George Markey

George M.

Rumson, NJ

Lesson Details



George delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 1998

I teach piano, voice, guitar, trumpet, saxophone and drums. I have been teaching music at The Rugby School at Woodfield for 18 years. The children and adults (ages 6 - 21) that attend the Rugby School are classified with multiple learning disabilities. During my tenure there, I have had the pleasure of watching a disabled vocal student win New Jersey Governor’s Awards in Arts Education in Music , students compete against mainstream school districts in Monmouth County Teen Arts and beat them on Piano and Guitar, and compete in statewide songwriting competitions for Arbor Day and Partnership for a Drug Free New Jersey, and be WINNERS as well as finalists.

Many times, by the time students come to The Rugby School, they have experienced a pattern of negative reinforcement; only receiving attention when they’ve done something wrong. So when I”m in a lesson, I have a habit of making every small move forward, is a huge deal. Positive reinforcement works!

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Nov 2013 - Present
J.P. Barry Hospitality

I play piano every Friday and Saturday from 7pm-11pm to entertain guests.Sometimes I have to learn a song during a 10 minute period between sets by listening to the recording. I also have to possess a vast repertoire to please any age group.

NJ State Certified Music Teacher
Sep 1998 - Present
Rugby School At Woodfield

I teach music to classified students at an alternative special education school. I must complete lesson plans according to New Jersey core curriculum content standards. Their ages range from K-12. Piano, guitar, drums, voice, trumpet, violin and music technology are taught in individual and small group sessions.

I create original arrangements for students when necessary. I have planned and oversaw music trips and recitals.

Student Accomplishments Included:

Students attained State Teen Arts adjudications while competing against mainstream public schools from Monmouth County, and finalist status in "New Jersey Shouts Down Drugs" songwriting contest. Students won the New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education in music under my tutelage.

My commitment to the school didn't stop there. A sound proof studio and surround sound system were successfully installed according to my specifications. I designed and maintained three websites for the school, as well as the school branding.

Furthermore, I was chosen to represent the school by attending a Middle States visiting team to accredit another New Jersey school.

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Teaching Certificate
Jan 2015 - Sep 2015
Monmouth University
BA Music
Sep 2005 - Jun 2013
Thomas Edison State University/ Montclair State University


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Standard Certification K-12
Dec 2015

I can teach any musical subject in any Public School in New Jersey


Middle States Association Sending Team
Oct 2015
The Rugby School at Woodfield
Best in Show
Aug 2015
The New Jersey Department of Education
Nominated Paraprofessional of The Year
May 2013
The Rugby School at Woodfield
Gold JSPRAA Award, Best Radio Commercial 60 second category.
Jul 2003
Jersey Shore Public Relations and Advertising Association


New Jersey Music Educators Association
Feb 2016

The mission of the New Jersey Music Educators Association is the advancement of music instruction in New Jersey's educational institutions at all levels that provide in-service and enrichment opportunities for practicing and retired teachers and prospective music educators, as well as sponsoring various festivals and all-state performing groups for K-12 students.

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Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2016

The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jun 2015

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

George Markey Live at The Molly Pitcher
Entertaining at The Raven and The Peach, in Fair Haven.

My initials with the golden key of knowledge, and a marquise diamond.


3 Reviews

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Julia C. Jul 26, 2016
Piano · In home

This is our first lesson with Mr. George Markey. He was extremely quick and professional in assessing Julia's skill level and adapting immediately to her needs. You could immediately see his skill as both a musician and teacher. We are very excited to have him as a teacher!

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Rita Feb 25, 2016
Classical Piano · In home

My son like piano lessons with mr. George.

Taryn Feb 17, 2016
Piano · In home

George is dedicated, tailors the music to the student and introduces new types of music as well. My son has been taking lessons from him for at least 2 years and thoroughly enjoys it.

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