Bernadette Tornabene

Bernadette T.

Lindenhurst, NY
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About Bernadette T.

I am a NYS certified Music teacher who has been teaching in the school system for over 20 years.

I hold both my BM and MA degree in Music Education, and Jazz guitar was my major instrument in college. My focus is to teach techniques, skills and concepts for life-long learning.

I am currently available to teach Guitar, Music Theory and Beginner Piano.

Aside from teaching private guitar and piano lessons and teaching General music and Chorus in school, I perform and accompany singers as a guitarist in churches on Long Island.

For your added security, I've been VIRTUS trained with the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre and fingerprinted with the NYS Education department.

My system of guitar training includes:

* Right hand and Left hand technical exercises geared towards developing coordination and confidence;

*work in music reading of standard music notation and TAB;

* Fretboard navigation, pick-control and fingerstyle techniques.

* Song repertoire knowledge and memorization

*Solo guitar interpretation of popular songs as well as accompaniment styles appropriate for backing your or another's voice;
*Ear-training and Music theory is incorporated into each lesson.

NYSSMA preparation is available for both Classical and Jazz auditions.

Piano lessons are available with concentration in proper hand mechanics and technique, theory, ear-training and music reading. NYSSMA preparation up through level 4 is available.

*** Lesson Details ***
My guitar lessons follow a structured format. I begin with technical exercises for both the picking/strumming hand and the fretting hand, leading to good sound production. As students learn to achieve well-balanced tones, they learn to apply that to the written page using standard music notation and the TAB system. From single notes, students learn to build harmony, (chords), from 2 notes, to 3, and thereafter, 4. Song repertoire is built from a variety of sources including published method books. Memorization of song repertoire is stressed.

After the student has learned the notes and scales in the first position as well as the associated chords, he/she can learn songs of his/her choosing from the Folk, Pop, Classical and Jazz repertoire that is appropriate to his/her current level.

Piano method books used include the Dozen-A-Day and Hanon technique exercises as well as the Schaum and Michael Aaron method book series'.

NYSSMA training/coaching is available for both piano and guitar with suitable training beginning a least a year before the NYSSMA audition is to take place.

The Guitar student should have a good quality guitar, (steel strings, nylon strings, or steel-string electric) professionally set-up with light-gauged strings (for the beginners), a strap, a music stand, and time and space in the home in order to encourage a daily routine of practice.

The Piano student should have daily access to a piano or keyboard instrument with weighted keys in order to be able to practice lesson material daily.

For young students, a practice chart is given where a student is to mark his/her practice time in order for progress to be made.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a dedicated room in my home that is set up for private practice and teaching. It has an electronic piano, folding chairs, a music stand and guitar amplifiers and cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring an acoustic guitar with me to all out-going lessons so that I can play along with the student and demonstrate techniques as necessary. I bring extra blank sheets of music writing paper, fret board diagrams, and study sheets, as well as extra copies of the books I use most frequently. I can purchase books/materials for the student, with the student's or parent/guardian's reimbursement, or the student may purchase materials on their own.

*** Specialties ***
Pick-style and finger-style guitar, both acoustic and electric; music reading, music theory; re-harmonization and arrangement techniques to make a song your own!

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  • Awarded Award of Excellence in Psychology from Five Towns College
  • Teaching since 1992
  • MA from NYU

Reviews (10)

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John F. Jul 19, 2019
Guitar · In studio

Bernadette is a patient professional teacher, just what I need to help me learn guitar.

Sophia C. Sep 2, 2017
Piano · In studio

Bernadette is really kind and patient, Both of our kids look forward to working with her.

Gianna Z. Apr 9, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Just wonderful with my children very pleased

Michaela Z. Apr 9, 2016
Piano · In studio

She's very patient I couldn't be happier

BRIAN J Mar 31, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Bernadette is an excellent communicator .She provides an easy understanding of the lesson while making one feel very comfortable with her terrific energy. I highly recommend her.

Gina P. Mar 28, 2016
Guitar · In home

Bernadette is a patient, through instructor. This was my first lesson and i am looking forward to learning much more from her.

Felix R. Mar 28, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Good lesson!

Daniel C. Aug 25, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

When the year started and I wanted to get serious playing guitar and becoming a better performer, singer, songwriter and just overall musician, I said to myself, "Where do I start?" To find someone of Bernadette's talent, quality, and patience has truly be amazing. She is great at setting up a practice structure and teaching theory as well as building up your skills and open to directing the lessons to exactly what you are looking for. My confidence on the guitar has grown by leaps and bounds and I looking forward to continuing the journey...5 stars!!!!!

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Don U. Mar 12, 2014
Guitar ·

Learning technique and theory

Bernadette is well versed in music theory. She is helping me learn the theory as well as developing my technique on various levels.

Gerry W. Dec 4, 2013
Guitar ·

Professional and Experienced Teacher

I've had 4 lessons so far with Bernadette. I am an adult and feel I am making great progress. The lessons are a good mix of learning to play the guitar, learning to read music and theory. She recommended a good beginner book and while we stick to it she tailors the material according to how I am doing and need to learn. She also makes notes and gives me additional work in a music notebook. The lessons are never rushed and because there isn't a student after me usually are 5-10 minutes over the 45 minutes.
I feel fortunate to have found someone with a Masters in music education and 20 years of teaching experience.

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Guitar, piano and voice teacher
Feb 2019 - Present

KTS music school

Private and group instruction in Guitar, piano and voice.

Liturgical Guitarist
Jan 2012 - Present

Catholic Diocese of Rockville Ctre.

I accompany and co-accompany cantors and choirs in Catholic Churches across Long Island.

Chorus and General Music a Teacher
Sep 1994 - Present

The Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre

I teach music to children in grades Pk-8, as well as the chorus program. I use a variety if techniques to build musicianship including that which come from the Kodaly, Orff, and Gordon methodologies.


Jul 1997 - May 2000


BME-Music Education
Sep 1988 - May 1993

Five Towns College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Music K-12
Feb 2000

NY State

Permanent state certification in Music Education.


Member of Phi Sigma Eta Honor Society
May 1997


Award of Excellence in Psychology
May 1993

Five Towns College

Five Towns College Honor Society
May 1993

Five Towns College

Award of Excellence in Lab Band
May 1990

Five Towns College


Nassau Music Educators Association
Sep 2018
Members of our association are a dedicated group of teachers and educational professionals who believe in the value of a quality music education taught by qualified music educators.
National Association for Music Education
Aug 2018
National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.

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