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LESSONS at The GIG CENTER: about our school

We're very pleased to announce that as of our fall 2019 semester, the Gig Center is the new home of the faculty from the Westport Music Center, which has been providing our area with outstanding music education since 1986. Under the direction of Chris Cass, the Gig Center offers a balance of contemporary and traditional music instruction on a variety of instruments.

During the school year, we offer weekly, private lessons on a semester basis. (See our registration and calendar pages for details.)

Our diverse faculty welcomes students of all levels (beginners to advanced), in all applicable styles (classical to jazz & contemporary). Some minimum age requirements apply.

For voice students, we offer a variety of specialties. We provide vocal coaching, audition preparation, and traditional voice training. Whether you're interested in singing opera, liturgical music, popular songs, or show tunes, we can help. Our voice instructor also provides piano accompaniment.

Our studios are equipped with all the necessary accessories. Students bring their own instruments (except for piano & drum students); amplifiers are provided for electric bass & guitar.

Group/Band Performance Opportunities
Because we offer band performance programs in addition to private lessons, students are able to seamlessly integrate into a group setting to augment their private lessons if they so choose. The band programs are offered to our private students at a discounted rate.

Recitals
Near the end of the spring semester the Gig Center holds its annual recitals. Families and friends are invited to hear the students perform. Details regarding the scheduling of recitals are posted on our News page as soon as they're available each spring.

Participation in recitals is encouraged, but not required. Recitals are for piano, voice, and brass students. (For the fall 2019 semester, we do not have a woodwind or orchestral string instructor on our faculty.)

Summer Lessons
Details regarding summer lessons are made available the preceding spring.

(Very) Young Students
At the Gig Center, some minimum age requirements apply. If you're looking for music instruction for younger students, we confidently recommend Mary Ann Hall's Music for Children program.

Our Direction
With the September 2019 opening of the Gig Center's new location, we have re-dedicated ourselves to growing a program which has been built to the highest standards of musical education. The methods and philosophies that were developed and refined over decades of teaching at the Westport Music Center remain at the core of our approach to making lessons enjoyable and productive.

Our Administrators
Chris Cass is an experienced guitar instructor who is also familiar with running a large private lesson program. Having worked at the Westport Music Center for 30 years, Chris brings a vast amount of knowledge to both his teaching and day to day management of our school.

Stephen Sasloe has been involved in music on a professional basis since the 1970's. Teacher, performer, composer and arranger, Steve is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, whose credits include movies, television, concerts, recordings and off-Broadway music direction. Steve received an Emmy award for his televised music direction of The News in Revue, and is currently the keyboardist and Musical Director for Jose Feliciano's touring band. Steve is committed to providing students with quality instruction and an exciting musical experience.

Andrew ("Drew") Willmott has been among our area's most highly regarded piano and brass instructors for over 20 years. A few highlights of his lengthy resume include performances all over the world with Czech trumpet star Lazco Diertche, and with the Glen Miller Orchestra. In addition to the Gig Center, Drew is on the faculty at Greens Farms Academy, and the New England Music Camp. Not just a uniquely gifted teacher, Drew also handles much of the instrument repair work here at the Gig Center!

Thank you for your interest in the Gig Center.

Please visit our registration page, or contact us for further information.

 

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Proudly serving the musical education needs of the greater Westport area, including the Connecticut communities of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Southport, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Weston, Wilton, and Westchester County, NY.

Offering:
banjo lessons, drum lessons, French horn lessons, guitar lessons, mandolin lessons, piano lessons, trombone lessons, trumpet lessons, ukulele lessons, voice lessons, and more!

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