Mindful Music Lessons

Mindful Music Lessons

4.9 (9)
33 hires on Lessons.com
18 employees
11 years in business

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Hi there! :) You're invited to a FREE Meet & Greet at... Mindful Music Lessons. Because every artist needs a mentor™

Low-carbon music lessons on ≈any instrument, in ≈any genre, and we often can accomodate lessons in your native language (e.g. español, 中文português, bosanski, etc). So lose the commute, & save on gas because the future of music education is here.

Music can be transformative when you surround yourself with the right people; collaborators & teaching-artists, etc. Balancing good vibes & discipline takes work, but hey! '...practice makes progress!' We're here to share light with whoever calls & tells us the challenges they're facing right now in the music space.

Having guided 1000+ students on 12+ different instruments since 2011 as a multi-genre Producer / Composer / Lyricist and an NYU alum, it's clear to me that listening for the student's biggest needs of the day is the best way to support their long-term musical journeys. (ask about our Gift Certificates because they make excellent holiday gifts :) Studying the craft with a Mindful Music Mentor™ cultivates an even deeper appreciation for the power of music. You could play in Rock bands, Jazz bands, Choirs, Musical theater troupes, Symphony & String Orchestras, make your own beats. Music is the soundtrack of life! Our students live primarily in: •CT, NY, NJ, MA, NH, PA, RI, DE, VA, GA, NC, ID, KY, FLA •your zip code soon?

We proudly work with ages 7 to adult; that's children , students with special needs, students of all abilities, seniors, veterans, worship leaders, and homeschool groups. Looking forward to hearing what inspires you most about music and cultivating THAT. Feel free to contact me anytime to chat about the next steps. best,

-Tom Stroll
founder / multi-instrumentalist

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Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
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9 Reviews


  • Irit Laderman

    I have been Playing classical violin for 10 years and wanted to experiment with Fiddling. Mindful music and Kensuke has maid it a easy transition. I expected it to be painful to switch between such different styles of playing and learning but it has been quite easy and has made me exceedingly happy.

  • Carolyn, EJ & both our broods

    Dear Tom- [The recital] was a triumph! Thank you for your dedication + all around excellent work with our kids. You teach them not only about music, but patience, process, perseverance + fun. We really enjoyed the concert. Thank you for all you do. Looking forward to more great music.

  • Terri Rosov

    I don't know if it's weird for me say, but I really enjoyed hearing some of your work. I always admired your musical talent! If anyone I know needs some original music for something, I'll definitely point them your way.

  • Gregory Almonord

    Tom gave me a sense of direction not just on trumpet technique, but also what it takes to improvise. He is an incredibly patient and knowledgeable instructor and I really enjoyed my lessons with him! Thanks Tom!

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

Getting familiar with your or your child's learning style, helping beginners start off on the right foot with good posture and healthy habits.

Listening for what inspires you most, and noticing when the student smiles, while also identifying what area of playing needs the most work. Next we'll play some fun and/or challenging pieces, and decide together what's the best approach for your goals.

FREE First lesson (+ FREE Registration) with 1st month registration.

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

I've taught 12+ instruments to 1,000+ students since 2011; written music for a play produced Off-Broadway; I'm a New York University alum, earned a BA degree in music theory & composition (NYU Steinhardt school of culture, education, & human development). Worked as a paid intern for Emmy®-winning producer/arranger/music director, Rob Mathes. 

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

Our online lessons are listed at $51.75/half-hour BUT we may have a discount for students in your area.

In-person lessons are ≈$65/half-hour depending on travel distance, etc.

How did you get started teaching?

In my early 20s, around the time I dressed up as a cowboy time to teach 5-year-olds how to square dance at a birthday party, I gave a sax lesson to a 4th grader I had been babysitting, he loved the lesson, and so that became my first music student.

Meanwhile, a friend of mine was teaching at a music school in town so I taught there for 4-5 years before going off on my own. Then, I freelanced for another 5 years before starting Mindful Music Lessons™. 

What types of students have you worked with?

Ages 5 to adult
Students of all colors, ethnicities, & skill-levels are welcome. (Age 7+ works better more often, esp. remotely; 10+ for drums)

All genres are welcome. We can often accomodate students in foreign languages. Speaking English is not required.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Some students baked cookies & triggered a smoke machine at our 2021 Spring Recital. Lolz

And we all 'hung red curtains' (by changing the ZOOM background) to elevate the performance experience a bit more. It all came together to create something fun & memorable for everybody in the room. :)

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask yourself:

Is the teacher listening to my needs & wants? Can they shine light on an area that needs more exploring, on a weekly basis? Am I having fun & smiling & having 'aha' moments frequently? Am I improving while still having fun?

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Am I playing my favorite instrument? in my preferred genre? with and for the right audience? in a space & environment that supports my musical goals?

how much time am I willing to commit to mastering my craft? (because this doesn't happen overnight. We are looking for relationships of 1-5years with students who want to completely transform their playing and experience of music).

Am I playing just for the fun of it, or do I want to pursue this as a side-hustle? ...as a career? ...or for the greater good of the community even?

Lots to unpack here... but let's chat today to see if we're a good fit.

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