440 Main Street - Middletown CT 06457
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Piano Lessons

Emily McDermott


Emily McDermott has been studying piano since 1995, and voice since 2004. She earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI. Her love for music and performance has taken her on an incredible journey. Starting in Metro Detroit where she grew up and got her education, taking her to N.Y.C and Off Broadway, on to Westchester NY where she created and ran her own music department at a K-8 grammar school and taught piano/voice/acting at the Bennett Academy of Performing Arts, and finally landing her in Middletown CT with her husband and two children where she teaches privately as well as directs a choir and sings professionally on weekends. While she was in college Emily studied many different performance genres. She is well versed in anything from classical to contemporary (Opera, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock n Roll…etc.) In her lessons she offers focus on sight-reading, improvisation, performance, theory and composition. Her goal as a teacher is to introduce and familiarize every student with the foundations in each musical subset or category to set them up for success in pursuing music they connect with. Music is such a powerful influence on our lives, Emily makes it a priority to guide her students and help them forge their own path to create a long lasting relationship with their music and instruments while at the same time providing them with a strong foundation and musical background.

Ishaar Gupta


Ishaar Gupta, bass-baritone, graduated from the University of Connecticut in May of 2016, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music, emphasis in vocal performance. At UConn, Ish studied private voice with Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone
Rod 
Nelman, and sang in several choirs directed by Dr. Jamie Spillane.

He currently sings professionally in various ensembles, including CONCORA, the South Church Chancel Choir, the Hartford 
Chorale, and Novi 
Cantori. In the past, he has sung with Connecticut Chamber Choir, Farmington Valley Chorale, CDN, and 
the Composer’s Choir. A diverse performer, 
Ish has sung and acted in several musicals, plays, operas, most recently with 
Madison Lyric Stage and 
Pearwater Productions. 

In addition to performing and writing his own music, 
Ish is currently pursuing a career as an educator as part of Hartford
Stage’s education department, which brings innovative theatre education to more than 17,000 students each year. A native 
of Newtown, Connecticut, and a proud UConn Husky, 
Ish is excited to be a part of such a great program at Middlesex 
Music Academy!

Kevin Wyman


Kevin Wyman is a multi-instrumentalist, who has proven himself as an entertaining performer and a devoted educator. His versatility on a collection of instruments – including bass, acoustic & electric guitar, piano, drums and banjo – has taught Kevin that one does not teach a student how to play an instrument. Ultimately, you are showing a student how to make music. He specializes in teaching jazz and blues to intermediate and advanced students, but has a love for working with beginners and young children to foster musical growth as well. Kevin earned his Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Massachusetts in Lowell. There, he studied both bass and piano under the direction of countless world-class jazz and classical musicians. Through his excellent education in jazz music, Kevin developed a philosophy of teaching music through making music. While memorizing scales may be helpful to a beginner, to grow as a musician, you must make music with others. This idea shapes how Kevin prepares each lesson – the student should be making music with the teacher as soon as possible. Kevin currently lives in Middletown, CT, and is constantly working to better himself as a musician and an educator.

Aleksandra Szczygiel


Aleksandra is a graduate from CCSU, where she received a bachelor’s in music education. During her time there, she studied vocals and was the assistant director of the CCSU all female collegiate a capella group, as well as the cantor of the children's choir in St. Peter's Church in Higganum. In addition to singing, Aleksandra also pursued piano and studied jazz piano with Hartford’s great, Jen Allen. 
 
Currently, Aleksandra is the music teacher at Bielefield and Farm Hill schools right here in Middletown. Prior to working for Middletown Public Schools, Aleksandra was the general music teacher and choir director at King/Robinson School in New Haven for 5 years. She sings professionally with The New England Chamber Choir which performs all over CT, and is a freelance piano player and vocalist where she has the opportunity to perform with local musicians.
 
During lessons, students will not only explore various genres of music, but how to read music, how to play by ear, how to play as a soloist and with other musicians, theory, composition, and beginner improvisation.

Philip DeFazio


I studied piano performance at The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, Connecticut, and have been teaching piano for the past eleven years as a private teacher in Connecticut and at Freehold Music Center in Freehold, New Jersey. As a professional performer and experienced teacher, I try to bring a balance of technical knowledge and constructive guidance to every lesson giving students the opportunity to apply their skills and inspire them to expand their imaginations. I began piano lessons at age 5. I studied classical up through high school. I involved myself every year with school choir and music theory classes which helped me tremendously in my understanding of voicing, harmony, dissonance, progressions, and much much more. I began writing songs early on and have always involved myself in many styles of music. Synthesizers and electronic keyboards caught my attention early on for their diversity. I have been able to express full ideas into audible reality by learning how to create, record and manipulate multiple tracks to produce and complete compositions and song ideas. Possibilities are endless for those students who choose to incorporate electronic keyboards and synths into their instrumental vocabulary. I will be sure to introduce all my students to the endless creative potential of electronic keyboard instruments in some form or another, depending upon their level of interest.

I also pushed myself to expand upon my jazz knowledge through study and listening to both music and online tutorials. I have been involved with jazz/funk /soul projects which focused mainly on jazz fusion material. I also perform solo piano gigs at restaurants in the area playing a combination of styles. I consider myself a musician who can get students to the point where they have a good working knowledge of reading, improvisation, chord voicing, rhythm, and playing with other players. I will strive to incorporate any student’s repertoire into those of other students giving them the amazing experience of performing with others. I will do my very best to make sure all my students have a well rounded understanding of music and the skills need to move to the next level.

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