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Please take a moment to read about us and our musical family!
Miss Anna's Music School is a studio based in Fords, NJ. We are happy to share with you and your children our love of music and show you how music can enrich your lives.
We offer one on one instruction on guitar, piano, voice, and ukulele. It's highly possible one-on-one lessons are why you're here - and that's great! One-on-one lessons are our favorite. Individualized instruction is one of the best ways to learn an instrument. We can custom tailor each lesson to your child's musical interests and learning style, ensuring that they get the best possible experience. Our teachers are available Mondays through Saturdays.
Lab Lessons are a deluxe step up from the one-on-one lesson and a hybrid group/one-on-one kind of class for students on piano or guitar. Each student in a lab lesson (up to 3 students may attend at one time), receives one-on-one time with the teacher, but the experience is then enhanced by giving each student time to work at two independent work stations: one for hands-on activities like written work, coloring activities, or working with manipulatives, and another specifically for working with learning activities and games on our studio iPad. Lab Lessons are an excellent way to reach students at their level with activities geared towards students' different learning styles.
We also offer a number of different kinds of group classes that can serve as a great music experience for your child on their own, or as a great compliment to one on one lessons.
On Saturdays, we have group guitar classes for students of all ages and abilities. Group classes are a great way to introduce students to the instrument while making some friends in the process! These classes usually have 3 - 5 students per group.
On Wednesday nights and Saturday afternoons we have Kidzrock. Kidzrock encapsulates all the fun of creating music for our beginner students aged 4 - 8 years old. Rockers are introduced to piano, guitar and drums, and all instruments include color-coded labeling and techniques specifically for young, growing hands and pre-readers. All of the practicing is done together in class and there is no need to go out and purchase gear for at-home practice. It's a great way to introduce students to music and make new friends. Kidzrock bands have 3 - 5 students per band.
Tuesday nights are for singing - We have a variety of group singing classes for singers of all ages. Rockstar 101 and Rockstar 102 are our intro to singing type group classes. R101 is for younger singers starting around 5 years old, and R102 is great for older students aged 10 and up. Either class is a great complement to a student enrolled in piano or guitar lessons at the studio, or a great way to introduce a student to singing. Performance Workshop is geared towards the more serious singer who is already enrolled in one on one vocal lessons and gives them a safe space to practice performing in front of a group, and to really polish up their pieces for the stage. Finally, Choir rounds out the evening and is open to any and all students.
Our Director and Captain of the Ship is Miss Anna Lawrence. She is a piano, guitar and voice instructor, but more importantly, she is a passionate educator who has been teaching in the area since 2002. She has taught (and continues to teach) at a Catholic School in the area, managing general music classes, art classes and after school music groups. She believes that music is a gift, a blessing, a treasure, an art, and a practice, which requires passion, dedication, and responsibility. Yes, even a six-year-old can learn to shoulder six-year-old sized responsibility. But above all, music is FUN. Music is JOY. And allowing that to fuel our learning, I believe my students and I can accomplish anything through music that we set our minds to.
Will Genovese is our guitar instructor. He brings almost 20 years of teaching experience with him to MAMS. A graduate of City College with a degree in Music Education, Will has performed across the NY and NJ area, both solo and in ensembles such as the Hunterdon Hills Orchestra and Esteem Entertainment. Will is well versed in many different styles of guitar, from classic rock to classical, from jazz to flamenco, so he is equipped to lead your budding musician on any musical journey they wish to undertake.
Mathew Tartza is a voice and piano instructor who graduated from Kean University with a degree in music performance. As a voice teacher, he focuses on establishing a solid foundation of healthy vocal technique, especially for adolescent singers. Mathew strives to tailor lessons toward students’ interests and musical goals. He encourages students to find appropriate repertoire that truly interests them, helping them develop their own tastes in music which will keep them inspired to work hard.
At Miss Anna's Music School, we go on adventures and explorations through music, and we encourage students to play! Not "until they are good enough." And not "because they will be a music teacher someday." But because music performance and music appreciation are gifts and skills that will follow you for the rest of your days, and help make the journey of life a more enjoyable one.