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John Chip Degaard, Chip Dee Academy of Music Owner, Instructor, Educator


You might say, he is a Chip off the old block. John Chip Degaard is father was a classical pianist, organist, professor of music, composer and music therapist. Chip is an accomplished R&B, Blues, Jazz, Rock Piano player, vocalist, composer, drummer, an educator and specialize in working with the special needs population. Not quite the same, but close enough to be a "Chip" for sure.



Carmine Scordo, Chip Dee Academy of Music Instructor


Carmine Scordo began playing the guitar as a Sophomore at Hasbrouck Heights High School. A mainstay of the Hasbrouck Heights community for most of his life , Carmine enjoys the educational vibe at the Chip Dee Academy of Music, "No matter how long I've been playing, I always learn something new at the Academy."



John Tomaszewski, Chip Dee Academy of Music Instructor


John Tomaszewski has been playing the guitar for well over 15 years and isn’t stopping anytime soon. A seasoned instructor at Chip Dee’s Academy of Music for many years and when he’s not teaching you can find him at William Paterson University studying Sound Engineering Arts.



Jessica Finkelstein, Chip Dee Academy of Music Instructor


Jessica Finkelstein is a graduate of the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State and holds a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education. She is currently pursuing her MAT at Montclair State University with a concentration in Special Education. Jessica has been playing music since age 7, starting with guitar. She started the violin in upper elementary school and explored various styles and genres throughout her educational experience. During her time as an undergraduate, Jessica has performed in orchestras, chamber ensembles, and choirs, and has had the privilege to travel to multiple performances and teaching venues across the country. Jessica has also been an avid enthusiast of world music and enjoys studying West African Drumming and Balkan music. Along with performing, Jessica has been consistently teaching in various settings such as group lessons, private lessons, public school, and after-school programs for the past six years. She is inspired by the students she works with and strives to fulfill their unique and individual musical goals.



Chris Winn, Chip Dee Academy of Music Instructor


Chris Winn is Chip Dee Academy of Music’s resident horn specialist. When he’s not teaching Chris is the featured trombonist in his band Blue Food. Chris and Blue Food played their first show at Greenwich Village’s famous Bitter End in July of 2009, and has been flattening audiences in the New York City area ever since with their dynamic stage presence and unique sound, which is equal parts Led Zeppelin and Stevie Wonder.