MASSAPEQUA PARK Instructors

We take pride in our team of university-trained instructors, who use their professional experience as both educators and performers to foster each student’s music education. They are qualified to teach students of all ages, from toddlers to adults. Our instructors are versatile in all styles of music, from classical to jazz to rock and everything in between. Whether you are a novice or have been playing for years, we will help you achieve your musical goals.

Al Dibisceglie, Guitar Teacher at Center Stage

Al DiBisceglie

Guitar/ Bass/ Ukulele

New York University

Al received his degree from New York University, and since studying at NYU, has been teaching guitar, bass and ukulele for over 20 years. He tailors his lessons to suit each individual student’s learning needs, as well as their taste in music. Al is also a talented performer and plays in various bands across the NYC area. He aims to motivate his students by teaching them to play the songs they love, as well as encouraging them to create their own songs. Al inspires each of his students, and teaches them the skills they need to develop into great musicians.

Alex Martinez

Piano/ Voice/ Guitar

Long Island University, CW Post

Alex has been teaching piano, voice and guitar for the past 5 years. As a performer, he has played across Long Island starring in musicals and plays. Alex has also had the honor of performing in exclusive venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Tilles Center and the 50th Anniversary Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. Alex is also a proficient accompanist, often working with colleagues and students for jazz shows and cabarets. Alex has prepared his students for all levels of NYSSMA. Although he specializes in Musical Theatre and Jazz, Alex accommodates all of his student’s interests in pop, rock, and opera, while also exposing them to new influences. Alex has taught students of all ages, applying his knowledge and experiences to each lesson. Alex is very passionate about helping people achieve their goals, and has a high sense of pride when he can help his students achieve those goals. Above all, he wants his students to feel confident in what they do and for them to learn how to interpret the music they are passionate about. 
 
This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than 
ever before. – Leonard Bernstein  

Alyssa DeGuzman

Piano / Voice

New York University / Adelphi University

Alyssa is a talented multi-instrumentalist with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Computer Management from Adelphi University, and has recently received her Master’s degree in Music Technology from NYU. Her love for music began in the first grade with the start of her piano lessons. Just a few short years later, her passion grew as she began singing and performing on stage. Alyssa was involved in NYSSMA, All-County, and All-State all through out her years from elementary school to high school. While being classically trained in both piano and voice, she also enjoys singing other genres like pop, musical theater, and jazz. She has been involved in many ensembles at school, such as, a select Vocal Ensemble, Opera Workshop, and the Jazz Ensemble. She has also performed as a soloist for several years at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall alongside fellow musicians who share a passion for performing as well. She participated in the Music Talent Competition of the Morgan Park Summer Festival, and won first place! She also sang the National Anthem at the Nassau Coliseum for an Islanders hockey game, and for Event Power’s various triathlons held at Eisenhower Park, Nickerson Beach State Park, and the Nassau County Aquatics Center. As an instructor, she has been teaching piano and vocal students for many years, helping each student achieve their own personal musical goals. She has also assisted the Select Children’s Choir of the Manhasset School of Music. Alyssa hopes to inspire and help students cultivate their talents, while instilling a passion for them to be motivated to pursue their goals.

Andrew Krahm, strings and woodwinds teacher at Center Stage Music Center

Andrew Krahm

Woodwinds/ Strings

LIU Post

Andrew Krahm graduated from LIU Post with a Bachelors in Music Education, concentrating in violin studies as well as a secondary focus on classical and jazz saxophone playing. He returned to his alma mater for his graduate studies with a Masters of Performance in Conducting, which was conferred in the Spring of 2019. During his tenure at LIU, Andrew served as the Academic Assistant of the Orchestra and String areas under the supervision of Professor Maureen Hynes. He currently holds the position of Orchestra Director and Tri-M Moderator at Lawrence High School. In addition to this, Andrew sits on the executive board of Long Island String Festival Association (LISFA) as a Chairperson, as well as the Division 5 Co-Chairperson for NMEA (Nassau Music Educators Association) All-County Ensemble.
Andrew has toured with LIU Ensembles abroad on three separate tours. One of these took him to Australia where he was a soloist at venues like the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Maritime Museum. Andrew has become an avid educator and has taught students of all ages and levels, helping them hone their craft. He also completed several positions; at Saint Mary’s High School in Manhasset, and in various capacities as a public school band and orchestra director within the Freeport and Old-Bethpage school systems respectively.
  
 
Anthony Villani, Guitar and Bass teacher at Center Stage Music Center.

Anthony Villani

Guitar/ Bass

Nassau Community College

Anthony has been playing the guitar and bass for over 10 years. As a performer, he has worked with many original projects in varying genres, including rock and metal. Anthony is highly involved in the local music scene, and during his lessons he is able to provide every student with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in music. Anthony is currently studying at Nassau Community College with a concentration and Major in Classical Guitar. No matter what genre of music his students are interested in, he is determined to cater every lesson to each student respectively, and to always make sure that the lessons are fun.

Brendan Mark, saxophone teacher at Center Stage Music Center

Brendan Mark

Saxophone

SUNY Purchase

Brendan is pursuing a degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance at SUNY Purchase, but has been studying the saxophone for over 10 years. He actually began his lessons at Center Stage in 2011, before heading to college to further his studies. Brendan is currently studying privately with the highly acclaimed jazz musician and 3 time grammy award winner, Ralph Lalama.  As a performer, Brendan excels in many genres, from jazz all the way to classical music. As a Center Stage alumni, he aims to take everything he knows about the instrument and share his knowledge and love for  music with each and every one of his students.

“Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” -Miles Davis

Chris Savarino Drum Teacher at Center Stage

Chris Savarino

Drums

Berklee College of Music

Chris has been playing drums for 18 years and teaching for the past 5 years. As an avid studio musician and performer, he is currently a part of two studio projects: “MMune” and “Moving Paintings.” When he is not recording drums for these projects, Chris is also writing and recording for his own solo project. Along with being a proficient drummer, Chris also composes his own original music, which ranges from jazz-fusion to progressive metal. As a teacher, Chris likes to find what inspires his students to play and want to learn, as well as introducing them to new styles of music and drumming to help expand their knowledge. He believes that playing music should be a fun and exciting experience, and enjoys helping each student become comfortable in different styles, while nourishing their musical creativity. His aim is to not only teach his students proper technique, but to help them become self-sufficient on their instrument. He wants each of his students to be able to express themselves musically behind the drum kit. 

“Drumming was the only thing I was any good at” – John Bonham

Debbie Yanez Voice, Piano & Flute Teacher at Center Stage Music Center

Debbie Yanez

Voice/ Piano/ Flute

Adelphi University

Debbie began her musical journey at the age of five, and has since evolved into a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in voice, along with piano and flute. She is a recent graduate of Adelphi University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, where she not only refined her performance skills, but also developed her teaching technique. Debbie has performed in various ensembles at Adelphi including the Vocal Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra, as well as in many shows including various musical theatre revues and operas like “The Little Prince” and “The Old Maid and the Thief.” Debbie is passionate about passing on her knowledge and love of music to her students, and focuses on a student-based approach to allow each pupil to reach their individual music goals in their own unique way. She believes that music is one of the greatest joys in life and strives to bring that joy to every lesson and performance.

Derek Ciminera

Drums

Nassau Community College

Derek has been teaching drums for over fifteen years and has been playing since the age of eight. He currently plays with several cover bands: Graffiti Rose, The Mango Brothers, Alter Ego, and a roots reggae band by the name of Hailey Unlikely. In addition to his busy performing schedule, Derek is also well versed in Afro-Caribbean music, having studied extensively at The Drummerʼs Collective in Manhattan, which has yielded countless DJ based percussion gigs including weddings, barmitzvahs, corporate events, parties, Zumba classes, and Yoga classes. He is currently playing percussion with Rob Nolfe, and performing at the Riverfish in Port Washington. In addition to performing he has also recorded a full length EP with Great Caesarʼs Ghost, Josh Joffen, and The Pineapples.

Derek has also written over fifty original songs, and has recorded an original CD entitled I Would. Derekʼs formal training began at the age of eight when he studied privately for eight years with Robert Blumenthal, a highly acclaimed jazz drummer and musical director for The Harlem Youth Center. He went on to study at the prestigious Drummerʼs Collective in Manhattan for three years, focusing on Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian drum set, conga, bongo, timbale, bells, shekere, guiro, and maraca, with two highly acclaimed drummers from Puerto Rico and Brazil by the names of Bobby Sanabria and Daduka Fonsaka. Derek is proficient in all genres of drumming. He is very creative and has incorporated many unique techniques and tricks into his playing. He is also very proficient with double bass, ostinatos, polyrhythms, hemiolas, and odd time signatures.

Derek is a qualified NYSSMA instructor and has achieved great success with all levels of snare drum and drum set. Derek tries to cater to his studentʼs tastes, and focuses mainly on the styles, drummers, and genres that inspire them, while simultaneously exposing them to a strong foundation of rudiments and reading. He is extremely patient, friendly, and relates well to children and adults alike. Derek believes that music should be fun at all costs, and tries to fashion his classes with that in mind, at the same time exposing his students to many different styles, to not only expand their horizons and make them better drummers, but to also show them how music is all somehow magically connected, creating a beautiful universal language; a language in which no words are necessary.

Eric Annibale, guitar teacher at Center Stage Music Center

Eric Annibale

Guitar/ Bass Guitar/ Ukulele

Stony Brook University

Eric has been playing the guitar for over twenty years and has been teaching private guitar, bass and ukulele lessons for about five years. An avid performer, Eric has been playing guitar in various blues, country and rock bands for the past fifteen years. His current band, The Grand Central, has performed over 1000 gigs in 27 states across America, including being the first NY based Country band to become the House Band of the world famous Bill Bob’s in Texas. As an educator, Eric prides himself on being able to motivate and inspire his students to develop a passion for performing while helping them master technical skills. He is patient and believes that learning music should be a fun experience. He hopes to instill a passion for music in each of his students that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives.

Evan Seickel Piano teacher at Center Stage Music Center

Evan Seickel

Piano

SUNY Fredonia

A pianist, composer, and conductor, Evan has earned his Bachelor of Music in Composition from SUNY Fredonia.  His musical journey began in 1999 with studying piano, eventually going on to explore many musical avenues including pipe organ, composition, and conducting.  Evan is an active performer, singing weekly with the St. Rose of Lima choir, and leading high mass congregations on piano.  Through the LI theatre company, Eastline Productions, he has found the opportunity and privilege to compose and perform solo incidental music and direct the pit orchestra for musical productions.  Evan also has experience as one of USDAN’s lead piano teachers.  In his time at Usdan, he was challenged to compose and teach piano duets for young musicians, while simultaneously using a contemporary musical language that maintains the interest of the young players.  Evan also had the honor to compete as a finalist with Bach’s Concerto in D minor BWV 1052 in the 2014 Concerto Competition at SUNY Fredonia.  As an instructor, he encourages his students to explore the full sound potential of the piano, in-turn unlocking the musical potential of each student.

“Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t.” – Johnny Depp

Jeremiah Moya, Brass teacher at Center Stage Music Center

Jeremiah Moya

Brass

Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music

Jeremiah Moya is a classically trained tuba player and brass educator based out of Long Island, NY. Jeremiah is currently enrolled at the Aaron Copland School of Music pursuing his degree in Music Education. He is actively involved in the performing arts, performing in multiple college ensembles, and touring the U.S. as a participant in a world class drum and bugle corps. As a teacher, Jeremiah has experience with working with middle school through high school students as a brass technician. Jeremiah believes in an education that develops and nurtures the brass player as a whole and is dedicated to challenging his students while providing a fun and friendly environment and establishing a deeper connection with music!

John Loffredo, Piano & Guitar teacher at Center Stage Music Center

John Loffredo

Piano/ Guitar

Nassau Community College

John has been teaching guitar and piano for the past five years. Learning the piano himself at the age of 5, and guitar at the age of 8, John has more than 15 years experience playing music as he regularly performs throughout the NYC area. John is a qualified NYSSMA teacher and has achieved high level rewards for both himself and his students alike. His passion for music has been passed down to him by his great grandfather, and his goal is to continue to pass on the gift of music to his students. He is extremely patient and caring to each and everyone of his students. John tailors each of his lessons to his students goals, and always keeps it a top priority to make sure the lessons are fun. John believes that it is important to continue to inspire his students by teaching them how to play in their favorite genres and styles. With a wide variety of musical styles, John’s goal is to help you become the musician you want to be, while also helping students become well rounded musicians and versatile in multiple genres. Music is like building blocks, once you have the material you can build any masterpiece you want out of it.

“Where words fail, music speaks.”  Hans Christian Andersen

John Potocnik, Drum, Guitar & Band teacher at Center Stage

John Potocnik

Drums/ Guitar/ Band

Five Towns College

John has been teaching drums for over five years and has been playing for a decade. As a performer, he currently plays with several original bands and artist: Crash The Calm , Boxer, Phil Firetog, and Salina Solomon. Also a proficient guitarist, John has a bachelors degree in performance for classical guitar with a concentration in audio recording technology from Five Towns College. John is a qualified NYSSMA instructor and strives for exceptional success with all levels of snare drum, drum set, and guitar. John believes in a balance between progress and entertainment, having his lessons consist of: reading, listening, writing, and improvisation. He is extremely patient, friendly, and relates well to children and adults alike. He aims to not only expand student’s horizons and technique, but to also connect them with other musicians so that they may further submerge themselves in the world of music and its joy.
“Choose a job you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life” – Confucius
Karina Aristy, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass Teacher

Karina Aristy

Violin/Viola/Cello

Long Island University, CW Post

Karina has been playing the violin since she was nine years old. Throughout the years, she excelled within various performing groups and was given the title of Concert Mistress from grade 7th grade through grade 12. From a young age, she participated in the Gemini Youth Orchestra, the All County Orchestra, and the Usdan Orchestra. During her time at Post, she furthered her studies in violin, viola and cello, and received her Bachelor’s in Music Education. Karina has been teaching students of all ages for over ten years. She is currently furthering her education at Five Towns College, in pursuit of her Masters Degree. As a NYS Certified Educator, Karina highly believes in the value of a well-rounded education and makes sure that all of her students can read, write and perform music to the best of their ability.

“Without music life would be a mistake.” – F.W. Nietzsche

Ken Migliore, piano/ bass teacher at Center Stage Music Center

Ken Migliore

Bass/ Piano/ Violin/ Viola/ Cello

Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

Ken Migliore is a multi-instrumentalist currently earning his New York State teacher certification 
from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. He takes pride in continuing a 
family interest of teaching and playing music. Specializing in bass and piano, he has worked on 
a variety of recording projects during his undergraduate career at the State University of New 
York at Oswego. Ken’s musical interests range from classical performance to jazz and Latin 
styles. Having played in a wide variety of ensembles throughout his collegiate career, Ken 
believes a strong education to be one of the most valuable gifts that he has received.  
 
In his own teaching, he considers musical success to be within the reach of any student. With 
music comes a sense of community and a means through which individuals can work towards a 
common goal. Ultimately, music lessons should be something a student can look forward to. 
Recognizing this important consideration, Ken offers instruction that acknowledges the goals, 
abilities, and interests of each particular musician.  
 
“Each piece of music we play, each dance, each drawing, each episode of life, reflects our own 
mind back at us, complete with all its imperfections, exactly as it is.”S. Nachmanovitch 
Marc Lambert, Instructor at Center Stage Music Center

Marc Lambert

Drums/Guitar/Bass/Piano

The Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College

Marc is a professional musician and instructor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Performance from The Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College in New York, where he graduated at the top of his class. Proficient in both the guitar and drums, he has been studying both instruments for over 20 years. Marc began his musical studies with the percussion/drums in school ensembles, and moved on to pursue private lessons in the guitar. As a multi-instrumentalist, he also teaches beginner bass as well as beginner piano students. Marc teaches students from all over the world as a result of his band, Painted In Exile. He excels in teaching a wide variety of differing styles, from beginner to advanced students. He always concentrates first and foremost on the interests and needs of each individual student.

Oscar Martinez, strings instructor at Center Stage Music Center

Oscar Martinez

Viola/ Violin/ Cello/ Bass

SUNY Fredonia

A music educator and active performer from Brentwood NY, Oscar received his Bachelor’s Degree in Viola Performance from SUNY Fredonia. Proficient in all string instruments, he currently works with the Harmony Program at the Ella Baker school in Manhattan teaching 3rd-5th grade strings. Furthermore, he works at USDAN Summer Camp for the Arts, and is the program editor for LISFA. Oscar also teaches private lessons throughout Long Island. Within his teaching, he strives to make sure all of his students learn responsibility and always reach their goals, such as partaking in All-State. In regards to performance experience, he is an active chamber musician who plays throughout Long Island and NYC. He is currently a member of the Long Island Symphony Orchestra, and is the Principal Violist of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra.

Ryan Keyes, guitar teacher at Center Stage Music Center

Ryan Keyes

Guitar/ Bass/ Piano/ Band

SUNY Fredonia

Ryan has been playing the guitar and bass for nearly fifteen years and recently graduated from Fredonia’s School of Music with a concentration in classical guitar. As an avid performer, Ryan had many years of experience playing in the band TurnKey, which began in 2010. Switching his focus from rock to classical proved to him that many different styles can be explored within the field. Being able to combine the rock style he was familiar, with the new classical skills he was being taught, Ryan found that combining styles and genres can make the musical experience very exciting. He brings his knowledge and experience to every lesson and is able to provide his students with many different avenues to explore the instruments. His vast exposure to all different styles of music has given him the drive to teach students the mechanical works that underly their favorite music, and to help them express themselves through their own creative musical output.

Syed Hassan, Brass and woodwinds teacher at Center Stage Music Center

Syed Hassan

Brass/ Woodwinds

Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College

Syed received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in May 2017, where he focused in brass. Syed has also received a NYS teacher certification in Music K-12. During his time at Queens College, Syed has performed in renowned venues such as Lefrak Concert Hall, David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall), Bohemian National Hall, and Flushing Town Hall. Syed is also a 2016 recipient of the Sol Kroll Award for Music Education and a 2017 recipient of both the Brass Alumni Award and the Student Teacher Award at Queens College. Since 2016, Syed has spent his summers teaching private music lessons in brass, woodwinds and keyboard for the Town of Babylon Summer Camp.

Syed is a qualified NYSSMA instructor, which he has achieved great success with all levels of brass and woodwinds. Syed believes that every person should come out with a positive experience when learning music. He stresses the importance of making sure that everyone is in a friendly and comfortable environment for a music lesson and that everyone deserves to hear positive feedback from their instructor. Syed believes that when people learn something they enjoy, they want to teach others as well as share that experience to others. This is why it is important to Syed that every student deserves a positive experience with learning music.

Tara Lacognata Voice & Piano teacher

Tara Lacognata

Voice/ Piano

Hofstra University

Tara has been teaching music for over 5 years and performing for over 10 years. As a performer, Tara has been part of various audition-based chamber choirs, a capella groups, jazz choirs, as well as performing solo gigs within her community. She has performed both at Carnegie Hall in New York City and has opened twice for the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular in Radio City Music Hall. As a voice teacher, she has extensive knowledge on the inner workings of the voice and is trained in classical voice technique. Tara takes pride in assessing students’ strengths and weaknesses regularly in order to provide appropriate and efficient methods to address students’ learning needs.  Tara inspires and develops musical success and self confidence through an open, dialogic teaching experience tailored to the individual students’ needs. Tara is also a proficient pianist and piano teacher. Tara is an extremely warm, patient, friendly, professional, and caring individual with a passion for music that comes from the heart. Tara believes that music should always be fun and interactive; therefore, her teaching is always student-centered. She strives to make her students into better pianists, singers, and overall musicians while also equipping her students with foundational life skills that can also be applied outside of music, such as practice techniques.

“Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies” -Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Veronica Nguyen, Voice and Piano Teacher at Center Stage

Veronica Nguyen

Voice/ Piano

Long Island University, CW Post/ Longy School of Music

Veronica Nguyen is a classical singer, voice and piano teacher based on Long Island, NY. After completing her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance at LIU Post, Veronica moved to Boston to continue her education at Longy School of Music, where she earned a Master of Music in Opera Performance. Veronica is an active performer and enjoys a varied career singing opera, choral and concert work. She is also an accomplished pianist and has been playing for almost 20 years. As a teacher, Veronica works with students of all ages and skill levels, focusing on building healthy technique and cultivating individual sound. While she specializes in classical singing, Veronica is well-versed in all genres and values providing her students with diverse repertoire. Veronica is dedicated to providing an educational experience that is not only fun and challenging, but one that can establish the roots for a life-long love of music.

“In this modern society, art may be the only force that invites expression from the inside out, where the pure light of the wisdom of the soul is realized.” – Jessye Norman

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