Staff & Faculty
Mr. Jenkins is the Executive Director of Música Franklin. He was previously a full time performing artist, and a manager and Teaching Artist at several educational arts programs in New England. His music has been featured in publications in England, Italy, Germany, Japan, Puerto Rico, and the mainland United States, and he has been conducting and arranging for string ensembles since he was 13 years old. He is also a genealogy researcher and published author with a passion for social justice and community unification.
Rachelle Ackerman is Música Franklin's Associate Director. She holds a BA in International Studies and Sociology, and a MS in Managing Mission-Driven Organizations from Marlboro College. Ms. Ackerman has managed her own massage therapy practice since 1992. She has extensive experience working with children as an international folk-dance teacher, early childhood educator, substitute teacher, and mentor for youth in foster care.
Ms. Bekka plays Classical, Folk and Bluegrass music professionally. She holds a BA from the University of Rochester with a minor in music and has completed extensive Suzuki method teacher training. Bekka brings over 28 years of teaching experience on violin and cello.
"As a music teacher, I enjoy creating an environment in which the students recognize their success, and don't need to be afraid of failure. They learn to trust themselves and each other."
Ms. Kurland has been playing the violin since the age of five. Classically trained, she has branched out to play folk, jazz, fiddle and klezmer music. She is a member of a band that provides musical performances and workshops in elementary schools and summer camps. She loves watching the joy that music and dancing elicits, and appreciates the friendships and connections that are formed through making music together. She has her BA in Sociology and her MS in Environmental Science. She currently spends much of her time nurturing her three year old daughter and infant son.
My name is Aidin Martinez, I am from Puerto Rico and I have been here in Massachusetts for 5 years. My main language is Spanish but I have learned English and every day I learn something new. I started in a school as a volunteer to work with children. I love helping children learn something new and continue to reinforce their skills. I volunteer in a program called PEER Ambassador where we help families in the community by sharing information about resources they need or exist in the community. My children belonged to the program and I have known the Música Franklin program for three years. For me it is a pleasure to belong to Música Franklin as part of its faculty.
Mi nombre es Aidin Martinez, soy de Puerto Rico y llevo 5 anos aqui en Massachusetts. Mi idioma principal es el español pero he aprendido inglés y cada día aprendo algo nuevo. Empecé en una escuela como voluntaria a trabajar con niños. Me encanta ayudar a los niños a aprender algo nuevo y continuar reforzando sus habilidades. Soy voluntaria en un programa llamado PEER Ambassador en donde ayudamos a las familias en la comunidad compartiendo información sobre recursos que necesitan o existen en la comunidad. Mis hijos pertenecieron al programa y conozco el programa de Música Franklin desde hace tres años. Para mí es un placer pertenecer a Música Franklin como parte de su facultad.
Ms. Citron, an avid chamber music player, has taught for over 40 years in after-school music programs, community music schools, and a private Suzuki studio. She is past president of the statewide association of MA Suzuki teachers and families. As the founder and Artistic Director of Música Franklin, she is deeply committed to music and social justice. Ms. Citron holds a BM from Brandeis University and a MM in performance from UMass Lowell.
"Her students are engaged & enthusiastic – the greatest sign of a good teacher."
--Mimi Rabson. Performer, Composer Asst Prof. String Dept, Berklee College of Music
Ms. Matlock began her music career at the age of five, when she sang in a family choir directed by her mother and learned to play hand drums. She became the official rhythm keeper of the Robinson Singers and has been singing and drumming ever since. She has led and taught at workshops throughout the United States, including at the United Nations. According to Ms. Matlock, the healing power of the drums and the inspiring melodies of her ancestors’ Spiritual Songs are gifts of history which speak to the soul and should be shared.
Sarah Hadley Yakir
Sarah Hadley Yakir has taught privately for the past 10 years. As a Community Performance and Partnership Program Fellow at the New England Conservatory, Ms. Sarah has performed and led masterclasses, ensembles and workshops for elementary and middle school children around Boston and New York. Sarah is on faculty at the summer music festival Encore/Coda where she teaches ensembles, chamber music, and private lessons.
Ms. Sarah’s studio includes students of all ages and abilities. Her teaching method incorporates components from her musical education; Delcroz, Alexander Technique, and The Leopold Auer school. The most important thing that Sarah hopes to inspire in her students is a love and appreciation for music.
Dedicated to bringing an authentic and committed performance to audiences around the world, She has performed in more than 20 countries and her music has been broadcast on U.S., Canadian, Swedish, Swiss, Polish, German and Belgian television and radio.
Yakir attended New York's Special Music School for musically gifted children and did her first degree Europe with world renowned pedagogue, Zakar Bron. She holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree from New England Conservatory.
Administrative Assistant & Teaching Artist
Annierose Klingbeil is a violist with a love of chamber music. She is a Suzuki trained violin and viola teacher with Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UMass Amherst in violin performance and music theory. She also studied piano, viola, chamber music, and music education throughout college. She has a passion for pedagogy, which she has used in her work as an aural skills teacher for the past five years at UMass Amherst and Amherst College. She is the general manager of two non-profit concert series in MA and CT and organizes the UMass Suzuki Teacher Training and String Pedagogy Workshops. In her free time, Ms. Annierose enjoys doing puzzles and playing soccer.