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Private Lessons - Plainview

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.



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 $35 per lesson, but can vary teacher to teacher, instrument to instrument.  Give us a call today at (516) 921-4543 for pricing and teacher availability.

Private Lesson Teachers

Carolyn Behr



Paul Effman


Carolyn received her Bachelors Degree from Molloy College and her Masters Degree from Hofstra University, both in Music Education. She specializes in teaching woodwinds and piano. Carolyn has been teaching for the Paul Effman Music Service since 2007 and is an associate director of the Long Island Honor Band.

Paul Effman is the founder and director of Paul Effman Music Service (PEMS), the premier music education service for schools, students, and educators.  He has been the director of the music service since founding it in 1980.


Throughout the 1970’s, Paul Effman worked with schools creating and directing band programs.  In 1976, he became the Chairman of Music and the Band Director at Tampa Catholic High School in Tampa, FL.  He maintained this position until 1978, when he became the Co-Chairman of Fine Arts at H. Frank Carey High School in Franklin Square, NY.  In 1980, realizing the void that existed in private education, he started Paul Effman Music Service.

Tony Orzano

Clarinet/Alto Saxophone

Woodwind/Brasswind, Piano/Percussion/Strings


James Spera



Tony received his Bachelors Degree from Berklee School of Music and his Teaching Certificate from Queens College.  He is proficient on all woodwinds (saxophone/clarinet/flute) and piano.  He has taught private lessons for ten years and has been a band teacher for Paul Effman Music for five years.  He has extensive experience training students for NYSSMA and is proficient in all styles of music (classical, jazz, rock).

James Spera received his Bachelor of Music Degree from the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University and received his Masters Degree from SUNY Stony Brook.  He has been playing trumpet since an early age, but has become proficient in teaching all band instruments, specializing in the brass family of instruments.  James has been with the Paul Effman Music service since 2005 and is an associate director of the Long Island Honor Band.

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