It’s never too late to learn an instrument…
Research suggests that playing an instrument or singing in a choir can enhance emotional well-being, brain health, cognition, and hearing.
At CSMA, experienced music teachers and performers offer lessons for all skill levels. They teach with patience and encouragement and provide practice strategies letting you develop musical skills at your own pace.
We are offering both virtual and in-person private instruction with many of our talented music educators.
30 min. $31 | 40 min. $39 | 45 min. $42 | 1 Hour $53
CSMA membership is required. Students may take up to four lessons on a trial basis before choosing to become a member.
Private Instruction Faculty
Jennifer Lawrence Birnbaum is a music teacher, choral director, performer and event coordinator with music education degrees from Ithaca College and Columbia University. In addition to serving on the faculty of the Community School of Music and Arts, she is the choir director at the First Unitarian Society of Ithaca and teaches at Namaste Montessori School.
Laura Campbell is on the faculties of Colgate University (where she teaches flute and is the personnel manager and principal flutist of the Colgate Orchestra) and Wells College (where she is the director of the chamber orchestra and jazz band). She has taught flute privately for many years in the Ithaca and Trumansburg areas.
B.A. Piano, Ithaca College. Attended High School of Music and Art, NYC. Studied with Kendall Taylor in London, England. Over twenty years teaching experience.
Ed began his musical journey early, starting on clarinet at age 9. He soon moved on to saxophone, guitar, and piano and gained experience on trombone, French horn, and flute before falling in love with singing and opera.
William Hurley is an Ithaca-based violinist/violist, teacher, and luthier. Violin – M.M., Violin Performance, Ithaca College. B.A. in Violin Performance, University of South Carolina.
Violist Jaime Kibelsbeck has been an instructor and freelance performer for over fifteen years. She has performed in the Binghamton Philharmonic, the Tri-Cities Opera, and the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes. An early music enthusiast, she has also performed as a member of Cornell University’s early music ensemble Le Petit Violons as a baroque violis
Molly MacMillan is a well-known musician living in Ithaca. She has been a featured pianist at the Sacramento Jubilee Traditional Jazz festival, performing there also with the Lowdown Alligator Jass Band, as well as other jazz festivals including Ottawa, Montreal, Buffalo and the Thousand Islands, and Corning’s Crystal City jazz festival.
Pianist Nolan Miller grew up in Ithaca, and is active in the area as a teacher and performer. He holds a BM in piano performance from Houghton College; an MM from Syracuse University; and a DM from Florida State University, where his major professor was Read...
Composer-pianist Christopher Morgan Loy has a catalog of compositions which includes works for piano, voice, chamber ensembles, chamber orchestra, full orchestra, and chorus. He earned the Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from Cornell University where he studied composition with Pulitzer Prize-winning composers, Karel Husa (1969) and Steven Stucky (2005).
Zaun Marshburn has been a professional drummer and percussionist since 1993. He has traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad playing in venues large and small such as The Bowery Ballroom in NYC opening for Julianna Hetfield, and The Haunt in Ithaca, as well as in many area schools. He can be heard playing with several groups including Wingnut, Black is Green, and MSZM.
Shaun Rimkunas is currently a Graduate Assistant at Ithaca College where he has studied trumpet with Professor Christopher Coletti, (Former Canadian Brass Member), Dr. Kim Dunnick, (Former President of the International Trumpet Guild), Dr. Aaron Witek (Director of...
Lenora Brown Schneller is an active performer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music and a founding member of the local new music group, Tabula Rasa.
Karen Melamed Smith studied piano and composition at the Music Institute of Chicago while growing up and has taught piano and various music and movement classes in similar community schools in NYC and at CSMA for many years.
Proficient in classical, jazz, folk/rock, and hip hop Emmett splits his time teaching private lessons and accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists at Ithaca College. Emmett is passionate about fostering a love of music in both beginners and experienced players, and teaching with aspects of theory, aural training and sight reading for a well rounded musical education.
Specializing in teaching students how to play and sing simultaneously and employing an easy-going, creative, song-oriented pop/rock approach, Gerald has taught for over 12 years both one-on-one and in groups with students of all ages. To help each student uncover...
Chris White is a classical, jazz and improvisational cellist and teacher. He has performed and taught around the U.S., and in Canada, Europe and North Africa. Chris has several solo recordings and has played on numerous recordings of other artists including Jody Kessler, Joe Crookston, Scott Adams, Javier Ruibal and others.
Private Instruction by Instrument
Private Instruction Inquiry Form
Please complete this form so we may refer you to an instructor who best matches your interests and availability. Due to current demand, many of our instructors’ schedules are full. If you don’t see your instrument listed in the drop-down menu below (Instrument Requested), there is no availability at this time — please check back soon for additional openings!
Please see our policies page for more about private instruction.