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Music Teachers

Music Notes Academy music teachers are award-winning, university and conservatory degreed performers, music teachers and college professors. Music Notes teachers are committed to teaching through a comprehensive and sequential curriculum centered around each student’s age, learning styles, interests, goals and aspirations.

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I'm Toby

Guitar, Bass Guitar & Piano teacher
at Music Notes Academy East Brunswick

A New York City native and graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, guitarist and composer Toby is the author of dozens of instructional books and articles for Cherry Lane Music Publishing. In his late teens he began working as a freelance arranger and composer for a variety of ensembles, and as a performer in both sideman and bandleader capacities.

He has appeared at venues such as Joe’s Pub, the Cutting Room, Rockwood Music Hall, Birdland, Visiones, the Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe, and many others. Toby spent three years as music librarian for the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, worked behind the scenes preparing scores for avant garde jazz icon Ornette Coleman, and has served as arranger and musical director for numerous jazz and cabaret vocalists. His writing can be heard on albums by Philip Harper (Muse), Ari Ambrose (Steeplechase) and Ian Hendrickson-Smith of the Roots (Sharp Nine), among others.

For the last decade, Toby served as Director of Programs at Church Street School for Music & Art, a major community arts organization in lower Manhattan. His studies have included work with Bob Mover, Edward Green, and the late jazz greats Walter Davis Jr., Manny Albam, and Bern Nix.

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guitar teacher, east brunswick, nj
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I'm Lauren

Voice & Piano teacher
at Music Notes Academy East Brunswick

Lauren is a native NYer and a maven to the digital ways of making art. She began teaching music in 2018 and is excited to be a part of the team at Music Notes Academy. Next to performing, teaching is her next greatest passion and the best way to learn is to do! Her musical background is compromised of musical theater, opera, and pop/rock music. Her students have gone on to participate in Wingspan Arts Theater Conservatory in NYC, iPop in Los Angeles, LaGuardia School of the Arts, Professional Performing Arts School while adult professionals have worked on various cruise lines and regional theatres around the world. Lauren has a BFA in Musical Theatre from SUNY Fredonia.

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voice, piano teacher East Brunswick, NJ
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I'm Sean

Music Teacher
at Music Notes Academy

Sean, a Music Notes Academy ’12 award-winning NJSBDC music teacher, holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from The College of NJ and a master’s degree in Music Scoring and Composition from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Ca. An experienced teacher of strings, piano, woodwinds and brass, Sean is additionally a conductor and composer of merit with seven completed symphonies. His arrangements have been performed by schools, community orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists and appeared in independent films. Sean has been a music teacher at Music Notes Academy since ’09 and created Music Notes’ TiedNotes classes.

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I'm Stephen

Music Teacher
at Music Notes Academy Whitehouse Station

Stephen, a Music Notes Academy ’12 Award-Winning NJSBDC Music Teacher, has a B.A. in Music from Hamilton College and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Montclair State University. A performer on piano and guitar, Stephen is also well versed in music theory, composition, bass guitar, music technology and recording. Teaching music for over a decade, Stephen passionately believes that appreciating and understanding music is essential to leading a well-rounded life. Stephen has been a Music Notes Academy teacher since ’11 and leads our LittleNotes Early Childhood Music Program.

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I'm Stella

Voice & Piano Teacher
at Music Notes Academy East Brunswick

Stella is a highly motivated and energetic voice teacher and music educator for more than 20 years. She graduated summa cum laude in Music Performance at Kyunghee University in Seoul, Korea, attended Mannes School of Music in New York City and graduated Montclair University in New Jersey with a Masters Degree in Music Performance. She has been teaching music at St. Thomas the Apostle School since ’16 and has been singing on major stages in the metro area such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden. Stella also has been part of the prestigious group, New York Choral Society since ’03. She recently completed the Dalcroz Eurythmics for Children Comprehensive Training Program at Lucy Moses School in Kaufman Music Center in New York City. Stella continues to train, coach and mentor singers of all ages and levels. Her students have been part of numerous auditions and have performed on main stages such as Lincoln Center and a Carnegie Hall. Stella is a committed and dedicated music educator for those with a serious passion for music.

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I'm Justin

Piano Teacher
at Music Notes Academy East Brunswick

Mr. Justin is a classically trained pianist. He has earned a Bachelor’s of Music in piano from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Justin has a passion for music and plays various styles which includes classical, pop, jazz and gospel. He enjoys improvisation and music composition. Justin has performed with the Bernards Ensemble at the Arc Angel Gala in Bridgewater, NJ. He also performed and accompanied many Westminster Choirs and performed as lead pianist at a Piano Concerto Concert with the Westminster Community Orchestra. Justin is the accompanist where he leads the music ministry at multiple church services. He is also a music consultant for The Arc of Somerset County. Justin’s experience as a piano instructor began in 2019 where he taught individuals on a one-to-one basis. Justin’s student roster has included individuals with various disabilities which included down syndrome and autism. He understands that people learn differently and he learns from every person he teaches. Justin actively continues to volunteer his services in the community.

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I'm Brandon

Music Teacher
at Music Notes Academy East Brunswick

Since ’00, Brandon Kurzawa has prepared students for college music auditions, music assessments, exams and performances. Brandon studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rutgers University and a Masters of Arts in Education, specializing in curriculum, instruction and computer education. Recording credits include drums on Ansel Matthews’ Raised From The Dust and drums and percussion on John Sonntag’s ’06 release Chasing Stars. Brandon recorded and toured nationally with rock bands and singer-songwriters, an active performer from ’97 through ’09, Brandon performed with solo artists, trios and quartets, wedding bands and rock bands throughout the New York metropolitan area. Publications include “Teaching Music, Teaching Percussion: A Balance in Curriculum” and “Teaching Music” Music Majors, Choose Education” which were published in Tempo Magazine in ’06 and ’07. A Vic Firth, Inc. educational endorser, Shine Custom Drums sponsored artist and Remo Health Rhythms Drum Circle facilitator, Brandon instructed music at Rutgers University, Kean University and was an adjunct professor of audio engineering and music production at Gibbs College where he taught college classes in Apple’s GarageBand, Reason, Logic Studio, and Pro Tools to audio engineering and music technology majors. Brandon honorably accepted Music Notes Academy’s NJSBDC Success Award in 2012 on behalf of Music Notes Academy’s dedicated staff of teachers.

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About Music Notes

Est. 2000

Music Notes Academy is a 2012 award-winning NJSBDC community music school. Online music lessons and instruction – available for young children, adolescents and adults – are tailored towards each student within our music curriculum.

Music Notes’ curricular approach to teaching includes music reading and theory, musicianship skills, performance techniques, repertoire and songs. Students receive comprehensive music instruction from degreed and experienced music teachers. We offer structure and flexibility for our students which offers a great balance in music education.

Music Notes Academy is committed to the musical growth and development of each student. With the encouragement and support from teachers and parents, students can expand and improve their musical appreciation, comprehension of musical knowledge and performance skills while being challenged to reach their fullest potential.

Drum Lessons

Learn to play classical snare drum, drum set and percussion.

Guitar & Bass Guitar Lessons

Learn to play acoustic, classical, electric and bass guitar. Ukulele too.

Piano Lessons

Learn to play piano and keyboard. Young children through adults.

Voice & Musical Theater

Learn to sing. Improve vocal abilities while learning popular songs. Musical Theater too.

Strings Lessons

Learn to play violin, viola, cello and upright string bass.

Woodwinds Lessons

Learn to play clarinet, flute, piccolo and saxophone.

Brass Lessons

Learn to play trumpet, trombone and tuba.

Music Theory Lessons

Learn music theory, harmony, arranging, composition and songwriting. College auditions and exam prep. College tutoring for music majors and minors.

Music Notes through the years

Music Notes students have performed in concerts, recitals, assessments and exams. Students have won 1st Place at Festivals. Students have continued their musical journey collegiately, attending colleges and universities with scholarships.

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