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GUITAR LESSONS

ALEX KELLEY
Although his exposure to the guitar came at age 10, Alex didn't pick up the guitar until junior year in high school. Majoring in Guitar at Finger Lakes Community College, he received his Associate’s Degree in Music in December of 1991. He continued his education at Buffalo State College with pursuits in Music and Psychology. Concentrations of study include Music Theory, Ethnomusicology, Music History and Performance. Alex also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Contemporary Guitar Studies from Empire State College.

Over the years, Alex has had the opportunity to study privately with a variety of players, including King Crimson guitarist: Robert Fripp. Through this, he was able to develop a strong foundation in rock, jazz and classical styles.

During college he performed in various bands that covered pre-existing material as well as original compositions. He continues to play & perform locally and as far away as California, Georgia, Washington state and Italy.

Alex began teaching guitar in 1997 and has been at The Music Store since October of 1998. Since then, he has worked with a wide variety of students from 4 to 70 years old—beginner through advanced, exploring rock, jazz, blues and beyond.

“An individual must learn to work from their own initiative. The student learns how to teach themselves based on the guidance of the teacher.”

MARTY LoFASO
- bio in progress-


PIANO LESSONS


ALEXANDRA BARBATO
- bio in progress -

MICHAEL CATALLO
After graduating from Webster schools in 2004, Michael went on to study piano as well as sound recording technology at UMass / Lowell where he was immersed in music full time. Realizing his love was performance he came back to Rochester and completed his Associates Degree in Music Performance / Jazz Studies.
He studied under the guidanceof Dr. Jeff Brown, Prof. John Nyerges and Paul Hoffman. Michael has performed with both the Nazareth College and MCC Jazz Ensembles and performslocally at a variety of locations and events.

RICK PEARSON

Rick studied music history, the relationship between music and society through time in Western Europe, at the Crane School of Music; he then studied musicology, the scholarly study of music and music history, at the University of Miami. He served as Artistic Director of the Moonbeam2earth Project, Inc. creating elementary school theatre, music and literacy programs. Rick has been teaching piano and saxophone privately for thirty years. He has directed many local projects including: the JCC’s Onstage Theatre Program, Cobbles Elementary School After-School Theatre Program, and FCCNS After-School Theatre Program. Rick has performed in rock, jazz, academic and sacred ensembles too numerous to mention.

Rick’s sense of humor puts students at their ease from the moment they enter the studio. He has a dynamic teaching style shaped by his performing and educational experiences. Rick’s style is great for every student from the tiniest tot to the mature player. Beginners of any age will always feel welcome in his studio.

CORINN PEDRONE
Native Rochester music teacher, Corinn Pedrone, happily joins the teaching staff at The Music Store this year. Corinn began her musical education on piano as a first grader at the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department. Continuing through high school studying the saxophone with Ramon Ricker, Corinn graduated the Preparatory Department on piano and saxophone in 1975. She was lucky to study and march in Europe under the direction of Raymond J. Shahin with the Bishop Kearney Marching Band. 

Corinn graduated from Nazareth College and culminated her music education at Northwestern University, receiving a Masters of Music degree and having studied with the eminent saxophonist, Frederick Hemke. 

Corinn has taught music for 30 years in the Rochester area, including McQuaid Jesuit High School and Nazareth College community education division for 12 years in their woodwind facility. Playing in many ensembles and area musicals over the years, Corinn presently plays saxophone with The Music Makers Big Band performing all over New York State. Corinn also plays saxophone in a Jazz combo called the Coda Combo with her husband.


BASS GUITAR LESSONS

MARK TERRANOVA
Mark has been a bassist since he was 8 years olf. Learning double bass in school he moved to electric bass on his own, taking formal lessons from a variety of teachers as he got older. Having been influenced by many musicians, Mark has a broad knowledge of all styles of music and applies that knowledge to his teaching style.

Mark has played and is playing in local bands. Most notably at this time was "Rochester Brass & Electric" and is with :Goodness" and Joe Brocato. Mark Believes that each student should learn at his or her own pace. He knows how to assess each student's abilities and skill level so that the student feels comfortable, especially at the beginner'slevel. His easy, non-technical approach to bass playing affords the student the opportunity to grow and learn when they, themselves, are ready.

"To create music, is to create happiness."


JOHN VIAVATTINE aka J.V.
Cabo Frio, Al Chez, Chet Catallo and a host of other performances and recordings keep JV on the top of the list as "first call" bass payers. Growing up in a family of musicians, he was immersed in music and then, playing in the Marine Band, he was able to develop his talent and define his "voice".

Also a member of the sales staff at The Music Store Inc., JV is availableto talk gear, tone and musical styles as well as connect with other musicians no matter what their skill or instrument may be.


DRUM & PERCUSSION LESSONS


STEVE CURRY

Steve Curry is a widely respected jazz drummer in Central New York. He has studied drumming with jazz legend Vincent Ruggeiro and percussion with John McNeil of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Curry currently performs with The Gap Mangione Big Band and the past has performed with Chuck Mangione, Jeff Jarvis, Bob Militello and the Rochester Philharmonic with Jeff Tyzik. Recent "pick up" gigs have united him with Jerry Vale, Mickey Rooney, Frank Gorshin , Donald O'Conner, Kenny Rankin, Mark Murphy, and others. He currently leads the well-known New Millennium Jazz Quartet, which regularly performs concerts and workshops in schools throughout upstate New York as part of the Young Audiences of Rochester organization.

He plays on the complete sound track for the full-length feature film "The Next Big Thing," which was released recently on DVD. In addition, he plays on various recordings as house drummer at The Studios at Linden Oaks. Additionally, Curry has provided music for HBO presentations, including for the successful documentary "In this Corner," and on numerous national and regional television commercials.

BILL EBERTS
Beginning at age eleven, Bill’s first experiences performing was with marching, concert and jazz band as well as symphonic orchestra. With all of the different styles he was exposed to from the very beginning, his technique and understanding have become incredibly diverse. Outside of school he was involved in different bands with friends and other players. After graduation he went to F.L.C.C. where he got his degree in recording and sound engineering.

Bill has been playing regionally with his own original and cover bands including The Meddling Kids for over fifteen years. He has also recorded and performed nationally as the principle percussionist for “It’s My Party”.

“A good teacher can create a relaxed learning environment. Through practice and encouragement a student can develop a variety of skills that can be carried into all aspects of their life.”

MATT RAMERMAN
Matt started playing drums at the age of 7 in elementary school. He studied privately with Dom Famularo, John Bagale, Pete Wrue, Colin Bailey, Kristen Shiner-McGuire, Stephan Collins, Matt Starr and Dave Beyer. During High School, Matt took every available music class including Jazz Band, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, Music Theory, Marching Band, Pep Band, and performed in the pit band for musicals. After attending MCC for Pop, Rock, Jazz performance, Matt spent five years on the road as a professional touring musician.
In 2006, Matt moved to Los Angeles to attend LAMA College of Music, and study with Ralph Humphrey, Joe Poracaro, Mike Shapiro, Dave Beyer, Tony Inzalaco, Aaron Serfaty, Mike Packer, and Gary Ferguson. After a few years of playing in LA, Matt moved to Philadelphia and began producing other artists, while still touring and performing. Having moved back to Rochester in 2012, he currently runs Green Room Recording Studio in Ontario, NY and performs regularly.



BRASS & WOODWINDS



COURTNEY BULLOCK (clarinet, flute, saxophone)
Courtney finishedher Bachelor ofMusic degree at Bowling Green State University in 2015. With a major in Jazz Studies her exposure to all styles of music, artists and composersallows for versatility in her playing and teaching style. Although her major instrument is saxophone, her immersion in jazz gave her the opportunity to study both flute and clarinet an has allowed those instrumentsto be at the ready for any performance or teaching situation she finds herself in.

With her extensive resume' as well as being the recipient of several scholarships while she was at Bowling Green, students will find her a compelling and exciting teacher to study with.

CORINE PEDRONE (clarinet, flute, saxophone)
Native Rochester music teacher, Corinn Pedrone, happily joins the teaching staff at The Music Store this year. Corinn began her musical education on piano as a first grader at the Eastman School of Music Preparatory Department. Continuing through high school studying the saxophone with Ramon Ricker, Corinn graduated the Preparatory Department on piano and saxophone in 1975. She was lucky to study and march in Europe under the direction of Raymond J. Shahin with the Bishop Kearney Marching Band. 

Corinn graduated from Nazareth College and culminated her music education at Northwestern University, receiving a Masters of Music degree and having studied with the eminent saxophonist, Frederick Hemke. 

Corinn has taught music for 30 years in the Rochester area, including McQuaid Jesuit High School and Nazareth College community education division for 12 years in their woodwind facility. Playing in many ensembles and area musicals over the years, Corinn presently plays saxophone with The Music Makers Big Band performing all over New York State. Corinn also plays saxophone in a Jazz combo called the Coda Combo with her husband.


VIOLIN, VIOLA & CELLO

TING DAVIDSON
-bio in progress-

ANGELA KRATCHMER
Currently enrolled at the Eastman School of Music, Angela is working towards her Masters Degree in Music Performance and Literature. After completing her undergraduate degree from Luther College in Iowa, she took a fellowship in California where she worked with elementary schools integrating music with classroom curriculum.

While in California, Angela performed with Symphony Napa Valley as well as the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra for the year of 2013 - 2014. She has been teaching for the past 5 years, all the while taking Master classes, workshops and performed in the International Music Festival of the Adriatic in Italy.

Students will find her energetic and exciting with a wealth of experience to share with all ages, levels and styles.


MANDOLIN & UKE

ALEX KELLEY
Although his exposure to the guitar came at age ten, Alex didn't’t pick up the guitar until junior year in high school. Majoring in Guitar at Finger Lakes Community College, he received his Associate’s Degree in Music in December of 1991. He continued his education at Buffalo State College with pursuits in Music and Psychology. Concentrations of study include Music Theory, Ethnomusicology, Music History and Performance. Alex also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Contemporary Guitar Studies from Empire State College.

Over the years, Alex has had the opportunity to study privately with a variety of players, including King Crimson guitarist: Robert Fripp. Through this he was able to develop a strong foundation in rock, jazz and classical styles.

During college he performed in various bands that covered pre-existing material as well as original compositions. He continues to play & perform locally and in areas as far away as California, Georgia, Washington state and Italy.

Alex began instructing guitar in 1997 and has been at The Music Store since October of 1998. Since then, he has worked with a wide variety of students aged four through seventy, beginner through advanced, exploring rock, jazz, blues and beyond.

“An individual must learn to work from their own initiative. The student learns how to teach themselves based on the guidance of the teacher.”

 

Lessons Hours & Rates

Monday–Thursday, 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm
NOTE: Friday or daytime lessons by request

$23.00 per 30 minute lesson *
$42.00 per 60 minute lesson *

* 1 lesson per week / monthly payment required

single or "1-off" lessons are available.

Family Rate and Discounts:
The Music School offers a $1.00 per weekly lesson discount for each student enrolled. Bring the whole family for lessons and we'll save you some money! Actively enrolled students are eligible to receive special discounts on merchandise from The Music Store Inc. Save on purchases of instruments, sheet music, and accessories.