There is no long term commitment for taking lessons at Bridge Kaldro Music. You pay each week prior to your lesson in any form of payment that you wish. Please see the rates below for your instrument of interest. Scheduling your first lesson is easy. Call or email us and we will get you in contact with the instructor.
Piano & Voice - $30/half hour $50/hour
All other lessons - $25/half hour $45/hour
Edward Bridge (Guitar/beginning banjo & mandolin) Ed and his wife Kirsti Kaldro have been teaching voice and guitar lessons in the Park Slope community of Brooklyn, New York for over ten years. Now they have moved to Virginia with their store in Christiansburg, just outside of Blacksburg. Both Edward and Kirsti have classical training and perform as classical musicians, but have also performed many different styles and this gives them versatility as teachers. They both strive to give their students a firm foundation of classical technique, music theory and sight-reading ability, in each student's chosen style of music. Edward is a classical and a rock guitarist, and his students become well-rounded musicians. Kirsti sings classical repertoire (she and Edward perform together as a voice & guitar duet), but she focused on jazz and pop during her undergraduate training at Berklee College of Music in Boston, so she is experienced with technical issues that arise in various styles. Many of her students are singing actors and singer/songwriters. Listen to some recordings of Ed and Kirsti from the early 2000's here.
Ella Kromin (Piano/Voice) - Ella was born and raised in a family of professional musicians. Her mother is a pianist and her father is a clarinetist. Ella's whole life is connected with music; this includes playing, singing, and conducting. Ella graduated from the famous Odessa State Conservatory, in Ukraine, with degrees in choir conducting and piano, and holding Master of Arts in voice from Radford University. She started her singing career during her college years performing as a soloist with Simferopol College Choir, Ukraine and later as soloist of Odessa State Conservatory Choir, Ukraine. After moving to Israel, Ella worked as a member of Tel-Aviv Chamber Choir and participated in productions of New Tel-Aviv Opera. Since 2004 she has participated in Opera Roanoke productions and preparing solo recitals. In addition to her education and performance experience, Ella also has plenty of teaching experience (24 years). Her students are working with classical, modern, folk, musical theatre and jazz and pop repertoire. She is a classically trained Mezzo-Soprano and believes that knowing the basics of classical singing opens the way to use your voices in a healthy and natural way. Ella uses all of her experience, knowledge, and love of music when teaching her students, and believes that anybody can sing; no matter how old and regardless of natural voice ability. “If you can talk, you can sing”
Frank Hatfield (Fretted Instruments/Percussion/Recording Techniques/Repair Tech) - Active local musician with study in the field for over 20 years. Proficiency in Guitar, Bass, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele, Percussion (hand and kit), live sound, songwriting, recording, and production. Primary instrument technician for Bridge Kaldro music. Member of local bands: Never Odd or Even, The Seismix, and the Jared Stout Band. Nurturing teaching style, with focus on the student’s (parent’s) needs and desires. Experience with: Jazz, blues, rock, reggae, metal, finger-style, funk, dance, bluegrass, country, and psychedelic.
Jim Bohon (Drum Kit/Percussion/Most Fretted Instruments) - Jim comes from a musical family, with his father and great-grandfather being locally well-respected bluegrass and gospel musicians. Skilled at multiple instruments, but specializes in drum kit and percussion instruments. Jim began began playing drums at the age of 6, initially self-taught, and honed his technique and skill through marching, symphonic, and jazz bands while in school. Former percussion instructor for Floyd County Schools, current Lead Worship Pastor at Freedom Fellowship Church, and member of regional country act The Jody Pyles Band, local bands The Antecedents and Jimothy, and is a prominent session musician in the area. Experience with rock, blues, funk, country, jazz, punk, metal, and gospel.
Charles Rakes (Woodwind/Brass/Guitar) - of Giles County, VA. Classically and Jazz Trained Woodwind Doubler. Graduate of Radford University, major in Saxophone Performance, 2014. Secondary Instruments include Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Upright Bass, Oboe, and Guitar. Member of Christopher White and Pandemusicum; lead Tenor Sax on the grammy nominated, “In My Own Sweet Time.” Alumnus of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Nurturing teaching style, from beginner to advanced with emphasis in theory, technique, and improvisation. Minor woodwind repairs available through Bridge-Kaldro Music.