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Music Lessons in Somerville, New Jersey.

Division Street Music provides quality music lessons and instruction on most instruments for students of ANY age.   Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Voice, Piano, Violin, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, French Horn,  Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Drums, Percussion, Marimba, Harmonica – to name a few.   Our staff consists of highly-trained, professional, gigging musicians who are eager to share their knowledge of music with you. Whether you are just getting started or you just want to pick up some new techniques, there is something for every musician to learn at Division Street Music.  We are now proud to accommodate the Special Needs community on most instruments!

~Lessons are given in our on site studios at 19 Division Street in downtown Somerville, NJ.

~Please Call (908) 334-2923 to schedule your first lesson.

~Read About Our Teachers Here:

Kellie Nicole Airhart – Violin / Viola 

Kellie Nicole Airhart - Violin / Viola / Piano

Kellie Nicole Airhart – Violin / Viola

Nikki Airhart is a violinist, recording artist, and pedagogue that has been teaching at Division Street Music for over 3 years. Having launched her teaching studio as a promising young violinist, herself, Nikki has already nine years of experience honing her teaching methods, as well as developing in the pupil a keen sense of independent and creative thinking.

As an undergraduate at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Nikki was the merit recipient of the fourth highest scholarship offered by the university. Her principal teachers were Lenuta Ciulei and Boris Kucharsky, through whom she was afforded the privilege of learning from the legacies of such violinist giants as David Oistrakh, Yehudi Menuhin and Eric Friedman. It is from these influences that she derives a method focused on building an organic relationship between the student and the violin, permitting efficient practice techniques and the highest caliber of musicianship.

As a chamber musician, Nikki was the first violinist of an award-winning quartet. In addition to a number of broadcasted performances, the ensemble worked under the close tutelage of the Orion and Shanghai Quartets from whom gleaned a deep love and understanding of the intimacy of chamber work. Nikki’s ensemble-The Cerulean Quartet-explored a full range of repertoire from Handel to Beethoven, to Schubert, Shostakovich and Ravel, among others.

Nikki has been successful on the solo front as well, having won recording opportunities and performances with orchestras. Chief among these, Nikki finished her senior year of college with a first place prize and two performances of the Sibelius Concerto with the orchestra of Mason Gross School of the Arts, as well as the opportunity to record with Ackk Studios of the Sony label. 

Nikki’s heart for music lies primarily in two places: the continuity of the legacy through teaching, and the merging of the classical and contemporary world of the arts through musical performance and administrative innovation. Having grown up on the Patuxent River in southern Maryland, her other hobbies include water sports, mountain biking, hiking and tradition of family reunions spent by a bonfire.

Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis – Drum Set, Marching Percussion, Rudimental & Classical Snare Drum

Drum Set, Marching Percussion, Rudimental Drumming, Classical Snare Drum & Percussion – Matt has been teaching at Division Street Music since 2009.  Matt offers a wide variety of educational services for all drummers; young and old, experienced and inexperienced.  Matt offers a variety of training for beginners through advanced drummers.  Whether you are brand new at the drums, or you are a drummer looking to brush up on some rudiments or technique, or you just need someone to push your drumming skills to the limit, Matt has plenty to offer.

Bio: At 16 he joined the Harrison Bushwackers Senior Drum Corps (Harrison, NJ) and at 19 joined the Boston Crusaders Drum Corps (Boston, Mass). A seasoned performance player of many years, Matt can be seen playing clubs all over New York City and the state of New

Jersey, and is as much fun to watch as he is to hear. Matt, who will always be a student of drumming, as well as a player / performer / educator has had some great coaching along the way, with the likes of Joe Bergamini (Movin’Out – Broadway), Zoro the drummer (Lenny Kravitz, Bobby Brown, New Edition), John Leidersdorf, Charlie Dolar, Tom Aungst (Cadets of Bergen County), Colin McNutt (UMass, Boston Crusaders). With several styles of drumming under his belt (Rock, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Funk, Drum Corps), Matt has been sharing his knowledge of music with students for over 10 years. Over Matt’s career he has taught several public high school drum lines in NJ, to name a few: Franklin H.S., Somerville H.S., Randolph H.S., Immaculata H.S., Bridgewater H.S. and Piscataway H.S.  In 2008, Matt toured the entire US and Canada on the “Warped Tour” with singer/songwriter Paige Wood.  Matt can currently be seen playing drums for Midtown Direct.

Tom Rosenthal - All Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute, Guitar

Tom Rosenthal – All Saxophones, Clarinet, Flute, Guitar

Tom Rosenthal – Woodwinds – Tenor, Alto, Soprano, and Baritone  Saxophones,  Flute,  Clarinet, Guitar
Tom has been teaching at Division Street Music for over 6 years.  Tom received his B.A. in Music at Hobart College in Geneva , NY in 1978. He also attended the Berklee College of music in 1973-1974. Tom has been a private instrumental teacher and performer in Central Jersey for over 30 years.  His musical career began at age 11 with classical piano lessons, and at 12, jazz guitar lessons. As a college freshman, he switched to tenor saxophone, and began playing in rock and jazz ensembles.  In the late 1970’s, he toured and performed with 50’s rock greats Danny and the Juniors. From the late 1980’s until 2005, he played and sang with the Delivery Boys, a rock quintet that appeared principally in Somerset and Hunterdon Counties . He has also played with New Brunswick-based rock acts Vitamin S and The Joint.

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John Hughes - Guitar/Bass/Piano

John Hughes – Guitar/Bass/Piano

John Hughes-Guitar/Bass/Piano – John has been teaching at Division Street Music for over 5 years.  John began his lifelong love of music at the age of 6 when he started playing classical piano. He quickly took an interest in the guitar and bass as well. Having studied under the great Dante Coluccio, and fluent in many styles of music (classical, rock, jazz, funk, soul, latin), John began sharing his love of music with students in 2006 and has been at it ever since. Thousands of lessons given have supported his belief that it is never too late to start learning music and that the benefits of a music education continue for life. Whether you are a  first time music student or an instrumentalist with years of experience, John has something to offer guitar, piano & bass students at any level.

DAvid Stankus - BRASS - Trombone, / Trumpet / Tuba / Baritone / French Horn

David Stankus – BRASS – Trombone / Trumpet / Tuba / Baritone / French .Horn

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David Stankus – Brass Instruments – Dave has been teaching at Division Street Music for over 3 years.  Dave  grew up in Piscataway, and began playing the valve trombone in Junior High School. He was soon promoted (?) to tuba, and played the big horn throughout his High School years as a member of the growing Piscataway Superchiefs Marching Band under the direction of Mr. Bruce Bradshaw and Mr. Joe Mundi.
David completed a 4 year degree in Music Education at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) as a tuba major, studying with Dr. Owen Metcalf. David’s performing experience included Solo, Brass Quintet, Concert Band, Marching Band, Orchestra & Jazz Ensemble work throughout High School and College.
He later earned his M.A. in Sacred Music at Pensacola Christian College, in the summer graduate program directed by Dr. Frank Garlock. David served as an Elementary School Teacher/Part-Time Band Director for seven years, and also served as a Church Music Director for over 25 years. Over the past few years, he has performed with the Central Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Freelance Ensemble Artists of New Jersey, the Monday Blues Jazz Orchestra, and is a current member of the Somerset Valley Orchestra and the Raritan Valley Symphonic Band.
David teaches brass students from grade 4 through adults as part of his private studio. He also is a regular member of the Praise Team at New Durham Chapel in Piscataway, NJ.

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Andrea Pranzatelli - Piano / Voice

Andrea Pranzatelli – Piano / Voice

 

Andrea Pranzatelli – Piano and Voice Andrea has a profound passion for music and her mission is to inspire her passion amongst her students. With many years of teaching experience, she has a developed methodology on how to turn her students into well-rounded musicians. Her lessons will have her students developing in musicality, technique, theory, and ear-training in a way that is proficient and fun all at the same time.

Andrea Pranzatelli studied music at Kean University, NJ. Originally, she graduated with a BA in Spanish, but during her studies in the Spanish department, she happened to walk into the music building one day, and fell in love with the practice rooms, where she would get away for many hours to play piano, sing, and write her own songs (when she really should have been studying her Spanish!) After graduating with a BA in Spanish, she immediately returned to Kean for a BA in music, having no idea that a little curiosity would turn into a life-long dedication of passion to music and teaching.

Andrea has performed in many Kean University recitals and ensembles at Enlow Hall, and has toured around the country with the Kean University Choir. She has also played piano for the symphonic wind ensemble. She also has played for bands in NYC and at local coffee shops in NJ.

Andrea has a diverse musical style, originally in different genres of rock, and further developing into Classical. She has studied and played many pieces by Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Chopin, Schubert, and Stravinsky. Andrea writes her own songs in the style of Klezmer-punk music, inspired by bands such as The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Yula Beeri, and Gogol Bordello. Her other musical influences are: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, E.L.O.,  Al Green, The Clash, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Doors, Operation Ivy, Nirvana, Radiohead, Muse, Modest Mouse, The Residents, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Rolling Stones, Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Sublime, Tom Waits, Van Morrison, The Velvet Underground, and many more.

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Johnny Charles

Johnny Charles – Blues Guitar

Johnny Charles – Blues Guitar Specialty / Bass / Ukulele Johnny Charles is an east coast blues guitarist who explores all realms of the blues.  Performing for over 35 years and teaching at Division Street Music for over 3 years now, Johnny has played hundreds of venues from Nashville to Boston including:  The Count Basie Theatre, The Stone Pony, The Stanhope House, BB Kings (NYC) and The New Daisy Theatre in Memphis.  In 1995, Johnny won the regional W.C. Handy Award for best blues guitar in the metropolitan New York City area.  Most recently, he was inducted as a great blues artist of New Jersey by the National Heritage Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame.  Johnny has shared the bill with BB King, Jimmie Vaughan, Ronnie Earl, Roy Buchanan, Johnny Copeland, Hubert Sumlin, Dr. John and Roomful of Blues.

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Chris Hoke - Guitar / Voice

Chris Hoke – Guitar / Voice

Chris Hoke – Guitar / Voice / Bass / Ukulele  Chris has been teaching at Division Street Music for over 3 years now. Chris began his musical journey by playing trumpet in elementary school and trombone in junior high and at age 14 he began to study classical guitar.   With over 20 years of experience teaching guitar, Chris specializes in finger-picking style, rock, jazz, classical, music theory, and can help students gain strength and finger dexterity.
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