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.
Currently, we are offering both virtual and in-person private instruction with many of our talented music educators. If you are already a student with CSMA, please contact your instructor to arrange lessons. If you wish to be matched with an instructor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form below.
30 min. $29 | 40 min. $37 | 45 min. $40 | 1 Hour $50
CSMA membership is required. Students may take up to four lessons on a trial basis before choosing to become a member.
To purchase private lesson vouchers please visit our REGISTRATION page, select “Private Instruction,” then choose the desired lesson length and quantity.
Private Instruction Faculty
Seth Carrithers has been an active musician and music educator for over 25 years. As a double bassist working in various jazz ensembles, Seth has had the pleasure of performing with many wonderful musicians, including some internationally recognized recording artists...
Gravitating to the upright bass at the age of ten, Joey Arcuri hasn’t put it down since. Youth orchestras, jazz bands, and rock groups launched him through early schooling. Continuing into college, Joey studied with Tim Cobb at SUNY Purchase and Dr. Nicholas Walker at...
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.
John Bunge holds a BA in music from Macalester College, and is a veteran of the late '70's/early '80's Minneapolis New Wave scene. He is the author of "Music of Scott Joplin on the Banjo" (transcriptions); "Open String Chords for Plectrum Banjo"; and "Open Chord...
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.
Hayden Frank was born and raised in Ithaca, where he became active in music and theater at a young age. Drawn to the deep grooves of ‘60s and ‘70s R&B/Soul music, he picked up the bass as a teenager and studied under local legend Doug Robinson, until departing for...
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
Sungmin Kim is from New York City, where he attended Special Music School and Lucy Moses School at Kaufman Center and Stuyvesant High School. He is currently a candidate for M.M. in Collaborative Piano at Ithaca College. He received his B.A. in Music at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.
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.
Joseph Prusch majored in Music Performance and Education at Ithaca College, studying viola with Debra Morée while pursuing academic opportunities in historical performance, modern music performance, and ethnomusicology. He spent time studying with John and Sondra Bromka of Bells & Motley, learning the various folk traditions of France as well as the Medieval and Renaissance secular dance music that laid the foundations for classical opera, the orchestra, and the symphony.
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...
Stephen Starkman enjoys national recognition as both a concert violinist, violist, and conductor. A member of the famous Pittsburgh Symphony for 16 years he has also served on several prestigious music faculties including as a distinguished juror for the Juilliard...
Dave Streater is an active local jazz and classical performer and composer. M.M., Composition, SUNY, Binghamton. Master of Science, Mathematics, Ohio State University. B.M., Piano Performance, Cleveland Institute of Music.
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
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