RIVERSIDE MUSIC STUDIOS
- Private lessons for children and adults
- Piano, Violin, Flute, Guitar, and Voice
- Classical, Jazz, Pop, and Broadway
- Piano Games – play-based private lessons for ages 3-7 years
- Conservatory trained teachers with active performing careers
- Summer Song! A song writing course for children 6-15 years old
MEET OUR TEACHERS
Dr. Dmitry Alexeev
Founder and director at Riverside Music Studios, Dr. Dmitry Alexeev has been teaching children and adults of both amateur and professional levels for over 20 years. Dmitry holds a Doctor of Music Arts from Manhattan School of Music, where he has also taught students at the collegiate and preparatory levels.
As a concert pianist, Dmitry is a winner of several international piano competitions including the Artist International Competition (New York) and the Dobrich International Piano Competition (Bulgaria), and has given solo recitals in Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Steinway Hall among others. Dr. Alexeev also performed numerous solo and chamber music recitals throughout Europe and Scandinavia. Lessons with Dmitry are subject to availability.
Lead teacher at Riverside Music Studios, Sergei Deych has performed in numerous concerts in the New York City area. He has given solo and chamber music recitals in Israel, Germany and Finland. A graduate of the Manhattan Shool of Music, he is a recipient of William Feinberg Memorial Music Scholarship and Rosetta Goodkind Scholarship.
Mr. Deych is a passionate teacher and has an extensive experience of teaching private classical piano to children and adults of beginner through professional levels. Lessons with Mr. Deych are always engaging and tailored to each individual student. Lessons with Mr. Deych are subject to availability.
American-Canadian concert pianist Helen Kashap has been heard with several orchestra's throughout North America, including some of Canada's major symphony orchestra's in performances of Franz Liszt's Second Piano Concerto and Edvard Grieg's Concert in A minor. A major recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts Grants to top emerging artists, Kashap was a Schulich Scholar at McGill's Schulich School of Music in Montreal where she received her Bachelor of Music degree. Kashap recently completed her Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music and has studied at the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Aspen Music Festival School, the Gijon International Keyboard Institute in Gijon, Spain and the Orford Arts Centre.
Kashap has been teaching extensively for over seven years and enjoys an active teaching career working with all ages and all levels of pianists. She is particularly interested in cultivating a joy and curiosity for music, and encourages her students to engage in their musical exploration with as much enthusiasm and passion as she brings to her lessons. Helen's parents are both Yale educated professional musicians, and thus Helen grew up surrounded by musical culture and was immersed in music lessons from an early age. Her affinity for teaching is thus deep rooted and she is an encouraging and motivating pedagogue.
Christopher Ziemba holds an Artist Diploma in Jazz Studies from The Juilliard School, and a Master’s degree in Jazz and Music Education from the Eastman School of Music. In summer of 2011, Chris was named the winner of the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. He has been featured on numerous recordings throughout the years, and frequently performs at prominent venues for jazz, including at Jazz at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Blue Note Jazz Club, Jazz at Kitano, and Smalls.
With over eight years of teaching experience, Chris participated in several international tours to perform and conduct workshops on jazz and improvisation to a plethora of students of varying age, experience, and cultural backgrounds. Currently, he is adjunct faculty at CUNY York College, teaching piano lessons and co-leading two jazz ensembles. He is also a teaching artist with the New York City-based Institute for Creative Music, which conducts similar touring workshops on improvised music and song-learning.
Chris is offering beginning to professional jazz and popular piano lessons, as well as beginning to advanced classical piano lessons.
Dr. Joel Pierson
Pianist and composer Joel Pierson is active in the worlds of classical, jazz, and pop music. He has worked with artists of great repute (having a string quartet performed by The Kronos Quartet), & artists of not-so great repute (performing with Wayne Newton). Joel has performed on all seven continents (yes, even Antarctica), & at venues such as The Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC and The Troubadour in Los Angeles. As a songwriter, Joel was signed to Warner Brothers Records. His arrangements have been performed by major symphony orchestras including Atlanta, Houston, Toronto, Cleveland, & The Philly Pops.
Joel has a Doctoral degree in music composition from the University of Maryland, Master's in jazz piano from NYU, and a Bachelor's in classical piano from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. Joel has taught in numerous music schools in the New York and Washington DC area.
Originally from Peoria, Illinois, violinist Deborah Nixon is an active freelancer and teacher in New York City. She has performed in various ensembles in the city, including the Mimesis Ensemble and the Chelsea Symphony, with which she recently appeared as soloist. She earned a Master of Music in Solo Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music (UK) and a Bachelor of Music (magna cum laude) in Violin Performance with a minor in British Literature from NYU Steinhardt. Internationally, she has performed as an orchestral member in the Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte in Montepulciano, Italy and as a chamber musician in the RNCM Chamber Music Festival and Friday Chamber Series in collaboration with the late Peter Cropper (Lindsays Quartet). Summer festivals have included the Aspen Music Festival and the Künstlerhaus Boswil (Switzerland).
A dedicated educator, Deborah has over six years of experience teaching private violin lessons to students of all levels aged four through adult. Her approach emphasizes musical understanding and creativity with the support of a comfortable and reliable technique. She has some training in the Dalcroze method, which she includes in her teaching.
Yumi Hashimoto earned her Bachelors Degree at El Camino College and California State University and her Masters Degree in classical piano from the Manhattan School of Music. While attaining her degrees, Yumi has had the opportunities to study with Konstantin Sirounian, Stephen Moore, Laurie Carney, Phillip Kawin and Jeffrey Cohen.
For over ten years, Yumi has upheld a busy and extensive teaching schedule working mostly with children in private and group settings. Over many years of teaching in New York City, she has prepared her students in entering competitions, music school auditions and state exams such as the NYSSMA and the ABRSM. Passionate in music education, Yumi has attended a few seminars and workshops specializing in the Dalcroze method. Yumi is offering beginner to professional classical piano lessons.
Yevgeny Faniuk enjoys a rich and a versatile career as an orchestral and chamber musician in New YorkCity metropolitan area. A frequent guest-member with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and New York City Ballet, Yevgeny plays principal flute with the Reading Symphony orchestra in Reading, Pennsylvania and performs regularly with the Albany Symphony and Princeton Symphony. Yevgeny has also performed as a substitute musician with the Israel Philharmonic and the Russian National Orchestras.
Yevgeny has been a prize winner of numerous competitions, including the Flute Talk Competition in the US, the 1st Haifa International and the Jerusalem Young Artist Competitions in Israel. He is an enthusiastic teacher with an extensive experience of working with children and adult students of all levels.
As a guitarist, bassist, composer, vocalist and producer, Yonit Spiegelman has performed internationally appearing on stages in Israel, Austria, France, Belgium and the US, alongside noted prominent musicians such as Tower of Power, Asaf Amdurski, Tali Rubinstein, David Broza and the group Foreign Hues. Spiegelman's career includes special appearances sharing stages with Paul Simon and Valerie Simpson and recordings for Spanish producer Javier Limon.
A Graduate of Rimon School for Contemporary Music and the Berklee College of Music, Yonit resides and performs in NYC with her own original music with the group Foreign Hues. She teaches instrumental studies of guitar, electric bass, voice, ukulele and piano. Spiegelman's teaching has an emphasis on every instrument individually and helps students master the craft as well as revealing students to the logic and depth of music theory, assisting with performance and educational needs. Spiegelman has a large variety of students and lesson plans - from the absolute beginner to the advanced and professional, known for successfully preparing for Berklee College of Music auditions (with 100% success rate). .
Arcolris Sandoval is a pianist, composer, and educator originally from Tucson, Arizona. She obtained her Bachelor degree from the University of Arizona, and her Masters degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. ArcoIris performed throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe and China. ArcoIris has performed at Lincoln Center with the Manhattan School of Music Afro Cuban Orchestra and performs with her trio throughout the city. She was recently chosen as a semiﬁnalist for the 2012 Montreux Solo Jazz Piano Competition held in Montreux, Switzerland.
Arcoiris has 10 years of extensive experience providing all levels of Jazz and Classical piano lessons to a broad range of students from ages 4 to 70 years old
A multifaceted musician, New York- based pianist Anna Vasilyeva has appeared in a wide range of venues, from New York's Lincoln Center to Rimsky-Korsakov's Grand Concert Hall in her native Saint-Petersburg, Russia. International critics have praised Anna "with a mastery of technique and beautiful sound" (Roberto Codazzi, Cremona, Italy). She is also recognized as an accomplished collaborative artist, a teacher and chamber musician.
Ms. Vasilyeva has held a faculty positions at the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, and is currently on a faculty at Rutgers University. Throughout her career, Anna has been collaborating with numerous vocalists, instrumentalists and chamber ensembles in Russia, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Greece, and in the United States. She has worked with such renowned musicians as Warren Jones, Monique Duphil, Joseph Kalichstein, Sharon Robinson, Michel Debost, Alex Klein, and others.
Anna is offering classical piano lessons and vocal coaching beginner to professional levels to children and adults.
Laura Yumi Snell is an accomplished pianist and singer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she grew up competing and performing piano in venues across California, Japan, and Europe. She attended Musik Zentral in Austria to study with master teachers Martyn van den Hoek and Robert Ward. As a singer, Ms. Snell trained with Katherine Johnson in all styles of singing, including opera, musical theatre, and jazz. Laura's theatrical credits include Man of La Mancha, Into the Woods, and the Broadway tour of Avenue Q. Most recently, she has been touring with pianist Eunbi Kim in a highly-acclaimed theatrical concert piece, Murakami Music, which performed a sold-out show at Symphony Space.
Ms. Snell is a graduate of the University of California in Piano Performance and Dramatic Art. She served as Artist-in-Residence for the California Musical Theatre Company and Sacramento Theatre Company. She was an accompanist and collaborator for Sacramento Opera, Light Opera Theatre of Sacramento, and Woodland Opera House. For over ten years, Laura has been music directing shows and teaching piano and voice to students of all ages and levels, from young budding pianists to seasoned Broadway performers, always inspiring the next generation of artists.
Dan Garmon completed a double performance degree in piano performance and jazz drums performance at McGill University's Schulich School of Music. He has worked as a pianist, musical director, & conductor for musical theatre, pianist (soloist & collaborative with soloists / chamber / contemporary), drummer (jazz combo & big band, various indie / rock bands), harmonium accompanist for Indian classical music, as well as coach and performer in many other projects and contexts. Since moving to New York he has been involved in various Broadway and off-Broadway projects, most notably an on-Broadway adaptation of Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding.
Dan has many years of experience teaching dozens of students of all ages (4-65) and experience levels (complete beginner to university level and beyond) in virtually any style of music. He is passionate about understanding any style of music in a broader historical and cultural context as well as making playing piano an enjoyable experience.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Sam Harris’ life in music began before his feet could reach the pedals. Once enrolled in early piano lessons, he excelled in his classical training under the guidance of his endlessly dedicated teacher Janet Jones. While attending Booker T. Washington High School for the Arts, he discovered jazz and began studying with local piano legend Bill Lohr. In 2004, he made the move to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music, where he earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, studying privately with Jason Moran. He has since performed regularly in bands led by musicians such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Ben Van Gelder, Logan Richardson, and Gretchen Parlato. He has appeared at venues and festivals in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. In January 2014 he released his debut album, "Interludes," on Fresh Sound New Talent.
Sam began teaching seriously while pursuing his Master's degree, working at several music schools in the New York area, as well as conducting masterclasses at colleges both in the US and abroad. He has a great deal of experience working with both younger students and adults. His lessons focus on building a solid foundation of classical technique while providing an introduction to jazz and improvisational concepts.
Jonathan Drucker graduated from Skidmore College and Manhattan School of Music, studying with Daniel Epstein. As a music educator, Jonathan has been teaching piano, guitar, music theory, composition, and song-writing with students ages 3 to 80, encouraging students to set and reach goals, and has been on the faculty of several established music schools in the tri-state area.
While at Skidmore, he was awarded the Louis Edgar Johns Outstanding Pianist Award. Mr. Drucker was also a prizewinner in the International Concert Alliance Competition, and has attended and performed at several music festivals. In addition to being a performer, Jonathan is also a composer, having a diverse range of interests in all styles of music, and has scored several short films.