Gigi Maldonado

Gigi teaches both violin and piano.

I have been teaching at the Bill Wright School of Music since November of 2022, instructing new and continuing students on piano and violin.  My dream of instructing and molding the next generation of music students is the motivation for entering this line of work.  Music essentially runs in my family – I grew up on a variety of music genres, including classical, folk music like Bluegrass and Celtic, Latin Jazz, among other ethnic styles.  At the ages of 7 and 9, I took piano and violin lessons as there was apparently a passion for both instruments.  Eventually, my musical endeavors expanded to participating in Handel’s Messiah; playing 1st and 2nd violin in the Sussex County Youth Orchestra; serving as the fiddler to a local bluegrass band for 4 years; and now exploring music composition.  To hone my skills, I attended Montclair State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education.  Originally, the goal was to teach in a classroom, but I feel my time is better served as one-on-one instruction.

The philosophy behind my teaching style focuses heavily on growing musical passion in the student, usually in approaching a more open-minded method of learning.  Limiting young, or even aspiring, musicians to one genre or one way of teaching can end in stagnation, as it doesn’t take into account individual learning styles or interests.  The key word is growth: students are not the only ones learning – teachers learn with the students.  It is essential for us to understand their habits and how they approach the music, then from there, help them hone their talent.

I love interacting with students and sharing my musical passion with them.  Often, the lessons include some great banter about music, along with open and honest conversation, which creates a unique bonding experience.