John Cilio

John Cilio is a Music Education Major currently attending Hofstra University. Passionate about the arts at a young age, he always found peace in diving into his musical studies, and pursued how music reaches out to all people. Starting with cello, he has now expanded his studies to include piano, as well as violin. During his career as a musician John has been involved in a variety of musical ensembles, such as the Hofstra Symphony Orchestra, Mepham String Ensemble, and the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed in concerts at the Merrick Library and the RXR Plaza. Throughout his studies, he has always excelled at music theory. John believes the key to teaching, and in turn learning, is to customize each lesson to fit the needs of the students, as well as providing a fun environment while learning.

Emily Balcerak

Emily’s first experience with music started at age 8 when she began to play trumpet in her Elementary School band- a huge win in her book, as it was her first choice. She continued her trumpet education, and loved it, all while a secret storm was brewing, with the desire to learn, guitar, bass, and especially drums after watching any and all documentaries to be found about The Clash. While obtaining a traditional trumpet education, and even being granted the opportunity to preform in jazz and wind ensembles at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, she explored a different side of music, and continued to play drums and guitar in local punk and indie bands. This spurred a firm belief that variation and fun in music are everything, and developed a deep love for all genres. Emily currently preforms in a children’s rock band, and when she isn’t teaching she can be found performing stand up comedy, writing for music industry publications, or as a background actor in some of her favorite televison shows.

Chris Fasulo

Chris Fasulo is a Long Island native who has been a musician for 26 years. For almost 20 of those years he has been a working producer and engineer for all styles of music ranging from jazz, to classical, to punk, to death metal, and everything in between. From artists such as jazz great Chico Hamilton, to Paramore, to Cthonic.

In addition to being a working musician, and producer, he is also an educator. Having been a professor and the director of audio recording technology at Five Towns College for 10 years, Chris is now a public school music teacher as well.

Thomas Schmitt

Tom has had a passion for music ever since he started playing the trombone as a kid in his elementary school band. He continued his studies in high school by studying guitar and eventually taking his passion for music to the college level. Tom recently graduated Manhattanville College in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Business and spent three years of study in Manhattanville College’s Music Education Program as well. Tom has performed in several college ensembles as well as side projects on both guitar and trombone. Tom now looks to take his talents as a musician and guitarist to the next level by teaching his years of knowledge and experience to anyone with a passion for music.

Alexander Arellano

Alexander Arellano is a graduate of Long Island University Post with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. There he studied cello in the studio of Professor Maureen Hynes, as well as studying voice in the studio of Professor Thomas Goodheart. In his time there he actively participated and studied with the LIU Orchestra, String Ensemble, Madrigals, and Chorus and Chamber Singers. On top of performing with various programs, Alex was also one of the co-founders for the LIU Post Cello Ensemble. Alex has participated in the LIU Broadway Musical Act under the direction of Lisa Meyer as well as worked for the LIU Post Chamber Music Festival as the Administrator Assistant to the directors for four years. Additionally he was the baritone soloist in Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer with the North Shore Symphony under the baton of Dr. Susan Deaver.
Alex’s passion is music, and having participated in so many different types of ensembles, and programs in his time, he loves being able to teach and pass on the knowledge he has gained from each of them to his students.

Jared Erskine

Jared graduated from San Jose State University in 1977 in Music Ed. He worked his 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 his 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 of his 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 him year after year. He feels that teaching is very rewarding, and can 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 on a variety of instruments including bass, guitar, keyboards & ukelele (amongst 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.

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.

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.