Hello, New Friends!
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.
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. Beginner students can join our 10:45 class - enrolling right now! - and intermediate students can join classes at either 10:00 or 11:30 (depending on their age and specific abilities). Group guitar classes are a great way to introduce students to the instrument while making some friends in the process!
On Thusdays and Fridays we have two different choir experiences for singers young and old. Thursday night is Teen Choir night, which welcomes everyone from pre-teens to post-teens. Students who are in voice lessons (or not!) are welcome to join as we explore a variety of genres from folk music to a capella pop covers (a la Pentatonix). We also participate in performance opportunities throughout the year outside of recitals. Teen Choir meets at 7:00. On Fridays we have a special choir experience for younger students who love to sing! Junior Choir is a great music class for students aged 7 - 10. In addition to singing and learning good vocal habits, students learn the basics of music theory with note spelling and rhythm activities. Junior Choir meets 6:00.
Finally, one of our most unique music experiences is for the youngest of all our budding musicians. If your 4 - 8-year-old child is interested in a fun musical time, bring them to Kidzrock on Tuesdays or Thursdays. Kidzrock is a great way for youngsters to get started with music. With this program, kids get to try out keyboards, guitar and even drums, plus a little bit of singing, too! Kids meet every week to play and rehearse together, working towards an actual live rock show every two months. The best part about Kidzrock is there's no extra gear to purchase and no need for practicing - all of the work -- we mean, all of the FUN happens in class with our friends in the band! If you're interested in Kidzrock, please drop us a line, as new classes will be forming soon!
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 two Catholic Schools in the area, managing general music classes and after school, by-audition singing 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 graduated 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.