ABOUT OUR TEACHERS
Our mission is to make learning music an easy + fun experience - for everyone! OUR TEACHERS ARE THE BEST ON LONG ISLAND - with music degrees + years of experience in the music field - AND we keep lessons modern and current! We learn and apply the latest teaching methods, resources and technologies. This means we teach YOU plenty of new, modern music - along with the classics! We use tons of fun music games & apps that make students LOVE practicing their instruments!
What We Teach:
MEET OUR TEACHERS
Amanda Grace Accardi
STUDIO DIRECTOR || PIANO + VOICE TEACHER || ACCOMPANIST || PIANO TUNER
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY: "Whether teaching piano or voice, my goal is to help students see music as a creative, individual, and fun process! Through my positive and gentle guidance which includes invaluable tools like healthy piano or vocal technique, musical literacy, improvisation and ear training, and appropriate repertoire, I hope to help cultivate a lifelong love of music in my students that keeps them learning and experimenting for years to come."
Amanda graduated Cum Laude from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a Bachelors in Music Education. Amanda is a New York State Certified Music Teacher. She is currently enrolled in the Masters degree program for Music Education at her Alma Mater.
Amanda has a passion for teaching music, composition, theory and performance skills to students of all ages and abilities. Amanda guides her students to reach their individual goals - whether those goals are learning a favorite song or auditioning for a music competition. Amanda encourages her students to share their love of music with their friends & family by participating in recitals & school/community events.
Amanda has maintained a private lesson studio since 2008. She has served as a music teacher for the Northport School District, the Queens College Preparatory School of Music and has worked for several private music studios. Amanda is a member of the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) and frequently trains students for the annual NYSSMA evaluations and All-State auditions. Amanda also serves the Commack School District as a piano accompanist and is an approved BOCES performing artist.
Jadakorn "Jay" Thawornpradit
PIANO + GUITAR TEACHER
Raised in Thailand, Jadakorn "Jay" Thawornpradit began his classical training in piano at the age of 5, by age 9 his love for piano flourished as he began to perform in recitals. He is musically certified by Trinity Guildhall through Trinity College in London with a level 6 certification in Piano performance. Jay graduated Five Towns College on Long Island in 2013 with a Bachelor degree of Music Education. He has worked as a student teacher, taught general music, conducted choirs and various ensembles in May Moore Primary, JFK intermediate, and Robert Frost Middle School. Jay has studied piano under Vincent Loccisano of New York University, one of Kenny Werner's students and protoge'. He has also studied Master courses in Jazz arts under Greg Bobulinski, who has tremendous experiences working with world class groups of musicians, such as Clark Terry's Big Band and Red Garland's Quintet. Jay has and continues to actively perform in many settings such as big bands, choirs, jazz groups, weddings, accompaniments, and solo performances.
Jay is highly experienced in preparing students for NYSSMA, as well as teaching Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, and Music Theory. He promotes and encourages students' individualism through his music teaching. His methods aim to invite students to know and love their instruments while learning how to play their instruments with efficiency. He has worked with students of all ages and aspires to preserve the art of jazz while exploring new musical frontiers.
PIANO, CLARINET, FLUTE, SAXOPHONE, UKULELE & RECORDER TEACHER
Jessie Englander has been a professional musician and music teacher since 2014. She has a BM in music performance from the Hartt School of Music and has participated in NYSSMA, SCMEA and All-State. She has performed in established venues such as Tilles Center for Performing Arts and Carnegie Hall. She currently performs as a pit musician and has played for weddings and church services. She teaches clarinet, saxophone, and flute (all levels and variations) as well as beginner piano, recorder, and ukulele.
PIANO + COMPOSITION TEACHER
Mara’s love for piano, composing, and performing began at the age of 6. She is a graduate of George Mason University and spent a semester studying at Oxford University researching various musical styles and music history. Mara has been teaching piano since 2012 and has taught ages ranging from toddler to adult. She likes to push students to get out of their comfort zone, and experiment with different musical styles. She loves to instill a life long love of music in others and enjoys bringing out the creative side in her students.
CELLO + BASS GUITAR TEACHER
With hundreds of live performances and appearances on dozens of albums, James Acampora is an accomplished cellist, composer and musical director. James yearns to create a sound that is alive and inspiring, whether it is playing Jazz tunes in a relaxed coffee shop,
arranging string music for a couple’s wedding, performing Bach in a concert hall, arranging the strings for a rock/pop album, or composing contemporary music for a choreographed dance. He has performed in venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as more intimate venues like Voelker Orth Heritage Museum, regular Central Park performances, and over a hundred different catering venues all throughout New York. James has consistently maintained a studio of around 8 students, which have gone to All-State level and moved on to colleges for music. James attended New York Institute of Technology.
VOICE + (BEGINNER) PIANO TEACHER
Holly Sickinger-Bifulci: Voice/Beginner Piano: Holly is very excited to be working with Long Island Music Lessons! She is a New York State certified music teacher who holds a bachelor’s degree in Jazz/Commercial Music with a Musical Theater/Vocal Concentration from Five Towns College and a master’s degree in Music Education from Queen’s College. Holly has loved music her whole life. She enjoys singing many different styles of music, including jazz, musical theater and classical music. Currently, she sings with The Jewel Tones, Long Island’s premiere vintage vocal trio. Aside from performing, Holly loves to share her passion for music with others through teaching, and she is excited for the opportunity to share that joy by teaching private lessons at Long Island Music Lessons.
VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, + PIANO TEACHER
Amanda Mohr has been teaching privately since 2001 and currently teaches over 40 students in violin, viola, cello, and piano. Many of Amanda's students are granted access to elite programs and have performed in world-renowned venues such as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. She received her Bachelor of Music degree in 2009 from the State University of New York at Fredonia. Amanda has performed with various orchestras throughout New York State including the Rochester Women's Philharmonic, the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra, Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra, and the Hillman Opera Company, to name a few. In addition to teaching, Amanda owns Island Exclusive Entertainment, Inc., which provides professional musicians for weddings and events. She is also the Music Director and Concertmaster of the New Inlet Chamber Orchestra, founded in 2013.
VIOLIN + VIOLA TEACHER
Monica Capiral began her private violin studies in 1998 at the Port Jefferson Music Academy (also the founding year of the PJMA) as a student of Sophie Arbuckle and Arik Braude, and trained through the Suzuki method. During that time, she was a member of the PJMA String Quartet which performed regularly at various local outreach events. At the age of eleven, Monica performed at Carnegie Hall for the School For Strings program’s 30th Year celebration.
Later, Monica attended the Mannes Prep Pre College Music Program where she was also a member of the Mannes Philharmonic. Monica has also attended prestigious chamber festivals such as the Killington Music Festival, Green Mountain Summer Chamber Music Festival, and Rencontres Musicales Internationales in France. Mrs. Capiral studied at the Aaron Copland Conservatory of Music, CUNY Queens College from 2010-2015, under the tutelage of Arik Braude and Heesun Shin.
Monica realized that she wanted to become a violin teacher at a very young age, and later joined the Port Jefferson Music Academy faculty in 2008. While teaching at the PJMA, Monica not only developed a vibrant violin and viola studio, but also taught as a certified Kindermusik instructor and theory instructor. Monica joined the Long Island Violin Shop team in 2016, and became the LIVS Education Coordinator in 2017. Mrs. Capiral is well versed in NYSSMA prep, and has had many students go on to attend SCMEA, LISFA, and NYSSMA All-State. Aside from managing the Long Island Violin Shop’s lesson program, and Setauket branch, Monica enjoys playing weddings, recording for various musicians, and hanging with her dogs!
PIANO & GUITAR TEACHER
Joe Ferrante is very happy to be a part of the Long Island Music Lessons team. Joe has a degree in music from Cornell and had been teaching music since 2004. In addition to his teaching, Joe is a piano accompanist and an adjunct faculty member of the music department at Nassau Community College, as well as the accompanist for Hofstra’s University Choir, and the music director at the Centerport United Methodist Church. He has also musical directed theatrical productions, accompanied for dance classes and has played a variety of solo and ensemble gigs throughout the tri-state area.