Community Music School

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Community Music School

NJCU Community Music School

The mission of the NJCU Community Music School is to provide students with a well-rounded music curriculum and education. NJCUCMS faculty members are strongly dedicated to meeting the demands of their students' varied musical goals and talents.

What Instruments Do You Teach? 

 We have specialists for nearly every instrument - check out our list of instruments that we teach!

  • flute, oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, saxophone, bassoon 
  • trumpet, trombone, French horn, euphonium, tuba
  • voice
  • piano
  • strings 
  • guitar
  • drums 

Why Should I Take Lessons at NJCU's CMS?

  • lessons and classes at CMS are student-focused, flexible, and supportive
  • we strive to create a positive environment in which all students can pursue their musical dreams
  • participate in student recitals, hear your teacher play in faculty performances, and experience mock auditions
  • access to meet music legends who frequently pass through the campus of New Jersey City University 

Why Should I Make Music? 

  • foster self-esteem, confidence, and the ability to work with others
  • exercise the brain and inspire creativity
  • reinforce the values of commitment, discipline, and hard work
  • Enhance cognitive development
  • and most importantly, TO HAVE FUN!

How Much Do Lessons Cost?


Contact Information

Highlighted Faculty

  • Tammy Brobeck

    Tammy Brobeck

    Tammy Brobeck, also known as performing Artist Tammy Michelle is a pianist and singer-songwriter. Tammy has studied piano and voice since she was nine years old.  She is currently enrolled as a Music Business Major at New Jersey City University.

    Tammy has studied extensively with the distinguished vocal coach William Riley. Riley is known for coaching Artists including Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. Tammy made her singing debut performing the soprano part in Mozart’s Coronation Mass at Carnegie Hall with the NJCU Concert Chorale on May 26, 2019.

    She has a passion for teaching piano and welcomes students of all ages.

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    Melody Chen

    Melody Chen is a classical piano performer and teacher who patiently shares her relevant music talent, knowledge, and techniques with students of all ages. She began having private piano lessons and vocal lessons since she was 7 and went on to graduate magna cum laude from Kean University in double majors of Bachelor of Art in Music and Global Business in 2019. Melody Chen is a graduate student attending New Jersey City University majoring in Piano Performance and is an aspiring conductor.

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    Martin Granda

    Martin holds a Bachelor of Music from Mannes College of Music where he studied with Emmy award winner Fred Hand. 

    At Mannes he received a rigorous conservatory training while also studying with some of the best guitarists and musicians in the world. He was selected to perform in a master class for the legendary composer Leo Brouwer. 

    Currently he is seeking a master’s degree from NJCU studying with the concert virtuoso Dr. Celil Rafik Kaya.

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    Tipi Horowitz

    Tipi is a graduate of New Jersey City University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. During her time at NJCU she was named a 2020 Distinguished Clinical Intern Award Nominee by the New Jersey Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the New Jersey Department of Education. She has had the opportunity to teach the joy that is learning an instrument to students of all ages.

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    Amanda Kaya

    Amanda Kaya has a Bachelor in Music in Performance (University of Oklahoma) and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology (University of Austin, Texas). Amanda has received multiple honors and awards for her performances, and has been featured in multiple festivals and orchestras around the country. 

    Amanda Kaya has vast experience teaching students ages 4 to adults.

  • Xavi Morato

    Xavi Morató

    Xavi Morató began to play the Violin at the age of 3 at the Early Music school with the teachers Joanvi Sanchis and Concha Morató and continued his classical violin studies with professors Sergio Castro and Vicente Huerta. While he was studying at the Superior Conservatory of Music Joaquín Rodrigo de Valencia, he became interested in other musical styles outside the classical music and began to train in Violin jazz with Pere Nolasc. Once he finished his higher studies, he started his training as Suzuki teacher through a postgraduate degree in Suzuki Pedagogy at the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp (Belgium) with Professors Wilfried Van Gorp, WIm Meuris, Veerle Van Gorp and Koen Rens. During that time he retained his interest in popular music and continued his training in Jazz violin with Federico Nathan and the guitarist Jacopo Mezzanotti. In June 2020 he was awarded a scholarship of the New Jersey City University (NJCU) to begin his Master's studies where he will continue his modern violin studies with violinist and composer Jeremy Kittle.

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    Kaileen Santiago

    Kaileen Santiago is a senior at NJCU, specializing in classical voice and is a part of the music education department. With a background in musical theater, Kaileen has been in a multitude of productions, onstage and backstage, including NJCU’s Sweeney Todd,Chess, and Pippin.Outside of school, Kaileen volunteers at her church to aid in the religious education of students in the elementary and middle school grades


    Elif Sinan

    Elif Sinan has started her music career when she was six years old. She grew up in a family of a strong musical background. She graduated from Uludag University State Conservatory in Turkey and received her Bachelor of Music degree with Summa Cum Laude from NJCU in 2020. She is currently seeking her master’s degree in Classical Piano Performance with Dr. Min Kim.

    Elif received numerous prestigious awards, including gold medal in New York ‘Fortepiano Competition 2017’ at Carnegie Hall. She participated in international piano competitions in Germany, Spain, Sweden and received high recognitions with top prizes

    Elif Sinan also enjoys teaching piano at all levels and ages. She integrates Russian, European and American music-teaching philosophies for successful and enjoyable music experiences.