(for ages seven and up)

GarageBand is the popular music-creation app that comes bundled with every new Apple desk- or laptop computer. If your child has discovered GarageBand and plays with it constantly, we can take the random-loops-thrown-together sound and help your child actually create music they'll be proud of and want to show off to their friends. You see, what they often don't tell you is that the music they created -- while they are pleased with it -- just isn't exactly working and the child can't figure out why. Our teachers know why, and they'll help your budding creator put the pieces together in ways that will amaze your child, their friends, and you.

When you enroll at the Academy, we'll begin with an evaluation to determine initially what your student's strengths and challenges are. Then your teacher will consult with you and your child to recommend an approach. There is no one-size-fits-all method. The pacing of the program is based entirely on the student's readiness for each next step.

(GarageBand lessons can be taken as a stand-alone course, or as an add-on to the student's other music instruction.)

Sign up today by calling 203-496-0906 or e-mail



Lessons are available:

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturdays



That question is often asked by prospective students. Our teachers make it a priority to get to know you on a personal level and to become familiar with your personal musical needs and goals.

We do not treat every student the same in terms of what and how we teach.

A seven year old having their first guitar lesson will have very different needs than a fifty seven year old taking up piano for the 2nd time after having had lessons as a child.

The main reason to choose the Academy as your music lesson provider, is that we are sensitive to the fact that every student is an individual.

If you enroll here for lessons, we will work with you to make a plan that will fit your needs and musical preferences. At the first lesson your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child.


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We teach all styles from classical to rock, pop, jazz, country, and blues.



Our teachers have received their education from prestigious institutions such as University of California at Berkeley, Berklee College of Music, Music For The Media, and University of California at Los Angeles. Many of our instructors have gone on performance tours of the US and Europe and have over 25 years of professional performance and teaching experience. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly and strive to get to know each student and their parent on a personal level.



$55.00 per 30 minute private lesson held once a week.

There is a one-time registration fee of $35.

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