Born in London England, as a young child Charmaine developed a love for music. Rather than play with dolls, she would sit in front of the record player for hours, listening to Diana Ross, The Supremes, and the Beatles. When she was six her family moved to Upstate New York , where she started piano lessons. During high school she was part of chorus and glee club. She later attended Hochstein school of music and Eastman School of music for voice and piano. It was at Eastman School where her love for classical voice was nurtured, at the tutelage of Nancy Kennedy. When she was 19 she moved to New York City to pursue a music career. At that time in NYC they offered songwriting classes sponsored by ASCAP ( American Society of Copmosers, & Publishers) and she had an opportunity to meet many songwriters and musicians, here she sang on many of her colleagues demos and recordings. While still in NY, she had a chance to work with a production coordinator named Sephra Herman working with the likes of Luther Vandross, Roberta Flack, Patti Austin, and countless studio musicians. After many opportunities to ' make it' she became every disillusioned with the music business and returned to Upstate NY. But always had the love for music. ' Teaching is a way of giving back what I've learned. When a student finally gets it,you see their face light up, it's great to watch!'
She has been teaching piano and voice over a decade, and believes that regardless if you are naturally talented or not ... with a hard work and dedication, the sky is the limit.
Piano students 5 years old and up
Voice students 8 years old and up
Charmaine is a fun loving and positive instructor, who always has you feeling happy and gratified at the end of your lesson. She has a very rhythmical approach to teaching, that creates a strong connection with all her students. Charmaine does exceptionally well with children in the ages ranges of 5-8 years old, and as well with teens. She is a long time instructor of our studios and is a very reliable and present music instructor.
~ Chuck James