Music Lessons

Lesson Rates

Ackerman's Music Center offers music lessons for all ages, styles and levels. Whether the student is a child with no musical knowledge or a seasoned musician who's looking to improve musicianship, we're here to help! Call us or drop by to learn in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. 

Monthly Rates:

Guitar - $170/month
Beginning Drums - $170/month

Rock & Advanced Drums - $170/month
Reeds, Strings & Brass - $170/month
Piano/Flute - $170/month


Ackerman's Music Center offers music lessons for all ages, styles and levels. Whether the student is a child with no musical knowledge or a seasoned musician who's looking to improve musicianship, we're here to help! Call us or drop by to learn in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Bob Torres - Guitar & Bass

Bob Torres is an extremely popular guitar teacher here at Ackerman's. He is an accomplished musician who teaches electric guitar and beginning bass guitar. Bob is also an expert in recording using pro tools. He is available for recording sessions. Please call or email for rates.

Mark Schipper - Drums & Percussion

Mark Schipper (B.A. William Paterson University, M.M. State University of New York at Stony Brook), student of Raymond Des Roches. 
Mark has conducted church choirs in New Jersey and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. He has recorded for Nonesuch, New World Records, and CRI. He participated on the Grammy Award winning "Percussion Music" recording with the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. He made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut in 1970 and was a Naumberg Chamber Music finalist 1978. He has performed under the batons of Charles Wuorinen, Harvey Sollberger, Arthur Wesberg and Raymond Des Roches. He has also studied conga, doumbek, frame drums, tabla and djembe. Mark taught at Nyack College and Montclair State University Music Preparatory Division. He has performed with a wide range of ensembles, including The Bergen Philharmonic, The Rockland Symphony, North Jersey Philharmonic, The Group for Contemporary Music, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and New Jersey Percussion Ensemble. Also The Ridgewood Symphony and Glen Rock Pops Orchestra. Has performed live on radio station WBAI and on TV with the Greg Smith Singers on NJPTV.
Mark is also a member in good standing of The Percussive Arts Society.

Mark is very popular with young children who wish to learn to play drums, xylophone, congas, timbales, as well as other types of percussion instruments. Mark is also sought after by adults looking to improve their existing percussion skills. A number of Mark's students have been selected for All-County or All-State bands or orchestras.

Mark is also the manager of Ackermans Percussion Department. Contact Mark if you have any questions about purchasing or repairing percussion equipment.

Patricia Lazzara - Flute

Patty Lazzara has enjoyed a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber and symphonic musician. She is a three time winner of Artists International, a Miyazawa Flute Artist, is the Winner of the Florida Flute Association Performers Grant for Advanced Study and is a 2004 Winner of the National Flute Association Convention Performers Competition. She is a founding member of UpTown Flutes, an innovative flute ensemble in residence at Drew University, is Co-Director of NJ Flute Choir Day and is the principal flutist with the Gateway Classical Music Society along with performing in several chamber ensembles.  She attended Carnegie Mellon University and received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the Hartt School of Music.
With over 20 years of teaching experience, Patty has developed a following among aspiring flute students here at Ackerman's Music. Patty is also the Executive director of Music For Life, an out source music lesson program sponsored by Ackerman's Music Center. Patty also teaches beginning classical piano. Her easy going but disciplined approach to teaching flute and piano guarantees a successful outcome to those wishing to learn to play recreationally or professionally.

Liz Charles - Cello

Liz Charles is our highly popular cello teacher here at Ackerman's Music Center. She is well versed in the classical literature. Liz's accomplishments in cello began at age 11 as principal cellist for the District Of Columbia Youth Orchestra. In her adult years Liz has competed successfully in international competitions and has played at various venues including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Liz's passion is teaching music. Liz's passion for sharing her experience with others who wish to learn to play the cello will provide a rewarding and fun learning experience!

Timothy M. Taylor - Piano

Timothy M. Taylor went to William Paterson University where he got his Bachelors in Piano Performance. Over the last 12 years he has been the Music Director/Accompanist for many community theater productions in NJ. He won the NJACT Perry award for outstanding music direction in 2007. From 2006-2009 he worked at Hasbrouk Height MS/HS as the Vocal Director where he was in charge of large and small vocal ensemble. 

Achilles Georghiou - Guitar and Bass

Achilles is a student of classical guitar at William Paterson University. His teaching style takes into account the musical goals of the student while including fundamental and necessary musical skills including sight-reading, music theory, learning how to play songs by ear and soloing.

With students that simply wish to increase their general musical ability on the guitar or bass, Achilles combines all of these training factors into an ongoing course of gradually increasing difficulty designed to assist the student in reaching the level of ability they so desire.  In addition, Achilles introduces students to the playing of many renowned guitarists by supplementing practice materials with the study of recorded guitar materials. Achilles plays guitar and also sings in Reservoir Dogz, a rock cover band.

James Sattler