Choosing String Music Lessons in South Jersey is made easy by The Conservatory of Musical Arts. We work with the finest classical, jazz and studio musicians in the tristate area!
Whether you take advantage of any of the specialty music programs, private music lessons, semi-private music lessons or in-home music programs you can feel safe knowing that each of the teachers we work with has years of experience providing students with outstanding results.
KEI FUKUDA – Studio Instructor
Violin – Kei is excited to be part of The Suzuki Alumni Project Team as a Suzuki kid and a music educator who incorporates the Suzuki Method into her teaching. She began her musical studies at the age of five with Terry Peters at a local Suzuki violin program in Connecticut. Even after completing all of the Suzuki books and being told she needed a teacher who could better serve her, Kei insisted on staying with Mrs. Peters and did so as she continued her violin studies in New York.
While her love for music and the desire to help others was deeply rooted during her formative years, it was not until college that Kei realized her potential to pursue a career that would use music performance and education to positively impact communities, particularly those that are underserved. After graduating from Swarthmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and music, she switched her focus back to studying the violin under the guidance of Choong-Jin (C.J.) Chang, Ivan Chan, and Benny Kim. Kei has had the honor and pleasure of studying chamber music and collaborating with members of the Miami String Quartet. Equally passionate about orchestral playing, she has played in Orchestra 2001, Symphony in C, Mansfield Symphony, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Britt Music Festival, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Philly POPS. Kei is dedicated to her work as a teaching artist at Play On, Philly! and Project 440 and is continuously exploring ways to use music education and performance as tools for inspiring, empowering, and uniting people of all background.
ANDRIANA MARKANO – Studio & In-Home Instructor
Violin/Viola – A native of South Jersey, Andriana is a highly regarded violist and violinist throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Her performance career spans many genres including country, rock, bluegrass, Celtic and classical music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in viola performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied with Hugh Partridge, a disciple of William Primrose. While at UNC, Andriana served as principal violist of the UNC Symphony, and was one of three students selected to perform with the European Union Youth Orchestra during their 2012 tour of the U.S. She has also studied with Rachel Ku of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the late Tony Simmons. She has performed alongside members of R.E.M., The Posies, Wilco, Yo La Tengo, The dB’s, as well as tour dates with Joan Osborne. Andriana is an active studio session player, and can be heard on many newly released albums. She has also performed on NPR’s “From the Top” radio broadcast. Most recently, she has been working with country artist Lisa Matassa, and has opened for major country recording artists including Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Lee Brice, and Ronnie Dunn. Andriana is also a Teaching Artist at Philadelphia’s El Sistema based program, Play On, Philly! and is on the faculty at Rowan University Prep.
ANTHONY PIROLLO – Studio Instructor
Cello – Anthony Pirollo, Cellist, attended the Philadelphia Music Academy where he studied with William de Pasquale and George Harpham and Claus Adam. Mr. Pirollo has performed as guest principal cellist with the Houston opera for Jose Carerras as well as for its world premiere of Meredith Monk’s opera “Atlas”. He has appeared as principle cellist for many artists including Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Joshua Bell, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathas, Sammy Davis Jr and Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zepplin to name a few. In 1990 he co-founded Bel Canto Opera Company in which he serves as associate musical director and conductor. Mr. Pirollo has composed for various groups in the Philadelphia area and is currently principle cellist of the Ocean City Pops Orchestra as well as principle cellist of the Atlantic City Music Union.
MARK PRZYBYLOWSKI – Studio Instructor
Double Bass/Electric Bass/Guitar – Mark Przybylowski is a double bassist/multi-instrumentalist living, working, and performing in Philadelphia, PA. He is most known as a double bassist and performs often in Philadelphia and the surrounding area as a freelance musician. In addition to performing, Mark is a passionate educator, having spent three years as an early childhood music educator and most currently as an Orchestra Director in the New Jersey Public School System. He also serves or has served on the faculty of The Settlement Music School and the Conservatory of Musical Arts as a private guitar and bass instructor. In July of 2012 he released a cassette of home recorded music entitled “Lonely House,” which is available on the independently owned label, Galtta Media.