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Picture of Anna Benninger on the violin

Capital Region native Gabrielle spent her younger years playing in various youth orchestras and festivals before studying music and journalism at SUNY Plattsburgh. Before graduating Cum Laude, she acted as a featured soloist in recitals and within a JFK Memorial, and held paid positions in two musical theatre productions. In 2015 she embraced her love of teaching and


Noriko Kuroda next to violin

I began studying the Suzuki method for violin at age six. I also studied privately from ages 6 – 18 with the local violin instructor in Nagano, Japan. During high school, I played in student chamber groups. In 2002, I started to take private lessons again in NYC. I studied for six years with Ms. Kristina Musser Gitterman, who



Brittanie is a Graduate from the College of Saint Rose Class of 18' with a B.S. in Music education and is certified in K-12 music, where she studied violin under Amanda Brin. She began playing violin at age nine and has continued playing ever since. She has performed in many chamber and symphony orchestra concerts while attending the College of Saint Rose and put on a full solo recital as part of her senior capstone. She has experience performing on violin, viola, and cello while being a part of different ensembles at the College of Saint Rose. She also continues to perform as a member of the Delmar Community Orchestra and has participated in multiple pit orchestras for local high schools. Brittanee has developed her teaching ability through subbing in the Capital Region and has been a teacher for ESYO CHIME. She has also worked with students as a CIT and Counselor at the Saint Rose Pre-College Experience with leading sectionals and teaching music history. She strives to create a fun and exciting learning environment for all of her students.

Picture of Anna Benninger on the violin

Rosemary is a junior Music
Industry student at the College
of Saint Rose in Albany NY.
She is originally from Wallingford
CT and a graduate of Educational
Center for the Arts in New Haven.
Rosemary is currently a student
of Tania Susi and has been
playing violin and viola for 13
years. Rosemary has trained
in a classical background but
also works a lot with contemporary
styles of music like pop, jazz and
hip hop. She firmly believes that
music should be fun and strives
to create an exciting and positive
environment for her students.

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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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