Jared L.Instrument(s): Violin, Viola, Cello, Mandolin
Areas of Work: Suffolk, Nassau
Type(s) of Lessons Offered: In Home
Jared graduated from San Jose State University in 1977 in Music Ed. He worked his way through college giving private lessons on violin and mandolin. The Suzuki Method was new at that time and Jared was able to apply it, and other methods, with great success. Over the years, Jared has been able to perfect his skills as a string teacher and adapt to various styles including Classical, Celtic, Jazz and Blues.
He also specializes in American traditional fiddling which includes Appalachia, Bluegrass and Texas – contest styles. Jared received a Master of Arts degree from Hofstra University in 2010 in Scottish Music. During this study he was able to travel to Scotland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia several times. Here he participated in dances, competitions and the Scottish Games. Since then Jared has devoted all of his time to private lessons on the violin, viola, mandolin, electric violin and beginning cello.
Jared’s NYSSMA students have received high marks and have remained with him year after year. He feels that teaching is very rewarding, and can inspire students on to a career in music. As a chosen field, it can be followed from the grade school orchestra right through high school.
Michael VioletteInstrument(s): Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, 5 String Banjo, Mandolin, Woodwinds
Areas of Work: Suffolk
Type(s) of Lessons Offered: In Home, Online
Michael has been at the helm of String Sound Studios since 1986. Mainly a guitarist, he is also well-schooled in bass guitar, piano, and some woodwinds. He is considered by his peers to be a talented multi-instrumentalist with skills on 5-string banjo, ukulele, and mandolin. While at Five Towns College, Michael studied with master musicians Peter Rogine, John Dewitt, and Donna Olson. Michael insists on being eclectic and shares a deep understanding of jazz, rock, blues, and classical music with all his students. Michael has a world view of music which includes Latin, eastern, and western elements that show up in his arranging.
Over the years, many of his students have been accepted into music colleges and are actively involved in the music industry today. Michael is also an ace transcriber, arranger, and extremely knowledgeable in using music software such as Sibelius to arrange and compose music for the ensembles at our Setauket studio. For over 30 years he has been guiding students in NYSSMA, All-State, recitals and college auditions. Michael’s influences range from Bach to Larry Carlton, and he has played with numerous bands as a freelancer over the years. He is in the midst of a finger-style solo guitar project and involved in private and ensemble music instruction.
Along with possessing a strong musical prowess, Michael and his family are very involved with ice skating and ice hockey.
Thayer N.Instrument(s): Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele
Areas of Work: Online Only
Type(s) of Lessons Offered: Online
Born in New Hampshire, Thayer began studying guitar at age 7 and continued for the next 20 years. After graduating from Berklee College of Music with a BFA in Performance in 2013, Thayer settled in NYC where he has been a professional working musician. His track record includes such achievements as: three solo instrumental guitar records in three years, private events as a solo guitarist, musical theater pit work on multiple instruments, and video/audio recording sessions. Thayer is a versatile guitarist, able to play in many different genres. He is a gifted composer, strong sight reader, passionate instructor and chart maker as well.
Thayer says, “I have had the pleasure of playing in a vast variety of musical genres and situations within the music business. Using the guitar as my creative voice and outlet, it has offered me lots of versatile experience, plus a unique hands-on education.”