Little Notes Teaching Staff
Little Notes for Little Fingers
Andrea L. Valcuha
Andrea Valcuha the owner and director of the Little Notes Music School. Her love for music and the need for passing her passion on to students of all ages and ability levels became the main philosophy of the Little Notes Music School. She has a Master's Degree in Liberal Arts and Science and Musical Education from the University of Presov, Slovakia. Andrea has over 20 years of teaching experience in violin, viola, cello, string orchestra, and piano. One of her specialties is working with very young beginners, ages 3 to 6, in violin and piano. She also works with children with special needs: ADD, ADHD, Autism, and Music Synesthesia are all part of her teaching expertise. She continues her education by attending workshops, seminars and national conferences. As a member of ASTA (American String Teachers Association) she holds a certificate in Solo Adjudication. Andrea is a licenced Kindermusik teacher. She is also a very active musician and performs all over the USA.
Seth Mandel has been teaching at Little Notes for 12 years. He is well known for an exceptionally sensitive way of teaching young adults and mature learners on guitar, mandolin, piano, keyboard, violin, electric violin, trumpet, music theory, song writing and rock band music. He studied at Rutgers University and County College of Morris in New Jersey. Seth is currently pursuing his teaching degree at Montclair State University. He also performs in a variety of bands and groups in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Maros Kocerha is our teacher for advanced level piano students. Maros has been a very important member of our school for 6 years now. His style of teaching—analyzing, paying attention to the details and following through make his teaching style very effective and unique. He holds a Master's Degree from the Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia and a Performance of Arts Degree from Adelphi University, NY in Piano and Music Theory. He is also a General Manager at Astoria Soundworks, music rehearsal studios, Astoria, NY. Besides managing and teaching he is a performer too. His teaching experiences include: piano, keyboard, cimbalom (hammered dulcimer), accordion, guitar, music theory, composition, recording and rock music.
Glen Fabisevish as a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from Manhattan School of Music. His mission is working with families and help students to find their own confidence in performance, and to play at a level worthy of being competitive with other pianist their age. His main focus is on teaching musical literacy and correct technique to beginners; teaching musical expression and interpretation to intermediate/advanced students; guiding students for achieving at competitions and for exams. His expertise includes: classical piano performance, history and theory; improvisation in jazz and popular styles; organist and choir director, bass vocalist, accompanist.
Jihyeon Berman has a strong teaching background from teaching in private studios and conducting youth orchestras for 9 years. Mrs. “Celine” has a Bachelor and Master's of Music in Cello Performance from Mannes College The New School for Music, NY. She likes to teach in a way that conveys a positive message to her students while focusing on practical technique and basic theory; with emphasis on emotional expression. Her expertise includes: piano, violin, viola, chamber music conductor, music theory and history for all ages.
Licensed Kindermusik Educator. Her mission started in 2015 and her program is very well received at various locations. We are so happy to welcome Mrs. Cindy at Little Notes this year! Kindermusik offers classes for children from 0-7 years of age. Its a researched based music and movement program dedicated to the development of the whole child. Programs provide activities that encourage creativity, exploration, language, movement and social development.