At the Musically FIT studio our mission is to provide opportunities for individuals to experience the joy of making music in an environment that connects the body, mind and spirit. Our studio offers instruction in private piano and classes in rhythm, movement, and music theory. Our vision is to develop the whole person and instill a love of music and learning for a lifetime!
With music education as the vehicle, we focus on developing and connecting intellectual and technical skills with movement and self-expression. We seek to meet the needs of all students in their desire to make music by providing a healthy educational balance physically, mentally, emotionally and socially.
However you wish to experience music…as a performer, composer, or from a seat in the audience...Musically FIT is the place to start your musically fit journey.
Our staff is comprised of individuals with unique talents seeking to assist each student in being and becoming their best while discovering their unique talents.
Music educator and pianist, Kym Schifino, is the owner and visionary of Musically FIT. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education with emphasis in piano performance. She has taught general music classes in both private and public schools in the Rochester area and private piano in her home studio in Pittsford. Musically FIT was inspired by Kym’s work with Music Mind Games creator Michiko Yurko, Drums Alive founder, Carrie Ekins, MusiKinesis founder, Monica Dale, and Suzuki scholars, Mary Craig Powell, Carol Bigler and Valery Lloyd-Watts. Musically FIT evolved from the vision of educating the whole person, body, mind, and spirit, using music as the vehicle. The integrative programs offered are geared towards making connections between academics, physical health, and expressive communication.
A native of Japan, Seiko Yokoyama began studying piano and solfege at age five in the private school of Mr. Yoshizumi Terawaki, a music educator. She studied history and education at Otemon Gakuin University in Osaka, Japan, where she received a teacher's certificate and graduated with her B.A. degree.
Moving to the Rochester area in 2001, she completed the Suzuki Teacher Course with Mrs. Roberta Honadle, Suzuki teacher trainer. She also studied piano performance privately with Mrs. Patricia Hanson of the Eastman Community Music School.Seiko started her piano teacher's career at her church, where she offered piano lessons to church members' children. As a church pianist and accompanist, she has served at Browncroft Baptist Church for years, worked with church musicians, singers, and choir, and is currently serving at Rochester International Japanese Church.
In addition to being a piano teacher, she is a busy mom of a teenager son. She resides in Brighton with her husband, a chemistry professor at SUNY Geneseo.
For the outstanding young pianist/composer Laura Dubin, the serious pursuit of jazz expression began at the age of 13. Studying classical piano since the age of six in her native Rochester, NY, annual visits from her California-based pianist uncle David Dubin also acquainted her with the blues. At ten she discovered a copy of the Charlie Parker compilation, Talkin’ Bird in her parents’ record collection and things began to connect. Three years later she began studying jazz piano with Peruvian-born Richard Delaney, who gave the young pianist her first serious exposure to Latin music. But it was his suggestion to Laura in her first lesson that she check out Oscar Peterson’s West Side Story album that locked everything into place… and she was off and running.
Board-Certified Music Therapist, SARAH DEMARCO, has a master’s degree in music therapy, and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance. She has worked with children and adults, as well as veterans at the Hudson Valley VA hospital. She offers private, small group and large group music therapy sessions, Drums Alive music therapy classes, and teaches both private piano and group classes.
Stacey Martin has always had a passion for sharing her skills and knowledge with others. This led her to work with children while still in high school, and eventually to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from SUNY Geneseo. As Stacey began her teaching career, she also began to further her own education, receiving her Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University at Buffalo. Later, Stacey joined the staff at a local public library as the Children’s Librarian, where she worked for a few years, before diving into the world of entrepreneurship. Currently, Stacey is a certified FLYAROO Fitness instructor, Shopping Annuity Advisor and holds a certificate in Nutritional Therapy. Stacey is looking forward to empowering families to live healthier and happier!