Music Lessons

One-On-One Lessons*: Guitar, Beginning Fiddle/Violin, Mandolin or Ukelele | Bill Ackerbauer, instructor
$50 for four thirty minute sessions
$100 for five one hour sessions

Learn what you want:  folk, country, rock or blues
Beginner or intermediate (Age 8+)

Interested?  Email Bill or call (518) 210-6181.
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Private Music Lessons (piano, guitar, bass, drums)
Tom Simek, instructor
$50 for four thirty minute sessions

Learn to express yourself, read music, play and compose on these modern tools of music. Students ages 6 + will be exposed to a diverse array of styles and techniques. Lessons are individually catered to each student’s interests and skill level. Instruction combines classical techniques with modern repertoire and world music, emphasizing jazz, rock, jam and pop. Students may choose to focus solely on one instrument, which is highly encouraged for at least a year, or may combine instruments to fit their fancy. Some examples include the string combo of bass and guitar, the percussion combo of piano and drums, the rhythmic combo of bass and drums, the harmonic combo of piano and guitar, and “the total package” or “modern quartet” of piano, guitar, bass and drums. While pianos and drums are available at the center, students must bring additional instruments to their lessons.

Interested? Email Tom or call (518) 774-6103.
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Group Lesson: Songwriting | Tom Simek, instructor
Four hour-long sessions
Group 1:  (Ages 10-17)
Group 2:  (Ages 18+)

These masterclasses studying the mechanics and techniques of composition are open to students of any level with any instrument. Each session will address specific examples of songwriting methods. Students will then, individually or in pairs, be assigned composition exercises, which they will present for constructive critiques.

Interested? Email Tom or call (518) 774-6103.

Group Lesson: Rock Band Boot Camp
Tom Simek, instructor
Four hour-long sessions
Group 1:  (Age 8-17)
Group 2:  (Age 18+)

In this boot camp, students from beginner level to advanced are organized into small groups of two to four, rotating jams until they form a cohesive unit. Once a “band” is established, the members decide on a name and the boot camp commences with group building and rehearsal exercises to tighten up the group’s sound. 

Interested? Email Tom or call (518) 774-6103.