Music Store

Our Teachers

Guitar | Piano | Bass | Drums | Banjo | Woodwind | Violin &Viola | Mandolin & Uke

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.”

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

Sean graduated fro F.L.C.C. with an Associates degree in Music and Science and is currently pursuing guitar studies at The Eastman School of 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, has been part of the teaching staff at The Music Store many years. 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. as well as Coda Combo.


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.”

CHRISTOS DEMBEYIOTIS
Christos is a graduate of the Crane School of Music where he studied all things percussion. He has performed in countless music groups in the area, played drums and percussion for several musicals and even spent a few years on cruise ships playing a variety of styles. He currently can be seen with the ZBTB Band at clubs, festivals and colleges all over the state and beyond.


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, has been part of the teaching staff at The Music Store many years. 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 as well as Coda Combo.


VIOLIN & VIOLA

CATHERINE ARAICatherine
Catherine comes to us from UCLA where she earned her Bachelors in Violin Performance. She moved to Rochester and earned her Master Degree in Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She is also a section violinist for the RPO and can be seen and heard performing with some of the greatest musicians in the world.


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

$25.00 per 30 minute lesson**
$47.00 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.

NOTE: rates are based on 1 lesson per week, monthly schedule. Contact us for other scheduling options.