Laconia Music Center
410 Jericho Turnpike
 New Hyde Park, New York 11040
Music lessons at Laconia Music
Laconia Music was founded in 1960 with the mission to provide the highest quality service to the music education community.
In 1993 the Music Studios at Laconia Music opened. We offer Individual private lessons in our 6 modern air-conditioned studios.
Students are encouraged to participate in our annual recitals and are on occasion given the opportunity to perform at other events.
Private lessons are taught in an environment of patience and encouragement.  We strongly believe that in order to succeed a child must enjoy his or her musical training.
Great care is taken to match the personality and skill level of the student to the teacher.
 Our goal is to help our students integrate music into their lives whether it is through a career in music or an enhanced appreciation of music in the future.

Denis Farrell -Guitar/Bass. Denis joined the Laconia staff in 1994. Denis is a busy freelance guitarist and singer performing throughout Long Island.
Andrea Jordan-Orchestral strings and Piano Andrea is a graduate student at Hunter College CUNY. In addition to her graduate studies,Andrea is a busy freelance violinist in New York City. Andrea Has been a member of the Laconia music teaching staff since 2012
John Kane-Piano. John joined the Laconia staff in 1993. Mr. Kane was the choral director at Sewanhaka H.S. and has recorded and performed with Lenny Coco and The Chimes.
Carl Bartlett Jr- Woodwinds. Carl joined the staff in 2005 Carl is a graduate of The Manhattan School of Music and is considered one of the top up and coming Jazz artists. Carl's Solo CD is receiving air play nationally.
Joe Mignanelli - Drums. Joe joined the Laconia staff in 1998. Joe was the band director at Martin Van Buren HS Joe currently records and performs with The KHZ?.
Jay Canfora- Piano. Jay joined us in 2002 and is a busy freelance pianist and teacher. Jay is an accomplished composer with many commercial jingles and songs to his credit.
Gary Omar Walker - Brass, Omar is a graduate of Ithaca College and is currently teaching Music in a NYC middle school. In addition to being a  tubist he is an accomplished guitarist.
Conklin Chao - Violin/Viola, Piano. Conklin is a freelance violinist and teacher with 25 years of experience.
Ehren Brenner  Guitar /Bass Woodwinds. Ehren is an accomplished Guitarist and teacher He attended Cornell University,The University of Michigan and is currently teaching music in a NYC middle school.
Jennifer Hood - Woodwinds. Jen is a graduate of Ithaca College and earned a Masters degree at Montclair State College. Jenn is currently a music teacher in the Great Neck schools.

Sheba Varguese Piano, Voice, 

Sheba,  is a graduate of CUNY Queens  college. Sheba  joined Laconia's staff in 2014.
Mandy Lueng- Orchestral strings. Mandy Attends The Aaron Copeland school of Music
Noah Dreiblat- Woodwinds, Noah joined the Laconia staff in 2009. Noah is graduate of SUNY Geneseo  and is a busy freelance sax, flute, clarinet player in the New York area.
Mike Kirshhoffer- Drums, Piano Mike is a graduate of Queens collages Copland school of Music. Mike joined Laconia's staff in 2008.
Jon Archer- Violin,Guitar and Bass, john Joined the Laconia teaching staff in 2011. John is a classically trained Violinist. Jon also performs locally as a rock  guitarist.
Jon Velsor- Guitar, Bass Guitar,Piano- Jon Has recorded 2 CD's and performs with his band regularly around  Long Island.

Lesson Policies

Laconia Music offers weekly ½ hour private lessons in our modern air-conditioned studios.

The monthly tuition is currently $88.00. Individual private lessons when available are $25.00 each
Lessons are scheduled by the full month.

The monthly tuition includes, 4 weekly half hour time slots for your lessons. The student is responsible for attendance during these time slots.

Prior notice of absence is a courtesy. However, it does not eliminate your financial responsibility for the lesson.
Lesson fees are due at the first lesson of each month.

When a student cannot attend a lesson make up lessons can sometimes be arranged(only when your teacher has another cancellation). We ask that you alert us, as far in advance as possible when you will be absent.

Make up lessons will be scheduled if a teacher cancels or if Laconia Music is closed due to weather or a holiday. If no make up is possible under these circumstances, the lesson will be credited.

Four times a year there will be a 5th week in the month. The lesson in this week is a bonus for those with perfect attendance or can be considered a make up when lessons have been missed due to student’s absence. No make up is available for this bonus lesson.

 New students are required to place a payment of the first and last months fee  at enrollment. The student may discontinue at any time understanding that the final months fee has been paid in advance  and is not refundable if proper notice is not given in writing. Proper notice Is considered to be 4 weeks notice before final lesson.

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