Mission Statement
Kathryn Leigh Music is dedicated to instilling knowledge and discovering the ingredients necessary for students of any age to enjoy music. From young children just learning to read to adults searching for some "me time," anyone can experience the joys and gratification of music. We are an all-encompassing music education service including technical instruction, theory, history, and appreciation. Expand your mind to something unexpected, something that connects a part of you to the world that you would never expect. You're never too young or too old to explore a new part of yourself. Expose yourself to music now, and make it a part of your life forever.
Kathryn Leigh Clores (Owner/Operator)
Piano • Voice • Clarinet • Guitar

Being raised by two performing arts educators in a home full of musical kids, childhood was never boring. For Kate Clores, having theatre-directing parents meant doing math homework in the back row of a high school auditorium while humming along to show tunes. The eldest of three siblings taking music lessons for all of childhood meant endless living room family concerts and sing-a-longs. As part of an artistic extended family, holiday gatherings consist of discussions with creative-types about projects, experiences and ideas. Kate has spent nearly all of her life performing and creating.

Kate began her musical journey with exposure to the piano at age five, clarinet at age eight, as well as vocal and theatre studies. She privately studied music extensively for the next 13 years, auditioning for competitive music ensembles and projects across the entire state of New Jersey. She earned her first official musical accolade at age 11, going on to receive a total of 27 by the time she graduated high school. From there, she went on to study music at the School of Arts at Montclair State University, now known as the John J. Cali School of Music. In music school is where she discovered a deep passion for music history and appreciation. She now incorporates these subjects into weekly lessons with her students. She graduated in 2006, earning a Bachelor of Music in Performance.

Since 2007, she has grown from teaching three students a week to 49 students a week and a growing waiting list, all by word of mouth. Additionally, Kathryn brought on more teachers to work with her in 2011, formed Kathryn Leigh Music, LLC, and now, with the help of some other very talented professional musicians, operates a thriving music instruction business with nearly 100 students.

Kathryn is a New Jersey-based freelance clarinetist and pianist, also giving clinics and lectures in public schools for music students and teachers. Additionally, she is a Certified Piano Technician, having studied at the Piano Technician Academy in Tempe, AZ. She actively supports the promotion of Jersey-based small businesses, particularly in Monmouth and Bergen Counties. Kathryn is a member of Local 399-American Federation of Musicians and the Mid-Atlantic Music Teachers' Guild. Kathryn is currently enrolled in a distance program in Music Therapy through St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana to become a Board Certified Music Therapist.

Though born and raised in Monmouth County at the Jersey Shore, Kate currently resides in Bergen County with her husband, Jeff Fucci, a New Jersey attorney and environmentalist, and their Labrador Retriever, Wolfgang. Together they own and operate K&J Urban Farms, an organic vegetable farm and rustic home decor business. When not playing or teaching music, Kate enjoys running, hiking, biking and spending time in the great outdoors.

Marjorie Cornell (Teaching Artist)
Voice • Piano • Guitar

margeMs. Marge has been has been making and studying music since she was four. She has participated in advanced choral singing since she was five, and has been playing the piano since she was seven. Marge has wanted to teach music since middle school, and first began composing and arranging for a cappella during high school. Marge has sung with world renowned choirs, such as the Gettysburg College Choir and the Westminster Chamber Choir, and has toured in over 7 different countries. Marge continues to perform with the Harmonium Choral Society and Chamber Choir, and has recently held solos in major works including Monteverdi's Magnificat and Carissimi's Jepthe.

Marge has been teaching music privately and in the classroom for over 9 years. She graduated from Gettysburg College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music Education and received the Robert F. Zellner Music Education Award. While at Gettysburg, Marge began teaching voice and piano lessons, as well as weekly general music classes at the Adams County Head Start Program. Marge developed a great interest in early-childhood music education, and since graduation she has continued to teach music classes and develop curriculums for pre-schools all over central Jersey.

Marge currently teaches students of all ages in voice, piano, and guitar. She continues to develop music-making opportunities for all students, providing flexible and versatile learning environments to suit student needs and guide in the discovery of music's endless possibilities.

Jared Lynch (Teaching Artist)
Guitar • Piano • Bass • Percussion
jaredJared has been playing music for over 20 years, starting with piano lessons at the age of 6, guitar at age 13. During high school he spent two summers at Berklee College of Music in Boston studying guitar.

He went on to receive his Bachelors degree in Performance in Jazz Studies from Rowan University.  His teachers have included jazz guitarist Tom Giacabetti and classical guitarist Joseph Mayes.

Jared has worked on jazz and classical music projects in the Philadelphia, DC and Greater NYC areas. He is a freelance musician and private teacher in Monmouth County NJ, providing music instruction for over 30 students.

Matt McDermott (Teaching Artist)
Piano • Clarinet
Matthew is an accomplished musician, who completed his student teaching in the Ocean Township Public School district. He received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education in December 2015 from Rowan University.

Beginning his private studies in piano at age 7, clarinet at age 13, Matthew excelled quickly and his talents progressed to a professional level. His notable instructors on piano have included John Balme and Veda Zuponcic, Roy Gussman on clarinet. Matthew is a freelance pianist and educator, based in New Jersey.

Mark Chernoff (Teaching Artist)
Clarinet • Saxophone • Piano
markHello, I’m Mark Chernoff. I've been giving private music lessons in the studio setting for about 4 years now. I teach various instruments, saxophone being the tour de force. I keep my students actively engaged through concise metaphors, frequent questions, and a general encouragement to think critically and uniquely. Having taught all ages and abilities, I have the experience to handle any kind of student. In addition to performance, I spent much of my time at Rutgers engaged in composition and arranging original music, winning positive recognition from all my professors for my originality and clear formatting. There is no greater expression of individuality than creating your own unique musical style and compositions, and I encourage all my students to perform whenever possible, and to write whenever they can. If competition interests you, I can help to prepare you for the select ensembles in New Jersey that require auditions and extensive preparation.

I hold a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Performance with a concentration in saxophone and assorted woodwinds. I have performed with such musicians as Tom "Bones" Malone, Mike Smith, Charles Tolliver, Conrad Herwig, Ralph Bowen, Richie McCrae, Don Williams, Mike Richmond, and Walter White, to name a few. Upon graduation in February 2013, I secured my first teaching job at The Academy of Music and Dance in Spotswood, NJ, as well as Music and Arts in Manalapan, NJ the following June. I have been teaching regularly at the latter establishment since then, in addition to the private students I possess outside of the studio setting. I've given private lessons to students as young as six years old to senior citizens looking for a new, enjoyable hobby. There is greater joy than sharing music with everyone who wants to welcome it into their lives, and I would like to encourage that love in as many students as I possibly can.

Kathryn Leigh Music proudly supports:
The Rumson Education Foundation
The Fair Haven Education Foundation
Save the Children
American Red Cross
Rumson Fair Haven Performing Arts Society