The teachers at WESTWOOD MUSIC STUDIOS have rich and varied backgrounds with one thing in common, a love of music and the passion to teach it to others. Our teachers are well-rounded individuals with diversified interests, enabling them to relate to students on many levels. All are true role models.

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EARLY ANDERSON

TROMBONE - BRASS

Born in Beaumont, Texas, Early first began his trombone studies with Everette James, father of renowned trumpeter, Harry James. Early graduated from the Eastman School of Music where he studied with legendary trombonist, Emory Remington, "The Chief," and was a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

Trained in both classical and jazz, Early's professional career spanned the two genres. He played with jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louie Bellson and Dizzy Gillespie. On the classical side, Early was a trombonist with the Metropolitan Opera and American Symphony Orchestra for over 20 years, working with Leonard Bernstein and Luciano Pavarotti. Early can be heard on many of the Metropolitan Opera's recordings, including the Wagner Ring Cycle recordings. In addition, Early played the entire run of A Chorus Line on Broadway.

Aside from performing in the USA, Early toured Europe extensively playing in major jazz festivals in England, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and many other countries. Periodically, Early held the position of first trombone at the Teatro Comunale, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Italy.

Semi-retired, Early enjoys studying languages and is fluent in Italian. He recently took a trip to Paris to study French. Early also enjoys reading about history and is a world traveler. A former judo player, Early keeps in shape by swimming and for adventure he flies in sail planes. Early is married with three grown sons and likes spending time with his wife and Maine Coon cats.

 

 

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VINCENT MUSCO

GUITAR

Owner, Westwood Music Studios

Vincent earned a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Montclair State University. He also studied privately with classical guitarist, Jerry Willard in New York City and continued his studies beyond college. In addition, Vincent took Master Classes with Ben Verderey. During this time Vincent performed in the NY area and began teaching. Finding his true calling in teaching, he, along with fellow musician and wife, Nancy established Westwood Music Studios in 1993.

Vincent also arranges popular and jazz pieces for fingerstyle guitar.

Aside from music, he enjoys the beach, mountain biking, running, weight lifting, art and swimming. Both he and Nancy love spending time with their Akita, Aurora.

 

 

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NANCY TRIGGIANI-MUSCO

PIANO - CLARINET - FLUTE

Owner, Westwood Music Studios

A graduate of William Paterson University, Nancy and her husband, Vincent founded Westwood Music Studios in 1993. 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 guitar, flute and drums. Nancy had a strong desire to teach since she was a young teen when she started giving piano lessons to neighborhood children. In addition to performing and teaching, she had the privilege of studying music theory with Broadway conductor, Fr. Alphonse Stephenson.

Nancy was equally as dedicated to athletics and spent most of her teen and adult years traveling the United States and Canada as a competitive judo player, earning a 2nd degree black belt and several international medals. Her other interests include mountain biking, weight lifting, anthropology, photography, art and writing. She is presently co-authoring a book with her long-time judo coach, Nagayasu Ogasawara based on his life story.

 

JJASON DE POPE

BASS & GUITAR

Jason graduated with a music degree from Montclair State University where he studied double bass with renowned pedagogue, Linda Mc Knight, 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 in addition to performing and teaching at Westwood Music Studios. A musician through and through, Jason spends most of his free time practicing and then practicing some more.

 

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JASON DE GEORGE

GUITAR

Jason received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Guitar from New York University. Being a serious student, Jason is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Collegiate Honors Society and the National Dean's List.

Professionally, Jason has worked and performed on many albums including, The Adventures of Jodelle, Break of Day, Light Is Strange, Bringing in the Sun and Reason and Resemblance. Bringing in the Sun is the debut album of Danielle Hernandez, a long-time student of Jason's at Westwood Music Studios. Jason is currently working on his first solo album, Realizing Me, due out in early 2010.

Jason has many interests including reading, studying economics and political science, boating, aviation, photography and spending time with his family and friends.

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HERB MAITLANDT

GUITAR

Herb Maitlandt studied at Herbert H. Lehman College and privately with Sal Salvador, John Scofield and Dave Striker. He specializes in jazz/funk, funk, R&B, rhythm and rock guitar and is the co-author of Mel Bay Publication's, Dave Striker's Jazz Guitar Improvisation Method.

Herb has performed at venues throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Some of his numerous performing and recording highlights include performing with or playing at: Anointed, Anthony & The Camp, Art porter, B'eat, Bernard Wright, Chico DeBarge, Divine, Eric Gadd, Eumir Deodato, Frank Katz, Gwen Laster, Jellybean Benitez, Marc Wagnon, Marcus Miller, Marion Meadows, Noel Pointer, Percy Jones, Reggie Washington, Clifford 'Moonie' Pusey, Sarah Pillow, Stix Evans, Strafe, Tami Davis, Taylor Dayne, Terry Burrus, Vertical Hold, Will Downing, BET on Jazz, BET Soundstage, Madison Sqaure Garden, Showtime at the Apollo, The Beacon Theater, The Howie Mandel Show and The Paramount Theater.

Herb values physical fitness and trains regularly in the Chinese Martial Art, Yee's Hung Ga Kung Fu.

 

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DAVE ROSS

GUITAR

Dave Ross graduated from Berklee College of Music. In 1993 he won the Boston Music Award for his work with the funk band, "Chuck." He has worked in a myriad of styles including jazz, punk, Worldbeat, gospel, Ju Ju, Hardcore and free improvisation.

Prior to earning his Bachelor's degree in music, Dave graduated from The State University of New York with a degree in mechanical engineering and holds a U.S. Patent for one of his inventions.

The list of artists Dave has performed with is extensive. Among them are: Henry Grimes, Roy Campbell Jr., Sabir Mateen, Charles Downs, Joe Rigby, Albey Balgochian, Dennis Warren, P-Funk Horns, Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Lawrence Cook, Jackson Krall, Daniel Carter, Saco Yasuma, Lou Grassi, Federico Ughl, Yuko Fugiyama, Andre Martinez, Walden Wimberly, Jane Grenier B, Matt Lavell,Francois Grillot, Baron Brown, Hillard Green, Mike T A Thompson, Ken Filiano, Steve Swell, Ras Moshe, Shayna Dulberger, Flip Barnes, Fay Victor, Rob Egan, Hillary Nobel and Jon Dirac.

Dave loves being outdoors hiking, biking and swimming. He does Bikram yoga and is a 2nd degree black belt in Uechi Ryu Karate.

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HANS ERICKSON

PIANO

Hans Erickson discovered his innate passion for music at the age of four when he heard the music of Bach for the first time. He hasn't been able to shake the music bug since. From an early age, Hans studied piano, adding guitar, bass and voice along the way.

After completing his music degree at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Hans worked in various aspects of music from teaching to composing, singing commercials to working at a record label and leading his own band. Hans loves to share his excitement for music with young students by teaching and therefore enabling them to become musicians themselves.

When not teaching, writing or performing, Hans likes to hike, camp, read, write poetry and hang out with his wife, friends and his black Toy Poodle, Sabrina. Hans loves to eat but burns the calories running 3-5 miles a day.

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JEANNE HOLDER

PIANO

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 completed her Bachelor's Degree in music from Eastman School of Music and continued on with her studies, earning at Master of Music degree from Temple University with a concentration in music theory and composition.

Upon receiving her degrees, Jeanne went on the 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.

Jeanne maintains a full time schedule as a teacher and performer. To relax, she likes to spend time with her cat Leilani

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KATHLEEN JORDAN

PIANO

Kathleen holds a B.A. degree from The Catholic University of America and a Master's from William Paterson University. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Kathleen studied with Ivo Kaltchev, focusing on the works of Debussy, Chopin, Mendelssohn and Gershwin. Upon graduation, Kathleen began teaching private and group lessons.

Feeling the need to bring music and aid to deprived areas of the world, Kathleen joined the Peace Corps and traveled to Tonga in the South Pacific. While there, she taught music and drama to native Tongans. Having an affinity for language, Kathleen quickly became fluent in Tongan. She also has a background in Italian, French and Latin. Kathleen's returns to Tonga twice a year as part of her continuing mission work.

Kathleen enjoys life and has many interests in addition to music. She reads books on culture and classic novels, writes poetry, composes music, hikes, bikes, camps, runs and does Yoga. She is also certified in Wilderness First Aid.

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SEAN ANDERSON

WOODWINDS

Saxophone - Clarinet - Flute - Oboe

Sean began studying the clarinet at age eight and during the course of his elementary and high school education he added the saxophone, flute and oboe. To hone his skills as a young musician, Sean attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City. Sean graduated from the Brooklyn College of Music where he studied with Joe Allard, Victor Morosco and Richard Wasley.

Sean's professional career took him all over the world as a woodwinds player with the national and international tours of Broadway plays including 42nd Street, Evita and A Chorus Line. He actively performs with numerous jazz and classical ensembles.

When not practicing, performing or teaching, Sean likes to read, play chess, board games, video games and travel the world.

 

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ANTON DENNER

WOODWINDS

Saxophone - Clarinet - Flute

Anton has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree from William Paterson University and a Masters from Columbia University. As a music educator, Anton is 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.

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.

 

 

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NICOLE SCORSONE

VIOLIN

Nicole 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. Currently, Nicole is a violinist with two local 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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JENNIFER CECE

VOICE

Jennifer earned a Master of Music degree from New Jersey City University and a Bachelor's from the University of Richmond. She is a member of the National Association of Singing Teachers, the New York Singing Teacher's Association and The Voice Foundation. Jennifer is well versed in classical, opera, musical theater and rock.

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 chamber music performances at Park Art in NYC.

Jennifer is a NJ State Certified music teacher with over ten years of experience teaching in the school system. She has been teaching in private studios in excess of fifteen years.

In addition to her music qualifications, Jennifer is a registered yoga teacher and certified Pilates instructor. She incorporates principles of yoga in her voice lessons to aid students to focus, relax, eliminate tension and maintain posture.

Jennifer loves caring for her three 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.

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FFRED ANDERSON

PERCUSSION

Fred knew from an early age that he wanted to pursue music so he attended the High School of Music and Art in New York City. He continued on to earn his Bachelor of Music degree from Brooklyn College of Music where he studied with Morris Lang and Joe Morello.

Being both a classical percussionist as well as a jazz and rock drummer, Fred has performed on a variety of stages. He was a member of the Pensicola Symphony Orchestra, played the drums for The Moody Blues and performed with Lou Rawls.

When he's not busy with music, Fred enjoys reading, baseball and video games.

 

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DAVE LARSON

PERCUSSION

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 twenty-five years.

Dave's favorite hobby is fly fishing in the Catskills, but more than anything he likes spending time with his wife, Stephanie, his daughter, Samantha, their two dogs, Zoe and Cookie and the family horse, Adagio.

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RAY MONTE

PPERCUSSION

Ray Monte studied with legendary greats Sonny Igoe, Henry Adlar and Gary Chester. He is the son of Italian-American singer, Lou Monte, known for his comedic songs, "Dominick the Donkey," and "Pepino, the italian Mouse."

Ray carved out his own professional music career as a drummer, performing with Bucky Pizzarelli, Randy Weston, Jim Hall, Lew Sollof and the Conan O'Brien Band. He performed for the Joan Rivers Show, the 2000 Songwriters Hall of Fame Banquet, Pippin, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the National Lampoon Show. Ray has played with artists John Bellushi, Stephen Bishop, Jaye P Morgan, Freddy Jackson, Freddy Scott, Lou Monte and Jimmy Roselli.

When not performing, practicing or teaching, Ray is busy following the New York Yankees baseball team or going for long walks.

 

 

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