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O U R  M I S S I O N

Preserving Quality Music Education

"In an age where music and arts programs are being slowly phased out of our educational curriculums, Keys 4 Success offers an excellent opportunity to ensure our children have access to quality music education"

- Gavin Ndabahaliye

Keys 4 Success Founder


Demonstrating the Power of Music

Children who study music are more likely to excel in all of their studies, work better in teams, have enhanced critical thinking skills, stay in school and pursue further education


O U R  T E A M


 Mr. Shem

Founder/Executive Director


About Mr. Shem

Mr. Shem started his music career at the age of 4 when he first touched a piano while living in the Philippines. With 30+ years of experience over a wide range of genres, Mr. Shem has both compositional, and instructional background serving as composer, music producer, choir director, director of music and private instructor. Graduating from Brooklyn College with a B.S. in Business Management and Finance, he has combined love for music and passion for entrepreneurship to create Keys 4 Success. It has become his life’s mission to be a staunch advocate for affordable and accessible music education as a means to increase the cognitive capacities in children as well as provide tools that promote positive social and emotional health.


Fun Fact: Trained to play classically, Mr. Shem has also taught himself to play by ear, a skill he encourages his private students to develop as they recreate their favorite music!


Ms. Mona

Program Coordinator


About Ms. Mona

Ms. Mona started her musical journey at the age of 7 with the piano and violin at 12. The practice and discipline has always guided her in her studies, graduating from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in International Studies and Microbiology and a Masters in Public Health from New York University. Ms. Mona joined the Keys 4 Success team in 2014 serving as the program manager for the foundation.

Fun Fact: Ramona PLEDGES that she makes the best Banana Pudding recipe and is still in search of finding one better than hers!

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