Pompton Valley Music Teachers Association


Ruth Pasquariello
PVMTA President

Piano, Theory, Music History, Composition

Active Member Since 1994

Phone: 973-216-3107
Email: RuthPasq5@yahoo.com
Website: ruthpasquariello.musicteachershelper.com

Mamie Ko
PVMTA Corresponding Secretary


Active Member Since 2015

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Ruth Kotik
PVMTA Vice President, Programs and Master Class Chair

Piano, Theory, Music History

Over 45 years of teaching experience.

Masters in music from Gnessin Academy in Moscow, Russia.  Member of professional organizations: MEA, NJMTA, PVMTA, NJFMC, Cecilian MC, PTSA, TYMA.

Students won competitions and performed in Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Bruno Walter Auditorium, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Hall, German Cultural Center and Donell Library, and many locations in New Jersey.

Striving to expose student's full potential while building crucial self-discipline and confidence for life.

Active Member Since 1985

Phone: 973-696-5675
Email: rulilac@aol.com

Helen Krotoff
PVMTA Treasurer

Private piano lessons for children and adults in my studio in Morris Plains. Music theory, music appreciation, and ear training for all ages.

Active Member Since 2000

Phone: 973-656-1099
Email: pianohelen@yahoo.com

Cherwyn Ambuter
PVMTA Recording Secretary


Cherwyn Ambuter aims to build confident, versatile pianists who are able to play for their own enjoyment, perform as soloists, and/or collaborate in an ensemble, tailoring instruction to the student and their goals, including popular music.  Current students range in age from 4-75.  She also offers instruction in sight-singing (how to read music for singers), using solfege with the surriculum utilized at the Julliard School.  Ms. Ambuter has performed extensively including with members of the Cleeveland Orchestra; the NJ Conservatory; the Baroque Orchestra of NJ; Opera Theatre of Montclair; The Summitt Choral Society of Akron, OH; has accompanied voice lesson at Tufts University and Northern Kentucky University, accompanines lessons and recitals of violin and other students at the Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, and is a regular solo recitalists for the Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) program in Warwick, NY.  She earned a B.A. in Music from Tufts and a M.M. in Piano Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  Teachers included Eugene Pridonoff (a student of Rudolph Serkin) and Elisabeth Pridonoff, Gail Niwa, Richard Morris, Philip Thomson, and Merilyn Neher.  Master classes and coachings with Joseph Kalichstein, Yehuda Hanani, the Raphael Trio, and the Tokyo String Quartet.

Ms. Ambuter studio is in Vernon, NJ

PVMTA member since 2017

Phone: 973-862-0668
Email: cherwyn@warwick.net

Seymour Bernstein
Honorary, Founding Member

Seymour with Clara Schumann's Teapot

Alfred Roberts
Honorary Member, Past President

Active Member Since 1978

Lois Buesser

Piano, Church Organist since 1985.  Temple Organist, Theatre Music Director, William Paterson University Collaborative Pianist, Choral Singer.

Active Member since 2020

Phone: 973-978-5175
Email: loisbuesser@gmail.com

Lana Chakoff

Piano, Theory, Ear Training, Music History

Active Member Since 2013      

Email: lana.chakoff@gmail.com

Susan Ebenstein


Active Member Since 1992

Phone: 201-797-7254
Email: arpeggiogal@aol.com

James Karr

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The primary mission of James Karr Piano is to provide customers with a standard of service that meets or exceeds all expectations providing high quality piano service, repair and restoration as well as sales of pre-owned instruments and piano rental services.

PVMTA House Technician since 1983

Phone: 201-704-9022
Email: jameskarr92@gmail.com
Website: jameskarrpiano.com

Anna Katznelson
Scholarship Chair


Active Member Since 1988

Phone: 201-838-4956
Email: pianna615@hotmail.com

Kai Pang Une Kim

Classical Piano Instruction - All Levels, 522 Broad Street Suite 12   Glen Rock, NJ

BM, MM Piano Performance, Manhattan School of Music

Active  Member Since 2007

Phone: 201 397 5598
Email: pangune@aol.com
Website: www.kai's piano studio

Mansoon Han Kim


Wayne, NJ  

Acitve Member Since 2010

Phone: 973-487-7831
Email: mansoonh@gmail.com

Michelle Kim

Piano, BA, MA Piano performance, has taught 10 yrs of colleges and music high schools. Private piano lessons for all levels of music students in Old Tappan NJ

Active Member Since 2013

Phone: 201-213-1729
Email: ms2278kim@gmail.com

Patricia Klar

Patricia earned a BA in music from the School of Muisc at the University of Southern Maine.  She has been teaching for 15 years.

Active Member since 2018

Phone: 973-902-3217
Email: pat4al@gmail.com

Fabiola Leon


Active Member Since 1993

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Linda Miksza

Piano, Theory, Composition and Vocal Coaching in Pequannock, NJ.

Active Membe Since 1996

Phone: 201-650-2299
Email: LindaMiksza@gmail.com

Elisabeth Nosal

B.M. - Manhattan School of Music

Elisabeth, nee Keil, began her piano studies at the age of 3.  Mrs. Nosal attended the Juilliard precollege division and later received her B.M. at Manhattan School of Music. She took part at several International music seminars in the cities of Weimar, Salzburg, and Foutainebleau.  Mrs. Nosal has been teaching piano for over 20 years in Ringwood, NJ.  In 2003 she founded the Ringwood School of Music.  She also enjoys performing classical music as soloist and duo pianist in the NJ & NY area.

Active member since 2018

Phone: 973-954-6106
Email: lesson1@ringwoodschoolofmusic.com
Website: ringwoodschoolofmusic.com

Michael Nosal

B.M. - Manhattan Schoolof Music, M.M. - Juilliard

Michael Nosal began playing the piano at the age of 5.  While attending the High School of Music & Art her performed Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" with orchestra.  He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School, studying with Constance Keene, Martin Canin, and Joseph Kalichstein; master classes in Europe with Vitaly Margulis and Justus Franz.  Mr. Nosal gave annual faculty recitals at the Third Street Music School in NYC, where he taught piano for ten years in addition to having performed chamber music at festivals in Maine, Ohio and New York.  He is a recipient of the Margaret Baiz Memorial Award from the National Arts Club.  Mr. Nosal has taught at the Ringwood School of Music since 2004.

Active Member since 2018

Phone: 973-668-2972
Email: lesson1@ringwoodschoolofmusic.com
Website: ringwoodschoolofmusic.com

Paul Nouri

Paul Nouri has been teaching piano privately in the New Providence/Berkeley Heights, New Jersey area since 2010.  Mr. Nouri finds it essential to pass on his knowledge and love for music through education. “The piano is a powerful tool to be used for creative expression and self-discovery.” He believes that music is a powerful medium by which an individual can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Active Member since 2020

Email: nourip1@gmail.com

Dona Paventa
Hospitality Chair


Active Member Since 1985

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Natalia Prince


Active Member Since 2013

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Janet Ryan


Active Member Since 1985

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Mitchell Schechter

Classical & Jazz Piano, Composition

Active Member Since 2001

Mitch has a wide range of teaching experience.  He has presented clinics with such notables as Eddie Daniels and Buddy Baker. He has maintained a private studio in West Milford for 40 years and taught the History of Jazz, both private and group piano classes, and directed the choir at County College of Morris for 6 years.

Mitch has been composing and recording his music throughout his career. Some of his compositions have been featured in documentaries.  His performance experience ranges from concerts, recitals, and recordings, to hotels, restaurants, and clubs.  Mitch can be heard on numerous recordings with some of the finest musicians in the New York area.  With the “Jazz Spring Trio” since 1994, their CD “Season and Sentiment’s”, has been well reviewed. Currently Mitch is leading "The New American Quartet", performing his original compositions. Their first CD, "Mystic Autumn" is available on line and a second CD is in production.

Phone: 973-728-3024
Email: schechter22@yahoo.com
Website: http://bravemind.com/_/s/mitchschechter

Jacqueline Schiller-Audi


Active Member Since 2019

Jacqueline Schiller holds degrees from the Juillard School and the Mannes College of Music.  She has performed extensively as a chamber musician and has collaborated with members of the New York Philharmonic in chamber music recitals at Merkin Hall, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, the Guggenheim and the Roerich Museum.  Jackie is a member of the Alacorde Piano Trio which performs throughtout the metropolitan tri-state area.  She is also a member of the All Seasons Chamber Players and "Double Take" the Battersby-Schiller two piano duo. Jackie lives in Paramus, New Jersey and maintains a very busy private teaching schedule.

Phone: 201-674-6582
Email: jtspiano@yahoo.com

James B. Vaughan


Active Member Since 2006

Phone: 908-577-7065
Email: jbv4piano@yahoo.com

Mirabel Worner


Associate Member Since 2003

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The Pompton Valley Music Teachers Association is committed to advancing the musical education of students, enriching the lives of the community, and professional development for our members through recitals, scholarships, master classes, lectures and workshops. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to these worthwhile efforts.