Student Affairs

The Student Success Center at MSM

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The Student Success Center supports students in not just their academic courses, but in their daily lives as student musicians.

Student Success currently offers a variety of tutoring programs, academic coaching for students with executive functioning issues, and occasional workshops and events. For more information about  programming, please contact Vaughn Watson, or reach out to any of the Student Success staff listed below.

Upcoming Events:

  • 9/28 12-1 PM Music Theory Trivia (Student Union)
  • 10/2 2- 6 PM  First-Year Vocal Workshop (Pforzheimer Hall)

Meet our Student Success Center Staff:

Min Young Kwon – Student Success DMA Assistant

Min Young is a first-year DMA Harpist at MSM. She holds a BA in Government and Economics from Smith College; MM in Classical and OP Harp from MSM. Away from the harp, Min Young has formerly had professional experience at Millennium Villages Project, CNN International, Asan Institute for Policy Studies, and World Childhood Foundation USA. She brings this diverse experience to her music and her musical adventures.

As an international student herself, she understands the challenges of writing papers in a second language. It can be an equally daunting task for native speakers with little exposure to academic writing. As an avid editor and a fan of analytical writing, she is excited to share her experience and facilitate the process for anyone who might be new to this academic demand.

Mallorie Mendoza – Musical Theatre Dance Tutor

Mallorie grew up with an extensive background of dance training at DanceWorks Performing Arts and is currently working towards her Pilates certification. Her most recent performance credits include Dave Malloy and Krista Knight’s Don’t Stop Me (ensemble/dance captain), The Drowsy Chaperone (ensemble/assistant choreographer), On the Brink of a Lovely Song (ensemble/assistant choreographer), and her own dance showcase Dancing Through Life (performer/choreographer).

Francesco Pollon – Jazz Theory Tutor

Francesco Pollon began classical guitar studies at the age of 11 with M° Gianni Cuzzolin. At the same time he started approaching piano first as a self-taught, then under the supervision of M° Nicola Dal Bo, M° Paolo Birro and dr. Piotr Wyleżoł at the Conservatory of Vicenza and at the Academy of Music in Kraków. He obtained the Master’s Degree in Jazz Piano Performance with 110/110 and summa cum laude at the Conservatory of Vicenza in October 2018.

Georgia Lazaridou – Keyboard Tutor

Georgia Lazaridou was born in Greece in a musical family. Her first formal piano education started at the age of six. She gave her debut solo recital at the age of eleven at the Athens Museum Concert Hall. Georgia has performed as a soloist with orchestra, as a recitalist, and as a chamber musician extensively. She has participated in summer festivals, including Chetham’s International Piano Festival, Kutztown University Summer Music Festival, FIMCE Festival Internacional de Música de Cámara del Elqui in Chile, and others. Georgia Lazaridou has been praised for “showing a mastery of technical difficulties and soulful expression” (Reading Eagle.) She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the Kutztown University of Pennsylvania where she was a student of Maria Asteriadou, her Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music, and she is now pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Manhattan School of Music under the guidance of Joanne Polk.

Georgia offers piano lessons in all styles of music for ages 5 and above, from beginner to advanced. She has been teaching since 2015 and uses teaching methods exclusively selected for each student according to their skills.

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