Our instructors have extensive experience teaching music to students of all ages and experience levels.
Head Music Teacher
Wes Mingus is a professional guitarist, writer, producer, and teacher, currently living in Jersey City, NJ. Originally from Dover, DE, Wes was exposed to a wide range of the arts from an early age, and has been performing since the age of four. He has a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music and has worked in many genres and styles with luminaries such as The Roots, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Wu-Tang Clan, Bilal, The Revelations, and many more. In addition to being an instrumentalist, Wes has contributed writing and production to a wide range of projects from folk to soul and hip-hop to composing and performing theme music for ESPN, and is currently collaborating on a film scoring project for a short film. On any given day, you might catch Wes teaching, performing, writing, or recording music.
Dr. Christian Struck
Head Music Technology Teacher & CEO
Dr. Christian Struck teaches classes in Gotham Music Academy’s music technology program. Before following his passion for music education and founding Gotham Music Academy, he worked for several decades in academia and the legal profession, finally retiring from a successful career as outside counsel to leading players in the financial industry. Christian holds a Master of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in law from the University of Bonn. A proud father of three, Christian also wears many other hats including as a certified triathlon coach, yoga instructor, human rights activist and attorney-at-law. In addition to producing and recording new songs, he loves to play guitar, bass, ukulele and keyboard.
Greg Murphy is a professional pianist, composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his twenty-two year association with John Coltrane’s multi-directional drummer Rashied Ali, he has directed and performed with various groups around the world for the past three decades. He teaches piano at Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City and has extensive experience as a music educator. Greg studied classical piano at Roosevelt University and jazz piano with the eminent pianist and jazz educator Ellis Marsalis in New Orleans pursuant to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then, he has been racking up recording credits including for his critically acclaimed rendition of “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” for the HBO documentary “Redemption” and his latest chart-topping album “Bright Idea”; collaborated and performed with world-famous musicians including Rashied Ali, Wynton Marsalis, Donald Harrison, Ornette Coleman and Carlos Santana; and been a major contributor to New York City’s thriving jazz improv scene. Greg lives in Union City, NJ.
Cristina Weisman has been teaching music, movement, dance, and theater to children for over 20 years. She has a Musical Theater background and a B.F.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. She began her music teaching career at Fundamentally Music in Houston, Texas and for two years taught at Riverbend Montessori. Currently she is the music director at Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City, NJ where she has designed her own Montessori Music Curriculum for all ages through Middle School. She holds certifications for the “Arts for the International Baccalaureate (IB) – Middle Years Program (MYP)” as well as “Re-directing a Child’s Behavior.” Cristina has presented “Music in the Montessori Classroom” at the New Jersey Montessori Association Conference several years in a row. Her singing credits include Catholic Choral Conference with the St. Thomas More Catholic Choir in Prague. She has publicly performed as a named principal in the cast of critically acclaimed music theater productions such as Hair, Nunsense, The Three Cornered Hat, Godspell, Sweeney Todd, and more.