THE TEACHERS

Nina Gross

Nina Gross believes musical expression should be the right of every child. In her teaching, she seeks to establish a strong musical foundation and joyous relationship with music. She tries to meet each student where they are and takes an organic approach, incorporating ear work, body movement, music theory, and the language of emotion and...
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Robin Hoffman

Robin Hoffman teaches all types of ukulele including baritone and can teach you to read sheet music and tablature.  She had a nineteen-year-long professional career in ballet, and her teaching style draws on that experience with careful attention to establishing good body mechanics. Robin Hoffman performs locally on ukulele and vocals with the Sugarloaf String...
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Jim Armenti

Jim Armenti teaches guitar, mandolin, bass, clarinet, saxophone, and ukulele integrating music theory, instrument theory, songwriting and singing into lessons. Jim tailors his teaching also to specifically what the student wants to accomplish. He has taught rock, folk, jazz, blues, rhythm, lead, flat picking and finger picking on strings. Classical, jazz and blues are genres...
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Doug Beaumier

Doug Beaumier is a well known and experienced teacher of guitar and steel guitar for over 30 years. Doug teaches guitar, lap steel guitar, pedal steel guitar, and ukulele. He teaches all levels, beginner to advanced, and all ages from the very young to much more seasoned. Beginning students learn chords, strumming, note reading, tablature,...
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Dan Margolis

Dan Margolis has been teaching guitar for nearly 20 years at Downtown Sounds! Dan has focused his teaching method on a song-based approach to learning guitar, mandolin, and ukulele. Dan says “everyone plays songs – they are the musical coin of the realm.  With a solid list of tunes, a student can confidently go and...
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Dave Trenholm

Dave Trenholm is one of the most versatile members of Downtown Sounds staff and teaches guitar, sax, flute and clarinet. Dave is a member of the local band King Radio. Dave teaches Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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Robby Roiter

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Robby Roiter, another one of Downtown Sounds long standing guitar teachers has been at the Northampton store for years. Robby has a rich background teaching acoustic finger picking, electric rock, blues and jazz as well. Aside from guitar Robbie also teaches bass and ukulele integrating music theory and improvisation as the students needs and demands...
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Keith Levreault

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Keith Levreault has been a highly sought after drum instructor at Downtown Sound for over 20 years! Keith has over thirty years of playing experience, and is well-versed in many drumming styles including rock, jazz and Latin. Many of his students have gone on to become working drummers in the valley and beyond, and look back on their...
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Jeff Nissenbaum

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Jeff Nissenbaum has been teaching at Downtown Sounds for over 20 years! Jeff has been a professional drummer for over thirty years playing with a host of bands representing different styles of music.  He also plays piano, violin, guitar, bass guitar, and here specializes in the drum set. Jeff’s approach is aimed at working with students...
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Kate O’Connor

Kate O’Connor has been a full time professional musician and music teacher for over 30 years. Kate teaches keyboards, vocals, beginner guitar, and steel drum for most styles of popular music and beginning/intermediate classical piano. She also teaches music theory and song writing. Kate performs regularly and has won best female vocalist awards in the...
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Rudi Weeks

Rudi has been a professional musician and teacher of music for over thirty five years. He has performed with such 60s greats as The Contours, The Crests, and Ronnie Spector, and Folk and Bluegrass legends Tom Paxton and Tony Trischka. He also toured internationally with the Dirty Dancing Concert Tour. His extensive freelance performance and...
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Pamela Means

PAMELA MEANS Pamela Means is an accomplished teacher and musician who lends her experiences at Downtown Sounds providing instruction in guitar, bass, music theory and songwriting. Whether it is jazz, folk, blues or rock, Pamela can instruct the student and have them love to learn. In time, her students will learn how to sight read...
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Max Wareham

MAX WAREHAM Max Wareham has been teaching banjo in the Valley for over 6 years and has studied intensively with banjo greats including Bill Keith, Tony Trischka, Jayme Stone, and others. He teaches both bluegrass and “claw hammer” styles. He also teaches various guitar styles and has studied at the New School for Jazz and...
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