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Private Lessons - Poughkeepsie

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

Dean DiMarzo

Guitar / Bass / Ukulele

Rebecca Wirehouse


Yamaha Education Specialist / Yamaha Group Teacher / Private Lesson Teacher

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.




Lauren Varuzzo

Flute / Piano

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.


Miss Becky has over 30 years experience teaching Yamaha courses and private piano at our school. In addition to her musical studies at the Crane School of Music, she is an Education Specialist for Yamaha training teachers all over the country.


Her students have been invited to perform at the prestigious Yamaha Jamboree and Junior Original Concerts, where they have performed their original compositions. Some have continued on to be Music Teachers and Accompanists.


Miss Becky's other musical endeavors include directing a church bell choir, playing the organ at church, and is the keyboard player and arranger for her church band.


Her love of music is an inspiration and shows in her teaching which is well received by her students.

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.



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