May 2019 Student of the Month

Congratulations to Bethel Desta on being named Family Music Center's Student of the Month for May 2019!

The Family Music Center is proud to announce that Bethel Desta has been named the May 2019 Student of the Month for her dedication to and appreciation of music. She is currently finishing up 4th grade and has been taking piano lessons for nearly one and half years. She also enjoys playing the clarinet, listening to music, drawing, and reading. In addition, Bethel participates in track and field, and is a member of the Girl Scouts.


Photo: Teacher Stephanie Buggie (left), Student of the Month Bethel Desta (center), Family Music Center co-director Bob Fortuna (right)

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April 2019 Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Steve Cusano on being named Family Music Center's Teacher of the Month for April 2019!

The Family Music Center is proud to announce Steve Cusano as our Teacher of the Month for April 2019 for his outstanding instruction and dedication to his students. Steve Cusano is a graduate from the Hartt School's Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz with a BA in Music Performance (Jazz Studies) with a focus in drums. He has been touring the northeast with two bands over the past few years. Steve is the founder, tour manager, and drummer for the future soul band, Broca's Area. In 2018, Broca's Areas' single "See" was featured on Spotify playlist "State of Jazz" and "Butter" where it got over 300,000 plays. In addition, Steve tours nationally as a drummer and core member in Hartford based, folk rock Americana band, Wise Old Moon. He is a drum instructor in the New Haven/Hartford area and has had students attend regionals in CT for two years in a row. Steve founded Parkville Sounds in 2017.  


Photo: Steve Cusano (left) being congratulated by Family Music Center co-director Bob Fortuna (right) 

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March 2019 Student of the Month

Congratulations to Eva Shewaye on being named Family Music Center's Student of the Month for March 2019!

The Family Music Center is proud to announce that Eva Shewaye has been named the March 2019 Student of the Month for her dedication to and appreciation of music. She is currently in 5th grade and has been taking piano lessons for over three years. In addition to music, Eva loves sports, and has been playing track and soccer for over two years. She is also a member of the swim team, and greatly enjoys baking.


Photo: Teacher Stephanie Buggie (left), Student of the Month Eva Shewaye (center), Family Music Center co-director Bob Fortuna (right)

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February 2019 Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Stephanie Buggie on being named Family Music Center's Teacher of the Month for February 2019!

The Family Music Center is proud to announce Stephanie Buggie as our Teacher of the Month for February 2019 for her outstanding instruction and dedication to her students. Stephanie teaches students of all ages from 5 and up in a wide variety of instruments, including the piano, saxophone, bassoon, and flute. She is also the Center’s vocal instructor. She has received formal training at the Eastman and Julliard Schools of Music, and currently performs with the Hamden Symphony Orchestra. She has been teaching music for twenty years, including over five years at the Family Music Center. Prior to teaching, Stephanie pursued a performance career for ten years.


Photo: Stephanie Buggie (left) being congratulated by Family Music Center co-director Bob Fortuna (right)

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February 2019 Student of the Month

Congratulations to Jenna Dadio on being named Student of the Month for February 2019!

The Family Music Center is proud to announce that Jenna Dadio has been named the February 2019 Student of the Month for her dedication to and appreciation of music. She has been taking lessons for about 2 and half years, first learning the cello and now learning the alto saxophone. Jenna also enjoys dance and theater, and has participated in several concerts, recitals, and plays.


Photo: Teacher Stephanie Buggie (left), Student of the Month Jenna Dadio (center), Family Music Center co-director Bob Fortuna (right) 

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January 2019 Student of the Month

Congratulations to Nina Nguyen on being named Student of the Month for January 2019!

The Family Music Center is proud to announce that Nina Nguyen has been named the January 2019 Student of the Month for her dedication to and appreciation of music. She has been taking piano lessons for about 2 and half years and has progressed so quickly that she is now one of our most talented students. Nina is in the third grade and also enjoys playing the recorder, creating artwork, and writing.  


Photo: Teacher Stephanie Buggie (left), Student of the Month Nina Nguyen (center), Family Music Center co-director Bob Fortuna (right)

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January 2019 Teacher of the Month

Congratulations to Chris Defossez on being named Teacher of the Month for January 2019!

The Family Music Center is proud to recognize Chris Defossez as our Teacher of the Month for January 2019. Chris is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brandeis University with a BA in Music and can teach numerous instruments including: Guitar, Trumpet, Bass, Drums, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Piano, Trombone, and Ukulele. In the past, he ran the music program at Saint Martin de Porres Academy in New Haven, a private Catholic school for under-served youth. His teaching style strives to ensure students have fun in lessons, while pushing them to constantly improve their own playing. He wants all his students to enjoy music as much as he does, and his teaching style is a reflection of that philosophy.


Photo: Chris Defossez (left) being congratulated by Family Music Center co-director Bob Fortuna (right) 

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