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Music Lessons

BY APPOINTMENT
We currently are happy to offer private Suzuki guitar and Suzuki violin lessons to Lower School and Lower Elementary students, and private piano lessons to Elementary and Middle School students. Individual lessons have an additional fee and are by appointment only. To learn more about individual music lessons and to register please email Adriana Varanko at avaranko@washingtontmontessori.org
Fee/Sign-ups Only

Instructors

JAMES CZEINER
Grammy Award winning violinist James Czeiner began studying Suzuki violin at age nine and was accepted into The Juilliard School just three years later at age 12. James went on to receive both a Bachelor of Music and a Master’s Degree in Violin Performance from Juilliard where he was also an instructor of violin technique for the studio of Dorothy DeLay.

James has performed extensively as a violin soloist throughout the United States, South America, and Europe, and has performed, recorded and collaborated with such artists as Itzhak Perelman, Gustavo Dudamel, Bobby McFerrin, Quincy Jones, and Bono.

James is comfortable and capable of teaching all levels from absolute beginner to conservatory level advanced and believes passionately that ANYONE can learn to play and enjoy the violin!

KRYSTYANA CZEINER
Krystyana Czeiner is a Juilliard trained and Grammy award winning violinist and multi-instrumentalist. She has written and performed with artists the likes of Quincy Jones, Bono, P Diddy, Lil Wayne, Ludacris and many more. She recently has written the majority of the original music for the movie Black and White Stripes: The Juventus Story, which for a short period of time was the number one film in Italy. She works with her husband in the studio Gramercy Records Studios which relocated to the Litchfield Hills from Gramercy Park. She has extensive experience in the Suzuki method of teaching and enjoys the rewards of teaching all ages.

ANDREW P. LAFRENIERE
Andrew earned a M.M. in classical guitar performance  in 1985 from the Hartt School of Music. He has studied with  Alexander Bellow, Richard Provost, Alan Spriestersbach and Oscar  Ghighlia. He has participated in master classes taught by Manuel  Barrueco, Oscar Ghighlia, Michael Lorimer and Robert Strizich. He  has studied Suzuki pedagogy with Jeanne Luedke, Frank Longay and Bill Kossler. 

 From 1987 to the present, Mr. Lafreniere has been the director/owner of the Suzuki Talent Education School of Sandy  Hook, CT. In this time he has taught hundreds of guitar and piano students, several of them national competition winners. Many of his students have gone on to study at some of the best music conservatories in the United States and Europe.  

Andrew is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas guitar development committee. This committee, along  with other international guitar committees has developed all of the  books used in the Suzuki guitar method. Andy is a frequent guest  clinician at Suzuki Institutes held throughout the U.S. He was the  adjunct professor of classical guitar at Western Connecticut State  University from 1998 to 2013. He has taught guitar and piano at  the Washington Montessori School for the past ten years. He has performed as soloist and with several performing groups throughout the years, most recently with the  Wykeham Consort and with Eclipse, a Celtic/traditional/folk group. 

SANDY SIMPSON-KLEISNER

Sandy has been serving the Washington, Roxbury and New Milford communities as a piano teacher, accompanist and vocal coach for more than 30 years. She has held the position of music teacher at Kent Center School and Botelle School in Norfolk. She has served as accompanist at Fineline Theatre Arts School and Chorus Angelicus. She is the minister of music at the Roxbury Congregational Church. She also enjoys playing solo piano concerts as well as chamber music. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities as well as yoga!