Our resident percussion pro, Tommy D., is a seasoned and accredited veteran of performing and teaching with over 35 years of successful and progressive experience in all aspects of drumming and percussion. He's a veteran rocker who has toured with several bands on the East Coast circuit and has recorded with artists such as Brian Tarquin, Emile Menasche (Speak the Language), and John Montaldo (Significant Others).
In addition to rocking out (and making everyone smile!), Tommy is adamant about students learning notation, sight reading, and the art of rudimental drumming, including building hand technique. He teaches all genres of music such as Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Fusion, Hip-Hop, R&B and linear drumming. Tommy is also a member of the National Association of Rudimental Drummers (N.A.R.D.), which he received while studying percussion at Miami Dade College. He also attended Drummers Collective in N.Y.C. where he studied with Mike Clark.
Those who have met or studied with Eric can't help but be drawn in by his warm personality, extreme patience, constant encouragement and ability to really shape students into working musicians. Eric holds a Bachelors in Cello Performance from SUNY Oswego, emphasis on Education, and is the "string guy" (guitar, bass, cello) at Hubbels Music. He is also a pianist and a drummer (he plays everything!). He's a self admitted "funky blues" kind of guy, but on the opposite side has a dear love for schmaltzy Romantic era cello solos.
Eric is fond of teaching all ages, and is often specially requested for older beginners who want be thrown right into the musical field. He gets his students jamming and keeps things quick and exciting for them; in fact, we find that many of them become multi-instrumentalists like their teacher.
Kate ("Miss Kate") was given piano lessons as a gift for her 7th birthday and has never stopped playing since! Kate holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Keene State College, where she attended on talent scholarship (under the tutelage of pianist George Loring), and an MAT from Manhattanville. She is a dual pianist/violist as well as an electric bassist, and was part of the KSC Chamber Ensemble and an orchestral student teacher at Horace Greeley High School.
Before starting Hubbels Music, Kate taught for years at music schools around Westchester and New Jersey. She specializes in all ages novice to advanced, but has become an expert at starting very young beginners comfortably and accurately using blends of Suzuki, Kodály, Orff and her own methods (because when you start 'em right, they stay right!)
There's that age-old expression that someone has the "voice of an angel," but for Victoria, we'd say she sounds like an angel who also happens to be a Disney Princess! Victoria is very excited to be starting up as the vocal teaching artist at Hubbels Music. She studied at Muhlenberg College, where she received a BA in Theatre and Music, concentration in Vocal Performance, and had vocal training under faculty such as Kevin Connors, Christa Warda, Nan Christie, and Bryan Wade.
Over the past several years, Victoria has kept active in the musical theatre field, including playing Tracy Turnblad in "Hairspray" at the Arizona Broadway Theatre. Her bright, bubbly personality has not only lit up stages, but makes her a natural fit for teaching and working with children
Victoria also has over ten years of dance experience and parlays her acting and movement skills into her pedagogy.