Lessons

Pfabe's Music offers private instruction in piano, guitar, percussion and most band & orchestra instruments including trumpet, low brass, clarinet, sax, flute, viola, violin, cello and string bass.


Call the store to check for openings and to sign up. Our instructors are highly qualified and have the experience to teach from beginner to advanced levels and students aged 5 to 95!

Lesson Policy

Lessons are scheduled as weekly 1/2-hour lessons in our in-store studios.  Rates are $20 per lesson.  A discount of $2.00 per lesson is available if the monthly tuition is paid in advance.  For example, a typical 4-week month will cost $80.00.  However, if the payment is received before the start of that month, the cost drops to $72.00.  

Students are buying the instructors time.  Therefore, cancellations must be received at least 24 hours in advance in order to be credited.  Students should work with their instructors to schedule make-up lessons.

In the event of a teacher cancellation, either a make-up session may be scheduled or the lesson credit will carry-over. 
   

Our Teaching Staff

Piano: Pam Mariano, Arlyn Caral, Amanda Porter

Guitar:  Mike Kozsey, Dale Rodgers, Dan DiMatteo

Bass:  Mike Kozsey

Percussion:  Jeremy Sullivan, Larry Smith

Reeds (sax, clarinet):  Ron Abrams, Arlyn Caral, Mike Vara, Amanda Porter

Brass: Ali LePere (trumpet, french horn), John Shamp (low brass), Chris Rapier (French Horn)

Strings: Dan DiMatteo, Sarah Peters

Flute:  Ron Abrams, Cherie Gregory

Oboe: Sue Helfrich

Ukulele: Dale Rodgers, Mike Kozsey, Dan DiMatteo

Voice: Amanda Porter


 

Ron Abrams

Ron Abrams

Ron graduated with a B.M. in Music Education from Kent State University.  He is a retired military bandsman in the 50th Army Band and the Ohio National Guard 122nd Army Band.  Ron has been teaching at Pfabe’s since 1986!

Arlyn Caral

Arlyn has been working at Pfabe’s for over twenty years as a teacher.  Prior to working at Pfabe’s, Arlyn was a music teacher for Willoughby-Eastlake Schools for 15 years.

Dan DiMatteo

Dan has been playing music since the age of 6!  He is a graduate of Brunswick high school and studied music performance for 3 years at Cleveland State University.  In addition to teaching at Pfabe’s, Dan plays out every weekend at Skye Bistro in Mentor.

Cherie Gregory

Cherie currently plays in the Lakeland Civic Band.  She has a B.A. in Music Education and M.A. in Special Education.  She has been playing flute for over 30 years but the first instrument she took lessons on was the organ.  Cherie has been teaching at Pfabe’s since 1992.


Sue Helfrich

Sue has a Bachelor of Science degree in Audio Recording through the School of Music at The Ohio State University.  She Studied oboe with William P. Baker.  In addition to playing in the OSU Concert Band and Wind Ensemble, Sue has played with the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra and played percussion in the OSU Marching Band.  You might run into her as a substitute teacher in the Mentor Schools!


Mike Kozsey

Mike currently plays bass guitar for a classic rock band, Pawn.  In the past he has worked with bands such as Suburban East, Midnight Express, Second Time Around, Funktion, and Phase II.  Mike was also a computer programmer from 1985-2005.  Though he doesn’t teach it, Mike once took organ lessons at Pfabe’s!

Ali LePere

Ali “M’Pali” LePere has been playing trumpet for nearly two decades.  In addition to teaching at Pfabe’s, Ali also works in the store as a sales associate and is the school liaison.

Pam Mariano

Pam has been a professional musician for more than thirty years, a piano teacher for over sixteen years and has performed both as a solo artist and with the bands Dixie Flyer, Ricky & The Rockets, Freefall, Undivided and currently Abbey Rodeo.  Her formal childhood training included piano, guitar, flute, music theory, and singing.  In high school she continued her piano and theory studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Sarah Peters

Sarah currently plays in the Cleveland Women’s Orchestra.  She has a B.M. in Music Education from Youngstown State University and has been playing for 15 years.  Sarah started teaching at Pfabe’s in 2010.


Chris Rapier

Chris is the Principal Horn for Erie Philharmonic since 1983 and Erie Chamber Orchestra since 1985.  He is also substitute with the Cleveland Pops group.  Chris has been teaching at Pfabe’s since 2013.

Dale Rodgers

Dale is a classical and folk guitarist and composer.  He has performed in Europe and around the U.S.  His students have won 1st place in fine arts competitions statewide from over 8000 entrants.  Dale started teaching 18 years ago full time and started at Pfabe’s in 2006.

Amanda Seibert   

Amanda can play every instrument EXCEPT the bagpipes and the didgeridoo!  Amanda currently teaches at the Parma Community schools and has been working at Pfabe’s since 2014.

John Shamp

John graduated from The Ohio State University.  He is currently in his 16th year teaching instrumental music grades 5-12 for the Buckeye Local School District in Ashtabula County.


Larry Smith

Larry studied Music Education and Music Performance at Kent State University and has been teaching at Pfabe’s since 2012.  His father once asked Larry what he wanted to be when he grew up.  Larry said, “A drummer.” His father replied, “You can’t do both!”


Jeremy Sullivan

Jeremy graduated from Perry high school.  He is the drummer for the legendary bluesman, Travis Haddix, in addition to teaching at Pfabe’s!  Jeremy currently helps out the drumline at Madison High School.  

Mike Vara

Mike is a retired music teacher from Riverside Schools.  He holds a B.A. from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University and a M.A. from Cleveland State.  He has performed with various woodwind chamber ensembles and presently is a member of The Prime Time Big Band.

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