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.

AJ Valcin, Piano teacher at Center Stage Music Center

AJ Valcin

Piano

Union College, Nebraska

Since the age of four, AJ has extensively studied the piano with many renowned instructors. At age ten, he started establishing himself as a church accompanist, beginning in traditional formats, and later expanding to modern types. Music ministry has been the core of AJ’s musicianship; he even took on leadership roles for small music groups during college. By combining a classically trained background with modern creative knowledge, AJ has always felt the importance of applying theory-based music education to modern contexts. His speciality is piano improvisation, and that is 100% credited to his music theory and ear training education. For AJ, the learning experience is about relieving yourself from the burden of perfection. It is much better to embrace the inevitable hiccups along the way. The purest form of learning is embracing who you are, and allowing others to help you on the journey to be even better.
Beth Keyes, Piano and Woodwind Instructor at Center Stage Music Center

Beth Keyes

Little Stages & Music Storytime Director/Piano/ Guitar/ Oboe/ Flute

City University of New York

Beth is a music educator, multi-instrumentalist, and scholar who has been teaching private lessons for over fourteen years. Since beginning piano lessons at the age of four, Beth has also become an accomplished performer on the flute, oboe, English horn, and guitar. After being awarded a full, four-year scholarship to attend Brooklyn College in the Fall of 2004, Beth spent her undergraduate education studying both performance and music education. She was accepted into the Ph.D program in Musicology at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center in 2009. Since then, Beth has continued along two complementary paths. First, as a doctoral candidate, she has been an active scholar in the field of musicology and is currently finishing her dissertation work on madness in music of the 19th and 20th centuries. Second, as an educator, she has worked with dozens of students across New York City and Long Island as both a private teacher and classroom instructor. Though Beth has taught students of various ages, skill levels, and with a diverse range of musical interests, she has focused her teaching philosophy on catering to the individual needs of each one of her pupils across musical curricula. Her private students have thrived in their musical pursuits, participating in local music festivals such as NYSSMA and SCMEA, performing in school and private recitals, and successfully auditioning for university level music programs. In addition to private teaching, Beth has also been an adjunct instructor at Brooklyn College and Hunter College since 2014, teaching undergraduate classes in music appreciation, American music, and keyboard methodology.

Daniel Passadino, piano guitar and drum teacher at center stage music center

Daniel Passadino

Piano/ Drums/ Trumpet/ Guitar/ Bass Guitar

Queens College, Aaron Copland School of Music

Daniel has been playing the piano for over fifteen years and is finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at Queens College; Aaron Copland School of Music.  Experienced in many genres of music, such as classical, jazz and musical theater, Daniel is able to offer his students a comprehensive education. A multi-talented instrumentalist, Daniel is also proficient in the drums, guitar, bass and trumpet. Daniel has played piano, bass and guitar in various rock bands across Long Island, and also plays the drums and trumpet in the Queens College Wind Ensemble. He has also worked in various theaters across Long Island for over six years as a musical director and pit musician. Daniel believes that the teacher is the most important factor in whether or not a student continues pursuing music. A teacher has the responsibility to make learning music fun and enjoyable for all students and Daniel hopes that he can instill a passion for music and learning in every student he has.

“Music, of all the arts, stands in a special region, unlit by any star but its own, and utterly without meaning…except its own.”–Leonard Bernstein

Dominic Girolami, Piano & Voice Teacher at Center Stage Music Center.

Dominic Girolami

Piano/ Voice

Molloy College

Dominic is currently a Musical Theatre Major at Molloy/CAP21 and has been teaching piano and voice for a few years. As an avid performer, his professional career has consisted of Music Direction of Semi-Professional Theatre, playing the cello, piano, and bass guitar in pit orchestras, and roles in productions of Les Miserable, Mamma Mia, Bare, Newsies, American Idiot, as well as an original song cycle produced at a community theatre level. Dominic is well versed in all genres of music, including classical repertoire, musical theatre, choral works, as well as pop and rock music. He aims to teach his students important skills in how to practice effectively, listen purposefully,  approach music intelligently, and build a strong foundational technique. Dominic strongly believes that inside everyone is a talented, expressive, and smart musician, and that teachers simply help you find that.
“To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also.” – Igor Stravinsky
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.

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

Guitar/ Drums/ 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

Lauren Dimilta, violin & viola teacher at Center Stage Music Center

Lauren Dimilta

Violin/ Viola/ Cello/ Piano

Adelphi University

Lauren has been playing the violin since she was seven years old. She is currently studying music education at Adelphi University, where she has also performed as a soloist in the Adelphi Symphony Orchestra. Before studying at Adelphi, Lauren was a part of the prestigious Herricks High school Chamber Orchestra, and the MYO Principal Orchestra. Lauren has had two Carnegie Hall performances, and has also performed at All County, Long Island String Festival, and LISFA Chamber Festival. Lauren was also invited to perform at the NAFME national orchestra competition with her chamber orchestra in 2018, and was a part of the Herricks High School chamber orchestra, which won best national string orchestra. In addition to being a part of various ensembles, pit orchestras and chamber groups as a strings player, Lauren enjoys singing and practicing other instruments such as piano and ukulele. She is also the founder of Adelphi’s a cappella group Acadelphi.

As a teacher, Lauren aims to inspire young musicians through sharing her passion with them. Lauren works with violin, viola, cello and piano students of all ages and levels to make the music understandable and approachable to them. She believes that if students enjoy learning, they learn better and faster. Practicing this belief, Lauren works with the strengths and weaknesses of her students in order to customize a plan with goals in order to bring out the best musician possible while encouraging a fun-filled, positive learning environment.

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

Liz Livingston

Voice/ Piano/ Guitar/ Ukulele

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, String teacher 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 and Bass 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.

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