Music 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.

A New Format

Beginning this year, the schedule will be split into three trimesters to coincide with other after school programs, and families will have the opportunity to sign up for one, two, or all three trimesters. We hope this new format will encourage even more students to include an instrumental experience in their school year! The first trimester begins at the beginning of the school year. The second trimester starts on the Monday following the Thanksgiving weekend. The final trimester begins on the Monday following our spring break.

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
 
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.

 

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

Piano
Cheryl Poisson
508 761 4225 or 401 359 3329
cheryl.poisson@juno.com