmonic), Mindy Kaufmann (New York Philharmonic), Carol Wincenc, Lois Schaeffer (Boston Symphony Orchestra), Michael Hasel (Berlin Philharmonic), and Donald Peck (Chicago Symphony). She has performed throughout Europe and much of the East and West coasts on the United States, as well as two tours to Puerto Rico.

She received her BA-Music with honors from Wheaton College, and her M-Mus in Flute Performance from the University of Oregon where she was awarded “Outstanding Woodwind Performer” in her graduating class. Her orchestral and chamber experiences includes the New Bedford Symphony; the Augusta Symphony and Augusta Opera orchestras, and Musica Antiqua (Georgia); the Eugene Symphony and Opera orchestras, the Oregon Mozart Players, the Oregon Festival of American Music Orchestra, the University Orchestra, and the Oregon Chamber Players.

A bi-coastal musician, she presently performs throughout Cape Cod and the Pacific Northwest, and records with the Red Lantern Ensemble (a small chamber group presenting a wide variety of music and ensemble types) and Thousand Waves (flute, classical guitar, Japanese koto, bass, and percussion), an ensemble presenting a variety of styles of music from jazz to tangos, renaissance to modern, Japanese to Irish, and much more. 




Brass, Guitar, Woodwinds, Strings, Voice, Piano, Accordion, Ukulele, Mandolin, Bass, Music Theory

Connor recently graduated from UMass Amherst with a degree in Music Education, and holds a Massachusetts K-12 Teaching Certificate. With a focus in French Horn at UMass, Connor is very comfortable with the brass family and has played in many ensembles including recording and premiering new works by modern composers. During Connor’s UMass career, he worked full time in elementary school and middle school settings as part of his student teaching placements. Connor was also the music director of UMass’s A Capella group Note-orious.


In the summer of 2017, Connor was the guitarist for the folk group Oksat and performed at the Sommelo Folk Music Festival in Kuhmo, Finland. While there, he also took classes on the Kantele, a traditional finnish instrument. Connor is excited to be on the Steeple Street team and share music with others!

Heather Swanson


Suzuki Method Violin


Heather’s undergraduate studies were at Boston University and a Bachelor’s of Music Education Degree from UMass/Lowell. She has received Suzuki Method training in Books 1-6 with Stevi Sandven, Michele George, Alan Lieb, Joanne Melvin, and Nancy Jackson.

  Heather has worked as a public school General Music and Strings teacher on Cape Cod for 15 years. Her performances in chamber music and orchestral settings include the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra; college orchestras; soloist at UMass/Lowell; the Bridgeport Symphony and member of the Cape Symphony. Heather is part of a duo with her cellist daughter, Krista Lucich, as he Cape Violin Cello Duo. Collaboration with local Cape Cod singers/songwriters has brought many opportunities to perform different genres of music. Heather is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas; and a participant, instructor and Trustee Board member of The Acadia School of Traditional Music and Arts of Maine.

Heather’s CD entitled, Beside Quiet Waters, is out Summer 2019.

Eric Robbins


Music Production, Songwriting, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Cello

For Eric’s entire life, he’s known that music was my calling. When he found Steeple Street Music Academy, he was met with people who feel the same way that he does: they feel that music is their purpose, and their home.

Eric has spent his life writing music and composing in a variety of styles. He has two full-length albums out now, and he’s also in a band with his brother, ‘O the Fool.’ Eric produces all music himself, and plays every instrument he needs to play in order to make my creations come to life.

At college, he was introduced to theater and a capella, and heexperienced what communal creation truly was. Now that he’s graduated, he has the amazing opportunity to spread the knowledge that he has acquired; — and hopefully learn a lot himself from other like-minded musicians. He is here to help his students become the best musicians they can be!

Natalia Bonfini

Summer Instructor, consultant

Songwriting, Vocals, Marketing & Artist Development, MASH-VILLE Judge

Natalia is an acoustic guitarist, songwriter, and new-aged soul musician born and raised on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She has performed at a multitude of different venues across the New England and Tampa Bay Areas. Natalia released her first single “Before” in February of 2018, which won her first place in the 2018 New England Songwriters Competition. The release of her EP, ‘Beyond the Broken Pieces,’ followed in July of 2019.

Natalia’s unique and refreshing style shines through her covers which mash up genres from acoustic soul, to pop, to classic rock, to rap, and the list goes on. Natalia’s natural ability to tell a story takes fans on a journey with her as they listen to her original music accompanied by her timeless vocals. 

Natalia provides a great deal of her expertise to the continual development of Steeple Street and is available to consult on a variety of music business needs.


Taylor Nardone

Event Host

Vlogging, MASH-VILLE 

Taylor is coming to Steeple Street from Plymouth Public Schools, where he currently teaches elementary general music. In this setting, he facilities the musical learning for 400 students and has developed activities beyond the classroom to help students connect more deeply with music. 

At the College of Saint Rose in New York, Taylor majored in music education (K-12), with a focus in vocals. While there, he additionally served as President and Section Leader of Masterworks Chorale. Taylor also managed to teach voice and piano to students at the Patrizio School for the Arts in Latham, New York. He has facilitated learning in chorale settings as well as some musical theater.

He’s excited to continue providing class instruction at Steeple Street as well as host the annual event, MASH-VILLE!

Follow Taylor on Instagram and subscribe to his YouTube channel for examples of his expertise!

Tom Davis

field liaison

Electric Guitar, Songwriting

Tom Davis has been playing guitar for over 15 years all around the Cape and Islands. For the last 10 years he’s been playing in a local band ‘Funktapuss’, and has been fortunate enough to be able to tour around the country, and put out a record with them, as well as his own solo work, and guest spot on other artists’ albums. 

His love for music and guitar come from watching concerts on PBS with his Dad as a kid and becoming obsessed with the sounds of what the electric guitar offered. He quickly became obsessed with music of the Beatles, the Moody Blues, Albert King, BB King, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin – to name a few.

For him, being able to play guitar helped tap into a side of expression that was more powerful than could be explained; the fact that it’s something that physically can never be held, but is so important and impactful on the human psyche is an intoxicating obsession to chase.

He hopes to bring his infectious passion for music and guitar to others. Being also employed at Charlie’s Music in Hyannis, Tom is happy to assist with any equipment needs!

Jason Stripinis


Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting

Jason Stripinis has been teaching and performing professionally for over thirty years. 

He studied at Berklee College of Music and Bridgewater State University with jazz masters Randy Roos and Jon Finn.  He is a pupil of Eliot Fisk protégé Jerome Mouffe, and thus continues the art of classical guitar in the direct lineage of Segovia and Tarrega.  

Jason has performed solo and in large and small ensembles, has appeared on national television and in various venues in Boston and New York as well as locally.  

He has taught over 100 students ranging in age from three to 70 in various electric and acoustic styles. 

**Due to injury, Jason is taking an indefinite hiatus from teaching, but we hope to have him back as a teacher in the future!**


Amy Wyman,


“Tones in Motion”

Early Childhood Education Classes

Amy is a strong advocate of promoting the research of why making music with early childhood learners matters. She believes music ignites all areas of child development as early as before birth. 

As a “Music Together” certified instructor with a degree in expressive art therapies, she creates programming that is fun and accessible for ALL ages and ALL abilities.

Specifically about her program, Amy says: ⁣

”When children sing or listen to music, when they move or clap or dance to it, they immerse themselves in the experience. When children sing, they listen closely to learn new lyrics and rhymes; they internalize phrasing, predict refrains, and mentally organize rhythmic patterns. When children sing with their classmates, the sound they create is richer and their experience more broad and inclusive. When children sing, they move, for there is very little music in early childhood without expressive movement. Come move and groove with us! All abilities always welcome!

Her bio & creds:⁣

  • Childhood on the shores of Cape Cod, and young adult in the city of Boston ⁣
  • MA in Expressive Art Therapies with a specialization in Music Therapy from Lesley University and a dual BA in Early Childhood Education and Child Life from Wheelock College – wow!
  • Over 15 years of professional experience in the early childhood education⁣
  • Experience in special education, public and private schools, inner city, under-served populations, and hospital settings⁣ 
  • Her international work includes experience in Guatemala, Benin, Ghana, Costa Rica, Mexico and Singapore
  • In 2015, she founded “Tones in Motion,” an intergenerational music therapy program.⁣
  • Amy founded and currently manages “Good Grief Cape Cod,” which offers expressive art therapy support programming for children and families coping with death and tragedy.


Lydia Broderick

Art Instructor

Lydia is a self-taught, Cape Cod-based, mixed media painter.

Born into a family of artists, Lydia was encouraged to channel her creativity through various art forms, including theater, music, and visual art.

From an early age, Lydia showed an aptitude for drawing using whatever tool she could get her hands on. By her teenage years, charcoal became her tool of choice.

Her love of drawing portraits was born from a desire to capture an emotion by focusing in on the eyes; a signature trait she would later bring to the canvas. For many years, Lydia refused to paint, feeling there were too many painters in the family. Eventually, she gave in and fell in love with it.

Lydia paints a mixture of portraits with some realism and abstraction, using color and texture to convey the complex emotions of the human condition. A few of her works are pictured here.

Some artists who have inspired and influenced her are Salvador Dali, Thomas Hart Benton, Misti Pavlov, John and Elli Milan, and Henry Ascensio.

“From the Ground Up” Fundraising Campaign!

If you feel called to help us, there are a variety of ways you can provide support… and, as a thank you for generous one-time donations or to our patrons, we’d like to offer recognition on our site and at the school.


For simple, one-time donations online with a credit card or PayPal balance, click the “Donate” button below and make a donation via PayPal.




become a patron

For monthly donations online with a credit card or PayPal balance, click the “Patron” button below and set up a recurring donation via PayPal.





For those wishing to donate funds directly to student tuition, our “Raising the Bar” program offers a platform in order to do so! Click the button to make a donation.

Student Tuition 






Sam Knight

Logo design

Co-Founder, jACK kNIFE bOARD cO.

Jack Knife Board Co. handcrafts custom longboards with unique artwork by Sam Knight. Their signature clothing line can be found at exclusive locations in Harwich Port, or online at: www.jackknifeboardco.com

Sam collaborated with the owners of SSMA to create the school logo and slogan.

Colleen Demarce

Piano donation

Originally from South Dakota, Colleen is a Medical Technologist at Cape Cod Hospital, music lover, and dear friend of the owners.

Her Young Chang piano was enjoyed and played by one of her sons, who is now grown with a family of his own. Colleen wanted to make sure her piano went to a good home – and is certain SSMA is the right place!

The Browne Family

Piano Donation

Our friends on the cape with a great appreciation for music, Doug and Mary Browne had a beautiful Kohler & Campbell piano that they wanted to donate to the school.

We are so glad that they did! This piano is now featured in our multi-purpose space in front of the school. Come check it out!


Mitch Summey


Mitch created ALL of the signs on the physical school building – the two in front and the big, beautiful one on the side facing the commons.

Because he did such a tremendous job and donated so much of his time without much thought about compensation, we consider him one of our most important patrons and dearest friends.

Dolores Deslauriers Fell c/o Cori Woodworth

Piano Donation

Dolores Deslauriers, now Dolores Fell, is from Spencer, Massachusetts and went to Anna Maria College. She taught school for over 30 years and gave private voice and piano lessons from home. Dolores also played the organ and ran church choir at St. Teresa’s Church in Tiverton, RI. When she heard about Steeple Street Music Academy, she reached out to offer her incomparable Mason & Hamlin piano to us.

The above picture is a picture of Dolores from November 1965, thoughtfully provided to us by her daughter, Cori Woodworth.



Over the years, Betsy Siggins has been a constant champion for musicians all across Cape Cod and beyond. Her enthusiasm, promotion, and assistance in helping us open SSMA has been a tremendous asset.

Betsy was the founding member of Club 47, now known as Club Passim, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. This legendary venue was the folk music launching pad for musicians such as Joan Baez, Jim Kweskin, and Eric von Schmidt. Betsy witnessed firsthand the infamous evening concert at Newport 1965, where her friend, Bob Dylan, “went electric.” Now, a founder of the New England Folk Music Archives/Folk New England, she turns her energies to establishing a permanent home for the legacy of the folk music community of New England.


Nile Morin

Truck & Trailer Transportation

Nile Morin, a classmate of Demetrius’ from all the way back in fifth grade, graciously – and without hesitation! – offered the use of his beautiful truck and trailer to transport the benches now lining the interior walls of our multi-purpose space.

Nile is owner and partner at Oceanside Realty Group and M&M Realty.

Learn more about Nile at: https://soldcapecod.com/agent/nile-morin-6065


Mark & Mary Hickman

Truck & Trailer Operation

Longtime friends, music enthusiasts, and world travelers, Mark and Mary Hickman were all too happy to operate Nile Morin’s truck and trailer to pick up the benches for the school’s multi-purpose room. Their expertise in governing an Airstream trailer during their travels made them an obvious choice to help us out.

Special thanks to Mark for helping Demetrius with the heavy lifting of loading and unloading the benches!

…with heartfelt thanks to all of our donors:

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.”

-Oscar Wilde 

  • Betsy Siggins
  • Scotti Adams
  • Kelly Pentzakis
  • Steve Morgan
  • Jared Streeter
  • Cathy Carlisle
  • Kristen Gibb
  • George M. Dratelis
  • Judith Saum
  • Angela Hahn
  • Mark Wirzburger
  • Angela O’Keefe
  • Cape Cod Church
  • Nora Ashley
  • Carson Atteberry
  • Chris Campbell
  • Brosnan Joan
  • Julie Strother & James Haggar
  • Mark & Jackie Ruggieri
  • Paul & Donna Ruggieri
  • Sarah Barsamian Richards
  • Joanne Makredes Salogiannis
  • Cal Makredes Finocchiaro
  • Deborah McDevitt Hays
  • Mary Jane Baker
  • Erin Cox
  • Allie Ann Hammond
  • John Mondick
  • George Scharr
  • Anne & Chris Dorsch
  • Viktor Solorzano
  • Mashpee Commons

How to Donate






Your presentation is beyond fantastic. The aesthetic appeal of your building, and the cultural vibe inside is admirable. We are honored to promote such an amazing business model.
Music and Art is an ingredient for success.

Cape Cod Entertainment Review,

upon awarding SSMA with the ‘Hidden Gem’ Award

What our Community Says

“Chase was beaming when we attended the open house for Steeple Street Music Academy on Saturday. We thought we would just pop in as we were already in Mashpee Commons. We soon found that we were among friends – music and art does that. Chase was in his glory when he picked up his artwork that he created with his peers that will hang at Cape Space in Hyannis…We all can rise to the level of our ability when supported and encouraged.”

Marie Younger Blackburn, Mom of chase, student at SSMA


“Thank you Katherine and Demetrius and everyone at Steeple Street Music Academy for the most AMAZING music and art jamboree! The children and adults we support here at (KDC) Kennedy-Donovan Center were thrilled with the entire program. 

Everyone loved the drumming! The teacher, Michael, was engaging, patient, entertaining  and a great instructor!

The art teacher, Sarah, did a fun and phenomenal job helping everyone to participate in the collaborative painting. 

The greatest reward was seeing the joy on everyone’s face and hearing all of the clapping and laughing!  We will be back!”

Juliane Dillon, Outreach-Family Support Coordinator at Kennedy-Donovan Center

“I’m having so much fun playing the piano! Emma Mills Brennan is such a wonderful and patient teacher. Check this place out!”

Pamela Tremarche, retired physical education teacher who always wanted to learn piano







CAPE COD TIMES | August 31, 2020

Music academy owners hope to set aside space to fill community need

by Jessica Hill



MASHPEE — As they return to work in person from the coronavirus-related shutdown, many parents will struggle to find safe child care options.


The Massachusetts department of Early Education and Care has found that 163 day care centers have decided to shut down permanently, according to data provided at a department board meeting earlier this month.


Child care capacity is expected to return to 72% of pre-COVID-19 levels, according to the department.


Mashpee Commons and Steeple Street Music Academy have recognized that need and are working together to open a day care facility.


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We have teamed up with the Mashpee Commons to bring you music lessons, classes, and other art programs in Cape Cod at Steeple Street Music Academy. We’re located at 40 Steeple Street in Mashpee, Massachusetts in the stand-alone, white building with Greek columns (appropriate!?), across from the outdoor stage. Come check us out!