Welcome to ESYO's resource page! Browse local private music teachers, music programs, and more.

If you need help finding a private teacher, please contact Sue Lascoe, Operations Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 518-382-7581.

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Planning to major in music or continue playing music in college ensembles? If so, please feel free to use the guides found below that highlight some of the things you should consider when choosing a school, as well as some of the unique elements of applying to major in music, such as auditions.

Music College & Programs

  • Purchase College

    Immerse yourself in an intensive education within a dynamic and supportive community of musicians, while receiving the direction and training to develop your artistry, span genres, and perform in ensembles of all sizes and styles. 

  • SUNY Schenectady

    SUNY Schenectady music graduates are regularly accepted for transfer to some of the finest music schools and conservatories. We have a number of transfer agreements with major music schools to help ensure successful transfer experiences. These agreements may be seen by visiting the Music Transfer Agreements link.

    Music Camps & Enrichment Programs

    • Ithaca College Summer Music Academy

      Our mission is to provide a creative and supportive environment for young adults to grow as musicians and people. Our high school program is unique in that it offers a residential pre-college experience with a rich offering of music courses, as well as non-music courses, taught by Ithaca College faculty and top music educators from across the country. Our intermediate program provides young musicians with the opportunity to work with renowned faculty in a fun and supportive environment.

    • Eastman Experience

      This internationally acclaimed Classical Studies program is for academically inquisitive performers, conductors and composers currently in grades 9–12 who are seriously considering a career in music. Our highly individualized program emphasizes solo performance (strings, winds, brass, piano, voice, classical guitar, harp, conducting, and composition) and chamber music. This program is for mature students of advanced performance levels who can work well in a focused collegiate-type environment.

    • Arrowhead Arts Association

      The youth of our community are central to the goals of Arrowhead Arts Association.   The Youth Enrichment Programs seek to foster the musical education of local students from grades K through 12. Since the programs were launched in 2001, thousands of students have benefited from high quality instruction. All programs are free (material fees may apply) and fully sponsored through grants and community donations.

      Instrument Repair & Sales

      • John Keal Music

        John Keal Music has been helping people make music for OVER 90 YEARS! Locally owned and operated in the Capital District, we are a full service music store specializing in band and orchestra rentals. Our affordable rent-to-own plan has allowed generations of students to become life-long musicians.
      • Shaker Violin Repair

        Shaker Violin Repair  provides professional prompt violin family string instrument repair, including bow rehairing with natural light or dark horsehair.

        Strings


        Baker, Luke

        Bass - Teaches all levels

        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (413) 841-6458

        Lawrence, Mike

        Bass & Electric Bass - Teaches all levels

        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (518) 429-5411
        Hi I'm Mike and I teach bass and electric bass. Will travel home studios.

        Donlon, Keegan

        Viola - Teaches all levels

        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.m (518) 641 9385
        Formerly associate principal of the Symphony Number One chamber orchestra of Baltimore, section violists in the Boise Philharmonic...

        Neubert, Christopher

        Viola - Teaches all levels

        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (518) 583-0969
        The Neubert Studio – Saratoga Springs, NY. Private study – Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Music Theory and Conducting.

        Woodwinds


        • Boice, Matthew

          Bassoon - Teaches all levels

          Services: Musician For Hire, Chamber Coach, Private Instructor

          Matthew Boice is a bassoonist in the Orchestra Now. He graduated with his Masters in Music Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, studying with renowned pedagogue George Sakakeeny. During his time at Eastman he won the chamber music honors competition, as well as the bassoon concerto competition performing Vivaldi RV 472. He also has won the chamber music competition at the Crane School of Music and the concerto competition playing Weber's Concerto for Bassoon. He is passionate about teaching young bassoonists and encouraging them to be the best that they can be.

          (585) 353-2945
          53 Green Street, Hudson NY 12534
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          Boice, Matthew

          Bassoon - Teaches all levels

          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (585) 353-2945
          Matthew Boice is a bassoonist in the Orchestra Now. He graduated with his Masters in Music Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music...

          Thibodeau, Norman

          Flute - Teaches all levels

          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (518) 281-3502
          I teach flute at Union College and SUNY Schenectady, and was Assistant Principal Flute of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México.

          Percussion


          Bernstein, Art

          Drum set, Snare Drum - Teaches all levels

          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (518) 369-8282
          20 years private teaching experience. Offering drum-set and snare drum lessons. Columnist, Drumhead Magazine, 2007 to present...

          Gleason, Daniel

          Mallet - Teaches all levels

          This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (518) 269-6954
          Percussion lessons specializing in mallet percussion (including four-mallet marimba), snare drum and drum set. I am the teacher of all percussion students at the Shen High Schools and director of the percussion ensemble...

          Brass


          • Tomić, Nikola

            Trumpet - Teaches all levels

            www.nikolatomic.com (607) 227-0652
            Nikola has 18 years of experience as a classical and jazz trumpet teacher. He has also performed in a variety of styles throughout the U.S. and internationally. Nikola’s articles on practicing the trumpet have been published in the International Trumpet Guild Journal. His specialties include:

            • Improving technical fundamentals (sound, range, flexibility, articulation, etc.)
            • Musical styles
            • Jazz improvisation
            • Making practicing more fun and more productive
            • NYSSMA solo festival and audition preparation
            • Overcoming performance anxiety
            • Coping with braces, wisdom teeth, and other dental challenges
          • Fatuzzo, John

            Trumpet - Teaches all levels:

            Currently a public high school music teacher, the ESYO winds and brass sectional coach, an adjunct professor of brass at The College of Saint Rose, and a NYSSMA adjudicator for brass. Available for in-person and virtual (on a variety of platforms) trumpet lessons for private study as well as preparation for NYSSMA/ESYO/College auditions. Lesson curriculum includes fundamental trumpet technique exercises, etudes and solos from standard trumpet repertoire lists, commonly-asked orchestral excerpts, jazz style and improvisation, transposition, and school band/All-County/youth orchestra materials.  Also available for freelance trumpet performance in classical, orchestral, chamber, jazz, and contemporary/commercial settings.

            Blostein, Michael

            Teaches Tuba, all levels; Euphonium, advanced

            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (518) 477-7086
            An enthusiastic performer and teacher, teaching privately from home in East Greenbush. Times are flexible to work for everyone involved.

            Giordano, Mark

            Tuba/euphonium - Teaches all levels

            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (518) 256-9677
            25 years as a High School Band Director, Conductor and Curriculum Writer. Private lessons taught at your home. I presently teach many students in ESYO

            Tomic, Nikola

            Teaches all levels: Trumpet

            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (607) 227-0652
            Nikola has 18 years of experience as a classical and jazz trumpet teacher. He has also performed in a variety of styles throughout the U.S. and internationally..

            Non-Orchestral


            Voice