Elizabeth Nestlerode
Private Vocal Instructor

Elizabeth Nestelerode has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Miami. She is currently a Disney Teaching Artist. Ms. Nestlerode has taught locally and nationally at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, St. Joseph's School- Yorkville, Adirondack Lakes Summer Theater Festival, University of Miami, ArtsWest Theater, Village Theatre KIDSTAGE, Madrona Children's Theater, and the Edmonds United Methodist Church Children's Choir. She has also taught internationally at the American School in Switzerland as well as in Guatemala. 

Richard Lewis

Richard currently works full time as a Sales Director for a Startup in Chelsea but has been moonlighting as a pianist since he was 6. His favorite Music Directing roles include Spring Awakening at the Shubin; The Wizard of Oz at the Media Theater; Merrily We Roll Along at the International Thespian Festival; The Last Five Years at the Bucks County School for the Performing Arts; The Wedding Singer at GCIT; The Who's Tommys; School House Rock at Emerson College, Avenue Q at the Players Club Swarthmore, RENT at the Bristol Riverside Theater and subbed on Broadway as a pianist for The Book of Mormon. Richard studied at the Philippos Nakas conservatory in Athens, GR and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Graduate of Berklee College of Music and is so excited to join "Reaching for the Arts" as the organization's official pianist. 


Meg Hood
Mixed Media/Visual Arts Director

Meg Hood knew she was an aspiring artist and art lover from the minute she picked up her first Crayola. She has degrees in Studio Art and Art History. Meg has participated in art shows and has taught different art mediums to students. Meg has taught ELA middle school for ten years and knows the struggle students have in their core subjects. The activities that made Meg enjoy school and feel successful while being creative were painting, photography and playing the violin to name a few. The arts were more in abundance when she was in middle school and so Meg sees that her students do not get the same offerings. She noticed that many of them become their best when exposed to creativity. Meg's goal is to assist those students that want a career in the arts by giving them an opportunity to compete for the same specialty schools as their advantaged counterparts in our amazing city. 

Jaime Lyn Palmer

Jaime Lyn Palmer attended Arizona State University where she received her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy (2001). Passionate about the keyboard and percussion, Ms. Palmer played in several collegiate ensembles including: chamber orchestra, piano studio recitals, ASU Women's Chorus and ASU Pan Devils Steel Band. A Board Certified Music Therapist since 2002, she has worked in multiple settings including: Struthers Parkinson's Center, Park Nicollet Hospital and Hospice, Walker Methodist and Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home. In 2005, Ms. Palmer graduated from Teacher's College, Columbia University with a Masters in Education , Counseling Psychology and is licensed in the State of New York as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

For the next six years, Ms. Palmer went on to work for Visiting Psychiatric Services of NYC where she provided short-term clinical case management for adults' dual diagnosed with AIDS and an Axis I Clinical Diagnosis. Ms. Palmer has been a keyboard and rhythms around the world instructor for Daniels Music Foundation since 2006 providing 30 weeks per year of instruction and helps produce semi-annual celebrations for members with developmental and physical disabilities ages 3 to adult to showcase their talent. This past year, Ms. Palmer joined the teaching staff at Museum Magnet School and was honored to support the MMS Singers in their debut season as rehearsal accompanist and ongoing supporter.