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 $22 per lesson.  A discount of $2.00 per lesson is available if the full monthly tuition is paid in advance.  For example, a typical 4-week month will cost $88.00.  However, if the payment is received before the start of that month, the cost drops to $80.00.  (Note: As independant contractors, some teachers may have different rates or discount policies.)  

Students are buying the instructors time.  Therefore, cancellations must be received at least 24 hours in advance in order to be rescheduled.  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: Arlyn Caral, Dan DiMatteo, Marlyss Sekki, Matt Chaffe
Guitar:  Dan DiMatteo, Frank Grigonis, Mike Kozsey
Bass:  Mike Kozsey
Percussion:  Jeremy Sullivan
Reeds (sax, clarinet):  Arlyn Caral, Cayla Conrad, Zach Fromme, Marlyss Sekki
Brass: Chris Brosius (low brass), Ali LePere (trumpet, french horn), Marlyss Sekki
Strings: Dan DiMatteo
Flute:  Zach Fromme
Oboe: Sue Helfrich
Ukulele: Dan DiMatteo

Chris Brosius

Chris received his Bachelor of Music in Trombone performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.  While there he studied under several members of the Cleveland Orchestra including Rick Stout and Massimo La Rosa.  Since graduating he has played with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra and the Akron Symphony Orchestra.

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 often plays out in the community.


Marlyss Sekki

Marlyss has taught piano, woodwinds and brass throughout at all levels from elementary through college.  An experienced educator, she has been focused on private instruction for many years.  She is also the Organist and Choir Director at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Painesville Township.

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!



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.










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.