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Piano / Keyboard Teachers

Susanna Shamountain and a piano

Susanna  was born in Turkmenistan. She started her piano career at the age of five. She auditioned into a Specialized Music School under Moscow Conservatory and studied piano, music theory and music literature for thirteen years.


Louise Carney and a piano

1996 graduate of Saint Rose
K-12 Music Education
2004 Masters Degree Literacy B-6 University at Albany
Substitute teacher for BOCES in many area school districts including Mohonasen, Schalmont,


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My name is Charlotte. I have received my Master of Music (Vocal Performance) degree from Houghton College, and Bachelor of Music Education from Central China Normal University. I am teaching voice and


Wendy Curtis and a piano 
Wendy has been teaching music since 1996 and has received her BS from Houghton College and MS from Oneonta.  Wendy offers encouragement and enthusiasm to each lesson to support the individual needs of her students. She supports her students in numerous recitals and competitions and has been with Hilton Music for over 7 years.

Gracie Lineham singing and playing piano

Gracie is a songwriter and artist currently based in the city of Albany. She is a current junior at the College of Saint Rose, majoring in Music Industry with a concentration in Piano & Songwriting. Lessons with Gracie can cover classical, jazz, contemporary and commercial music.

Picture of Mary Wolfe

Has been teaching piano at Hilton's music since 2016 on Saturdays. Teach various levels of piano and different styles. Have taught in the capital district privately and in local schools.
Love working one on one with piano students. Aim for all to have positive successful experiences on the piano at each lesson. 


Chris graduated Crane  School  of music in Potsdam New York majoring in classical guitar and Musicians institute in Hollywood, California.
 He teaches using a combination of traditional methods such as reading music, scales and theory as well as a more modern approach using technology such as the iPad  to encourage development of musical skills such as improvising , ear training etc so students are not limited to just reading the notes.


Sue earned a bachelor's degree in Music from the Crane School of Music.  A longtime music teacher in the area, she has taught in public and private schools. She is on the faculty at Little Falls School of Music and Arts in Kinderhook  where she teaches piano, voice and has also taught Music for Little Mozarts.Sue is also on the faculty at Woodland Hills Montessori School in East Greenbush.  She is a member of Hudson Valley Choral Society and serves as organist at Emmanuel St. John's Lutheran Church in Hudson.  She teaches piano using traditional methods as well as implementing modern technology to encourage development of musical skills.  She is currently working on projects composing, arranging, performing  and co producing for a production company that has done work for PBS, cable TV and multimedia presentations.
Picture of Doug Reynolds on the Guitar

Doug is an international touring guitarist who has been playing since the age of ten and started professionally teaching in 1999. Currently playing with The Erotics and New York Jaded among many other bands both past and present. Versed in many different styles not only on guitar but also piano, bass guitar and ukulele as well.


My qualifications include:Concert Master ,Orchestral Artist, Piano Instructor.I have experience teaching the piano and have performed solo piano concerts.I have general knowledge of musical history and music theory. I participated in Olympiads in musical history, placing second and third.I taught piano privately for four years.Recently I have been performing with a local amateur orchestra. On April 7,2019 our orchestra perfomed at Fulton-Montgomery Community College in Johnstown,NY.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about our Lesson Program

Am I too old to learn an instrument?
At Hilton Music Center we are asked this question everyday! You are never too old to take private lessons.  Our lessons are designed around the the students learning style and their individual goals. We make it fun and enjoyable learning the music that you want to play.

Are lessons private or in a group?
Lessons are private and held once per week for a 30 minute session.  We do encourage the parents of young children to sit in on the lessons if this is more comfortable.

Is there and application fee?
No, we do not charge any additional fees.

How much do lessons cost?
We charge $100.00 on the first lesson which will guaranty your lessons with the same instructor for 4 weeks, and every 4 weeks you simply pay the $100.00 to remain on the schedule. We have many students who have studied with us from age 5 until college age.  You will see the advantage of studying music with a seasoned and qualified instructor!

What if I only want one lesson?
If you want to drop by and schedule only one lesson and not expect to be holding your lesson time, that one lesson is $30.00 and the slot will not be held. 

What if I want to come more than once per week?
We find that a solid week of practice is necessary prior to the next lesson.  Coming in bi weekly really does not benefit the student.  

How old must my child be for private lessons?
We typically feel school age is best but depending on the child and their attention span we have some four year olds that do very well.  Parent involvement makes a big difference.

Do I have to learn to read music?
We have experienced and seasoned teachers who not only want to give their students the ability to love music but to be able to grow to their full potential.  Because it is all about the student, and not in a group each lesson is tailored to keep that student enthusiastic and with achievable goals whether it is more formal or not.

What if I can not make it to the lesson?
Remember you are reserving the time with a professional instructor in a private session held just for you.  If you give advance notice your teacher will do their best to give you a make up or additional material to work on if their time allows. In the event of bad weather please check with your teacher or our Facebook page for store closings and of course that lesson will be continued the following week.  You never are charged when the store or your instructor has cancelled.

I have a special needs child, are your teachers patient?
We pride ourselves on having the most experienced and versatile instructors here at Hilton Music Center. We will be happy to work with both student and family in finding the right fit to make the most rewarding experience possible. 

Why does taking lessons at Hilton music Center an advantage?
We love what we do.  There is great passion with our teachers to offer music in your lives. Having experienced teachers who can adopt to the student and their needs and wants and to teach correctly to enhance that student's ability and goals and to customize the session each week is what sets us apart. 

Do you offer recitals?
Yes!  We love to showcase our student's progress with recitals that we hold yearly typically spring or summer each year. Please see our Facebook page for pictures of last years events.
This is not a mandatory  event, only if the student is ready and willing.

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