Dominic Duval, Jr.

Bassist Dominic Duval, Jr., has been playing both upright and electric basses for the past seventeen years on the local, national, and international scenes. From 2007-2011, he attended the prestigious Eastman School of Music as a double major in both Classical and Jazz double bass performance where he studied with James VanDemark, Jeff Campbell, Harold Danko, and Bill Dobbins.

As an educator, Dominic has guided many younger musicians to the college level. In addition, he also held a position of adjunct professorship at Snow College in Utah, a former affiliate of The Juilliard School of Music. 

Over the years, Dominic has also managed to maintain an active performing schedule playing at many notable venues such as: Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, The Jazz Standard, 55 Bar, The Blue Note, The Bar Nextdoor, Smalls, and Fat cat. 

His performance resume also includes many musicians such as: Adam Nussbaum, Joe McPhee, Romain Collin, Barry Green, Corey Christiansen, Patrick Cornelius, Bruce Cox, Kevin Clark, Tom Guarna, Carl Allen, and many more. As a sideman, Dominic has also recorded on over a dozen albums in various styles. 

Michael Roberts

Michael is an active performer, teacher, and composer of the guitar. His playing experience ranges from classical guitar, chamber music, Jazz big bands, Rock/funk and Jazz fusion. Michael studied classical guitar at C.W. Post where he graduated with a BA in Music Education. There he performed in numerous recitals, masterclasses, and has since performed at the Long Island Guitar festival throughout the years. While attending C.W. Post, he also was the resident Jazz guitarist of the C.W. Post Jazz band as well as the school’s Renaissance music consort.

Some of the world renowned classical guitarists Michael has played for includes: Manuel Barreuco, Sharon Isbin, Composer Carlos Dominiconi, and Benjamin Verdery among others.

Evan Gold

Effective and fun is a big part of Evan Gold’s teaching philosophy. Teaching, playing and performing guitar for more than 20 years, Evan has enjoyed sharing his love of music and gift of inspiring and connecting with students.

 Evan’s creative approach to teaching is about personalizing the lessons for each individual student, while maintaining a strong emphasis on growth and progress.

 You will never be bored or alone when you can play the guitar and with Evan the process is based on Communication, Commitment and the fun of how cool it is to play!


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.

Marcos Rosa

Originally from Brazil, Marcos Rosa moved to New York, NY, to pursue his Doctoral degree in Jazz/Commercial Music Electric Guitar at Five Towns College. He has a master’s degree in music from Federal University of Parnaíba, where he also went for his undergraduate course in acoustic guitar. In Brazil, he was a professor at Federal Institute of Paraíba. Also, he taught music and guitar lessons at Colégio Marista Pio X and Studio Escola. Since 2008 he has published many papers on international journals and conferences, usually focusing on the way people learn and teach electric guitar. As a performance musician, he played and recorded with: Wendy Lanter, Haley Kallenberg Orchestra; Unidade Móvel; Os Nonatos; Glaucia Lima, Orquestra de Violões da Paraíba; Eleonora Falcone. He is also the first winner of the Philippe Bertaud Memorial Scholarship Award. The web site “Best Of Music Sounds”, ratted his song Hora de Subir, Hora de Descer with 5 stars and Marcos was listed is a Highly Recommended Artist. By now he is working on his own original songs, Broadway musicals, Fresh Tones Jazz and others small ensembles.

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Dominic Duval

As a professional musician, Dominic Duval has played both upright and electric basses for the past seventeen years on the local and national scene. As an educator, Dominic has guided many younger musicians to the college level. In addition, Dominic has also held a position of adjunct professorship at Snow College in Utah, an affiliate of The Julliard School of Music.

Amanda Anemone

Amanda has been teaching piano and vocals for the past three years. She has been singing since she was 7 years of age due to her inspiration from Kelly Clarkson. She is incredibly passionate about singing and playing and loves to share her passion with her students. Amanda attended NYSSMA for piano, vocals, and violin, and achieved two perfect scores on the piano. She has also participated in SCHMEA for vocals and performed in four of her high school musicals including Guys and Dolls, Les Miserables, Bye Bye Birdie, and Hello Dolly, along with participating in the women’s choir acapella group. Throughout her college career at Suffolk Community College, she was involved in another acapella group. Amanda says, “I strongly believe that music should be a fundamental part of education and should be enjoyed by all, not just something to be perfected necessarily”. She encourages her students to do their best and practice everyday!

Larry Meyer

Larry Meyer went to Pratt Institute for Fine Art and studied with Lennie Tristano. He was presented in Solo Jazz Guitar performance by Lennie Tristano. He played in the Lennie Tristano Memorial Concert at Town Hall which was released on album JR-3. Jazz Records is the label started by Lennie Tristano and Charlie Parker. Larry has recieved excellent reviews in The New York Times, Stereo Review and Downbeat. He has recorded for RCA and has CDs released of his Original music by his Group “Liquid Jazz” on the CDs “Liquidity” and ”Liquescence”.

Larry has written six books for guitar published by Cherry Lane Publishing. He has performed throughout the Tri-state area and Europe. He has been teaching for over 30 years, all instruments, levels, styles and genres.

Justin Ryan

Justin Ryan is a highly talented, highly motivated drummer and multi-instrumentalist. The 25 year-old adds recording artist, producer, writer, session player, singer, lyricist, dancer, and all-around entertainer to his list of qualifications.
Based in the New York Metropolitan area, Justin’s young but lustrous career has allowed him to perform with hundreds of artists (some Grammy and award-winning) in many scenarios. He has played on thousands of recordings and is just getting started!

As a drummer Justin excels at many styles of Rock and Jazz. He ultimately believes however that The Groove is King.

Mike Nugent

Mike Nugent has been a free-lance guitarist/bass player, performer and teacher for 40 years. Mike studied with renowned guitarist Howard Morgan for many years and currently studies with bassist John Ray. Mike is the founding member of the band Cadillac Moon, a top local band from 1995-2008.

Mike has taught privately, in stores and at summer programs for many years. Mr.Nugent specializes in rock, blues, pop and country.  As a teacher, Mike combines learning technique with basic musical skills such as reading music and playing different genres and styles.

As a guitarist and bassist, Mike has performed with bands and artists such as Cadillac Moon, Nancy Siriani, The Shiekhs, The Bud Moffet Band and Ed Travers Band. Mike has performed at many prestigious venues such as The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, The Lone Star Cafe in Manhattan and The South by South West music conference in Austin, Texas.

Marisol Rutkowski

Marisol received her bachelors degree in violin and string performance from SUNY Fredonia’s School of Music and is finishing her masters in Music Ed from LIU Post. In college, Marisol was principal second violin for two seasons, including a performance with Yo-Yo Ma, and regularly with the chamber string orchestra.

Marisol has taught Violin, Viola and piano for many years. As a teacher, Marisol specializes in classical music and technique. She is proficient in music education methods such as Suzuki for string players and young children.

As a performer, Marisol completed four tours around south-east Asia, central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. When she was 16, Marisol was invited to perform with the Metropolitan Opera for two seasons of La Traviata and Carmen.

Gene McCoy

Gene McCoy, a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and the New England Conservatory of Music, received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree (DMA) from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
For three years Gene was a Eurythmics student of Inda Howland, who was a student of Emile Jaques-Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland. Gene incorporates this method of music education into all of his lessons to ensure student success from beginner to advanced.
Gene works as a piano accompanist for the Levittown School District and teaches Beginning Piano Class for their Adult Education Program. He also teaches piano for Farmingdale School District’s Youth Council. Recently, he has played piano for Levittown’s High School’s productions of Oklahoma, Sound of Music, Working and Bye, Bye Birdie, and Plainedge High School’s productions of Aida and “13”.