Expressive Arts Center

Expressive Arts Center

5.0 (2)
1 employee
17 years in business

About this pro

I have taught acoustic guitar since the mid 1970s incorporating theory, strum patterns and note reading.  A student can play  a song within the first lesson and gradually progress.  I teach mountain dulcimer and Native American flute as well. I teach out of a home studio.  I have a Bachelors with concentration in voice and classical guitar, Certified Music Practitioner in Music for Healing & Transition, a M.A. in Expressive Arts Therapy, a M.A. in Worship/Ethnomusicology, and completed a certificate in Yoga of the Voice, completed Native American Flute facilitator/teacher training, among other certifications listed on my website.

I love seeing a smile come on the face of my students when they accomplish a skill and are pleased with their new knowledge.  I love knowing that I am passing on the joy of playing a musical instrument that can be in turn shared with others.

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Stuyvesant, NY 12173
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2 Reviews


  • Jeremy Dresdner

    Dawn has been an excellent resource for us. She always has a positive attitude and is flexible whenever needed. I would recommend Dawn to anyone who is looking for assistance with learning music as she is fluent in many types of instruments and music styles.

  • Carminia Cramer

    Dawn's musical talents have enlightened my daughter's day each time she comes. Dawn is open to suggestions and is very creative toward my daughter's needs. Carminia Cramer, Kinderhook, NY


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

A beginner starts with 1/2 hour private lesson and a review of what they have previously learned if they have taken lessons before, a question/answer period on what they know of basic theory, and an introduction to chords in keys of D, G, A, E, progressing to Keys of C and F, and beyond, and rhythmic strum patterns.  If they are interested in fingerstyle/classical, there will be assignments and explanations on how to play in those.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

36 credits in Classical Guitar and Voice prior to Bachelor's degree.

Certified in Guitar and Voice, Music for Healing and Transition

M.A. Expressive Arts Therapy (Music, Movement, Literary and Fine Arts), Albany, NY and European Graduate School, Saas Fe, Switzerland

M.A. Worship Studies/Ethnomusicology, Liberty University, VA

Completed training in Yoga of the Voice,

completed facilitator/teacher training in Native American Style Flute, Flute Haven School, Valley Forge, PA

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

1/2 hour $20; hour $40

15% Discount for monthly hourly tuition prepaid at 1st lesson of the month = $132.