About Us

Excellence


At the Center, we value excellence in our teachers and our students. Each student is expected to consistently work hard towards their personal improvement, practice self-discipline, and work well with others. Enrollment is contingent on these expectations as well as regular attendance.

Accessibility


We believe that everyone should have access to quality music education. No one will be excluded based on their ability to pay. We are able to provide scholarships and lower costs as we are committed to reinvesting 100% of income back into our facilities and hiring the best teachers for our students.

Community


The Center believes in giving back to its community. By establishing relationships with our schools and partnering with local businesses, we strive to make a significant contribution to our local communities through performance, education and participating in local events

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

—Morrie Schwartz, from Tuesdays with Morrie

Joey Berkley, Director

Veteran tenor saxophonist Joey Berkley has been a part of the NY music scene for more than 30 years. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Joey’s career has evolved from being known as a highly sought after sideman at ease in a wide variety of musical settings, to the present where Joey focuses his energy mostly toward writing and performing with his bands.

As an educator prior to his role as director of the Center, he served over 15 years at Fox Lane Middle and High Schools in Bedford, NY as their Woodwind Specialist and directed both the Middle School and High School Jazz Ensembles. His high school quartet came in 2nd and 3rd place at the Berklee Jazz High School Competition in 2016 and 2017.  He regularly is brought in to consult and work with various area high school and university jazz ensembles, most recently working with St John’s University jazz band. In 2009 Joey released his first educational DVD “All Things Saxophone” which continues to enjoy worldwide success.

Brought up as a jazz musician firmly rooted in the tradition of Coltrane, Miles, and Monk, Joey developed his own sound by incorporating these influences. Berkley’s career as a tenor saxophonist, recording artist has evolved through a variety of stages: first as an in-demand sideman; to the founder/leader of various bands including Joey Berkley Quartet (JB4), Funkasaurus Rex, Four Good Reeds, the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, and currently the Joey Berkley Band.

His compositions can be heard on his CD releases “Made in NYC”, “More’n Four”, Joey Berkley’s Bandits and in July 2019 “Moving Forward” with the Joey Berkley band. As an arranger, Joey’s charts are showcased on the Funkasaurus Rex CD’s “Etched in Stone” and more recently ” I Hear Voices.”

Liz and Paul Sander, Owners

Liz Sander is executive vice president and chief actuary at Odyssey Reinsurance Co. in Stamford, Ct. Paul Sander is a former software development professional who is a teacher and doctoral candidate in theology at Fordham.