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Piano (ages 2+),   Clarinet (ages 8+),   Simply Music Piano (ages 6+)

Amanda C

Dr. Amanda C. teaches Simply Music piano lessons and woodwind lessons. Simply Music is a unique, play-based piano method designed for ages 6 thru adult. Students initially learn songs by pattern (not by ear or rote) before learning to read music, similar to how we learn to speak before learning to read or write. Simply Music draws on a repertoire of Classical, Jazz & Blues, Contemporary and Accompaniment pieces, teaching students to play with both hands together from the very first piece.

A Missouri native, Amanda has over ten years of experience teaching music to students of all ages, from beginners through college music majors and adults looking for a new hobby. She holds a doctorate in clarinet performance from Indiana University and is a licensed Simply Music piano teacher. Her passion is in helping students develop confidence and expressiveness. Whether lessons are in person or online, you can rely on a positive and encouraging lesson environment.

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Thursday at Fairfield School of Music

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Friday at Fairfield School of Music

Violin (ages 5+),   Viola (ages 8+)

Arjun G

Violinist Arjun G. is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Music (Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts), where he studied with Ettore Causa. Arjun completed his undergraduate studies with a degree in Statistics from the University of Minnesota, while studying viola with Korey Konkol and Sabina Thatcher. He has performed in numerous festivals across Europe and the United States. 

Arjun enjoys teaching and has taught in many capacities including music theory, private and group lessons, and chamber ensembles via various institutions and programs, including The Heartbeat Project in New Mexico (Navajo Nation), as well as The Morse Academy and Music in Schools Initiative in New Haven.

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Tuesday Online Only Lessons

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Wednesday Online Only Lessons

Piano (ages 5+),   Voice (ages 7+)

Ava W

Soprano Ava W. is a concert soloist and private voice and piano teacher. Ava is a graduate of the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. During her time as a graduate assistant at the University of Maryland, Ava performed leading roles in various opera productions, including La Boheme and Roméo et Juliette. Ava has also appeared with many chorales and orchestras, including the Metro Chamber Orchestra, Mystic River Chorale and Manchester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale. 

The study of music should always be a joy, and Ava prioritizes making music lessons a time for her students to look forward to. She understands every student is their own unique musician with goals and dreams, and therefore tailors each lesson so that they feel supported and encouraged in pursuing them. She integrates the mastery of healthy techniques—in both singing and piano—through fun methods and a wide variety of repertoire. Ava strives for every student to leave each lesson feeling like an empowered and confident musician with the ability to achieve whatever they desire! 

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Monday Online Only Lessons

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Tuesday Online Only Lessons

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Wednesday Online Only Lessons

Violin (ages 5+),   Viola (ages 8+)

Cassie D

Cassie, a native of Southwest Florida, is pursuing a Masters of Musical Arts degree at the Yale School of Music, studying with Ettore Causa. Previously, she studied at the Colburn Conservatory, where she received her Bachelor and Masters degrees under the tutelage of Paul Coletti and Yura Lee. Cassie has appeared as a soloist with the Arits-Naples Philharmonic, Sarasota Music Festival Orchestra, Colburn Orchestra, and the Bravo Summer Music Festival, among others. An avid chamber musician, Cassia has collaborated with musicians from the Tokyo, Calidore, and New Orford String Quartet, and is a current member of the Alameda String Quartet and the Kontrapunktus Baroque Ensemble.

Cassie enjoys teaching and has maintained an active private studio for over 10 years, teaching both violin and viola. She has previously taught at various programs and institutions, such as Colburn Jumpstart Strings, Naples Youth Symphonia, Stories and Strings of Los Angeles, and Mason Classical Academy.

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Saturday at Fairfield School of Music

Piano (ages 2+),   Simply Music Piano (ages 6+)

Diane C

As a teacher, Diane’s aim is to help students develop an enduring love of music and a sure confidence in their ability to create it. For over 30 years, Diane has had the good fortune to teach students of all ages in a variety of musical arenas including school classrooms, church choirs, camps and private studios. Walking with students as they grow in musical skills and knowledge and guiding them each step of the way is the joy of her teaching practice!

From its beginnings, Diane has taught Simply Music, a unique playing-based piano method, designed for ages 6 thru adult. Students initially learn songs by pattern (not by ear or rote) before learning to read music, similar to how we learn to speak before learning to read or write. Simply Music draws on a repertoire of Classical, Jazz & Blues, Contemporary and Accompaniment pieces, teaching students to play with both hands together from the very first piece. Diane meets students “where they are” so she can adapt to their particular needs, including blending in traditional methods for students who want to continue their musical exploration beyond Simply Music’s curriculum.

Diane’s musical journey began in a time when, together with like-minded friends, they schlepped guitars, ukes, and tambourines everywhere they went, passionately performing at a wide variety of Church and civic events throughout high school. After college, where she conducted a small women's choir, Diane began teaching music in an elementary school and conducting youth and contemporary adult choirs while directing a youth ensemble. Presently, Diane is grateful for the opportunity to offer individual and small group instruction as a licensed Simply Music Piano Teacher and is a member of The Schubert Club and the Simply Music Teachers Organization.

 

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Tuesday at Fairfield School of Music

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Wednesday Online Only Lessons

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Thursday Online Only Lessons

Piano (ages 5+),   Voice (ages 7+)

Ellynne P

"Ellynne is well worth discovering." (Scott Yanow). With her warm authenticity, subtle delivery, and crystalline mezzo voice, she has been delighting and enchanting listeners all over the world as a jazz vocalist and recording artist. Ellynne studied jazz vocal performance with a variety of prominent figures and "legends" including: Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Barry Harris, Mark Murphy, Nancy King, and actress Betty Buckley. She studied vocal technique for 6 years with renowned opera singer, John Macurdy. 

Ellynne is certified in Somatic Voice Work and The LoVetri Method (TM). She serves on the music faculty of Southern CT State University and Sacred Heart University. A songwriter and composer, Ellynne is a member of ASCAP. Other artists have performed and recorded songs that she has co-written.


As a teacher, Ellynne believes that everyone has the potential to make music. She helps students build a solid musical foundation by emphasizing technique and core skills, such as sight-reading and ear-training. She also believes students should have fun making music. While developing musicianship takes discipline and focus, Ellynne believes music should be personally expressive, creative, and above all -- enjoyable. Seeing practice as a pathway to learning and discovery, instead of a chore, is part of her philosophy that she strives to impart to all of her students.

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Saturday at Fairfield School of Music

Guitar (ages 8+),   Ukulele (ages 4+)

Gianni L

Gianni began playing guitar at the age of seven. As a teenager, he played in local blues jams alongside the likes of Charlie Karp (Buddy Miles, Them Changes). He currently holds a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music in Guitar Performance and graduated Cum Laude. Gianni received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Berklee Guitar Department. He did a study abroad semester at Berklee Valencia, Spain where he earned a minor in Music Technology.

Gianni has a wide-ranging interest and passion for all musical genres including blues, classic rock, jazz, soul, funk, slide, bluegrass, flamenco and classical guitar.  Through teaching, he explores the fundamental topics of music theory, ear training, improvisation and reading. He focuses on the importance of tone, timing, and technique.

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Monday at Fairfield School of Music

Piano (ages 5+)

James B

James B. received his Bachelors in Music Education (Applied Music in Piano and Voice) from the Hartt School of Music. In addition to teaching piano and voice at FTSM, he has taught in public and private schools with an emphasis on vocal/choral performance and piano accompaniment for many years, as well as worked in music ministry for area churches, most recently at Huntington Congregational Church in Shelton.

In the studio, James uses the best instructional materials available and guides the student in choosing classical and popular music, including rock, jazz, and Broadway showtunes that are appropriate for the student’s level. James wants all of his students to discover how music can be a very special part of their lives. He encourages his students with his patient and persistent manner and cultivates a positive, fun environment for learning music.
 

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Monday at Fairfield School of Music

Piano (ages 5+),   Trumpet (ages 9+)

Jamie F

Jamie F. has been a music educator for over 20 years. He is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, playing trumpet and piano. In addition to teaching at FTSM, Jamie is currently an adjunct professor at Fairfield University. His professional playing credits are myriad and diverse having recorded, toured and performed all over the world with many great jazz and blues artists of all kinds. Jamie currently lives in Monroe, CT and spends his time teaching and composing music.

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Monday at Fairfield School of Music

Piano (ages 5+),   Voice (ages 7+),   Guitar (ages 8+),   Cello (ages 9+)

Jamie R

Jamie R. holds a B.Mus. in Voice Performance from Syracuse University (magna cum laude) with a minor in music history, M.Mus. in Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon, postgraduate studies with some of the leading professionals in the field of opera, and currently performs as a professional opera singer. 

Jamie is a multi-instrumentalist and teaches voice, piano, guitar, and cello, with over twelve years of private teaching experience with children and adults. Jamie believes in establishing a strong foundation in body-awareness based technique, which can be applied to any musical style. Her teaching includes helping students reach long term goals and encouraging students to become independent with musical interests and practice routines, so that each student may enjoy and appreciate music on their own in the future.
 

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Wednesday at Fairfield School of Music

Piano (ages 5+),   Flute (ages 7+),   Saxophone (ages 8+),   Clarinet (ages 8+),   Play-a-Story Piano (ages 4+)

Jenn L

Jennifer L. is an accomplished music professional, educating students of all ages & levels for over 20 years in public schools and private lessons. Jenn’s musical training began at the elementary level on the clarinet under the tutelage of the late clarinetist, Richard Shillea of the Manhattan School of Music, and continued through her post-secondary education at Ithaca College, where she earned her Music Education degrees. In addition to teaching at FTSM, Jenn is currently a K-8 music and band teacher in the New Haven Public School System. 

As a well-trained and diverse instrumentalist, Jenn teaches beginning & intermediate piano as well as all brass & woodwind instruments, with an emphasis on her primary instruments, the clarinet and saxophone. Jenn is also trained in and teaches Play-a-Story Piano, an age-appropriate and creative way for young children (ages 4-6) to learn basic piano skills. This improvisatory approach explores sound and visuals as students travel through a storybook world and create their own soundtrack to the story. Jenn provides a safe and relaxed learning environment that is tailored to meet the goals her students set for themselves, whether it’s a specific audition or simply to add enjoyment in their lives. She pours her heart out into her craft for all of her students, with a continued focus on positive growth throughout each lesson. 

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Voice (ages 7+)

Julia G

In her work teaching, mentoring, and performing, Julia approaches music-making with a signature passion and wit. Her holistic approach to singing is grounded in OperaWorks training with Ann Baltz, and voice study with Claudia Friedlander and Ruth Ann Swenson. In private lessons, she meets each student where they are physically, emotionally, and musically that day. Most of all, Julia guides students in developing healthy habits for preparing repertoire, practicing, and performing that empower them in their musical lives going forward. 

As a singer, Julia has won praise for her "clear, bell-like tone" (OperaWire), and has extensive experience performing operatic, musical theatre, concert, and choral works, from plainchant to premieres of new works. She regularly serves as a soloist and section leader in churches and synagogues, and she served as a vocal mentor for the National Children's Chorus, NYC. Julia holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance from The University of Texas, Austin, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Drama from Tufts University, where she graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Julia is a proud native of Maine, and she's thrilled to be back in New England after a few (very hot) years in Texas.

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Monday at Fairfield School of Music

Drums (ages 8+)

Kenny O

A Connecticut native, Kenny O. has toured & recorded internationally and domestically with multiple bands since his teens. At home in all American styles and many world musical styles, he enjoys sharing his learned knowledge with all of his students by studying recordings, transcriptions of rhythms, and solos, with an emphasis on improvisation and melodic awareness. Now in his 30s, he resides in the Blackrock area of Bridgeport and performs & records regularly with Hitch & The Giddyup, Alligator, Rudeyna, and many more tristate area groups and international artists, entertaining audiences and demonstrating his acquired skills with joy and passion. 

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Wednesday at Fairfield School of Music

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Saturday at Fairfield School of Music

Piano (ages 5+),   Voice (ages 7+),   Play-a-Story Piano (ages 4+)

Liz A

Elizabeth A., (Liz), a native of Fairfield, CT, graduated with a BA in Vocal Performance from Franklin Pierce University in 2011 (Go Ravens!). Liz is pursuing a graduate degree in speech/language pathology at Sacred Heart University to deepen their knowledge in communication and vocal therapy/pedagogy. Liz began her teaching practice at FTSM in 2013, teaching both voice and piano lessons, and enthusiastically loves what she does!

In addition to teaching, Liz performs and records in a variety of styles from classical to rock and R&B. As a singer/songwriter, they perform solo and alongside bands throughout Connecticut and its surrounding areas. Liz believes that teachers and students alike learn more about themselves and the world around them through the study of music. Liz hopes to bring joy through music into the lives of all of her students.

For her youngest piano students, Liz is trained in and teaches Play-a-Story Piano, an age-appropriate and creative way for young children (ages 4-6) to learn basic piano skills. This improvisatory approach explores sound and visuals as students travel through a storybook world and create their own soundtrack to the story." 

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Monday at Fairfield School of Music

Piano (ages 5+)

Michelle O

Having started at FSM first as an intern and then as an administrator, Michelle teaches piano lessons to students from beginner to advanced levels. She is a proud graduate of St. Bonaventure University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Psychology, specializing in Piano Performance. Besides studying classical piano, Michelle also enjoys composing songs for piano & voice. She has had much experience as a collaborative pianist, ranging from accompanying vocal soloists and groups to performing in orchestras for local musical theatre productions. 

Michelle tailors her lessons to each student’s musical interests, while incorporating the fundamentals of music theory and piano technique. Michelle is passionate about helping her students unlock their musical potential, setting & achieving goals collaboratively, and helping them grow in confidence and musical expression.
 

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Piano (ages 5+),   Guitar (ages 8+),   Ukulele (ages 4+)

Mike G

A guitarist from the New Haven area, Mike studied classic rock and metal in his formative years, and then gradually became more interested in fusion music. Through fusion, his interest in jazz grew, and he enrolled in an arts high school in New Haven (Educational Center For The Arts), where he studied for his junior and senior years. Mike later completed his Bachelor’s degress in Jazz Studies from Western Connecticut State University. For the past decade, Mike has had an active teaching and performing schedule. He has toured all over the country with his former progressive jazz metal group, Mid Atlantic Title, and has performed with a multitude of well-known jazz artists, such as Aaron Goldberg, Myron Walden, Jimmy Greene, Jumaane Smith and Ralph Lalama. In addition to teaching private lessons, Mike is also currently on the faculty of the Litchfield Jazz Camp. 

Mike’s goal as a teacher has always been to provide a lesson environment that’s educational and fun at the same time. A typical lesson will consist of Note Reading, Technique and Music Theory combined with learning songs from the student’s favorite artists and bands to create a lesson environment that gets the student excited and inspired to practice, while simultaneously teaching them the fundamentals of music. 
 

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Guitar (ages 8+),   Ukulele (ages 4+),   Banjo (ages 7+),   Mandolin (ages 5+)

Richard N

With a career spanning decades, Richard has worked continuously as a teacher, performer, producer, studio engineer and songwriter. He brings the same passion to his teaching practice as he does to his studio work and performances, seeking to inspire his students and elicit the best they have to offer. 

Richard studied songwriting at the Berklee College of Music and was selected to be a featured artist at the Berklee songwriter showcase, “Berklee in the Round.” He conducts songwriting workshops at FTSM and other locations, including music festivals such as Podunk Bluegrass, CT Folk and Black Bear Americana. A shortlist of his recording credits includes music heard on the Discovery Channel (“Penn & Teller”), TruTV (“Almost Genius”), the History Channel (“Pawn Stars”), and a DVD release of the PBS series “Roadtrip Nation.” Some of the artists he has performed onstage with include the likes of Peter Yarrow, Livingston Taylor, Tom Chapin and Jonathan Edwards, to name but a few. As a songwriter, Richard’s most recent collection of original songs, “A Step Up,” was released in 2016 and produced by Rex Fowler (Aztec Two-Step). 

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