Meet the Teachers
Each instructor at the CARUSO SCHOOL OF MUSIC is a professional musician. They make a living playing and teaching music. All styles and levels of music are taught by each and every instructor.
If you enjoy blues, jazz, classical, country, rap, funk, folk, Latin, swing or whatever, the CARUSO SCHOOL OF MUSIC will have you learning and playing the MUSIC of your choice within weeks. Absolutely everyone has the ability to play music. All it takes is a little desire and a teacher that can guide you through the experience, fun and excitement of learning to play music a musical instrument.
Eddie Aledia (Guitar, Bass, Voice, Piano, Ukulele, Banjo)
Eddie has been playing and teaching music for 32 years. He is an honors graduate of The Musicians Institue in Hollywood Ca. Eddie started the Caruso School of Music and was the first in the local area to bring the college level of teaching to the music store lesson studios. This included teaching students how to play together in rock,blues and jazz bands, and then showcase their progress to their parents. Eddie is comfortable teaching any style of music. He continues to perform at weddings,clubs and other venues while raising 3 children with his wife Mary.
Mike Conroy (Guitar, Bass, Voice, Piano)
Mike graduated as a jazz major from the Hartford conservatory in 2008. Mike has been playing and teaching guitar for 15 years. He has worked in many local bands playing rock and jazz at many different venues. Mike also teaches piano and voice. He makes learning fun by teaching songs as well as reading music and understanding music theory. Mike likes to say......." It's never too early or to late to put a musical instrument in your life. "
Mike Golembeski (Piano and Bass)
Mike Golembeski has been playing music since the age of 5. Having grown up with a father who was a respected bass player from the Motown genre, music has always been a passion in Mike's life. After attending college as a music major, he had the opportunity to tour nationally opening for such artists as Blues Traveler, G.Love and Special Sauce, and George Clinton. In addition, Mike has also been fortunate enough to perform with some of the most well respected jazz artists in the world, both on bass and piano. He has had the privilege of studying classical piano with Sarah Meneely-Kyder and jazz piano with Kent Hewitt, Joe Parillo, and Bob Winter. On bass, he has studied under Jon Quinn, Jim Hunter, Mark Henry (Boston Pops), and Benjamin Jonah Wolfe (Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis), as well as master classes at Berklee College of Music with Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller. Mike brings his high-level of passion into the classroom with him at all times, and loves bringing the language of music into his students' lives.
Constance Carroll (Piano)
Constance has taught piano on all levels, from beginner to adult and college/conservatory students. With experience as a professional dance and musical/opera accompanist and church organist/choir director, she believes in the practical uses of the keyboard as a motivational factor. Solo recitals at Hartt College, Hartford School of Music, Indiana University School of Music and at various libraries and recital halls in the US and Germany have provided her with invaluable experience for the developing pianist. Her chosen profession of teaching includes a B.M. in Piano Pedagogy from Hartt, a M.M. in Accompanying and Coaching from Manhattan School of Music, and doctoral studies in piano and piano teaching at I.U. School of Music, Bloomington. More important are the great teachers she has studied under: German Diez of NYC, Maria Luisa Faini of Eastman School of Music, and Alfonso Montecino of Indiana University. She tries to give all the basic background which will lead to a lifetime of musical enjoyment and appreciation.
Bob Burt (Drum Set and Percussion)
Bob has been teaching here at Caruso’s for over 15 years. After attending Berklee College of Music he played with a variety of bands traveling extensively. He also has spent many years performing and teaching and arranging for various groups in the drum corps activity, including the Connecticut Hurricanes, 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps, the United States Coast Guard Academy Windjammers, and the Fitch High School Marching Band. He has been a member of Johnny and the East Coast Rockers since 1994 playing all over New England as well as recording numerous albums. He also has studied with Joe Morello, John Ramsey, Ed Uribe and many other fine teachers. Bob has the ability to tailor drum lessons for each individual students goals be it rock jazz or any other style, as well as keep it fun for the student. Bob's goal is to have fun and get you playing.
Jason Wallace (Drum Set and Percusson)
Jason started playing drums at the age of thirteen and now has over eleven years of playing experience. His first opportunity at teaching music came during his freshman year of high school. He was given the responsibility to teach "Beginner Instrumental Music" (Percussion Section) by the music director at this alum, Norwich Free Academy. He now has been teaching drum kit & hand percussion at Caruso's School of Music for over eight years. Jason can be seen in numerous live performance groups all over New England. (Exp. "The Enth" a Sling Slang Records recording artist, "The Tony Marshall Band" a Mohegan Sun nightclub house band, & many more!) He has participated in the recordings of "We Evolved" by Before the Holy (Wingbat Records), "To Live To Die Again" by The Enth (Sling Slang records), and many more! Jason has always viewed teaching percussion as the most rewarding aspect of his musical career. Besides the principal basics Jason focuses his student's lessons on learning the music they love the most. Come & learn Rock, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Hip Hop, Metal, Latin, Pop, Dance, Country, & more!
Nan Zyrlis (Piano)
Piano teacher Nan Zyrlis has 20-plus years' teaching experience and 30-plus years' performing experience in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island (solo, cabaret, with bands, for theater groups, as singing accompanist, etc.). Local venues have included the Ship's Wheel, the Floodtide, the Radisson Hotel, Norwich Inn, Pfizer Players and Mitchell College musicals, etc. Now semi-retired, Nan has channeled her love of music into an eagerness to impart her knowledge to her students. She teaches a wide range of musical genres: classical, popular, jazz, blues and folk, and includes note-reading, musical theory, and chord playing in her teaching repertoire.