OUR TEACHERS

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BETH KEYES

Piano/Guitar

Beth is a music educator, multi-instrumentalist, and scholar who has been teaching private lessons for over a decade. Since beginning piano lessons at the age of four, Beth has also become an accomplished performer on the flute, oboe, English horn, and guitar.  She began her career as a music teacher when she attended Brooklyn College in the Fall of 2004. At Brooklyn, Beth was accepted into the Conservatory of Music as a pianist and began a rigorous undergraduate program in Music Education. As a Music Ed major, she was trained in the areas of early childhood, adolescence, and special education.
 
Since 2009, Beth has continued along two complementary paths: first, as a doctoral candidate, she has been an active scholar in the field of musicology and is currently finishing her dissertation work on madness in music of the 19th and 20th centuries. Second, as an educator, she has worked with dozens of students across New York City and Long Island as both a private teacher and classroom instructor. Though Beth has taught students at various ages, skill levels, and with a diverse range of musical interests, she has focused her teaching philosophy on catering to the individual needs of each one of her pupils across musical curricula. Her private students have thrived in their musical pursuits, participating in local music festivals such as NYSSMA and SCMEA, performing in school and private recitals, and successfully auditioning for university-level music programs. In addition to private teaching, Beth has also been an adjunct instructor at Brooklyn College and Hunter College since 2014, teaching undergraduate classes in music appreciation, American music, and keyboard methodology.

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REBECCA PISSALIDIS

Voice/Piano/Guitar

Rebecca Pissalidis loves music and teaching! She has a Bachelor of Music from the Aaron Copland School of Music. She’s been teaching for over 5 years and thinks it’s important that students have fun while learning. Rebecca writes her own music, is in a wedding band, plays gigs regularly throughout NYC, plays piano and guitar and sings! She has helped several students prepare for auditions and achieve top scores in NYSSMA.

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AUDREY ROME

Piano/Guitar/Voice

With 10 years of experience as a public school music educator and 15 years of expertise in teaching piano lessons both privately and at studios, Audrey Rome has proudly worked with diverse populations of students of all ages and backgrounds. She is a classically trained pianist and folk guitar singer/songwriter with past performance venues ranging from Steinway Hall to open mics at local restaurants. Audrey's philosophy of music education is inclusive and student-driven; she is a firm believer in making adaptations for each student's unique learning style and allowing students to choose most of their own repertoire to keep them interested and excited about practicing.

CRISTINA FAICCO-HALL

Director/Voice/Piano

Cristina is an educator, singer, and actress with over 25 years of performance experience.  Having taught for over a decade, Cristina works with singers and pianists to develop their technique and nurture their passion.  Her students are often seen in lead or supporting roles in school and community theater, are accepted into All-County and All-State chorus, receive perfect or near-perfect NYSSMA scores, get accepted to prestigious music schools, and perform on Broadway and in National Tours.  She is an active member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Suffolk County Music Educators Association (SCMEA), and New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) and is fascinated with new research in education and singing.

 

Cristina appeared on Broadway in the original production of Les Misérables and has been seen on the stage of the John W. Engeman Theatre, Theatre Three, Broadhollow Theatre Company, and Plaza Theatrics.  As a member of Growing Up Broadway, Cristina regularly performs at Feinstein’s/54 Below.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Vocal Performance from the Ithaca College School of Music.

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