Seeing through the Believe in Music vision is a collaborative effort.
Below is our primary leadership team and a bit about each of them.
Kenny Liner, Founder and Executive Director
After 10 years of hard touring as a professional musician, Kenny decided to return to his hometown of Baltimore, MD where he grew up to found the Believe in Music program. He has a great admiration for the city of Baltimore, but recognized complex, underlying issues plaguing our communities. The curriculum he created stemmed from his unique ideas about necessary reform in music education, putting an emphasis on self-expression and stressing the importance that the voices of Baltimore's youth needed to be heard. Kenny has worked tirelessly to enhance the learning experience for hundreds of students across the city with quality arts instruction. He exposes our students to a wide range of musical genres and styles to help broaden their artistic horizons.
Favorite bands: Beach House, Talking Heads, My Morning Jacket, Double Dagger
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Sarah Gibbons, Development Director
Sarah obtained her Bachelor of Science in Political Science and began her internship with Believe in Music in April 2013. She has always had a love and appreciation for live music, and yearned for the chance to use her passion for music to give back to communities in Baltimore. If you go out to see a show anywhere in Baltimore City, it's pretty likely that you'll see Sarah! Working side by side with Kenny as Believe in Music grew, she transitioned to a full-time position and is currently enrolled in graduate school at University of Baltimore in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship program. She hopes to use her Master's degree to help Believe in Music continue to flourish as a unique and powerful presence in the arts education community.
Favorite bands: Led Zeppelin, The Avett Brothers, Tedeschi Trucks Band, the Grateful Dead
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Sondra Boyle, Education Coordinator
After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Music from Towson University Sondra Boyle joined Believe in Music so that she could use Music Education as a vehicle for uplifting students in her community. Sondra has experience performing in contemporary, classical, and theater settings as well as directing musicals, choirs, and instrumental ensembles and is excited to make a difference as Believe in Music's first Educational Coordinator.
Favorite bands: Radiohead, Fiona Apple, James Blake, Manchester Orchestra
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John Schmulowitz, Technology Educator
John Schmulowitz is an Ableton Live Instructor and mixing/mastering engineer for Believe in Music. Through the teachings of his peers and his persistent use of the software Ableton Live, John has been producing music under the artist alias "Prismatic".
As both a music production enthusiast and an Ableton Live aficionado, John has come to Believe in Music to spread his knowledge to the next generation of producers. John wishes to do whatever he can to positively influence the lives of students who attend Believe in Music in the hopes that one day, they will become independent music producers capable of creating, finishing, and releasing their very own music compositions in Ableton Live.
To listen to John's work as "Prismatic", visit:
Favorite Artists/Influences: Gorillaz, Beck, Les Claypool, Xilent, Au5, Fractal, Sorrow, Skrillex, Zomboy, Noisia
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Greg Megginson, Program Educator
Greg is a West Baltimore resident and graduate of the Believe in Music program. He was hired after he excelled, not only in developing his own talent and work ethic, but in helping other students realize their potential! Greg has a natural talent for songwriting and is working hard on his own artistic career while teaching future generations of Baltimore youth how to express themselves through music. Greg is pursuing a degree in Business Management at Baltimore City Community College while working part-time at Believe in Music.
Erin Anderson, Program Educator
Erin is a West Baltimore resident and a senior at Green Street Academy and a new addition to the Believe in Music team. She excels at working with younger students and helping them reach their creative potential! Her passions include watching horror movies, taking care of animals, and spending time with her family. She plans to attend college so she can become a veterinarian.