Music Lessons

 

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, electric guitar, bass and drums.

TOM TALLITSCH

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 CIMINO

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.

MIKE MORPURGO

Mike Morpurgo has been playing music professionally since 1989 and teaching since 1998.  In 2003 he began teaching at the Paul Green School of Rock Music in Philadelphia. Mike found that the best way to teach was by doing and encourages his students to perform real rock shows in real rock venues, working on a new body of music every 12 weeks.  In 2005, Mike opened his own School of Rock in Hamilton, NJ. Using that same methodology in his teaching approach (especially one-on-one lessons) Mike found that student success and a love of music happens fast. At PJS, Mike teaches the ukulele, which he believes is a great gateway instrument. “You can have many wins very early in the lesson process,” he says. “It’s a great tool for writing, understanding chords and playing songs easily.  As a low-cost, small instrument, it also makes an affordable musical start!”

SHARIS SWARTLEY

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.