QUALIFICATIONS: All lessons at Sea Cliff Music, Inc. are taught by Matthew Schneider. 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.

INSTRUMENTS:  Lessons are offered for Bass, Bass Guitar, Cello, Violin and Viola


STYLES:  Musical style depends on the instrument played and the student's musical interests. Most students study classical music technique and repertoire that is appropriate to their age and skill level. Many students also study jazz and explore creative improvisation. Some have even enjoyed playing reggae and hard rock on their string instruments!

WHERE:  Music lessons are offered at Matthew's studio in Sea Cliff, NY. 

WHEN:  By appointment on Mondays - Saturdays.

FEES:             30 minutes: $40.00

                       60 minutes: $80.00

PAYMENT:  Payment is accepted by check made out to 'Sea Cliff Music, Inc.' or in cash.  Payments may be made weekly at the lesson appointment or monthly due at the last lesson of each month.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  24 hours notice is required for cancelled appointments. Parents or adult students are responsible for the 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.

MATERIALS: Students must bring their instrument, method book, sheet music/binder and a notebook to each lesson.  


Students who take lessons regularly all year are invited to perform in a chamber music recital at St. Luke's Episcopal Church (253 Glen Avenue, Sea Cliff, 11579) in June.  Students will be grouped into small ensembles of 2 - 8 musicians and perform a piece of music together.  The intention of the recital is to celebrate and demonstrate all that has been learned throughout the previous year in a supportive community of family and friends.  

The 2018 recitals will be held on Saturday, June 16th at 3:00 pm and 4:30 pm.   Students should arrive 20-30 minutes prior to their scheduled performance time and go first to the church's community hall to drop off cases, have their instrument tuned and to warm up. The recitals will take place in the sanctuary and there will be small receptions in the community hall following the concerts.  Students and parents are invited to bring a food item to share at the reception.

Concert dress for performers is "dressy casual".  Long pants, collared shirt, shoes, dresses, etc. Ties and jackets are not required.  T-shirts, jeans, shorts or sneakers would not be appropriate.

In order to cover expenses, there is a recital fee of $40 due no later than Friday, June 1st.  There is no admission charge for audience members.