Our mission is to balance musicianship and fun by making sure each lesson you are challenged with a new technical or theory concept, but always incorporate your favorite songs into the lesson.

Our expert instructors have performed with Grammy Award Winning Artists, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Members and hold degrees from some of the most prestigious music schools.

We know that for a musician/student to reach their fullest potential, they need to love their music, and their instrument. This happens when our students are taught in the style of music they like best. To this end, when we teach our students, we focus on the type of music they are interested in as well as school curriculum, at Amity Music Academy, it’s all about the student. Just as the student needs the right size instrument, they need the right curriculum., and they need to be taught as an individual. Our highly qualified staff will assist you with any questions with our music instruction, instruments as well as help all band directors with our inventory.

* CUSTOM TAILORED LESSONS
* FUN APPROACH TO FIT STUDENTS NEEDS & INTERESTS
* LEARN TO PLAY YOUR FAVORITE SONGS
* FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE
* INSTRUMENTS FOR LESSONS (IF YOU DON'T HAVE ONE)
* INSTRUMENT RENTAL/PURCHASE AVAILABLE
* ADVANCED & GROUP LESSONS AVAILABLE
* WEEKLY BAND PERFORMANCE CLASSES
* NEW SIGN UPS RECEIVE 1ST LESSON DISCOUNT
* CURRENT STUDENTS REFER A FRIEND AND RECEIVE 1 FREE LESSON

John Ingrassia, Owner and Director & Head Instructor

Teaching Guitar

John has made a name for himself on the national music scene with his constant gigging. At 38 years old he has shared the stage with Johnny Winter, John Hammond, Chris Duarte, Devon Allman and many others and has performed at CTs top venues Toads Place, Blackeyed Sallys, Infinity Hall. John has recently recorded a new EP with friends and guest musicians and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Billy Cox (Jimi Hendrix) Jaimoe legendary drummer and founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans (Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble) & Glen Grahamand Brad Smith of Blind Melon, Ted Andreadis (Guns N’ Roses) with the project mixed by legendary producer and Grammy award winner Jim Gaines.
 


Tara C.

Teaching Vocals and Beginner Piano

Tara is a Music Teacher/Vocal Coach in the Connecticut area where she began taking singing and playing the piano at the age of nine from various teachers throughout the area including the Neighborhood Music School and the Educational Center for the Arts. In 1992 Tara was accepted into the Berklee College of Music where she received her Bachelor’s in Music Education.  While studying at Berklee Tara learned to coach students in vocal techniques, stage presence, ear training etc.  Tara has had the opportunity to tour Europe with the Glory Gospel Singers, She has also performed in several off Broadway Productions in the New York City area and   currently performs as a background vocalist for Connecticut and New York City Artist. Currently, Tara is a Music Teacher in the New Haven Public School system and is the assistant director of the children’s choir at the First Baptist Church in Milford CT.  Her Passion is to teach the world to sing, while building her student’s self esteem.


Jaminda

Teaching Flute, Vocals and Beginner Piano

Jaminda is a vocalist of more than 20 years and a flautist of more than 25 years.  She currently teaches music in New Haven, and is the director of three choirs.  You can find her singing with the Heritage Chorale of New Haven..  


Andres

Teaching Audio RecordingSaxophone + Clarinet

Independent audio engineer, musical composer, and music instructor with a strong passion for music and technology.

Education

B.M. Audio & Music Production, Computer Science Minor, Cum Laude, Western CT State Univ.


Mike

TEACHing DRUMS

Mike has been behind a drum kit since the early age of 3.  Over the years he has been involved in a number of groups ranging in styles from rock and funk to hip-hop and Jazz. He has been teaching professionally for the past 6 years throughout New Haven and Fairfield counties.  Mike also received his B.A. in Music and Sound engineering from the University of New Haven.

Currently you can catch Mike touring the Northeast with his Jam/funk band Relative Souls. He is also involved in a number of locals projects throughout the New Haven area.


Alexis

TEACHing VIOLIN

Alexis received her Bachelors of Music from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She enjoys freelancing as a violinist with various classical, Christian, and hip hop music groups as well as working with her own classical trio to bring classical music to more people throughout Greater New Haven. As an instructor she strives to make learning fun and engaging, and enjoys finding and arranging pop pieces for her students that will deepen their practice. She can also be seen performing regularly with her church’s praise team at Vertical Church in West Haven.

Testimonials

“I highly recommend Amity Music Academy. My daughter has been taking guitar lessons for a year and really enjoys her time there. The teachers are dynamic and show passion for teaching and helping youngsters grow as musicians. They have truly motivated my daughter to learn at her own pace and have fostered a lifelong appreciation of music.”

“My son has taken guitar lessons with John for about 3 years now and absolutely loves it. We would recommend John to anyone at any age looking to take guitar.Lessons are very reasonably priced and he is an amazing guitarist and teacher.”

My son, 9, takes piano lessons. He has been progressing nicely from Happy Birthday to Coldplay to Beethoven. And reading music too. He loves it! It’s been a fun, on-going experience at Amity Music. I recommend it!”

“My son really enjoys his saxophone lessons at Amity Music for over 3 years now. The teachers are excellent and they are very accomodating with the schedule and reasonably priced.”