1. Jennie Pelligrino

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    Ms. Pelligrino has been teaching privately for more than 10 years. She recently completed courses in music and early childhood education at Sacred Heart University as well as Gateway Community College. She has more than 12 years of formal study of the piano and music theory. Ms. Pelligrino has extensive experience teaching children with special needs.

  2. Erin Knapp

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    Ms. Knapp holds a Masters of Music degree in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She also graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance. Her fluency in French awarded her a minor in French Language and Literature. Principal teachers include Dr. Scott McCoy, President of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, with whom Ms. Knapp studied voice privately. Ms. Knapp has extensive experience working with children in the field of music. She specializes in a multitude of musical genres, including classical, musical theatre, jazz, pop, folk and country. She has performed in operas at the Spoleto Festival USA, including Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette and Braun- fel’s Die Vogel. In addition to operatic work, she has been a member of several professional choral ensembles and has toured the U.S. and Europe with them. “The most rewarding part of teaching mu- sic is not just watching a student grow musically but seeing his/her overall confidence improve.”

  3. Vic Johnson

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    Mr. Johnson graduated from Hoffstra University with a BS in Music Education. He went on to receive a masters degree in Liberal Studies from Stony Brook. Mr. Johnson is an accomplished pianist and organist. He is a teacher, as well as the organist and choral director at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Monroe.

  4. George Wilkinson

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    Mr. Wilkinson began playing the piano at age 5. He studied with several formidable teachers and eventually presented recitals at the Julliard School. He has been teaching since 1992, and joined Creative Music Center in 2003.

  5. Kate Rich

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    Ms. Rich is thrilled to be celebrating 25 years of piano instruction. She earned her degree from Niagara University and completed coursework at the Hartt School of Music. Ms. Rich has been involved as a musical theater director for such performances as, “The Sound of Music,” “The Music Man,” “The Wiz,” “Promises, Promises,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Fame” and more. She is also an experienced accompanist, playing for various groups and ensembles. “I feel very fortunate to share the fundamentals and joy of music with all age groups and levels.”

  6. Natalia O’Leary

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    Ms. O’Leary hails from Russia where she studied piano at Mogilev Music College of Belarus and also the Pedagological State University of Belarus. In addition to teacher privately for more than 10 years, Ms. O’Leary has worked extensively as an accompanist. “Teaching music is a way for me to express and pass on my love for music.”

  7. Nyomi Guberman-Pfeffer

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    Ms. Guberman-Pfeffer teaches traditional piano and clarinet, as well as Suzuki. She studied performance at the Yale School of Music with former dean Keith Wilson and later with Standley Drucker of the New York Philharmonic. Ms. Guberman-Pfeffer completed studies in composition and harmony under Professor Arnold Franchetti of the Hartt School of Music. She won national recognition for exceptional artistic merit from the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Ms. Guber- man-Pfeffer is an active performer in a number of chamber and symphonic groups. Including the Earl Banquer Woodwind Ensemble and the Wayne Hiller Octet. “I love seeing the students grow in their ability and appreciation of music!”

  8. Olga Schrodl

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    Ms. Schrodl studied orchestral conducting, piano and voice at the Mopiler Music College of Belarus and also the Pedagological State University of Belarus. Ms. Schrodl has taught young beginners in voice and piano, as well as adults, and has extensive performance experience in many area theatrical ensembles as well as the Philharmonic Orchestra in Belarus.

  9. Val Fedorov

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    Mr. Fedorov began studying music in Russia at age 7. He graduated from Dnipropetrovsk Music Col- lege in Ukraine with majors in music education, performing, and orchestra conducting. He has been performing with many orchestras and as a soloist. Mr. Fedorov has been teaching mu- sic for over fifteen years. He plays piano, guitar, and accordion.
  10. Nick DiMaria

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    Mr. DiMaria has studied jazz and classical music since age 10. He has been teaching privately for nearly 10 years and has performed extensively throughout the United States. He currently leads his own jazz project and plays in a number of musical groups. Mr. DiMaria earned his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from Western Connecticut State University after which he earned his master’s degree and teaching certificate in music education. In addition to teaching for Creative Music Center, Mr. DiMaria is a music educator in Waterbury, CT. “I love to see my students explore their own creativity! Their efforts inspire me every day!”

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