Weekly PRIVATE LESSONS are the core component of every student’s musical education at Sea Cliff Music. Teachers tailor the curriculum to each student’s specific needs in order to develop a range of fundamental musical and technical skills essential to making music in a variety of styles.

Sea Cliff Music offers lessons in Violin, Mandolin, Viola, Cello, Bass, Piano, Guitar and Bass Guitar

REGISTRATION: All students register and enroll in lessons via our new online platform at If you have questions before registering, please email us at To register or inquire, click the email link:

WHERE:  Music lessons are offered at The Woodshed, Sea Cliff Music’s studio located at 86 Roslyn Avenue, Sea Cliff, NY. 

WHEN:  By appointment on Mondays - Thursdays and Saturdays.

RATES:          30 minutes: $40.00

                       60 minutes: $80.00

PAYMENT:  Billing and payment are conducted online by credit card via PayPal at your account once you are enrolled. Arrangements can also be made with the director of the studio to make payments by check made out to 'Sea Cliff Music, Inc.' , Venmo at, or in cash.  Lessons are paid in advance monthly the beginning of each month.

CANCELLATION POLICY AND LESSON CREDITS:  PLEASE READ! Minimum 24 hours notice is required for cancelled lessons. Parents or adult students are responsible for cancelling on their studiohelper calendar and are responsible for the full lesson fee if cancellation occurs with less than 24 hours notice.  Earliest possible notification of cancellations is greatly appreciated so that the vacant time slot can be offered to another student. If cancellation is received with minimum 24 hours notice, the student receives a make up lesson credit good for 60 days. The student/parent can monitor their teacher’s availability and reschedule the make up lesson on the studiohelper calendar. You may sign up during any opening in your teacher’s schedule. Make up credits not used within 60 days expire.

MATERIALS: Students must bring their instrument, method book, sheet music/binder and a notebook to each lesson.  Please ensure that students have all materials in order to maximize lesson time.


Founder and owner of Sea Cliff Music and the SummerStrings! RockFest, Matthew Schneider teaches double bass, bass guitar, cello, violin and viola. Matthew is a New York State certified music teacher and served as an orchestra teacher in the public school system for ten years. He is also a certified NYSSMA adjudicator and is highly skilled at preparing students for NYSSMA solo performances, All County festivals, LISFA festivals and college auditions.  Matthew holds BA and MA degrees in music from Oberlin Conservatory and Purchase College. More information about Matthew Schneider can be found on the Bio page.

A highly accomplished pianist, violinist and conductor, Lauren Adja Tian performs concerts throughout the world. She holds multiple degrees in music from the Eastman School of Music, University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University and California State University at Fullerton. Lauren teaches teaching piano, violin and viola lessons on Mondays and Tuesdays.

A Berklee School of Music graduate, Matt Pinto has taught guitar for more than 10 years. He also spent a year touring the world as the guitarist and band tech for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Matt teaches guitar lessons on Wednesdays.

A bachelor’s degree candidate in music at City College and private student of jazz violin great Rob Thomas at Berklee College of Music, Aaron Bernstein specializes in jazz and classical violin and mandolin. Aaron teaches violin and mandolin lessons on Saturdays.


There are many opportunities for students to perform at The Woodshed! We have occasional jam sessions and informal recitals on Sunday afternoons throughout the school year. We also have NYSSMA recital presentations a few weeks prior to the NYSSMA solo festival, which allow students to perform their NYSSMA piece in front of a friendly audience before they perform at the festival. We also host a recital at the end of the school year in June.