LMA Student, Ella
Claudia Huter, Director of the Larchmont Music Academy, had to cancel our first appointment for an interview. “I just got a call from one of my older students to get in an extra lesson before the NYSSMA competition,” she wrote. NYSSMA is the State Music Association. “I may keep having extra lessons to help the kids.”
It was only a small example of Larchmont Music Academy’s intense commitment to each student. And there are over 800 of them, 98% children. Two buildings on the Boston Post Road offer instruction and group play in piano, all string, brass and wind instruments, drums, guitar and bass. There are voice lessons and a special Kindermusik program for toddlers. They also organize and instruct ensembles, chamber music, and jazz and rock bands.
Students perform all over the area; students will be playing at Oktoberfest on October 7th to benefit the Avon Breast Cancer Walk, at the Larchmont Reservoir on October 14th, and at Sarah Neuman Nursing Home on November 3rd.
This year, a Masterclass series will bring New York Times acclaimed violinist Jorge Avila to work with the string choir and three advanced students on technique and musicality.
December 18th, Greg Patillo, famed beatboxing flutist and YouTube sensation and hisProject Trio will be there. (This is sure to be sold out so get tickets early.)
LMA faculty Jazz nights begin tonight at Watercolor Cafe with Manner Effect. Every first Monday of the month, different LMA faculty groups will be bringing their talents to Larchmont.
Growing up in Larchmont, Claudia (Henrard) says her great inspiration was Peter Kanyuk, the Band Director for many years at Murray Avenue Elementary School. “He made music come alive with his always fun approach.”
“The key to successful lessons is to have a teacher that you really bond with and like. If you don’t have that connection it’s harder to learn” she says.
She and her husband Steve Huter, aconcert pianist and composer, moved to Larchmont a few months after getting married in 1998 with the intention of creating a music school here.
It’s a warm and bustling place, with a bright, street level waiting room and music wafting from under the doors of 15 studios.
“We set out to create a place where music could be for everyone. We are not geared towards performance. Our goal is to enrich these kids’ lives,” Claudia says.
“And for it not to feel so much like a piano lesson,” says Steve, “but a life lesson with the vocabulary of music.”
Larchmont Music Academy 2098 Boston Post Road, Larchmont, NY 10538; larchmontmusicacademy.com; 914. 834.8941