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:
DRUMS & PERCUSSION
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.
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.
PIANO + GUITAR TEACHER
Raised in Thailand, Jadakorn "Jay" 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 TEACHER
Nikhil is a clarinetist, conductor, and educator based in New York. Engaging his diverse areas of interest, Nikhil enjoys bringing to life music that traverses stylistic boundaries. He is particularly interested in finding the intersectionality between jazz, western ‘classical’ music, and new music. Nikhil has performed with Silkroad Artists, Ensemble X, the PRISMA Festival Orchestra, DARQ Ensemble, Philharmonia Boston, and the Ithaca New Music Collective. He has participated in masterclasses with Charles Neidich, Ayako Oshima, Daniel Gilbert, Osiris Molina, Alain Desgagné, and Dimitri Ashkenazy.
Also an active saxophonist, Nikhil has worked with several professional theater companies as a woodwind doubler. Well versed in the jazz idiom, Nikhil completed a concentration in jazz studies at Ithaca College, studying saxophone, improvisation, and arranging with Michael Titlebaum and Nicholas Weiser. There he became an often-featured soloist, and lead alto saxophone with the premier jazz ensemble.
He is currently a Teaching Assistant at Stony Brook University, where he teaches undergraduates, as well as a studio of local students. Nikhil is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in clarinet performance at Stony Brook University, studying with Alan Kay. Nikhil also holds a M.M. from Boston Conservatory and a B.M. from Ithaca College. His previous teachers include Michael Norsworthy, Jan Halloran, Richard Faria and Michael Galvan.
CELLO + BASS GUITAR TEACHER
With hundreds of live performances and appearances on dozens of albums, James 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 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.
GUITAR & VOICE TEACHER
Since 2013, Tom has made great efforts to meet the specific needs of each of his individual students. Tom has taught students between the ages of 4 year olds to 60 year olds and of all skill levels. He believes that lessons are about building skills and advancing one’s knowledge in order to further cultivate a love and passion for music. Tom has a Bachelor of music from the Crane School of Music, a Master's in Voice from the Mannes Conservatory in Manhattan and is currently pursing a Doctorate in Clasical voice from Stony Brook University. He has also been gigging in rock bands as a singer and guitarist for many years and also has experience singing and playing Jazz.
PIANO & GUITAR TEACHER
Joe 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.
Alex is a trombonist, multi-instrumentalist, and professional educator based in New York and has performed on numerous albums and stages throughout Long Island and New York City. Having taught as a tenured, professionally certified public school band director and private instructor for nearly a decade, Alex brings years of expertise to his lessons. Alex is highly trained in NYSSMA preparation and lessons for students of all ages and abilities in brass instruments and emerging percussion, piano, and woodwind instruments. He is highly qualified to prepare students for AP music theory and college conservatory entrance exams as he is the music theory curriculum writer and teacher at his current school.
Alex received a BA/MA degree in Music Education and Musicology from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College and graduated Cum Laude. During this time he studied trombone performance with Haim Avitsur and Dr. Justin Comito. He has performed in numerous ensembles and masters classes with renowned artists such as Dave Taylor and Matt Vaughn. Alex is currently the principal trombonist of the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. During his musicology research, he worked closely with the staff at the New York Public Library (NYPL) for the Arts at Lincoln Center to utilize archived materials to publish finding aids in the library’s database.
Alex believes in using differentiated teaching methods tailored to the individual needs of his students. By creating lessons that are fun and engaging, he is always finding new ways to embed technique, context, and musical literacy in his instruction. Alex’s goal for his students is love and passion for their music as well as lifelong musicianship.
Brass, Woodwind, Percussion & Piano Teacher
VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO, VOICE + PIANO TEACHER
Amanda has been teaching privately since 2001 and currently teaches over 40 students in violin, viola, cello, voice 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.
Michael’s extensive education has earned him both a Master’s and Bachelor’ degree in Trumpet Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Brussels in Belgium as well as a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Hofstra University in New York.
Mike’s performing career has brought him throughout New York as well as several countries in Europe, including Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. In Belgium, he has performed with numerous orchestras and ensembles including La Monnaie / De Munt Opera in Brussels, the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zelig Chamber Orchestra, La Chappelle Sauvage, and Bachwerk Baroque Orchestra. Mike’s primary teachers include Manu Mellaerts for modern trumpet and Niranjan Wijewickrema for baroque trumpet. He has also participated in masterclasses with trumpet greats such as Ole Edward Antonsen, Eric Aubier, Jeroen Bewaerts, Adam Rapa, and the members of Spanish Brass.
Outside of music, Mike maintains a busy freelance career as a self-defined computer dude and is an avid home cook.