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Monster Music Instructors

Phil Weiss - Drums

Phil studied at Berklee College of Music and has played professionally for more than 20 years. He is the most sought after drum instructor on Long Island.
Ed Moreno - Guitar/Bass
Ed has his degree from Five Towns and is an exceptionally gifted guitarist. While he is fluent in all styles he is especially fond of Classical guitar instruction. Ed's musical curiosity has led him to be proficient in almost every stringed instrument. As such, Ed teaches the banjo, mandolin, as well as the ukelele.

Eric Lein - Piano/Drums

Eric is a very talented pianist as well as a highly gifted percussionist. He is currently in a graduate program at Queens College.

Pete Drebot - Guitar/Bass/Piano

Pete has his degree in Guitar Performance from Five Towns College and is always one of most popular instructors.

Jacky Toner - Voice/Piano/Viola

Jacqueline has been a full-time voice and piano teacher at Monster Music for 5 years.  She studied Choral Education at the Crane School of Music and is currently working on her masters in Educational Psychology.  Several of her students have been accepted into the All-State and All-County festivals.  While she enjoys all musical styles her passion is musical theatre and she has been seen in several Long Island productions including My Fair Lady, Children of Eden, and Into the Woods.

Florencia Gonzalez – Saxophone

Florencia is from Uruguay and is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Florencia was honored at Berklee College of Music, where they choose the most gifted students from each instrumental discipline and give them the honor of tutoring their fellow classmates at Berklee. For more information about Florencia please visit her website

Alex Somer – Trombone/Trumpet/Baritone/French Horn

Alex is working on his Masters in Brass performance from Queens College. He is a truly dedicated instructor. Whether an adult student that has always dreamed of playing trombone, or a French Horn student preparing for NYSSMA, there is no teacher better than Alex to prepare you.

Mike D’amato – Guitar/Bass

10+ years teaching experience makes Mike a very consistent, diligent and well-rounded guitar professional. Whether you are looking to just learn some songs or you’re getting ready for a level 6 NYSSMA performance, you can count on Mike to help you reach your goals.

Derek Smith – Guitar/Bass/Piano/Violin

Derek studied music at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Although guitar and bass are his main instruments, Derek has 10+ years experience on the piano and violin, and is an accomplished Upright Bass player.

Patrick Smith – Guitar/Bass/Piano

Patrick attained his Music Composition degree from Albany University. Patrick writes, composes, and gigs regularly. He is also incredibly passionate about teaching.

Rob Coren - Drums