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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
Marty is a performer and educator from Rochester, NY. With a background in a variety of styles, Marty is comfortable picking an acoustic guitar, presenting the technique of a Bach Bouree' or laying down some tasty licks on his electric.

Marty holds an Associates degree in Music Performance and has studied with a variety of teachers including Dr. Anton Machleder from Berklee College of Music.

Marty seeks to pass on his knowledge and experience while also helping students find joy and a unique voice through music.


PIANO LESSONS

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

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 available to 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

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.”

MATTHEW BEVAN-PERKINS
Bio Coming Soon!


BANJO

ROBERT STOREY
Robert is a portable bluegrass band listing banjo, bass, guitar and mandolin as his main instruments. He also spends time using piano as a "musical calculator" to build chords and translate one instrument to another. Currently, he is learning the Chinese lute called a P'i P'a.

Originally going to school to obtain a degree in English / German, he left to pursue music full time. "It's an honor to share this path with people who appreciate it and a privilege to help that take root."


WOODWINDS

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.


VIOLIN & VIOLA

HOLLY WORKMAN
Violinist Holly Workman is an active performer of traditional and contemporary classical music. She began playing the violin at age 4 and has since performed in concerts across the United States, Italy, France, and Germany. Holly has worked with or performed for: Irvine Arditti, Steve Reich, the JACK Quartet, Sō Percussion, and others, as well as the Brentano, Jupiter, American, and Shanghai Quartets. Holly regularly performs with the Eastman Philharmonia, Eastman Musica Nova, and the Ossia New Music Ensemble - with whom she recently premiered a solo violin concertino.

Holly enjoys teaching string students of all levels and ages. She has worked as a teaching assistant with the Music for Everyone in the schools program and summer festival, was a rehearsal assistant for the Hershey Symphony Festival Strings, and taught with several outreach programs in public schools.

Holly holds a Bachelor of Music in Applied Music (violin) with High Distinction from the Eastman School of Music and is currently pursuing her Master of Music in Violin Performance and Literature at Eastman where she studies with Prof. Renée Jolles.

SEAN MULLIGAN
Bio Coming Soon!


MANDOLIN & UKE

ALEX KELLEY
Although his exposure to the guitar came at age ten, 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 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.”

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

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.