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Our private, temperature-controlled rooms are professionally soundproofed for comfortable and distraction-free sessions.

Schmeeds Music offers both private and group study to provide a learning environment that's most suitable for you.

Our private lesson rooms are temperature controlled and have been professionally soundproofed - allowing for a comfortable and distraction-free learning session.

Pianos and drums are available for student use, and all rooms are equipped with music stands and CD/MP3 players.



Our Instructors

Schmeeds Music instructors come from a wide range of playing styles and music genres. With combined decades of professional experience in study, performance, and instruction, each member of our staff brings a passion for their craft. If you are just starting out or expanding your existing musical talents, we'll match you with the appropriate instructor for your schedule, level of skill, and playing style for a successful musical learning experience.


Sarah Culp
Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Baritone, Tuba

Sara is fluent in all musical styles, from beginner through advanced skill levels. She is a graduate of William Paterson University and is currently a NJ public school teacher.

Kiri Curbelo
Piano, Voice, Suzuki

Kiri studied at the Brookyln Conservatory and the New School in New York and is experienced in all skill levels of classical and contemporary music styles. She is a Suzuki-certified instructor of students ages 3-6 and works well with special-needs students. Kiri currently performs with several national tribute bands.

Frank Fiorito
Guitar

Frank is a graduate of the MI Institute in Hollywood, California and has over 25 years of professional music experience. A seasoned studio musician, he has worked with such notables as Joe Pass, Howard Roberts, Tommy Detecco,and Steve Morse; Frank also has extensive touring experience with No Frills and Tequila Mockingbird.

Ashley Kraus
Piano, Voice

Ashley is a graduate of Kean University, having majored in Music and minored in Theater. She is also an instructor at Annie's Playhouse in Far Hills, NJ, where she specializes in voice, piano, violin, music theory, musical theater, and acting.

Lianne Kulik
Piano, Voice

Lianne began playing piano at 5 years old and continued with more than 16 years of private study; she studied classical voice for 4 years before entering Palm Beach Atlantic University on a vocal music scholarship, where she was a voice principal for 3 years. Lianne has extensive experience in musical theatre both on and off stage, most recently performing in Godspell, and she is the current music minister/choir director for St. Raphael's Church in Livingston.. She has taught privately for over two years and above all has a true passion for working with young people...especially when sharing her love of music.

Mike Maino
Guitar

Mike is a graduate of Kean University with more than 30 years of professional music experience. He's well-rounded and fluent in a range of styles from clean picking to heavy metal. Mike has toured Europe as a member of Shotgun Symphony and regularly performs throughout the NY metro area.

Bruno Mayoria
Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone

Bruno is a graduate of William Paterson University and completed his student teaching nearby in Livingston, New Jersey. Fluent in all styles of music, he is currently the Pequannock High School marching band music/visual technician and regularly performs with the Ridgewood NJ Symphony.

Rob Notoris
Drums

Rob is a Berkley School of Music graduate and a student of both Tommy Campbell and John Ramsey. With more than 30 years of professional music experience, Rob is an active studio musician in the NY metro area, and works well with students from all ages and skill levels.

Corey Pensa
Guitar, Piano, Ensemble

Corey is a well-rounded, full-time musician playing with NJ's own The Benjamins. He comes from a strong musical background with extensive knowledge of guitar and piano, and he has offered private instruction in all styles of music for more than a decade.

Kenny Segall
Guitar

Born and raised in NJ, Kenny was fortunate to have a dad who was able to help him repair his gear and even build a few effects pedals while learning to play the guitar. Kenny has played with some of the finest musicians in the area, becoming a popular guitarist, singer, and songwriter; he's also worked as a recording engineer, producer, and composer of music for commercials and award winning short films. He has appeared in TV commercials, a horror film, many cable shows - including Sex and the City - and on MTV.

Sarah Tarbell
Violin, Violia, Theory, Voice

Sarah has more than 19 years or professional music experience. She specializes in teaching students from beginner to intermediate skill levels, and is currently a member of the William Paterson Orchestra.

Marissa Xiques
Flute, Saxophone

Marissa is a well-rounded musician who primarily studies flute, doubles on saxophone, and has learned a variety of other instruments from each instrument family, including voice. She is currently in the top of her class at Montclair State University, where she majors in music education in addition to her study under the instruction of Tanya Witek, flutist for the NYC Ballet. In addition to her love of teaching, Marissa enjoys to perform and has made appearances at many prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall in NYC and the NYC Flute Fair. Music is the primary focus of her life and she works incredibly hard to ensure the best education and experiences for not only herself, but each and every one of her students.


Private Lessons

Schmeeds Music offers private, one-on-one, weekly instruction for most instruments and vocals. Specific areas of study include an appropriate mix of music theory, technique, and performance, based on each student's individual level of skill and comfort.

Schmeeds Music offers private, one-on-one, weekly instruction for most instruments and vocals.

Lessons are billed monthly at the rate of $60.00 per hour and $32 per half hour.

  • Lessons will be scheduled on a consistent day and time for the duration of the month.
  • To cancel a lesson, you must provide a minimum of 24-hour notice in order to be issued a makeup or a credit.
  • Lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be forfeited.

Additional Study Offerings

We are currently gauging interest in a variety of additional group and individual study sessions. Please call or to join our waiting list for an invitation to one of our upcoming programs:

Ensemble Performance
A great way to supplement your own practice and private lessons, build confidence, and interact musically with others! Our instructors create a fun, relaxed performance environment for you to learn and perform contemporary music in small group settings.

Rock Band
Students are exposed to everything they need to know about live music performance and then some! Learn equipment setup and breakdown, sound check, troubleshoot problems, do's and don'ts of playing on stage, learn how to listen to others playing around you, and of course participate in the all-important jam session. It doesn't matter if you are just starting out or have a lot of experience with your instrument; these classes provide lots of fun, musical inspiration in a team environment.

Schmeeds Music Tots
Developmentally-specific music classes for kids from newborn to age seven. The Schmeeds Music Tots program is based on research demonstrating the benefits of music at each stage of a child's development with activities to stimulate the mind and body.

Suzuki Method
Developed more than fifty years ago by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki, its mission is to create better human beings through musical enrichment, discipline, and patience; deepening their relationships with parents, and giving them a way to confidently express themselves. Parents are closely involved in the child's musical learning by attending weekly lessons and serving as "home teachers" between formal sessions of both violin and piano.

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831 Route 10 East Whippany, NJ 07981
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