Zabinski Music Studio is a small, family-run business in downtown Pawtucket, RI, celebrating over ten years of serving RI communities. At Zabinski Music Studio, we believe that music lessons are for everyone, regardless of age, musicality, or any other background.
We believe that first and foremost, music lessons should be FUN and should inspire students to study what they love most about music. Some students seek to become professional musicians someday - and that's awesome! Other students prefer to study music as a hobby that helps them relax, play with friends or just have fun on their own. This is awesome too! We believe the study of music should inspire anyone, regardless of future professional goals.
Who We Are
Esther Zabinski (co-owner, piano & voice instructor) is a pianist, musical director and teacher throughout RI and MA. She has been teaching private piano and singing lessons for over 20 years. Esther is certified in Somatic Voicework, a member of the Piano Teacher's Guild (area chairperson), and a member of the Handbell Musicians Association. She teaches all levels of piano and singing students in a variety of genres including classical, jazz, rock and musical theater. Previous and current students have been accepted to college and university music programs as well as become professional piano players and singers. Esther also works with various theater groups as a musical director, most recently with Trinity Repertory on A Christmas Carol and Little Shop of Horrors. In addition to this, Esther is the music minister at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Foxboro.
Rebekah Zabinski (co-owner, piano & violin instructor) is a fiddle and piano player who has also been known to dust off her bassoon when the mood hits. She came to teaching music after spending her childhood playing in different bands and orchestras. After pretending that music was not her calling and instead pursuing business management, Rebekah finally came to her senses when she and Esther decided to open Zabinski Music Studio in 2010. She has since honed her teaching skills and provides lessons in piano and violin as well as running the studio's business activities. She can be found fiddling in the community (often bringing her students along for extra performance experience) as well as leading a weekly sing-a-long at the toy store Henry Bear's Park in Providence.
Ben Zabinski (piano and voice instructor) has been playing piano and singing since before he could read. Brought up in a very musical family, he studied Psychology at Clark University while singing in regional choruses. He brings his experience in psychology to teaching students in voice and piano, using classical, jazz, musicals, pop songs, and more. Ben's goal is to make sure his students have an experience that is fun, rewarding, and marked by steady progress. When he is not teaching, you can find him singing with the Greater Milford Community Chorus.
Brian Grochowski (guitar, bass & ukulele instructor) spent much of his career playing in pit orchestras for various theatrical companies. He has most recently played for Trinity Rep in A Christmas Carol. Other gigs include Broadway in Jersey Boys & Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Off-Broadway in Jacques Brel, Toxic Avenger, Gone Missing, See Rock City & Sphinx Winx. He has toured productions of Copacabana, Grease, Fame (China), Will Rogers Follies and A Chorus Line. Brian is a private instructor in guitar, bass and ukulele and teaches rock band classes at Zabinski Music Studio.
Marilyn Rollo (piano instructor) (no bio available yet)
What People Have to Say About Us
"I have been going here since I was 6 years old and I can tell you, random viewer, that the many instructors here are spectacular. Everyone I’ve met at the studio is super kind and amazing at teaching. They offer both in-person and online classes, whichever works best for you! Communication is so easy with them and they are very flexible. I have nothing but good things to say about this business!" -Saba Agartan
"Both my son and I have been taking piano lessons with Esther Zabinski for almost two years now and it has been a wonderful experience. Esther is a gifted teacher who knows how to clearly explain the complexities of music theory in simple, easy to understand language. We have both progressed a lot in the time we have spent with her. Her lessons are effective and fun. Highly recommend." -Heidi Pimental
"This is a small family run business that you can feel good about supporting. They are great people that really care! You couldn't ask for better teachers! Don't hesitate to give them a call!" -Eric Bridgham
"Our kids take music lessons here and we love it. Their teacher is really awesome! She's encouraging and has some creative AND fun techniques that will get your kids motivated. They teach all times of instruments that you can think of. If you are thinking of getting lessons for your child(ren), we highly recommend Zabinski's!" -Geli Mey
Has your child been asking for lessons on the piano, the guitar, voice, or maybe even the violin?
Here are some great benefits for kids who learn to play a musical instrument.
It builds language skills. As they learn their instrument, children become accustomed to different sounds that they would not have recognized before. This practice trains their ears for the nuances and subtle sounds of language.
It makes them stronger academically. Researchers have found connections between music lessons and nearly every measure of academic achievement: SAT scores, high school GPA, reading comprehension, and math skills. Music also improves their powers of recall for powerful learning in all subjects.
It increases their IQ. Numerous studies (e.g. E. Glenn Schellenberg, 2004) have shown that children’s IQs increase because of even a few weeks of music lessons. Brain scan technology reveals that brain activity increases following musical training, and some parts of the brain even grow larger!
It teaches them discipline. Your child may be expecting to become a viral sensation overnight, but in fact, it may take hours even just learning the proper way to hold that violin or trumpet before making a sound. Music lessons require hours of concentration and patience. Children must persevere even when things aren’t going well…an invaluable skill for all areas of life.
It supports muscle development and motor skills. Children must use their whole bodies to keep the rhythm going when they play. They also must coordinate different motions with their hands at the same time. In doing so, they develop strength and coordination.
It improves social skills. If children play in a group, they have to learn to work together to achieve a common goal, exercising tolerance, patience, and encouragement towards their peers.
It makes kids feel good about themselves. There’s nothing quite like the sense of pride that comes from working on building a new skill for an extended period of time…especially when the result is beautiful music.
It helps kids understand culture. By learning music from various parts of the globe, students come to understand these cultures, whether it’s African drumming or Argentine tango music.
It brings joy. And finally, we come to the most important reason of all. When children can play music, it makes them happy…and everyone else too. (https://www.theedadvocate.org/9-benefits-music-lessons/)
And you thought they were just learning how to play an instrument! Little did you know that your children will accomplish so many other wonderful things too.