"Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other in the integration of the human being because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the Soul on which they mightily fasten, imparting grace, and making the Soul of him who is rightly educated truly graceful."
Congratulations to student Chris Finchfor being accepted to Berklee Music College in Boston!
At Lenox School of Music in Stamford, Connecticut, our instructors take great pride in their burning passion to teach. Instruction is set in a private one-to-one environment and lessons are taught by dedicated and accomplished professional musicians. Our instructors work individually with students to assist them to realize their personal and professional musical goals.
Whether you want to learn a specific style (rock, blues or jazz), master the riffs for a group of favorite tunes, or gain complete mastery of your instrument, our instructors will teach you how to get the most enjoyment out of your playing.
“Ratso is an inspiring teacher who shares his passion for music with his students. He is patient and understanding and makes time for ‘fun music’ while at the same time maintaining strict standards for music theory and technique. Our son has learned a tremendous amount from him.”
— Anna Zaranski and Patrick Goulding
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John "Ratso" Gerardi
Guitarist John "Ratso" Gerardi, founder and owner of Lenox School of Music, has been a teacher, singer/songwriter and performer for over 50 years. As owner of the Indie recording label Riff Rat Records™, Ratso has produced or co-produced original recordings and several debut albums of talented young artists. The father of one of his students said this about the impact of guitar lessons from Ratso: "Ratso's lessons are life lessons."
Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and teacher, Chris Carter has performed in nightclubs, concerts and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe leading his own group, The Chris Carter Band, or backing such legendary artists as Solomon Burke, Lester Chambers (of The Chambers Brothers), Chubby Checker, The Drifters, Eddie Floyd, Roy Gaines, The Ink Spots, Johnnie Johnson, Earl King, The Marvelettes, and many, many more.
Al Payson is the touring bassist in José Feliciano's band and audio engineer at Mr. Feliciano's recording studio. A seasoned touring veteran, he has played with many national and worldwide acts, including The Coasters, The Drifters, The Marvelettes and Wishbone Ash. He has also performed with The Burr Johnson Band, Blue Law, Mojo Myles (Mancuso, the 13-year-old guitar phenom), and Tom Dudley and his Blues Buddha Band.
Joe Meo is a multi-woodwind player who has had a wide-ranging musical career since he picked up his first instrument – a clarinet that fell out of a car across the street from his house when he was 8 years old! He's played on many recordings and with many pop artists, including Billy Vera, The Pointer Sisters, The Four Tops, The Temptations and Johnny Mathis, to name a few.
Angelo Natalie, a mainstay since 1980, teaches drums, piano and voice. His production work in Nashville and New York has afforded him the opportunity to work with many of the leading session musicians and singers in the country. He has taught percussion classes at a South Bronx public school and music theory at a School of Rock workshop.
Bill Harris has been an integral part of the New York City area music scene for nearly 30 years. He has performed in the clubs, theaters and recording studios of the tri-state area as well as throughout the US, Europe and Japan. Bill is a renowned performer in any and all styles on all of the saxophones, clarinets and flutes. His debut CD “The Extra Mile” was released to rave reviews from critics and musicians alike.
Bassist Scott Spray is a Live Performer, Studio Musician, Producer, Songwriter, Studio Contractor, Bass Instructor and more. He was Bassist & Songwriter with Johnny Winter from 2002 to 2014. He has over 600 album credits, a list of stage & recording colleagues that reads like a* Who's Who * of American music, with Television Soundtracks & Commercials also in his field of expertise.
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“Ratso is the only guitar teacher I have ever had, and I have been able to live my dreams in the music industry as a result. Of course his talent for teaching music helped prepare me for the big stage, but it is what he taught me "in between the notes" that made the real difference--professionally and personally. Lessons with Ratso are not just studies in music, but lessons in life. Because of the person that he is, he inspires his students to develop good character, maintain positive values, and become good role models for others. These are the not-so-simple lessons that lead to real success in life, and I know of no better teacher to guide that process than Ratso.”
RAVI HUTHEESING INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE SPEAKER
"Ratso is the one guitar instructor who made all the difference for our son Jonathan. Why? First, he teaches music, so Jon benefitted from the great tradition of Ratso's own teacher, legendary jazzman Sal Salvador, who passed onto Ratso a wealth of universal musical knowledge independent of any style. Second, Jon learned that the guitar is a highly technical instrument and after unlearning all of the bad habits he'd previously picked up, his playing became fluid and effortless. Ratso's ability to share knowledge, teach technique, and inject fun — combined with a student's desire to learn — leads to success in playing."
STEVE ANDERSON MANAGING DIRECTOR, LOANCORE CAPITAL, LLC
"Our son, an enthusiastic guitar player, started taking lessons with Ratso when he was 16. Within a year, he was performing solos in his high school jazz band normally reserved for older students, became an integral member of the jazz band and one of the reason it won competitions. He was awarded 'Outstanding Solo Performance' at a high school competition at the prestigious Berklee School of Music. His band teacher commented on how much improved his note reading, fingering, and understanding of music theory was — all because of Ratso's instruction.
"Ratso is a taskmaster who asks students to practice drills and other fundamentals before playing the music they desire. Ratso encouraged our son to perform in a band he would've never had access to without Ratso's support. We firmly believe that it was Ratso's influence that grew our son's interest in music from a hobby to a passion. Ratso finds the best in every student. Our family considers Ratso a lifelong friend, and his kindness and willingness to share his world with our son has been a tremendous gift."
STEVE AND LAURA PALMER