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Introducing online lessons for the spring of 2020

Gordon's after school instrumental lesson program is ready to move online, with rich offerings from familiar faces. Most of the instructors in the Gordon program are able to teach remotely; several are able to take on new students. This may be a perfect time for your child to take up an instrument if you have one available, or to go back to an instrument if they have lapsed. 

Parents should make arrangements directly with the teacher, including scheduling and payment. Gordon will not do the billing or scheduling at this time, but please note that lessons will continue at the same discounted rate of $28 per thirty minutes.

Bill Beaudoin and Elena Kishkovich will be reaching out to their existing students to make arrangements for online lessons.
 
The following teachers will be reaching out to their existing students, and welcome new online students. Families should contact them directly using the information below.

Michelle Kaminsky
violin and fiddle for students who have had some experience 
(401) 246-2720
mkfiddle99@gmail.com
 
Cheryl Poisson
beginner to advanced piano in thirty or forty-five minute lessons
text or call (401) 359-3329
Cheryl.Poisson@juno.com
 
Wayne Marcus
saxophone and clarinet 
(401) 500-0329
waynesaxophone@gmail.com
 
Domenick Panzarella
guitar, bass, ukulele 
(401) 787-7237
domenickpanzarella@gmail.com
 
Chris Monti
guitar, banjo, ukulele and bass 
(401) 374-4478
montichristopher@gmail.com
 

Guidelines for online instrumental lessons

Create an organized space for the lesson: students will need their instrument, music, and a device that can be used hands-free

Adults in the household should stay involved: while this is one-to-one instruction, it is important that caregivers are aware of the interactions during lesson time

Stick to the agreed-upon beginning and end times: teachers will have complex schedules, and will need to rely on the consistency of lesson times

Dress and behave as you would if you were on campus: relaxed, but appropriate

This is an active learning experience: students should be prepared and mentally present to get the most from their lessons
 

Gordon’s after school instrumental program is designed to expose students to the joy of learning an instrument in a convenient and supportive environment. We seek to instill a lifelong connection with musical learning, and many of our students become accomplished instrumentalists in high school, college, and beyond.

Overview

Gordon hosts many after school instrumental and vocal instruction opportunities throughout the year. In private/semi-private lessons, students study a variety of orchestra and folk instruments, as well as voice training, taught by a faculty of professional musicians and educators.

With specific regard to vocal instruction, Middle School students interested in an introduction to vocal studies may inquire about private lessons. Gordon supports access for these students to gain traction in music literacy, healthy vocal technique and basic piano skills. This introductory level of vocal studies is designed to create a foundation for a lifetime of learning about each student’s unique vocal mechanism and development of musicianship.

Instrumental music recitals are held twice a year, in January and May or June. While not a requirement, all students in this program are encouraged to participate, as music is a performing art and periodic appearances in front of an audience are important markers of progress and pride.

Costs

Lessons are $277 per trimester.

The fee structure is based on nine lessons per trimester, with additional weeks left open for make-up lessons in the case of absence.

From the program director

We monitor how students and their teachers connect throughout the year, so that we can facilitate the optimal experience for everyone. It is so important to have a good working relationship between student and teacher. When you call to arrange your child’s lesson, your child’s teacher will clearly go over his or her expectations. This is when you should have dialogue with the instructor to express your expectations as well. It is important for you, your child, and your instructor to understand what is required for good solid progress. Items you should discuss are things like practicing, possible rewards if you and the instructor feel that is appropriate, consistency in showing up for lessons, the importance of bringing materials needed for the lesson each week, and expectations for performances in recitals.

Students take lessons for a myriad of reasons. Our program provides opportunities for exploration, engagement, and growth for all students interested in instrumental learning.

full policies for scheduling and cancelling lessons
 
 

Instructors

full biographies for each instructor

Drums, bassoon, and flute 
Wilfred Beaudoin 
401 781-2142
bbeaudoin@gordonschool.org

Piano
Cheryl Faria
401 419-8682
cherylafaria@verizon.net

Violin and fiddle 
Michelle Kaminsky 
401 246-2720
mkfiddle99@gmail.com

Piano
Elena Kishkovich
401 651-5175
lena.kishkovich@gmail.com

Piano
Ian Kasarjian
508 966-4628
ikasarjian@hotmail.com

Saxophone and clarinet
Wayne Marcus
401-500-0329
waynesaxophone@gmail.com 

Piano, trumpet, voice
Joel McCoy
401 368-5886
jmccoy@mccoymusicstudio.com

Guitar, ukulele, harmonica, bass
Christopher Monti
401 374-4478
montichristopher@gmail.com

Guitar, bass, ukulele
Domenick Panzarella
401-787-7237 
domenickpanzarella@gmail.com

Piano
Cheryl Poisson
401 359 3329
cheryl.poisson@juno.com