Meet Our Staff
Our instructors teach a range of instruments and styles. Their varied approaches cover musical genres from Classical, Jazz, and Blues, to Rock, Pop, Folk, Country, and World Music. Some follow a formal syllabus, while others tailor their lessons to the desires of the student.
We’re always looking to connect with other musicians and teachers. Please contact us if you’d like to be part of our community!
Karl Allweier (Director) is a Hudson Valley, New York based guitarist / bassist who has been performing and recording in the area for over 20 years. He has composed music that has appeared on the A&E Channel'sBiography series, The Travel Channel Road Trip series, The History Channel's Da Vinci Code and Big Texas documentaries, and others.
He has played and recorded with an array of musicians and bands, including George Kooymans (Golden Earring), "Bumblefoot" Ron Thal (Guns N Roses), John Platania (Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Don McLean), Augie Meyers (Texas Tornadoes, Sir Douglas Quintet), Larry Coryell and son Murali Coryell (touring for opening act B.B. King, Cyndi Lauper and David Sanborn), Knack Drummer Bruce Gary, The Coasters, Richie Scarlet, Dr. Know and Daryl Jenifer of Bad Brains, as well as drummers Anton Fig and Adam Nussbaum.
Karl is also currently a member of Frank Carillo and The Bandolero's.
Karl offers instruction on upright and electric bass and Acoustic and Electric guitar. He has a great ear for figuring out any song you’d like to play and is also well studied in Music Theory and Sight Reading. Karl is an excellent slide guitarist and can teach anything in the genres of Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, Jazz, and Funk. Lessons are catered to the individual student and their musical taste and skill level. Beginners and hobbyists are welcome.
Karl is available Monday through Thursday for lessons.
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Erin Hobson (Director) is a partner in an independent record label and publishing company and an accomplished singer, songwriter, guitarist, who has been teaching private and group lessons for 20 years. Erin studied with amazing guitarists, like local legend Steve Gravino, before attending SUNY New Paltz for Jazz Performance with Tom Dempsey and Mark Dziuba. She later moved to Los Angeles, CA where she studied wth Jazz greats Ron Eschete and Ted Green and eventually landed her first teaching job at Instrumental Music in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Erin plays and teaches a variety of styles on Acoustic and Electric Guitar, as well as Ukulele. She offers instruction in Sight Reading, Basic and Advanced Music Theory, Chord Construction, Chord Melody, Lead Guitar, Scales and Modes, Improvisation, Acoustic Finger Style and anything in the genres of Folk, Funk, Jazz, Blues, Metal, and Rock. Lessons are catered to the individual student and their musical taste and skill level. Beginners and hobbyists are welcome.
Erin is a warm, approachable person, who truly cares about her students and helping them learn. She is especially patient with young children and beginners.
Erin is available Monday through Thursday for lessons.
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Nylon String Guitar
Patricio Morales is a classical and jazz guitarist and Emmy award-winning composer for film and television.
Patricio holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music and a diploma in Advanced Studies in Music Therapy from Helvetic Music Institute in Switzerland. He studied classical guitar with David Starobin at SUNY Purchase and with Michael Cedric Smith at Brooklyn College. Following his conservatory studies, Patricio ventured out to Seattle, WA to study guitar, jazz, improvisation and composition with his mentor, renowned guitarist and composer, Ralph Towner. Through his association with Towner, Patricio was fortunate enough to learn from musicians the likes of John Abercrombie, Gary Peacock, Trilok Gurtu, and Paul McCandless, among others. He has toured in the US, his native Chile, and in Europe, and has produced two albums of original music.
Patricio recently returned to the States after living in Europe for over 20 years, where he composed and produced music for advertising, television and film, earning an Emmy in 2013 for outstanding composition for Daytime Drama for All My Children and One Life to Live.
He now resides in the Hudson Valley and teaches Jazz and Film Music History at Marist College. He is currently working on a new album of his original music, collaborating with NY-based musicians, among them: jazz guitarist Brad Shepik and arranger and producer Juan Andrés Ospina.
Patricio offers instruction in guitar to students of all levels interested in the unique sound of the nylon-stringed guitar and its various repertoires using finger-picking techniques: classical, jazz, and bossa nova. He also offers instruction in improvisation and composition, helping students focus on chord progressions, harmonies and rhythms that are intrinsically linked with the sound of the music being played.
To hear some samples of Patricio’s playing, visit his website patriciomoralesmusic.com. He’s available Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday for lessons.
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Eileen Landman, NCTM (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by the Music Teachers National Association).
Eileen has studied at Indiana University and Shenadoah Conservatory of Music.
She has been an adjudicator for both MTNA and National Federation of Music Clubs.
A classically trained pianist, who now plays all genres of music, Eileen has been teaching piano for over 30 years. She teaches all styles of music as well as music theory, sight reading, and technique to students who are beginners to advanced.
"My philosophy is that music lessons should be informative, instructive, and mostly fun!"
Eileen is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday for lessons between 4pm and 8pm.
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Piano, Guitar, Drums, Recording
As founder of Mice Parade, and the drummer in Swirlies, HiM, and many other successful bands, Adam Pierce has appeared on dozens of critically acclaimed albums (often playing every instrument and writing every song, or also acting as producer). He’s toured the world 40 times over. Adam has been featured on the front page of the NY Times Arts section, as well as the Washington Post, Drum Magazine, Wire, Mojo, and has performed live radio sessions for BBC, KCRW, KEXP, WBEZ, WNYU, and WFMU.
Adam spent more than a decade teaching drums for all levels, as well as beginner-intermediate piano, and guitar, both privately and through a music school in NY. He truly enjoys teaching and seeing a student succeed is one of the most rewarding experiences he can think of.
Adam also co-manages a well-known record label - FatCat Records - which has enabled him to help start the careers of great artists, like Sigur Ros, Animal Collective, Frightened Rabbit, and many more.
Adam’s goal is to provide a solid foundation to explore the infinite world of music - all styles included, along with improv, sight reading, and technique. Adam is available for piano, drum, and guitar lessons on Wednesdays. He is also hosting Summer recording and Rock Band workshops.
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Bobbie Van Beusichem specializes in vocal performance and graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a BA in music in 2015, studying under Colby Thomas during that time. She has been performing in musicals, operas, and concerts of all types throughout her life, and even though she is a classically trained soprano, she appreciates all genres of music and has a very eclectic repertoire.
She looks forward to helping fellow musicians on their journey, and sharing her deep appreciation and love for music along the way.
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Voice, Songwriting, Music Theory
With 22 years of experience as a teaching artist, and more than a thousand students passing through her school classroom and private music studio, Lisa Markley remains as passionately devoted to teaching as she is to writing and performing. Lisa is a graduate of the University of North Texas’ renowned school of music, where she majored in Music Composition, minored in Music Theory, studied piano and trombone, and did graduate work in Jazz Studies, Jazz Voice, and Music education.
Lisa brings with her over 25 years as a touring and recording artist, both as a songwriter and jazz artist. Her teaching specialties include Jazz Voice, Songwriting/Composition/Arranging, and Music Theory.
Margaret Tigue is an award-winning soprano from Long Island, New York. She completed her undergraduate degree in voice at The University of Michigan, where she studied with Professors Martha Sheil and George Shirley. Her honors include an Encouragement Award in the Michigan district of the 2017-18 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and first prize in the 2015 University of Michigan Friends of Opera Undergraduate Competition. Margaret is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in voice through the Bard College-Conservatory where she studies with Lorraine Nubar.
She loves teaching students about the unique joys of singing, and brings a lot of musical experience to the table. Margaret specializes in NYSSMA-prep and classical music, but has also sung with jazz bands, in vocal jazz groups, high-level choirs, and many other vocal styles. She welcomes anyone and everyone into her studio.
Margaret is available to teach on weekends only. Sign up with Margaret Now!
Yurie Mitsuhashi is a violinist who enjoys a range of musical genres that include classical repertoire, American and Celtic fiddle, and video game music. As a private instructor, she has been active in New York City, New Haven, and Kingston, and is currently a registered Suzuki teacher. Yurie is a graduate of The Juilliard School and received her Master's degree from Yale University. Since 2017, she has served as co-concertmaster of The Orchestra Now at Bard College. Sign Up with Yurie Now!
Anna Kennedy is an lifelong improvising violinist with an eclectic array of influences. She has been an active collaborator in studio and on stage with a broad range of artists and bands in the alternative music field — as a violinist she’s known for her strong melodic and rhythmic improvisational skills, great ear and technical proficiency in jazz, classical, and American roots idioms.
After finishing her jazz performance and songwriting studies at Berklee College of Music, Anna moved to New York City and worked as a professional violinist, vocalist and composer for several years. There she wrote, performed, and recorded with a multitude of songwriters, bands, multi-media performance artists and Broadway sound designers, lending her well-versed and unique improvisational style to a wide variety of musical projects. Other artistic and personal pursuits eventually led her moving to California, where she recently returned from to settle in the Hudson Valley with her young son.
Anna has been teaching private violin students for 17 years, and happily offers instruction to players of all ages and levels. Lessons are catered to the student, allowing each individual’s musical interests and proficiency level guide the process. Anna is also a certified beginning Suzuki Violin teacher, and is a warm and kind teacher.
Anna is available Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings for lessons.
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Carole Schaad has been a leading violin educator in the Hudson Valley for over 30 years, teaching private lessons and group classes to all ages and levels. She is Artistic Director of Stringendo’s fiddle program and the Summer Strings program. She also leads the Cranberry and Raspberry Fiddlers. She has played in the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and has been President of the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society. Sign Up with Carole Now!
T. Xiques grew up in Putnam Valley, NY, the only child in a musical family. His father, Ed Xiques, has performed and/or recorded with Frank Sinatra, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Aerosmith, Liza Minelli, Jaki Byard, Jackson 5, Woody Herman, and many others.
T. grew up being exposed to all kinds of music and began gigging as a professional drummer by age 15. He has continued to perform and record with a diverse range of artists including Savoy Brown, Garth Hudson, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kaki King, Matthew Garrison, David Tronzo, George Garzone, Giacomo Gates, Roswell Rudd, John Medeski, Ira Coleman, Mike Manieri, Jay Anderson, Junior Mance, Robbie Dupree and Colin Hay of Men at Work. He co-led the organic pop-soul duo WeMustBe, collaborated with singer/songwriter Eric Wood and continues to work with premier Tibeten vocalist Yungchen Lhamo.
Currently he plays drums with original rock band Hobo Jungle, a cutting edge jazz group, the Mike Dopazo trio, as well as playing guitar, bass and drums with several duos.
A third generation music teacher, he has taught music for over 30 years. He attended the Berklee College of music on a scholarship and T. continues to challenge himself, searching for new techniques in learning and teaching that keep music ever more fun to play.
He has taught at the Woodstock Day School, Paul Green’s School of Rock and Poughkeepsie Day School and enjoys teaching all ages and levels of students.
T. is available for lessons on Wednesdays. Sign up with T. Xiques Now!
Alan Silverman specializes in Rock, Jazz, Funk, Latin, Hip Hop and Pop drumming styles and holds a degree in Jazz Performance from SUNY New Paltz. Aside from the drum set, he has studied Afro-Cuban and Indian hand percussion and teaches the tablas and the congas.
If you’re looking for guidance with sight reading, technique, and coordination, he can help you out.
Alan is available for lessons Mondays and Thursdays
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Viveca Lawrie performs regularly as a trumpet soloist at Church of the Messiah in Rhinebeck, New York. She works frequently with contemporary composers; in 2015 she played the world premiere of Scott Anthony Shell’s Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra, and in 2018 she performed the world and European premieres of "Red" by Aurora Lawrie in America and France. She also works as a session musician in the Hudson Valley area and records backing tracks for Leon Michels.
She has attended notable music festivals including Brevard, Tanglewood, Eastern Music Festival, and Chosen Vale, and has studied with David Hickman, Terry Everson, Judith Saxton, Clément Saunier, Marco Blauuw, Gabrieli Cassone, and Håkan Hardenberger. She is currently studying trumpet performance at Bard Conservatory with Ed Carroll and Carl Albach.
Viveca was a volunteer teacher for Harmony Project Phoenix, a branch of El Sistema.
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Originally from Taiwan, Yu-Tien is a bass trombonist and currently pursuing his bachelor degree in music and physics at Bard College. Yu-Tien joined the wind band in the middle school and his passion for playing the trombone hasn’t stopped since. After spending a year majoring in architecture in National Taipei University of Technology, he decided music should be his career, which led him to study at Bard College.
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Jennifer Kennedy has been teaching private lessons for over seven years. While pursuing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of North Texas, she taught private lessons for students ranging from 10 to 17 years old. Jennifer helped them prepare for local competitions, placement playing tests, and even for their college auditions. She also coached several of her colleagues at UNT for chamber music performances, solo competitions, audition tapes, and professional auditions. During her Master of Music degree at Stony Brook University, Jennifer coached her colleagues who are pursuing DMA’s, and taught an adult student working toward returning to school for a degree in music.
As a high school student, Jennifer taught private lessons for beginners and coached her high school contemporaries as the flute section leader in our marching/concert band. During one summer, Jennifer was employed as a coach for an adult flute choir program through the Los Angeles Music Center, which concluded with a concert at the Disney Concert Hall. This program was designed for people who wanted to relearn how to play the flute after years away from their instruments (mostly 50+ years old). After the program ended, its director founded another flute choir, which several of the members joined. She participated in this flute choir, and continued to coach the members, for several years.
All these experiences have given Jennifer the skills to teach all age groups and ability levels. She has participated in countless masterclasses, and has performed across the country, in Canada, and in Europe. Jennifer is eager to help her students grow and share her musical knowledge!
To hear samples of Jennifer’s playing and see videos of her performances, visit her website at www.jenniferkennedyflute.com.
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A musician his whole life, Carl Gardner has always believed the purpose of music to be the enrichment of individual’s lives, and the forging and the strengthening of community bonds. That is why Carl began pursuing his mission to spread music by teaching young musicians immediately after completing his undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory. Since that point Carl taught at the Music In Schools Initiative at Yale University teaching both Saxophone and Bassoon to students of diverse backgrounds. Carl also has been on faculty at the Morse Summer Music Academy working with New Haven Public School students in ensembles and private lessons.
In addition to his work as a teaching artist, Carl Gardner has enjoyed a dynamic career in performance. His solo appearances include concerto performances with the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra and the New Haven Chamber Orchestra. His work as a musician has taken him to communities all over America and across the world. Carl is fortunate to have performed on many great stages including the KKL Lucerne, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, David Geffen, Alice Tully, and Fisher Center Sosnoff Theater. After working as a resident artist at the New Haven Chamber Orchestra Carl joined The Orchestra Now at Bard, where he currently performs duties as co-principal of the bassoon section.
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Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Mariya-Andoniya Andonova came to the United States at age 16 to study at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in Southern California with the principal bassist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Christopher Hanulik. Mariya received her Bachelor’s Degree and Performance Certificate under the tutelage of Peter Lloyd at the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles, California. Since graduating from Colburn, Mariya has completed a Master's Degree at Yale University with Don Palma of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Andonova has participated as a fellow in many of the world's most prestigious festivals such as the Tangelwood Music Festival, the Verbier Festival, Music Academy of the West, The Perlman Music Program, and The Aspen Music Festival. Most recently, she appeared in The Chelsea Music Festival in New York City where she performed under Ken-David Masur. Mariya was also a tenured section bassist with the Santa Barbara Symphony in Santa Barbara, California and she frequently performs with the Hartford Symphony in Connecticut.
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Tomasz Kowalczyk, hailing from Krakow, Poland is currently a timpanist and a percussionist with The Orchestra Now, a unique symphony orchestra, located in the Hudson Valley. He is dedicated to representing the art of percussion as a fresh, exciting and distinctive part of classical music. Mr. Kowalczyk is a versatile musician who feels equally enthusiastic about working as a soloist, a chamber musician and an orchestral performer.
Mr. Kowalczyk presents solo recitals his native Poland, around Europe and United States. Focused on heightening the stature of percussion as a solo instrument, his performances often feature a combination of the established repertoire with transcriptions of J.S Bach’s masterpieces, as well as new works commissioned, or written for him.
As a chamber musician, Mr. Kowalczyk performs a wide variety of repertoire ranging from Bartok to Reich. He is a founder of the Peabody Percussion Trio, he performed with members of eighth blackbird, and his collaboration with the legendary musician Leon Fleisher and Peabody Chamber Players on Gyorgy Ligeti’s chamber operas “Aventures” and ”Nouvelles Aventures” brought him to the Perelman Theater of the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and subsequently to New York’s Kaufman Theater in the 92nd Street Y.
Passionate about orchestral performance, Mr. Kowalczyk works as an extra percussionist with the Houston Symphony, was a fellow at the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Center, and performed across the globe with the Pacific Music Festival Orchestra, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, working under Pierre Boulez, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Peter Eotvos, Valery Gergiev, Pablo Heras-Casado, Fabio Luisi, Jun Maerkl, Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Simon Rattle.
His musical talent was discovered by a music teacher in elementary school, while performing in a fourth-grade plasctic recorder ensemble. Already in the first year of his formal musical training, he was awarded a distinction during the Polish National Percussion Students Auditions in Jaroslaw at the age of twelve. Later on, he succeeded in numerous international solo and chamber music competitions, including the first prize at the European Music Prize for the Youth International Marimba Competition in Münster, Germany. He was also a prize winner at the Yale Gordon concerto competition, the PAS (Percussive Arts Society) International Percussion Ensemble Competition and PAS International Solo Competition.
Mr. Kowalczyk holds degrees from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Boston University, Curtis Institute of Music and Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. His past and present teachers include: Alan Abel, Timothy Genis, Don Liuzzi, Matt Strauss, David Skidmore, Robert van Sice and Svetoslav Stoyanov.
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