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The Music Studios fall season commenced last Thursday, September 4. Registration is open on an ongoing basis for all classes which are held at the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts studios at 150-152 East Broad Street in Westfield.
The Workshop studios are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To register or to receive further information, please call the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts at (908) 789-9696.
The Music Studio offers instruction for children and adults in brass, piano, percussion, string and woodwind instruments, voice and composition.
A staff of 25 professional musicians and educators cover a variety of musical styles, including classical, jazz and contemporary pop.
Programs are available at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, designed to meet the individual needs of each student.
New to the Music Studio faculty this year are Janet Lyman, who will teach strings, clarinet and violin, and Brian Vahalla, who will teach guitar, piano and voice.
Ms. Lyman has taught music in New Jerseys public schools for many years. She is embarking on her 20th year as a teacher of instrumental music in the Tenafly school district. Ms. Lyman studied at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, receiving a bachelors degree in music and a Master of Music Education degree.
She has participated in many community ensembles, including the Union County Symphony, the Union Symphony Orchestra and the Elizabeth Civic Orchestra. She plays first clarinet in the Union Township Band and is Choir Director at Zion Lutheran Church in Clark.
Mr. Vahalla received his bachelors degree in music from William Paterson College. He has several years experience as a music instructor, including teaching music to students with special needs in the Bergen County Special Services school district.
The Music Studio is a division of The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the creative talents of children and adults in the fine and performing arts.
The New Jersey Workshop for the Arts was founded in 1972 by Dr. Ted Schlosberg. Other programs offered by the New Jersey Workshop for the Arts include the Westfield Summer Workshop, Kids N Arts, Tots N Arts, the Westfield Fencing Club and the Westfield Art Gallery.