All of our teachers were carefully selected for their musical expertise and ability to relate to students of all ages, interests, and needs. At WMS, we believe it is essential for a teacher to not only be a master of their craft, but to also have the sensitivity and passion for teaching.
VINCENT MUSCO, OWNER
Vincent Musco earned a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Montclair State University. He also studied privately with classical guitarist, Jerry Willard in New York City where he continued his studies beyond college. In addition, Vincent took Master Classes with Ben Verderey. During this time, Vincent performed in the New York area and began teaching. In 1993, he, along with fellow musician and wife, Nancy Triggiani, established Westwood Music Studios.
At the helm of the music school, Vincent's greatest joy is teaching, whether it be a very young beginner, an older adult student, or an advanced classical player. He teaches all styles, customizing each lesson to make it relatable to each individual student.
Vincent also arranges popular and jazz pieces for fingerstyle guitar. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802, New York City.
Aside from music, he enjoys the beach, running, weight lifting, art, and swimming. Both he and Nancy love spending time with their Akita, Romeo Alighieri.
NANCY TRIGGIANI, OWNER
Nancy Triggiani, a graduate of William Paterson University, and her husband, Vincent, founded Westwood Music Studios. Initially, it was just the two of them teaching side by side but they gradually expanded, creating the full-scale music school it is today.
Born into a musical family, Nancy began piano lessons at age six and the clarinet at age eight. Throughout the years, she also studied classical guitar and drums. Nancy always had a strong desire to teach and as a young teen she started giving piano lessons to neighborhood children. In addition to performing and teaching, Nancy composes music and is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802, New York City.
Nancy was equally as dedicated to athletics and spent most of her teen and adult years traveling the United States and Canada as a judo competitor, earning a 2nd degree black belt and several international medals. Her other interests include weight lifting, swimming, photography, art, and writing. She has written and published two books, Daughter of Two Worlds: The Face of My Father, and Never Give Up: A Journey from Bully to Brave.
JASON DE GEORGE
Jason DeGeorge began studying guitar at age 14 and immediately developed a passion for the instrument. Within a few years, his skill level had advanced so rapidly that he was asked by other teens to teach them to play. Jason reflects, "Trying to break down what I learned for someone else in an understandable way was a great experience to have at such a young age."
Having found his calling, Jason attended New York University, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Performance in Jazz Guitar. He has studied with Vic Juris, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ron McClure, Pat Cerello and many more.
After graduating, Jason launched into a full time career as a teacher, studio musician, and performer. He has performed and recorded with a multitude of name artists, including country singer, Leanne Weiss, with whom he was the opening act for Kenny Rogers', The Gambler's Last Deal Tour. Jason was also featured on the Lauren Marsh song, "Dear Love," which aired on the hit show, NCIS: New Orleans.
Jason maintains his love of teaching and strives to make everyone's lesson as fun and inspiring as possible.
JASON DE POPE
Jason DePope has a Master of Music Degree from Montclair State University where he studied double bass with renowned pedagogue, Linda McKnight, who is also a faculty member at Manhattan School of Music.
Although classically trained, Jason's musical interests range from classical to jazz and rock. He performs in a variety of ensembles throughout the New York metropolitan region. Jason's musical influences are J.S. Bach, The Beatles, Neil Young, Steve Vai, Billy Sheehan, Stu Hamm, Milt Hinton and Major Holly.
Jason is an adjunct Professor of Music at the County College of Morris and the String Ensemble Director with the Rockaway school district, in addition to being a freelance musician in the New York area.
In his spare time, Jason enjoys cooking and spending time with his pets.
Jeanne Holder was born and raised in Idaho, where she began studying the piano at age five, the trumpet at age six, and the trombone at age seven. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in music from Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from Temple University with a concentration in music theory and composition. Upon graduation, Jeanne went on to teach at the high school and college levels, as well as privately. Many of Jeanne's students have placed high in solo and ensemble competitions while others have pursued music professionally by earning music degrees, performing, and teaching. While living in Florida, Jeanne was selected as Teacher of the Year.
Jeanne performed continuously throughout her career and was a trombonist with the Jacksonville Symphony, St. John's River City Brass Band, and the Goldman Band in NYC. As a pianist, she has worked as an accompanist to many accomplished soloists. She is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802, New York City.
Jeanne maintains a full time schedule as a teacher and performer. To relax, she likes to spend time with her cats, Ange and Janae.
Ellen Elliot began studying piano at a young age, and by the time she was sixteen, she had started playing professionally for musical theater productions, choral groups, and as a soloist.
Ellen majored in Piano Performance, and Composition and Theory at Windham College. Afterwards she continued as both a teacher and a performer, in particular with ensemble groups. She was a member of Two Voices, The River Trio, and The Breakwater Chamber Ensemble.
Following her position as Head of the Piano Department at The Marin Conservatory of Music in California, Ellen moved back to the east coast, where she immediately resumed teaching. Ellen loves sharing her life-long passion for music with her students
When not involved with musical activities, Ellen enjoys walking, hiking, antiquing, and spending time with her daughters and their families.
Tammy Hsieh, a native of Taiwan, graduated with high honors from Tainan University of Technology, where she focused on classical piano. She also developed expertise in 20th century keyboard literature, jazz, electronic music, and piano pedagogy. She quickly became in great demand as a teacher and performing pianist.
Upon moving to the USA in 2008, Tammy continued pursuing her career as a pianist and teacher, while also earning an Artist's Diploma in Performance from Montclair State University. During this time, Tammy was selected to perform in a Piano Master Class for the renowned pianist, Walter Hautzig, originally of Vienna, Austria.
As a teacher, Tammy is motivated by watching her students learn and grow, as they become increasingly more excited about music.
When not teaching or performing, Tammy likes to travel, cook, watch movies, and spend time with her husband and two lovely children.
SAXOPHONE, CLARINET, FLUTE
Anton Denner has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree from William Paterson University and a Masters from Columbia University. As a music educator, Anton was an adjunct professor of woodwinds at Seton Hall University and Montclair State University. He was a faculty member at Birch Creek Music Performance Center, The Newark Academy, Stanford University Summer Jazz workshop and the Universities of Kansas, Minnesota and Nebraska..
Some of Anton's performance highlights include having been a band member of the Bill Carrothers Trio at the Lavallette Jazz Festival in Paris, France, New York Jazz Giants at the Istanbul Jazz Festival, Minnesota Winds Classical Chamber Group and the Minnesota Orchestra Holiday Pops Series with Doc Severinsen. Anton was a featured performer at the Napa Valley Jazz Festival and a featured soloist with Rosemary Clooney. He was also an orchestra member with Ray Charles, Rita Moreno and Carol Channing.
Anton can be heard on numerous recordings such as, Roots Propaganda, Awake, El Medico de Coqui, Consilence, Ghost Ships, Shockwaves and Crash Flow, Peace, and A Band In All Hope. He is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802, New York City.
For fun and relaxation, Anton likes to go hiking in the woods, read a good book and spend time with his cat, Marty and his pianist/composer wife, Nicki Denner.
SAXOPHONE, CLARINET, FLUTE
Ray Johnston, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, went on to have an illustrious career as a woodwinds performer and educator. He held the position on Teacher of Instrumental Music in the East Orange, NJ public school system for many years, while simultaneously performing and teaching privately.
Ray's performing credits include concerts with: The Temptations, The O'Jays, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, Frankie Avalon, Irene, Reid, Don Braden, John Blake, Ted Curson, Joe Ford, and more recently, Alicia Keys. As a member of the "Spirit of Life" ensemble, Ray performed at Sweet Basil Jazz Club in NYC and Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ. He was also a member of The 63rd Band, Army National Guard Tours with whom he toured the US and La Paz, Bolivia.
Currently, Ray performs at the Cotton Club in New York City, and tours internationally with The Count Basie Orchestra. In addition, Ray performs in many musicals in the NY area, including: The Sound of Music, Dream Girls, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, and Suessical The Musical. Ray is a member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 802, New York City.
When not performing, teaching, or practicing, Ray relaxes by swimming or paddling his canoe..
Dave Larson is a graduate of the WIlliam Paterson University Jazz Program where he majored in percussion.
He immediately began his professional career performing in New York City and has played at such area jazz clubs as Trumpets, The Bottom Line, The Turning Point, Gullivers and Shanghai Jazz. Throughout his career, Dave has performed with The Vivino Brother's Conan O'Brien Band, and jazz artists, Harold Ousley, Chico Mendoza, Rick Crane, Lenny Argese and Eddie Monteiro. Has has also shared the stage with Oliver Lake, and Warren Vache. In addition to performing, Dave has been teaching for over thirty years.
Dave's favorite hobby is fly fishing in the Catskills, but more than anything he likes spending time with his wife, Stephanie, and his daughter, Samantha.
Seth Moutal began studying drums and percussion at an early age and is a graduate of The New School in New York City. He has studied with Jojo Mayer, Adam Nussbaum, John Riley, Sean Pelton, and other great masters.
As a performer, Seth has played with Tracey Bonham, Erik Lawrence, Afroskull, The Trapps, and more. He is currently touring with his duo, John Ferrara + Seth Moutal, promoting their new album release, Frail Things in Sharp Places. Seth is endorsed by Vic Firth Company and Samson Technologies.
Seth, a dedicated teacher with extensive experience, has taught students of all abilities and ages, ranging from 3 years old to senior citizens, custom tailoring lessons to each individual. He has worked with many special needs children over the years with great success. A diversified percussionist, Seth teaches all styles, including: congas, timbales, bongos, and various ethnic percussion instruments. He also uses the Moeller Method in his teaching, which improves hand control while promoting flexibility.
What is unique about Seth is his natural ability to relate his craft to any student by methodically breaking down and building technique, making it understandable and doable for all.
Jennifer Cece earned a Master of Music degree from New Jersey City University and a Bachelor's from the University of Richmond. She is additionally certified to teach contemporary commercial music through the LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework and has studied privately with the founder Jeannie LoVetri. Jennifer is well versed in classical, opera, musical theater, and rock, and has been an experienced NJ State Certified music teacher in the public and private sectors for many years.
A seasoned performer, Jennifer's career highlights include the Mostly Mozart Festival at Lincoln Center, solo performances at the Vivaldi Festivals with the Baroque Orchestra of NJ and musical theatre performances at the Paper Mill Playhouse. Each year Jennifer regularly sings full operas with the Palisades Opera and The New York Opera Forum in New York City.
In addition to her music qualifications, Jennifer is a registered teacher of yoga, ballet barre, and Pilates. She incorporates principles of yoga in her voice lessons to aid students to focus, manage their breath, relax, eliminate tension, and maintain posture.
Jennifer loves caring for her dogs and works with animal charities. She also spends time researching holistic nutrition and the scientific benefits of yoga for singers. To relax, Jennifer likes to read fiction and go to the beach.
Nicole Scorsone has a Bachelor of Music degree from William Paterson University. She studied privately with Oscar Ravina and Garry Ianco of the New York Philharmonic as well as with Franco Gennerelli and Matthew Reichert.
She has performed with the High Mountain Symphony, New Jersey Philharmonic, Monmouth Symphony Orchestra and the William Paterson String Quartet. Nicole is a violinist with two rock bands, Waking Lights, and Bern and the Brights. The latter was recently named one of New York City's top 50 emerging artists.
In addition to performing classical and contemporary music, Nicole works as a studio violinist. She is an avid string arranger as well as producer and recording engineer. Nicole served as a media intern at the Metropolitan Opera and as an assistant live recording engineer at Symphony Space in NYC.
Nicole also has a deep passion for literature and writing. Her favorite authors are Kerouac, Ginsberg,Burroughs, Bukowski, Palahniuk and Ferlinghetti.
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