Michael Farkas and Lauren Petrolito not only have a love for each other, but a love for music and together they have started a new private music lesson service in Hampton Bays.
The new business, called Note for Note, Farkas said started when he and his girlfriend, who is a life-long Hampton Bays resident, realized that there is a need for music lessons in the area.
"So many schools are cutting music out of their budgets, we felt that we could offer lessons to kids who can't get lessons in their schools."
Farkas said he and his girlfriend, also hope to teach to children that are home-schooled.
Both Farkas, who hails from Bellmore, and Petrolito are New York certified teachers with degrees from Five Towns College in music education. Farkas also holds a masters in music from Queens College and Petrolito is working on hers at the same school.
The pair said they want to share what they know and give their students a true musical experience, tailoring lessons to each student.
Currently, Farkas, who plays piano and trumpet and Petrolito, who is most experienced as a pianist and oboe player, are offering lessons in piano and all brass and woodwind instruments.
They hope to add string instruments, including guitar, in the future. And also have a dream of opening their own music shop in the area.
For now, all classes are all conducted in their clients' homes and lessons are available for children as young as three, as well as adults.
"No one is ever too old to learn an instrument," said Farkas, who said a variety of time slots are available, including during the day.
Half-hour classes are $30 each or a $99 pre-paid package is available for four sessions.
For more information, call 631-609-6683 or visit their website here.