.Tina Oyer Ponce earned a B.M. from SUNY Fredonia where she majored in music education. She was the recipient of the Monbusho Scholarship from the Japanese government to research music education at Aichi University in Japan, which included Japanese language study. Upon graduation from Aichi, the next three years were spent studying violin with Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, founder of the world-renown Suzuki Method. After graduation she taught Suzuki violin n Marseille, Aix and Paris, France for several years. Since her return to the U.S., Tina taught music in public school for 7 years, summer Suzuki program for New Hartford Central Schools for 3 years, has been a guest Suzuki Violin teacher for summer camps in France and the U.S. Tina is active as a musician performing in White Dove Duo and Utica College String Ensemble. Tina currently teaches French and Japanese at Utica College and SUNY Empire. Tina has been teaching for Carmen since 2011
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Bob Kuehnling has taught piano and guitar in Syracuse and Utica areas. He holds a music degree from Crane.
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Paul Kogut went on to get his Masters Degree in Guitar and is now a busy professional musician living in Chicago. His CDs are well received , especially in Europe!
Adam Lomeowas one of Carmen's youngest pupils.He started lessons at 7 and since graduated from William Patterson college, completed a musical tour of China, and now is a working musician in New York, NY!
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Tom Gossin, and his brother Mike, are two New Hartford's guys that formed the band Glorianna They are now touring the country with Taylor Swift! Their CD has been the hottest selling country recording in many years! Tom studied guitar with Carmen!