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.

Adam Allen, Woodwinds and Brass teacher at Center Stage

Adam Allen

Woodwinds/ Brass

University of Notre Dame

Adam has been playing the saxophone for over eleven years, and he began teaching private lessons in all woodwinds and brass instruments about 5 years ago while at the University of Notre Dame. He also taught and performed abroad in South Africa and at Lindisfarne College in Hastings, New Zealand. Since graduating, he has obtained a certification to teach K-12 Music in New York. While in Notre Dame, Adam played in the marching band, concert band, and jazz band and performed in many locations including Symphony Hall in Boston, Fenway Park, and several NFL football stadiums. He also currently plays tenor saxophone in the Northwinds Symphonic Band. Adam currently serves as a band director for the Paul Effman Music Service, teaching in nine private schools across Queens and Long Island. Each year he prepares woodwinds and brass students, kindergarten through eighth grade, for Christmas and Spring Concerts. Several of Adam’s students have gone on to successfully participate in NYSSMA. Music is all around us and Adam believes that the main part of a music teacher’s job is to find different ways that every student can connect to music. Once that personal connection is found, practice becomes fun, and students can successfully perform and master new musical concepts.

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.

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.

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

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

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 7 through grade 12. Throughout the years, she was a member of the Gemini Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Usdan Orchestra IV. 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 seven years. She 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

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 
Liz Livingston, Voice, piano, guitar and ukulele teacher at Center Stage Music Center

Liz Livingston

Voice/ Piano

Westminster Choir College

Liz  is a recent graduate from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Music Education. From a young age, she has pursued her passion for music by studying voice, piano and guitar lessons, in addition to actively participating in musical theatre and choral programs. She is a well versed performer, as she applies her skills to various genres including classical, musical theatre and pop, as well as her original compositions. As an educator, Liz hopes to foster a positive learning environment in which students can have a joyful and transformative experience through music.  

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.

Ricky Jacoby Guitar and Saxophone Instructor at Center Stage

Ricky Jacoby

Guitar/ Bass/ Saxophone

Five Towns College

Ricky began playing guitar around age 11, and has grown up playing in a variety of different musical groups. Furthering his musical interest, Ricky picked up the electric bass and alto saxophone in middle school, and has since gone on to proficiency in the tenor and baritone saxophone as well. He currently studies at Five Towns College in the Jazz/commercial music program.  At Five Towns, Ricky has become involved in the Jazz studio orchestra, with which he has traveled across the country, most notably to New Orleans for the GEN Jazz conference. As an instructor, Ricky has mentored students of a variety of ages, levels and styles, from rock to classical to jazz.

Bob Snyder drum teacher at Center Stage Music Center

Robert Snyder

Drums

Stonybrook University

Bob has taught and played professionally for 45 years. He has had great success with instructing both main stream and special needs students. His experience includes, touring the states with several top 40, rock and R&B bands, appearances on the Joe Franklin show in the 90s, and playing in one of Long Islands longest running Drum Corp. “The L.I. Ambassadors.” Still an avid performer, Bob currently performs with The Key 3 Trio. He enjoys teaching students of all abilities, ages and experiences, from beginner to professional, and has successfully prepared students for NYSSMA, as well as concert and Jazz band performances. Bob is well versed in many genre’s such as Swing, straight ahead Jazz, R&B, Funk, Latin Afro Cuban, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Metal and Pop music. He brings his love for music and passion for imparting his knowledge to his students, and encourages them to be their best and enjoy the journey.

“Is your head in the book, or is the book in your head?” -Stanley Spector

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.

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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