The School

Call Goldie & Libro Music Center’s School of Music to schedule piano, brass, string, and percussion lessons at 203-234-1288.

Goldie & Libro Music Center’s School of Music in North Haven has offered music lessons, instrument repairs, instrument rentals, and sales since 1920. We offer lessons for piano, brass, string, and percussion instruments. Our team of accomplished instructors continuously strive to bring out the best in each student through creative, state-of-the art teaching methods and programs.

Our payment policy is structured on a per lesson basis. Lesson tuitions are due in advance on the first day of each month. Families with multiple students pay a onetime Enrollment Fee of $20.00 per family. All music books are additional and completely separate from tuition fees.

School Schedule:

Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Our teachers will try to accommodate students’ schedules and can sometimes offer lessons at times besides those listed above.

Scheduling lessons

Contact Carol on Wednesday and Thursday call Carol from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. or Charlene on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at (203)-234-1288

Cost of lessons

  • 30 minute lesson $35.00
  • 45 minute lesson $50.00
  • 60 minute lesson $70.00

We offer discounted rates for students taking 4 or more weekly lessons in one month including:

  • 30 minute lesson $32.50
  • 45 minute lesson $42.50
  • 60 minute lesson $52.50

All lessons are one-on-one with a teacher and a student in one of our state-of-the-art private music rooms. Parents and guardians can observe lessons at any time.

We do not offer refunds for unused or cancelled lessons that are not made up. Please read our studio policy for more information.

Our Teachers

We offer lessons for students with a wide variety of experience ranging from beginner to advanced skill levels in instruments including:

  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Flute
  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Clarinet
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Saxophone
  • French horn
  • And more…

All of our instructors are Connecticut-certified teachers or professional musicians with several years of experience.

Goldie & Libro School of Music

Choti Bayreuther, Elizabeth M.
Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Piano and Beginner Band Instruments

Liz received her BA in Music and BS in Education from the University of Connecticut, where she performed with the Marching Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and Orchestra. She studied clarinet with Curt Blood in college and Sherman Kahn in high school. Liz taught elementary music for seven years with the Seymour Public Schools. As a music teacher for two schools, she taught General Music, Chorus, and Band to over six hundred students, K-5.

Liz enjoys playing in local community bands and pit orchestras. She also writes music. She has served as a clarinet soloist and Treble Choir director at the First Congregational Church in Madison. She resides in Wallingford with her husband, Nathan.

Valerio, John
Piano, Baritone Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Clarinet, Flute, and Beginner French Horn

John has been playing professionally for 44 years! He studied Piano with Mr. Lawrence Honan and Baritone Horn with Mr. Howard Williams at Western Connecticut State University. He graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 1971 with a BS in Music Education and later earned a MS in Music Education in 1978.

John has been teaching private piano lessons since his senior year of high school. During his sophomore year of college, John gave accordion and music theory lessons at the Caprice School of Music in Brewster, NY. After a year at the school, he assumed directorship of the Music School.

1971 – 1977 John played baritone horn in the 76th division Army Band in West Hartford and East Windsor, CT.
1978 – 1979 John taught piano, accordion, and brass at Betterini Music in Southington, CT.
1973 – 2006 John worked at Regional District #13 in Middlefield, CT teaching classroom music to grades K - 5 and instrumental music (band) to grades 4 – 6. He directed the summer lesson band program for a number of years. After a 35 year career, John retired from teaching music at grade schools in June 2006.

Dokurno, Neil
Reeds (Clarinet, Sax, Flute), Piano, and Guitar

Neil has been an adjunct instructor at Goldie & Libro for more than five years with thirty years of private teaching and performing experience in Fairfield, Milford, Norwalk, and Southington studios.

Beginning as a piano major at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada, he graduated summa cum laude in clarinet performance from the University of Bridgeport, where he also studied saxophone and flute. He has also studied guitar from the age of twelve.

Neil is a professional librarian and educator with graduate degrees in both of these fields from Southern Connecticut State University. He resides in Wallingford with his wife and three children.

Griffith, Thomas F.
Beginner Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Sax, Alto Sax, Baritone Horn, and Tuba

Education: BS and MS Music Education Western Connecticut State University.

Tom has been a Music teacher for the past 14 years. He recently retired from the West Haven School system as a General, Choral and Instrumental Instructor. He has also taught Beginning Strings in the summer music program in the Norwalk Public Schools.

His performing experience includes playing at Carnegie Hall with Connecticut Symphonic Band, Woolsey Hall, and Shubert Theater with Subway Orchestra as well as various parades, concerts, and 724th Air Force Band at Washington State.

John Rispoli
Drums, Percussion

John received his BS degree in Music Education from Southern Connecticut State University and has been teaching and playing professionally for over 25 years. Some live and studio performances include: Axiom Jazz Quartet, The Convertibles, Street Temperature, Sonny Costanza, Les Julian (Parents Choice Award for Children's Music) Jonathan Edwards, Bobby Buster, Dan Cipriano (Wilson Pickett), Funky Butt Jazz Band, Jeff Pevar (Ricki Lee Jones, James Taylor) and Marvin Stamm ( Paul McCartney).

His studies in acoustic and electronic music include sessions with Ed Soph, Jim Mola, David Garibaldi, James Stavris, Rick Liso Nick Forte and Peter Erskine.

Dunn, Miles
Strings, Woodwinds, & Brass – Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Sax, Trumpet, Trombone, French Horn, Tuba.

Miles received a degree in Music Education from Boston University. Miles has been a Teacher at Music Center of North Haven (CT) for 14 years, teaching students from 5-75 years of age. Many of his students audition for and are accepted into All-State and Regional orchestras and bands.

Miles has been a Chairman of the Woodwind and Brass Department since 2002, he has assembled a variety of student ensembles ranging from string orchestras to concert bands and jazz to rock bands. Many of his groups and soloists have received trophies in the annual Music Fest concerts.

2000-2009: Substitute Teacher of Music in the Branford, North Branford, East Haven and North Haven (CT) Public Schools. Miles previously taught K-8 Music in the New Canaan (CT) Public Schools. His duties ranged from General to Instrumental to Vocal.

Miles also worked extensively with a variety of ensembles including Orchestra, Band and Chorus and was a mentor for the BEST Program 1992-1998.

Ingeno, Bob

Guitar, Bass Guitar

Bob Ingeno has been playing guitar for 30 years and teaching guitar for almost as long. He has taught several hundred students over the years from ages 8 to 80! He began his musical training by taking guitar lessons in local music studios in Connecticut and by taking several music theory and writing classes in high school. His first studies were in modern guitar with James Fetta and later with Fred Pascucci. In his senior year of high school, he began taking guitar lessons at the Hartt School Community Division with Alaan Spriesterbach and the following year was accepted for enrollment in the prestigious Hartt School of Music. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Music degree in 1977 from Harrt, in instrumental performance as a guitar major with a piano minor and emphasis on teaching.

Bob has attended master classes with world renowned guitarists/composers such as Oscar Ghiglia, John Duarte and Carlos Barbosa-Lima. Bob has performed various types of music including Rock, Jazz, Bluegrass and Classical in an ensemble, as well as a solo performer. Mr. Ingeno is currently a member of the Connecticut Guitar Society and the Hartford Jazz Society.

Besides becoming excellent guitarists, Bob also wants his students to be all around great musicians. Therefore, he teaches them theory, note reading, rhythm, phasing, harmony, melody/chord playing, cord construction, progression, scales and ear training.