177 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 596-4962
Alida received her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Queens College. Her concentrated studies on voice and composition has also given her extensive training in piano and guitar. She's presently teaching piano, guitar and voice in the classical and rock/pop genre to students of all ages. She loves helping students find their "voice" in the literal and figurative sense in music. Her personal musical goals are in ethnomusicology. She currently gigs all over New York area with her small instruments group, Le Petit Pepinot as well as the Balinese ensemble, Gamelan Yowana Sari. Alida is trilingual in English, Spanish and French.
Sandra is a professional music teacher with a B.A. in music from Hunter College, where she played flute for the Hunter Symphony Orchestra. She has been writing and performing original music for over 10 years, having taught private lessons for over 8 years. She teaches all age levels how to read music, incorporating technique and theory. She has also helped students prepare for performances, auditions, and NYSSMA evaluations. Sandra is part of a band called the Aquaintances, who are in the process of recording their first album.
Sam has been playing music since he was five years old. Classically trained on guitar, he teaches all genres and styles of music, and is great with kids. He has diverse knowledge of songs from the 1950s to today and has performed with Pete Seeger, Paul Schaffer, and members of the Beach Boys. When he's not teaching music lessons, Sam is the lead singer for 1960s group The Left Banke.
Aaron Hollon is a professional trombonist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist who specializes in rock, pop, and jazz. Having received his Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from Northeastern University in Oklahoma (Aaron's home state), he moved to NYC in 2011 and began touring internationally with professional musical theater productions including All Shook Up, Damn Yankees, A Christmas Story, and the 50th Anniversary National Tour of Hello, Dolly! starring Sally Struthers. Aaron continues to perform throughout the Tri-State area in several professional bands and enjoys passing on his love for music to his students.
A lifelong student of the groove, Joey began playing the drums as a toddler under the tutelage of his grandfather, a professional big band drummer. At Hamilton College, he studied with renown jazz and funk bassist, "Doctuh" Michael Woods. Joey is versed in various styles of drumming including Jazz, Latin, Rock, Funk, Pop, Soul and R&B. His individualized lessons ensure students develop a strong sense of time, build a rudimental foundation, learn to read drum notation and, most importantly, have fun!
At age 11 David Patterson started playing guitar. He completed his BFA in classical guitar performance, having studied the late John Sutherland, a student of Andres Segovia. He based himself out of Atlanta for fifteen years. There, he recorded and performed with Grammy Award Nominees The Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins. He also started amassing his recording catalogue - 81 CDs as of November 2015. David has composed several works for Theatre in New York (St. Anne’s Warehouse, La Mama Etc.), and continues to tour around the world. He has taught professionally for almost forty years, bringing his knowledge of “any style that’s required… from jazz to rock to Irish folk to dazzling classical”* to Rock'Scool.
*from Creative Loafing - Atlanta, Georgia
Andrea offers individualized voice instruction tailored to each student. There are no one-size-fits-all exercises, and students learn sound vocal technique and principals of healthy singing to develop the voice, the individual sound, and the very joy of singing. Andrea has earned Level I and II certification in Somatic Voicework™, an integrative method of vocal training based on voice science and vocal function. Andrea performs frequently in the New York area, and tours nationally and internationally. Her 2011 CD, "Parallel Lives," was included on several best-of-year lists, and 2012's "TranceFormation in Concert" was a Downbeat critics' polls best vocal CD selection.
Ching Wai Lo is a NYC based cellist, pianist, and composer. He is currently working toward his Bachelor's at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He is an active musician in the Metropolitan area. He has played with ensembles including the QC Orchestra, Nota Bene Contemporary Ensemble, and the QC Balinese Gamelan. An active teacher since 2009, Ching has taught students of all ages. He adapts to the student’s performance level and adjusts his teaching style to best suit the student. He incorporates different genres of music, songwriting, and composition in his lessons.
Suzanne is a stage director and musician with over 12 years of teaching experience. She received her bachelors in Performance on a scholarship to Chapman University. Recently, she earned her Masters in Theatre at the New School for Drama. She records music for independent films and has performed solo and in bands, including LA's Black Nile. Suzanne is great with kids and specializes in classical and pop styles, incorporating music theory, sight reading and ear training into all her lessons. Suzanne's favorite musicians include: Tori Amos, Ben Folds, Radiohead, Debussy, Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Bjork, Chopin, Aphex Twin, and Elton John.
David is a Canadian-born trumpeter currently residing in New York City. He studied and began his professional career in Toronto, and in 2000 he relocated to New York with a study grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. His debut album as a leader, “Circumstance”, was released in October of 2006 on the Fresh Sound New Talent label. In 2010 he followed that up with “Anticipation” on the Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records label. David has a Master of Arts Degree in Jazz Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music in New York, and is an adjunct faculty member at the College of Staten Island, CUNY.
Alessandra is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music, where she studied piano and voice. She has been performing on stage since age 11 in operas such as “Dialogues of the Carmelites” and “The Magic Flute” and has won a piano competition with the Royal School of Music in London.
Angela received her BA in Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle before moving to New York. She has been a private music instructor since 2003 and specialzes in voice, music theory, ear training, and notation. She's friendly and approachable and loves working with kids of all ages!