Traditional one on one instruction has always been a successful way to teach music. The weekly lesson can create a bond between teacher and student that will encourage excellent study habits, focus and discipline. With these skills, the student can become an excellent musician as well as become very successful in other career choices. Lessons may be half hour or full hour sessions. We offer lessons for Piano, Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar, Ukulele, Trumpet, Drums & Vocals.
The social aspect of playing music together is ideal for enhancing the process of learning in a fun atmosphere. Groups are formed according to age and level of ability. Throughout the year we will continue The Fiddle Club for our string, flute, clarinet, accordion, piano and guitar players. We work on 3 programs per year. The programs are Spring, late Summer and Winter.
Studying music from a young age has taught me invaluable lessons on discipline, focus and work ethic that have carried over into my professional life as an investor. Playing music is a joyful pastime I will keep for the rest of my life. Thank you Music Studio!
"Thelma started learning the violin at the age of 92. She will be celebrating her 95th birthday in August. Thelma says, "Music is a relaxer, healer and mood elevator and learning the violin is a challenge.""
"Learning to play an instrument is a life skill, and my children truly enjoy taking lessons at the Music Studio. What a joy it has been watching my son and daughter grow as musicians! They have learned to read music, have been successful playing their instruments, and are having fun throughout the entire process."
"FIVE STARS! We had a delightful and satisfying experience with May and the Wandering Minstrels at my son's bar mitzvah celebration. May came with eleven musicians, played the pieces we asked for in the order in which we wanted them, and even learned a number of new klezmer pieces special for our occasion. May could not be more accommodating or thoughtful, and the group's beautiful, spirited music added immeasurably to the joyousness of our occasion. I cannot recommend them highly enough!"
"When I play my violin my soul is soothed. I love to play all types of music, nothing is off limits. I really love to play country, cajun and gypsy music. I am most comfortable playing hymns at my church every Sunday. I just want to thank Dr. May for being a pivotal part of me learning, understanding and enjoying this wonderful instrument."
"Dr. May is the best music teacher and violinist in NJ bar none. She takes care of her students and they learn a lot of music! Many continue on to higher levels of music, college, etc. Call her before anyone if your child has interest in music!"
"I studied violin with Dr. May for eight years. More than anything, I learned that to be a great artist, you need to spend a lot of time mastering not only the basics and technique of the instrument, but also of each song. Only once you've mastered those elements can you surpass them with your personal interpretation. These lessons prepared me to be a poet and writer which is exactly the same: only with technical mastery and practice and lots and lots of failure can you find your own voice and rise above the noise with beauty and individuality."
The Fiddle Club consists of students and professionals of all ages including violins, guitars, drums, piano, cello and accordion. We have learned and performed music of many different cultures including American Fiddle tunes, Irish, Jazz, Mariachi, Greek, Klezmer, Seafaring and Gypsy.
May and the Wandering Minstrels performs professionally in the area for weddings and other special occasions. From a solo violinist to a group as large as twenty musicians can be booked.
Every Spring we offer six formal recitals for all our interested students. The recitals take place in Central United Methodist Church. It is an opportunity for the students to prepare songs and perform in front of family and friends.
What we play:
Folk and Fiddle tunes, Country, Classical, Irish, Rock ‘N Roll, Popular, Movie Themes, Klezmer, Mariachi, Greek, Seafaring and Gypsy.
The Wandering Minstrels came together in January 2013.
From solo violinist up to a 20 piece ensemble can be booked. The Minstrels work well for wedding ceremonies, private parties and wedding cocktail hours. The Minstrels also enhance all of our Fiddle Club performances.
Call May Strange at 609-927-2500 at the Music Studio to book The Wandering Minstrels for your next party!