Veronica Barker

Beginners to advanced students are welcome who would like to improve their level of playing piano, organ, synthesizer or flute. Veronica can accelerate your playing from being a total beginner to an advanced player in much less than a year. Fun and interesting music is played, from any popular style to classical and beyond. Veronica has been teaching keyboards for over 30 years and she tailors each lesson program to each students style and age.

Veronica has been studying keyboards, flute and music since age 9 and playing public concerts since then. She studied with the concert pianist Gloria Penny and was a keyboard and composition major at SUNY Stony Brook and Suffolk County Community College. Veronica has played pipe organ in church on Sundays since age 16, and she performs, records and composes music for a 5 piece rock group.

Jared Erskine

Jared graduated from San Jose State University in 1977 in Music Ed. He worked my way through college giving private lessons on violin and mandolin. The Suzuki Method was new at that time and Jared was able to apply it, and other methods, with great success. Over the years, Mr. Erskine has been able to perfect my skills as a string teacher and adapt to various styles including Classical, Celtic, Jazz and Blues.

He also specializes in American traditional fiddling which includes Appalachia, Bluegrass and Texas – contest styles. Jared received a Master of Arts degree from Hofstra University in 2010 in Scottish Music. During this study he was able to travel to Scotland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia several times. Here he participated in dances, competitions and the Scottish Games. Since then Jared has devoted all my time to private lessons on the violin, viola, mandolin, electric violin and beginning cello.

Jared’s NYSSMA students have received high marks and have remained with me year after year. He feels that teaching is very rewarding to inspire students on to a career in music. As a chosen field, it can be followed from the grade school orchestra right through high school.

Greg Giordano

Greg’s teaching style has two main focuses. First, to make certain that all his students know the  fundamentals of music, including note reading and proper technique. Second, he steers the lessons to what the individual student wants to learn. He believes the basics can be taught and  that students should be challenged, but at the  same time guitar can and should be fun.
Greg has been teaching with this approach since  2004 and built up a consistent studio. Quite a few  students have even stayed with him up until they went away to college. He has experience teaching all ages from 5 years to 70 years old, and all skill levels. He is very patient with beginners, but also capable of teaching the most advanced techniques.

Allison Weinstein

Allison Weinstein holds a Master’s Degree in Music Technology from New York University. With a Dual Focus in Game Audio and Scoring for Film & Multimedia, Allison has learned to work with many DAW softwares such as Logic, ProTools, Reason, and Cubase, with a developed fluency for composition as well as audio production. Before her studies at NYU, Allison received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Tampa. While there, Allison studied flute under Barbara Prescott, and electronic music composition under Bradford Blackburn. Allison also held multiple offices as a member of the prestigious Women’s Music Fraternity – Sigma Alpha Iota. Allison had also composed a number of pieces as an undergraduate, and is fluent in music notation programs such as Finale. Allison’s main instrument is the flute, but she also teaches piano, composition/notation, and a wide range of DAWs from her mixture of expertise from a classical background through her training as an Audio Engineer. Currently, Allison is composing her first symphony, as a mixed multimedia and mixed notation/DAW project.

Mike Tamborrino

Aside from being one of our drum specialists at the corporate office, Mike is a young player with a deep seeded love for teaching. With over a dozen years of playing experience, and five years of teaching experience- Mike has worked with players of all ages and skill levels to help them perfect their craft. He has studied under numerous teachers and is well versed in all styles of music.

He has played all over the world and has performed alongside the members of The Gits, The Bouncing Souls, 7 Seconds, Bikini Kill, The Smiths, and many more. Mike tries to make every lesson fun and educational, as he believes that there’s a reason it’s called “playing” the drums.

Andi Buch

Andi Buch specializes in teaching and performing with a variety of instruments including bass, guitar, keyboards & ukulele (among others). Andi is experienced in a variety of genres – most notably rock, funk, jazz, jam band, reggae, latin, world, and classical music. In addition to teaching instrumental lessons at all levels, Andi also teaches music composition, theory, tech, production and engineering. All lessons are customized to fit the needs and styles of each student.

Career highlights include: Twenty years of musical experience, studied for five years at the prestigious Berklee College of Music for a B.M. in Bass Performance and Film Scoring (with an additional emphasis on video game music), performed and recorded with a variety of artists including Mumford & Sons, Umphrey’s McGee, and members of Phish. Music composed by Andi has been featured in the international hit video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band.


Lesson Coordinator

Brittany Franzo

Brittany Franzo hails from Oceanside NY, a music theory major and a lifetime music aficionado, Brittany plays
guitar and bass. Running one of the most successful music programs of Sam Ash, Brittany truly enjoys watching
our students learn new music skills. She coordinates a diverse group of multi-talented teachers who instruct students
of all levels of proficiency. We can teach anything from a harmonica or ukulele to professional classical training on all instruments.
If you are thinking of learning a new instrument or honing your skills on your current instrument, Brittany takes great pride in making sure you have the perfect teacher !

Marc Lambert

From classic Jazz to modern Metal”.  Marc is a Professional Musician and Instructor with a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Guitar & Performance from The Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase College in New York, where he studied with guitar legend John Abercrombie and graduated at the top of his class.  He began playing both Guitar and Drums at the age of 8, studying Drums and Percussion in school ensembles and pursuing Guitar both in school and privately.
Known most commonly for studying, performing, and teaching as many different styles of music as possible, Marc also teaches students from all over the world as a result of his band, Painted In Exile.  From Beginner to Advanced, he always concentrates first and foremost on each individual student’s needs and interests.

Shirley Chau

Born and raised in Hong Kong, China, Shirley began her musical education at the age of six with piano lessons. Throughout grade school, she performed and competed in a variety of music festivals in Hong Kong. Her piano studies continued when she moved to New York, and
Shirley Chau graduated from The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). While Shirley has studied jazz piano, and holds an ABRSM theory degree, her passion is teaching and playing classical music.
Shirley enjoys every moment with her students, and having fun. She hopes to show each student the joy that music can bring you.

Joe Kaplan

Joe Kaplan was fascinated with music from a very young age. At the age of 9, he received his first guitar and immediately started teaching himself by ear. It wasn’t until he turned 14 that he decided to take his guitar playing to a new level after hearing the music of Frank Zappa and Jimi Hendrix for the first time.
Shortly after this new realization, he began taking formal lessons and dedicated himself to practicing for hours each day. He then began playing in small clubs and bars across NYC while he was only 16 years old. After graduating high school, Joe was accepted into the Music Industry program at SUNY Oneonta. It was here Joe truly found himself at home, playing in various music ensembles such as the SUNY Oneonta Zappa Band, Jam Band, and Jazz Octet. He also began playing in bands outside of school, opening up for acts such as hip-hop artist Sammy Adams and H.R. of the Bad Brains. Throughout his tenure in college, Joe continued to study guitar vigorously under the guidance of esteemed music professor, Mark Pawkett. He officially graduated in December 2014 as a seasoned guitarist with a bachelor’s degree in Music Industry and Audio Arts Production.
From a musician’s standpoint, Joe believes that practice, diligence, and dedication are the tools necessary for mastering any musical instrument. He also encourages his students to ask questions and to strive to become the best they can possibly be. He is proud to be a part of the wonderful teaching staff at Sam Ash and is always ready and willing to help and educate.

Mike Vecchione

Mike Vecchione is a New York City based professional drummer. He studied privately with world renowned drum performer and educator Tommy Igoe, and is currently recording and performing with a number of singer songwriters and bands in and around NYC. Throughout his career Mike’s approach to teaching drums has been refined through real world playing and teaching experiences, as well as his time spent studying with Tommy. Mike focuses his lessons and concepts that can be applied to any style of music whether it be rock, funk, jazz, r&b, or metal.
Mike’s main goal in music education is to help develop students into drummers that other instrumentalists want to play with.

Pasquale Iannelli

Pasquale Iannelli is a saxophonist/clarinetist from Long Island with over 13 years of live performance experience. After high school, Pasquale pursued his passion for live performance by touring the country opening for legendary artists such as George Clinton and The Parliament Funkadelic, The Wailers, Tower of Power, Spin Doctors, and many others. In addition to sharing the stage with long-standing legends, Pasquale has also opened for some of the biggest names in pop music, including Open Republic, Life House, Ryan Cabrera, Hanson, Taking Back Sunday, and many others. Pasquale has also had the privilege of working in some of Long Island’s top recording studios, appearing on over a dozen recordings including As Tall As Lion’s self titled album as well as several of the Dear Hunter’s records including Act III, The Color Spectrum, and Migrant. Pasquale has been a proud D’Addario artist since 2006.
While still keeping a regular performance schedule Pasquale has also been pursuing a degree in music performance. Pasquale first earned an Associates in Music degree from Nassau Community College where he studied saxophone with Eastman School of Music alumni and life long Educator Bob Dransite. He has also studied with Richie Cannata (Billy Joel/Beach Boys), John Scarpula (Diana Ross/ Tower of Power) and a number of other. Pasquale is currently attending Hunter College where he will be receiving a Bachelors of Music in the spring of 2016.
Along with his performing experience, Pasquale has been teaching saxophone and clarinet privately for six years. His approach to teaching draws upon lessons from the great teachers he has had the privilege to study with, while always trying to keep music both fun and rewarding for his students. Pasquale has taught students of all ages and levels in saxophone and clarinet and enjoys the opportunity to share the gift of music to those looking to learn.