Involvement with music is a fundamental component of human culture and behaviour, and helping you to experience music is at the core of what we do here at Whip City Music. Our instructors have decades of experience, both in 'teaching' music and in performing it. It is our goal to help you discover your own musical aspirations regardless of scope, and to match your musical education to your own goals in a way that is both enjoyable and fulfilling. Individual private lessons are 30 minutes long, but we also offer group 'combo' lessons which are 60 minutes. For availability, please see the information provided below.

Accepting Students

 • Banjo
 • Bass Guitar
 • Clarinet
 • Drums/Percussion
 • Double Bass
 • Flute
 • Guitar
 • Mandolin
 • Piano
 • Saxophone
 • Trombone
 • Trumpet
 • Ukulele
 • Viola (beginner level)
 • Violin
 • Voice

Waitlist

 • Cello
 • Dulcimer
 • Harmonica

Our Teachers

 

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Bill Curran

Teaches: Guitar

Having studied with Todd Rosever, Greg Garstka, and Joel Stroetzel (Killswitch Engage), Bill is well versed in many styles of guitar including blues, classic and modern rock, "classic" metal, and country. He has performed with numerous bands throughout his playing career, including Greg Garstka's Wolfgang and most recently Esperanto. As a highly qualified guitar and amplifier repair technician, Bill can also provide lessons on how to set-up, maintain and repair fretted instruments and amplifiers.

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Emily Harnish

Teaches: Voice

Emily received her BA in Vocal Performance from Westfield State College. She is a member of Novi Cantori and is a frequent soprano soloist.

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Ilya Davidovich

Teaches: Violin/Viola

Teacher bio not yet available.

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Jacob Weiner

Teaches: Saxophones (tenor, alto, bari, soprano), Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute

Jacob Weiner has been teaching and performing music in the Pioneer Valley for 20 years. Originally from the greater Boston area, Jake is an experienced player of many styles including classical, rock, pop, jazz, blues, r&b, funk, soul, folk, reggae, ska, afrobeat, salsa and merengue. He began his musical studies in 1986 with the tenor saxophone, which he continued at Westfield State College. Since that time he has performed across New England with many local groups including SMA, Longshot, Wolfgang, the Tinkers, Steve Westfield Slow Band, Raider Eddie and the Skeletones featuring the Infamous "Bull Horns", The Skeletones featuring Charles Neville, Orquesta El Nuevo Impacto, and the New England Swing & Soul Orchestra. Current performance endeavors include the groups FlavaEvolution, the Impulse, Chocolate Peach, and Fever.

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Joe Desilets

Teaches: Drums/Percussion, Recording Technology

Joseph has been playing drums since age 10 and studied with many talented drum/percussion teachers including Jon Adams, Chris Swist, Matt Garstka (Animals As Leaders), and Matt Halpern. He also holds a BA degree in Music Technology from Franklin Pierce University. Joseph is skilled in writing, arranging and recording music, has extensive experience with bands of many different genres, and is skilled in blues, rock, jazz, and heavy metal percussion styles.

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Josh Daniel

Teaches: Drums/Percussion

Teacher bio not yet available.

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Nancy Grimaldi

Teaches: Piano

Nancy has been teaching professionally for over 30 years. Nancy received her BA in music from Westfield State University. Nancy studied with Ken Manzer and many other great instructors while persuing her degree.

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Pete Grimaldi

Teaches: Trumpet, Trombone

An active musician since the late 1960’s, Pete holds a BA in Music Education and a Master's degree in Special Education and Teaching from Westfield State College, and was a trumpet instructor at Holyoke Community College. A previous member of the McGuire AFB band, the Ronnie Drumm Youth Band and the Jeff Holmes Big Band, Pete has also performed with many notable artists including John Abercrombie, Yusef Lateef, Peter Erskine, John Fedchock, Chris Vadala, The Temptations, the O’Jays, Doc Severinson, Kenny Rogers, Engebert Humperdink, Al Martino, The Four Tops, Lew Soloff, Claudio Roditi, Ed shaunessey, Bobby Darin, Bob Mintzer and the Yellowjackets, and David “Fathead” Newman. Pete has also performed on lead trumpet at the Hartford Stage, Stage West, The Barrington Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, and in numerous Theatre presentations in the New England Area.

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Tom Terry

Teaches: Banjo, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory, Music Combo, Ukelele

Tom Terry is a highly experienced instructor who has been teaching here in Westfield for nearly two decades. Tom has studied at Holyoke Community College and the University of Massachusetts and holds a degree in Music. Among the musicians Tom has studied with are jazz pioneer Dr. Billy Taylor and bassist extraordinaire Chip Jackson. In addition to teaching, Tom is a freelance musician who performs frequently with many of the top acts throughout the northeast and nationally. Tom also coaches "Youth Rock Bands", teaching students to arrange and structure musical pieces for an ensemble, along with the techniques and etiquette of performing music as a band.

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Wes Parker

Teaches: Banjo, Bass Guitar, Drums/Percussion, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele

Wes is currently endorsed by Vater Percussion as a member of their education team, is an Assistant Band Director and Percussion Instructor at South Hadley High School, a Percussion Instructor at Enrico Fermi High School, and holds an AA in Classical Guitar Performance studying under John Mason. Wes also serves in various percussion roles with a number of other organizations and has taught guitar at the Westfield Boys and Girls Club. Wes enjoys writing and recording music, and countless performances with local bands have lead Wes to open for acts such as Fates Warning, Scale the Summit, Flyleaf, Drowning Pool, Taproot, Diecast, Yngwie Malmsteen, Glasscloud, Monuments and others.