Here at Musicians’ Playground we value small teams that do big things. Each of our instructors have worked extremely hard to perfect the lesson experience – following a proprietary approach for teaching music that can only found at Musicians’ Playground. We bring our unique talents to the table – while focusing on a bottom line of ensuring our clients have the most fun and feel the best while learning. Learn more about our incredible MP team members below.

Matthew McCarthy

Matt’s objective has always been to make learning music the fun experience it needs to be. His philosophy is that students’ true talents will only come to surface if humor and spirit are added into the mix. It doesn’t matter what a student’s age, skill level, or background is: They will go home with all the tools they need to practice and advance on their own.

Matt has been immersed in piano since he started taking lessons at the age of seven. Since then, he has widened his musical outlook by learning several other instruments and practicing composition. After performing and competing avidly throughout high school, Matt went on to graduate from the University of New Hampshire where he studied classical performance with focuses on piano pedagogy and music theory. He now devotes his time to his jazz fusion group, his solo classical career, and encouraging all of the valuable skills and habits he has learned on the way.

Helen Meng

Helen has been teaching piano for many years and enjoys working with music lovers of various backgrounds and ages. To her, music is an integral part of life and she feels blessed to share it with others. She values having fun, and bringing joy and knowledge to lessons she teaches. Through developing many different skills and using a wide variety of repertoire, Helen finds her students connect most deeply with music.

Currently, Helen is a Doctoral degree candidate in Musical Arts and holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance at Boston University. She has performed on stages including Boston Symphony hall and Lincoln center. She was also chosen to premier in Percy Granger’s “The Warriors” in Boston Symphony Hall in 2012.

When Helen is not teaching or performing, she loves to cook, swim, and watch movies.

Susanna MacDonald

Susanna loves teaching music and developing relationships with her students. Growing up in multi-cultural environment and having been to 17 different countries before she was 19, Susanna is personable and relatable to anyone she meets. Her lessons are fun and encouraging yet challenging. She believes that one must learn how to express themselves through music. In order to do so, Susanna likes to craft and develop excellent sight reading skills, theory knowledge and great technique for her students.

Susanna taught as a piano instructor at Academy of Music, Along Came Music Inc. and through her private studio for over 10 years. She holds a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance, magna cum laude, from the University of Northwestern- Saint Paul.

When she is not by the piano, Susanna likes to go swing dancing with her husband or find great restaurants in Boston.