Princeton Junior School is pleased to offer private music lessons with local musicians and music educators. Lessons take place during the school day. Families may choose from acoustic guitar, piano, keyboard, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, electric guitar, bass and drums.
Tom has more than 15 years of experience as a teacher and musician in clarinet, flute, piano, saxophone and composition. He is a jazz saxophonist, recording artist, composer, jazz and instrumental music educator, piano teacher for students with autism, Musical Director for ‘Big Sky Project’ Dance Company, and jazz radio host. Tom earned a BA at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he studied saxophone with an emphasis on jazz.
Dante is the Music Director at the Princeton School of Rock. A professional drummer, Dante toured internationally with Dandelion as well as other bands including Radiohead, Goo Goo Dolls, the Ramones and Alanis Morrisette. Dante is a multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, bass, and even the banjo. Following the School of Rock approach, Dante believes that “the best way to learn music is to play music.” Students develop confidence and skills while listening to and learning real rock songs through ear training and responsive modeling.
Maria Palombo holds a Master of Music and Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from New York University. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduating with degrees in Music and Drama and a minor in Speech & Hearing Science. She has performed professionally at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, the National Opera Center (NYC), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia, PA), McCarter Theatre (Princeton, NJ), the Durham Performing Arts Center (Durham, NC) and in Arezzo and Maiori, Italy.
Sharis is the Performing Arts teacher at PJS and has been teaching guitar to young children for over 10 years. She is a singer-songwriter and professional musician with years of performance experience. She encourages her students to sing as they learn to play guitar. “It makes for an even more enjoyable experience when you sing along!” she says. Sharis currently has an 8 piece Bluegrass Americana Band and plays professionally in the surrounding area.