Tony and students, AASPA graduation program, Spivey Hall, 2009
Gittelson and Tony Winston
student is an individual and each piano lesson is tailored to the student's unique
strengths, challenges, and interests. Musical
preferences are incorporated into lessons so students will be inspired to practice.
Hand position and fingering
support and encouragement is essential so I try keep parents closely involved.
A parent's participation in daily practice is very helpful with young beginners. It helps to establish good practice habits and establishes a better rapport for the parent, teacher and child. A most positive way of beginning the journey of learning music!
Tony Winston has been a private piano instructor for twenty years. He is a certified in the Suzuki Method, as well as in the Yamaha Music Education System which is a group lesson method. Mr. Winston has a private piano studio with fellow teacher Cathy Gittelson, and has a roster of over 50 students. He also teaches jazz, pop and runs a 'garage band' class which gives his students ensemble experience and exposure to drums, bass and electric piano.
Mr. Winston studies classical music with renowned instructor Lois Finely. He was the graduation director of the AASPA program for 6 years before beginning his own program in 2013, the foundation being the core teachings of the Suzuki Method. Tony Winston has been a professional jazz pianist and singer since his late teens.
Since moving to Atlanta, Mr. Winston has been a major presence in the Atlanta jazz scene. As a soloist, and with his trio and big band, he has been heard in most all of the jazz venues throughout the city. As a well-respected vocalist, he has performed with numerous ensembles and jazz performers throughout the south. Winston's "Mondo Swing Orchestra" has perfomed for corporate functions, weddings and private events since 1999.
Cathy Gittelson has been a private piano instructor for over 25 years. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Boston's Berklee College of Music and a Masters Degree in Performing Arts Administration from New York University.Ms. Gittelson has taught at various music studios throughout Atlanta, and taught K-5 music classes at the Epstein School of Atlanta. Before moving to Atlanta, she was the Publicity Director at one of the 5 top classical music managements in New York City.
Currently she maintains a piano studio with Tony Winston which has a roster of over 50 students. In addition, she continues her work as a freelance publicist for classical musicians. Recently, Ms. Gittelson began the Music Education at Your Door program, which provides in-home lessons to students in the East Cobb-Roswell-Dunwoody area.