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Featuring a staff of 17 conservatory and university trained piano instructors with an average of 20 years teaching experience.

“Dedicated to Excellence in Music Education”

Serving the greater Danbury, CT community since 1993.

The Music Learning Center features a staff of 17 professional piano instructors. Each instructor is conservatory or university trained. The average teaching experience of a faculty member is 20 years.

A  prospective student and/or parent may meet with the Music Learning Center’s director, or a member of his staff, in order to select the most suitable instructor. Placement considerations may include the student’s goals, learning style, musical tastes, and scheduling needs. Meetings with individual instructors may also be arranged. An introductory lesson is also available at a reduced rate.

The Music Learning Center offers its students the following benefits:

  • A school atmosphere with a highly acclaimed staff of teachers.
  • A professionally designed facility with sound proof studios to help promote concentration, and a comfortable waiting area.
  • Available methods include private, group, traditional, classical, jazz, popular chord, and Suzuki.
  • Lesson studios feature high quality pianos and recording equipment.
  • Three performance opportunities are offered throughout the year.
  • Optional participation in the Carnegie Hall Achievement program.
  • Opportunities for technology assisted learning including a computer and digital piano lab.
  • Print music and method books are available, or may be ordered through the Music Learning Center office.
  • Special programs including “Keyboard Bands”, plus Classical, Jazz, & Rock Ensembles.
  • Optional progress reports.
  • Our office staff is available 10am to 7:00pm Monday – Thursday, 10am – 5:30pm Fridays, and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays to assist with your scheduling or any other questions. Lessons schedules available Monday – Saturday.
  • Additional teaching staff available for most instruments and voice.

A note from the Director…..

In order to select the right piano teacher for your child, or for yourself, it is important to be aware of the many different approaches and methods that are available. At the Music Learning Center our diverse and highly trained staff of 17 piano instructors allows us a unique advantage in helping you make just the right choice for you and your family. While each of our teachers are talented and caring individuals, experience has taught us that by carefully considering each student, together we can arrive at a placement that will afford the best opportunity for personal fulfillment and success. Many of our students have gone on to have professional careers in music, and countless others have gotten off to the start with us that insured they will embrace music for the rest of their lives.

Our goal is to offer placement with an instructor who is best suited to help the student progress quickly, while having a lot of fun along the way! Give us a call so that we can begin to find that perfect match for you too.

Musically yours,

Jeff McGill, Director

For more information:
The Music Learning Center, Inc.
425 Main Street, Danbury CT 06810
(203) 748-1444
www.musiclearningcenter.org
info@musiclearningcenter.org

Below is a partial listing of our piano faculty:

RHIANON DAVIES
Rhianon studied music the University of North Wales and privately with Marjorie Clementi at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England. She completed her Bachelor’s of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Hartford’s, Hartt School of Music where she studied with Paul Rutman and Alexander Farkas. Rhianon has been teaching private piano lessons to children and adults for more than twenty five years. She has been a substitute teacher in the Bethel Public Schools, for grades K-12 where she taught general music, French, reading and language arts. Rhianon also has served as an adjudicator at piano competitions, including the Connecticut State Music Teacher Associations’ Spring Festival in Hartford, CT and the Audrey Thayer Piano Competition in Hartford. Rhianon actively performs as a piano soloist and accompanist.

JEAN EARLY
Jean received an A.A. with highest honors in Piano Performance from Montgomery College. She has been teaching piano for 40 years. Jean is also an organist, and has performed with and directed several choral groups. Jean is the Director of Music for the Ridgebury Congregational Church in Ridgefield, CT.

LAURIE HASKINS
Laurie received her B.S. degree in music education from Western CT State University and has been teaching piano for 11 years. She taught Pre-K through 8th grade music at the Fraser Woods School in Newtown. Her classroom experience includes general music, guitar classes, chorus direction, musical theater production, music history, and Orff-Kodaly method. Laurie currently teaches general music at St. Gregory the Great School in Danbury and at St. Jude School in Monroe.

STEVE ISAACSON
Steve Isaacson has 25 years of piano teaching experience in both traditional and Suzuki settings. He graduated from Hunter College in New York City. He has performed in many chamber music ensembles, as an accompanist with soloists and choirs, and is currently a member of the Danbury Community Orchestra. He studied piano with Howard Tuvelle and Michael Boriskin.

WALTER JAKOBOSKI
Walter has studied piano from the age of four, instructed by Bruce Simons, the director of Yale Music School. He has taught piano and music theory lessons since 1966 to students of all ages with over 15 years of teaching experience. In addition, Walter has performed at many recitals and concerts. He holds a degree from the University of New Haven in another field of study.

MAUREEN KELLY
Maureen Kelly began her private study of voice and piano at a young age. As a graduate student at Cornell University, she received a music scholarship for non-music majors which allowed her to continue her studies with the music department. Maureen has served as a soloist, section leader; and children’s choir director at Saint Joseph Church in Danbury. She is has played for and accompanied for Newbury Church in Brookfield, The Newtown Choral Society; and The Candlewood Children’s Choir. Maureen directed the sixth grade chorus at the Bethel Middle School for two years. Maureen is her in 11th year of teaching at The Music Learning Center.

NATALIA KOLENCIAK
Natalia has been teaching piano for 17 years. She has a Master in Performing Arts, Piano Teacher degree from the Moscow State Institute of the Arts. Natalia has held teaching positions at the Moscow State College of Fine Arts, Voronezh State Music College, and Lipetsk State Music School. She is also an experienced accompanist.

JEFF McGILL - DIRECTOR
Jeff received a B.A. from St. Lawrence University with additional studies at the Crane School of Music and Berklee College of Music. His first teaching experience came as a member of the faculty at the Gunnery in Washington, CT, where he became chairman of the Arts Department and developed the music curriculum. Since 1985 Jeff has led his own jazz quartet and performed at jazz festivals and clubs throughout the tri-state area. In 1993 he co-founded the Music Learning Center where he teaches jazz piano, ensembles, and works with students and instructors alike on the use of music technology.

JOANN RANDI – PIANO & SUZUKI PIANO METHOD
JoAnn received her Masters Degree in Music Education from Western Connecticut State University. She has been teaching piano for over 30 years. JoAnn holds a New York State Certificate in Music Education. JoAnn began the pre-school music program at the Bethel YMCA, additionally she has taught music in areas private schools and is currently teaching in the Ulster County Public School System.

ROXANA TOURIGNY - PIANO & VOICE
Roxana received her Bachelor of Music from the University of New Hampshire and Master of Music from University of Michigan. Her major studies were in vocal performance with minor studies in theory and piano. She has performed as soloist with many orchestras and ensembles both in the United States and in Germany and has either placed or won several awards in those same countries. Appearances have been with Sinfonia d/Opera, New Hampshire Summer Music Festival; the Seacoast Big Band; the Saarlaendischer Rundfunk Orchestre in Germany and many others. She has extensive experience as a lecturer; teacher, organist, choir director and has coordinated numerous musical and cultural events. Roxana has taught voice and piano privately for more than 30 years.

SARA VOKES – ASSISTANT to the DIRECTOR - PIANO & VOICE
Sara received her Bachelors of Music from Ithaca College, and her Master of Music from the University of Illinois. She has performed numerous leading roles with opera companies in the United States and has either placed as a finalist or won a number of awards and competitions in the US and Canada including the Florida Grand Opera, the National Association of Teachers of Singing Award, the NOA/Marjorie Gordon Award, St. Louis Symphony and the Richard Tucker competition. She was a leading artist in the Merryall Arts and “Divas of Soul” Festivals and recently gave a series of concerts in Germany. She also performs in concert as a part of the Vokes-Walker Duo. She has been teaching for over 20 years.

 
Studio Location
425 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810
 
Phone
(203) 748-1444
 
 
Website
www.musiclearningcenter.org