Syracuse Area

Bob Carbone

Organ, (315) 454-3823, Syracuse

Bob studied with legendary organist Carleton James. He has worked at the Piano and Organ Center for 35 years as Vice President. Bob loves what he does and is thankful everyday for the opportunity.

Christine Carbone

Piano & Vocal, (315) 454-3823, Syracuse

Christine Carbone is a private piano teacher specializing in young children beginning their lessons at Piano & Organ Center. Christine began by teaching kindermusik for over 15 years, introducing children to singing, moving and rhythm beginning at 18 months old. It was a wonderful start to a lifetime with the joy of music.

Brian Caswell

Piano, (315) 454-3823, Syracuse

Brian Caswell is a pianist whose musical interests spread across many genres. He studied classical music composition and classical piano at Boston Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music, but since then has focused on jazz. Both at home in solo contexts and in the rhythm section of a band, Brian loves and understands the role that piano can play in whatever context the piano finds itself. He has also served as a church organist, and has played keyboards in rock bands, and bands in other pop genres. With this experience, and his extensive experience teaching, Brian is a patient teacher who’s main goal is to help realize the goals of the students. He aims to balance the desires of the student, and still push the student to experience new types of music and new types of musical expression.

Barbara Cavellier

Organ, (315) 454-3823, Syracuse

Barbara was an elementary/middle school teacher at Central Square, and retired in 2004. Getting back to music was a goal of hers. She's played piano, violin and choirs for more than 8 years. In 2006 Barbara joined a Quick Start class and the rest is history. Now she is teaching organ classes with Bob Carbone, a "job" she loves!

Lynn Dailey

Piano & Flute, (315) 454-3823, Syracuse

Lynn teaches piano and flute. She joined the teaching staff in September 2010. She has an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Music from Onondaga Community College and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from The Crane School of Music. In June 2010 she retired from the Central Square School District music department after 23 ½ years of service.

Wayne Skinner

Piano & Organ, (315) 454-3823, Syracuse

Wayne Skinner is a graduate of Boston Conservatory of Music where he earned a BM in Applied Organ. He has worked with us since 1991 as a piano and organ teacher and salesmen and currently runs our Allen Church and Theater Organ Division. Wayne has been a piano and organ instructor for over 35 years. He has held a number of organist and choir director positions in various churches since 1977 and spent several years as a K-8 general music and chorus teacher. Wayne presently serves as Organist for Pitcher Hill Community Church in North Syracuse and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Syracuse Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. He periodically performs classical and theater organ programs and offers workshops for church organists.

Jean White

Organ, (315) 454-3823, Syracuse

Jean has been associated with the piano and organ Center for 15 years. Her vast knowledge of Lowrey products and her ability to communicate well with adults has made her a commodity that we are very proud of. Jean will handle all issues pertaining to Lowrey products that includes lessons, help on the products, and questions that need to be answered. Jean also teaches privately by appointment and works very well with children too. If moving forward is your goal Jean is the right teacher for you.


Watertown Area

Ron Benoit

Piano, (315) 771-0401

Ron has been teaching for 4 years. He is also the organist and pianist at the Methodist Church in Henderson NY since 2007.

Jacinda Brown

Flute, (802) 287-0704

As a NYS Certified K-12 Music Teacher, Jacinda graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a music education degree, and an instrumental concentration in flute. She currently teaches K-6 general music and 5th-6th grade band at Immaculate Heart Central Schools. Jacinda offers beginning through advanced level flute lessons.

Dee Caldwell

Guitar, (315) 786-3928

Also teaches banjo, mandolin, violin, fiddle and ukulele.

Steve Hirst

Trumpet, (315) 489-3118

Steve Hirst is a native of Watertown, NY and a graduate of SUNY Fredonia, where he earned a degree in Music Education. Steve offers trumpet lessons from beginning to advanced.

Philip Lai

Piano, (315) 681-8939

Teaching for 10 years, he went to university of south florida where he studied under Professor Amanda Watkins and Professor Yoko Shannon. He is the Music Director at the Alexandria Bay Reform Church. He specializes in both playing classically and playing what you hear on the radio. Classical, Jazz, Rock and Theory Studies.

Cathy Mowers

Piano, Band (315) 232-3275

NYS Certified, Cathy graduated from Crane School of Music with a degree in music education. 30+ years of teaching experience she is accepting new students all ages.

Rachel Pariseau

Piano, Violin (815) 978-1637

Rachel holds a Master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from Illinois State University and a Master’s in Violin Performance from Austin Peay State University. She offers lessons in both piano and violin, accepting students from beginning through early advanced.

Jason Rodgers

Guitar, (315) 523-5477

Jason has been teaching guitar for a over a decade. He has played professionally both electric and acoustic guitar with national and international touring/recording artists for years. He loves teaching guitar and caters each lesson to the individual interests and the needs of his students.

Becky Rose

Vocal, (315) 778-8419

NYS Permanently certified K-12 Music Teacher has a Bachelors in Vocal/Piano Performance & Music Ed, a Masters in Secondary Vocal Music Ed and a masters in Educational Administration. She has taught private lessons for 20 years & specializes in Voice, Piano, and Beginning Guitar. Works with students for their college and theatre auditions.

Kyle Rowland

Guitar, (315) 486-8243

Kyle is working on his bachelors in music education. He is proficient in classical and jazz styles. Kyle has been playing for 12 years and has been studying for 8 years. Currently he is only teaching on Saturdays.

Criag Sirianni

Vocal, (845) 591-8044

Internationally acclaimed Tenor Craig Sirianni is a Watertown local who has performed around the world. With experience and letters of recommendations as well as a list of students he's prepared for NYSSMA and collegiate vocal Studies, you're sure to love vocal lessons with Craig!

Gary Waltz

Guitar, (315) 649-4174

North country native Gary Walts is a classical and finger-style guitarist. He studied guitar locally with Ron Sacci. During the 1980's he studied with internationally re-known guitarist Christopher Parking during summer master classes at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA.


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