Bronwyn Bird
Nyckelharpa, Accordion, Guitar, Piano
​Co-Founder: Birdhouse Center For The Arts,

BA, Music Therapy, Berklee College of Music

Bronwyn is a co-founder of the BirdHouse Center for the Arts and a 2009 graduate of Berklee College of Music. Throughout her music therapy clinical work she has provided services for a wide variety of populations including Early Intervention, at-risk youth, Adult Dayhab, Geriatrics, and individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Bronwyn discovered the joys of music through Swedish, Irish, and American folk dancing, and it has been her passion ever since.  She is particularly drawn to unusual instruments, including the accordion, and Nyckelharpa (keyed-fiddle), which she studied abroad in Sweden.  When not engaged in clinical work, she tours both nationally and internationally as aprofessional musician, performing and teaching educational workshops in root music and dance.  Bronwyn strongly believes that community creates music, and music in turn creates community.

MEET THE TEAM

We are lucky to have such a dynamic group of dedicated music instructors!

Justin Nawn
Guitar, Piano 
​Co-Founder: Birdhouse Center For The Arts,

BA, Music Therapy, Berklee College of Music

Justin graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2009 with a concentration in Music Therapy. During the completion of his undergraduate degree, he received extensive training in folk, rock, jazz, slide, and blues guitar. As a part of his clinical training, Justin completed a six-month internship at a unique residential school for kids called The Center For Discovery. Complimentary to working therapeutically with the school's life-changing student body, he also received extensive training on improvisational piano methods.

Justin describes his work as thus:
"Each person is unique, as is their musical taste. Regardless of working with groups or individuals, I’m always excited to learn about the melodies that move people, for these are the keys to their heart, and they open the gates to unseen avenues of self expression. When forming musical relationships, my aim is simple: to help people create the sound that uniquely defines them."

 

Nancy Brown
Violin/Fiddle, Flute

Alumni: New England Conservatory

 

Nancy Brown is a classically trained violinist with a degree in violin performance from New England Conservatory of Music, '85. She has since played mostly folk music, including a stint with the Celtic Folk band, "Mollyhawkes." She is an experienced teacher, having taught violin, fiddle and viola to children and adults of all ages. She prides herself on her gentleness and flexibility in meeting the individual needs of her students. Her focus is on making sure that her students have a positive experience with music in the process of "learning how to learn."

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Alexis Bronkovic
Voice, Acting, Public Speaking
 

Alumni: Marymount Manhattan College

Alexis just relocated back to her hometown in Bucks County and she is thrilled to be a part of the Birdhouse community. Lexi earned her Bachelor's Degree in  Theatre Performance with a minor in Musical Theatre from Marymount Manhattan College, was a member of the Professional Training Company at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and has been based in NYC for 15 years where she has worked professionally in theatre, tv and film. As a teacher, she believes in sharing techniques and tips in a 'progress not product' forum while providing a safe space for artists to hone and practice their natural talent, gain professional training, express themselves, and own their confidence. You can check her out on IMDb and learn more about her at www.alexisbronkovic.com

Off-Broadway/New York:The Big Broadcast, The Barrow Group Theatre; Tiny Geniuses, Fringe NYC at the Here Arts Center. Regional: Christmas at Pemberley (Elizabeth Bennet), Silent Sky, earned Best Actress IRNE nomination (Henrietta Leavitt), Merrimack Rep; Born Yesterday (Billie Dawn), Guthrie; Chapter Two (Jennie Malone), Cape May Stage; Amadeus (Constanze), Maltz Jupiter Theatre; A Christmas Carol (Belle), Actors Theatre of Louisville; Postwave Spectacular, Heist , Humana Festival ATL. Web-series: 2Some, Rainbow Ruthie; TV: Blacklist, Younger, The Affair, Royal Pains, Blue Bloods; Film: Oleander, How to Say Goodbye,  Jimmy & Don, Veritaphobia, Julia. Guest vocalist for AM Dance Project with renowned tapper, Anthony Morigerato and such bands as The Duke Ellington Orchestra.

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Aidan Young
Guitar, Piano, Bass, Ukulele, Drums, Mandolin, Voice, Songwriting

Aidan has been teaching music to individuals and coaching ensembles since 2003.  He started out learning bluegrass songs on the mandolin at the age of 8 and spent his teenage years learning grunge riffs on the acoustic guitar. Over his 18+ years of teaching he has played multiple instruments, learning literally thousands of songs by artists across every genre of music.

 

Aidan believes that joy comes first in learning music, and strives from day one to help every student learn a song they love.  Every song has something it can teach us about music and our instrument, and the more we enjoy the music we are learning the more time we will dedicate to our musical growth.