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Private Lessons - Lagrangeville

Private lessons

Private lessons provide one on one instruction, which allows students to quickly advance in their musical studies. Students who take private lessons typically rise to the tops of their bands and participate in extra-curricular musical activities such as marching bands, jazz bands, and performing in solo festivals.


We currently provide music instruction to students in the Poughkeepsie area and all throughout the Hudson Valley.


A private lesson is generally 30 minutes long, once a week. It is critical students attend their lesson each week and practice throughout the week.


Private lessons from  Paul Effman Music are generally around $32 per lesson, but can vary teacher to teacher, instrument to instrument.  Give us a call today at (845) 452-8528 for pricing and teacher availability.

Private Lesson Teachers

Keith Bischof


Pat Quinn

Alto Saxophone/Clarinet

Keith has been playing the trumpet since 4th grade.  While in middle and high school he played in the band, orchestra and jazz band.  He attended college at State University of New York at Oneonta and studied Music Industry.  While at Oneonta he played trumpet in the jazz band, baritone in the concert band and both in the brass ensemble.


After a career in the music industry, Keith went back to school and studied Music Education at WestConn in Danbury.  Since finishing in 2004, he has worked as a long term elementary band substitute for Warwick Valley Central School District and then joined the Crispell Middle School Music Department of Pine Bush in the 2006-2007 school year.  He is also currently back at WestConn working on his Masters in Music Education.

Lauren Varuzzo


Lauren Varuzzo received a BM in music Performance from the Juilliard School and two Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music, one in Music Education and one in Performance and Literature.


She performed extensively as a flutist before focusing on Music education as her career. Ms Varuzzo was a winner of the 1983 ARTS Recognition and Talent Search, a finalist in the Seventeen Magazine and General Motors National Concerto Competition, and  Presidential Scholar Finalist.


Ms Varuzzo continues to perform regularly as a member of the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Choir and also performs with her school choral groups.


She has 29 years experience in private instruction and is currently in her 11th year with Paul Effman Music.


Dean DiMarzo

Guitar / Bass / Ukulele

Dean DiMarzo graduated from the college of St. Rose in Albany, NY with a bachelors of science in music industry. He is an active performing musician throughout the Hudson Valley in clubs, theaters and various venues. Dean has also performed on cruise ships traveling worldwide.


Dean has extensive experience in a multitude of styles, including rock, pop, jazz, Broadway, and more.




Evan Rzodkiewicz


Trombone Teacher


Evan Rzodkiewicz grew up and lived in the Poughkeepsie area before attending The Hartt School in Hartford, CT where he received a degree in trombone performance and music education. He moved back to the area after accepting a position at Arlington High School,

 teaching band courses as well as small group lessons. Additionally, he directs two of Arlington’s extracurricular jazz bands and assists in the direction of the state champion Arlington Marching Band. Evan focuses on teaching low brass, including trombone,

 euphonium, and tuba. He is proficient in teaching and performing jazz and classical styles.



Mary Benecasa


Violin / Viola Teacher


Mary Benecasa graduated with a degree in Music from Evangel University in Springfield, MO and has been active in music education ever since.  She has taught music at several private schools and has taught private violin, viola, and piano students for nearly 25 years.   She has served as a music director for her church, leading both adult and children choirs and orchestras as well as serving as church pianist.  Mary just returned from overseas mission’s work in Italy where she worked, along with her husband, with refugees from the Middle East and North Africa.  She is a native of the Hudson Valley and has raised four musical children.




Mr. Quinn is a life-long resident of the Hudson Valley. He received his degree in Music Education from SUNY at Fredonia in 2011. He is currently an employee of the Paul Effman Music Service as a band director and private educator. He is also an accomplished musician who performs throughout the tri-state area.

Lou Varuzzo


Lou Varuzzo is our Drummer/Percussionist teacher. Lou began his percussion studies with local Hyde Park Drummer Charlie Morano when he was in Middle School. From there while in high school he attended the Juilliard Pre College program. Lou continued his studies at the State University at Purchase and earned a BFA in Music Performance with a concentration in percussion.


Lou performed with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic and local bands Heart and Soul and Second Wind as well as working as a freelance Drummer and Teacher before joining the staff at Paul Effman Music. At Paul Effman Music, Lou is the Director of Education and is also the conductor of the Mid-Hudson Valley Catholic School Honor Band.


Drum and percussion students can expect to cover all styles of music as part of their curriculum. Students can also expect to build their technique and music reading abilities. Paul Effman Music offers state of the art equipped lesson studios.

Kevin Bene

Saxophone and Clarinet

Kevin Bene is a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music where he graduated with a degree in jazz studies. Kevin is a professional musician working throughout the New York City area and has recently moved to the Hudson Valley where he continues to work both as a musician and teacher.


Kevin is a composer, performer, and educator with extensive experience in both classical and jazz styles.




Tim Holmes

Guitar Teacher

Tim has been playing guitar and drums locally for twenty years. Central to his teaching philosophy is inspiring students with a love of music, and focusing on learning to play the music that they love.


Welcoming a broad variety of students, learning musical styles that range from rock to pop, blues to country, punk to folk, and varying in age from 7 years old to 72, Tim works closely with students in discovering and mastering the styles of music that they most love, while learning skills and techniques to equip them for a lifetime of musical exploration and expression.



Dane Farley


Guitar Teacher


Dane is a guitar player of fifteen years, with eight years of private instruction experience. Dane also runs a home studio and production company and plays in three different musical projects of varying genres.


Dane has played in signed and touring bands and filled in on guitar, bass, and vocals for various touring acts. His musical background is primarily in metal, hardcore, progressive rock, and alternative, but he also has experience playing classic rock, folk, blues, jazz, and pop as well.

Dane loves sharing his knowledge with students and expanding the world of music we live in. He will tailor lesson plans to the individual to suit their skill level and goals.



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