Our Staff

(co-owner, piano & vocals instructor)


Esther Zabinski 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.

(co-owner, piano & violin instructor)

Rebekah Zabinski 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.

(piano instructor & academic tutor)


Ben Zabinski 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 his teaching, drawing from the pedagogy of Jean Piaget and John Dewey. He teaches 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.

(guitar, bass & ukulele instructor)


Brian Grochowski 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. 

(vocals instructor)


Helena Widmann (singer and vocal teacher) While receiving her college education at Berklee College of Music and Rhode Island College, Helena began working as a professional singer. She performed as one of the lead vocalists in the New England based R&B/soul band, “SoulBabe”. Performances include featured acts in Providence Festival, Rhode Island PrideFest, Pawtucket Arts Festival, Saint Mary’s Feast, JAM’n 9.45 Femme Fatale and more. Helena is also classically trained and has been singing in choir for 20 years. Helena actively performs in the New England area as a solo artist. When Helena isn’t performing live she is a regularly hired session vocalist for Grammy-nominated music engineer, Alexandr Krepkihk. 

Beyond her musical endeavors, Helena is passionate about vocal health research, advocacy, and the intersection between mental health and vocal well-being. To further her knowledge in this field, she is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology, combining her love for vocal arts with a commitment to helping others achieve and maintain optimal vocal health. 

Leah Katsos, a member of the piano staff, has been playing piano since 2000.  She took lessons at Peabody Music Box with Pauline Martiwichuck.  She began teaching at The Peabody Music Box in 2004.  Leah attended UMass Amherst from 2008-2012 earning a Bachelors in Kinesiology while continuing to be active in the music program.  She then went on to earn her Doctorate in physical therapy from UMass Lowell and has been a practicing physical therapist since 2019.  She began teaching at Zabinski Music Studio in 2022.  Leah currently teaches on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Marilyn Rollo (currently accepting online students): Marilyn has been teaching piano at Zabinski Music Studio for over 8 years.  A retired school teacher, Marilyn teaches beginning piano students from her home.  

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An Open Mic Cabaret at Zabinski Music Studio

Zabinski Music Studio is thrilled to host this Open Mic Cabaret! We know there are lots of folks who adore performing in musical theater but who don't always get the opportunity. So, we create a night for all our musical theater lovers out there to perform their favorite songs in front of an audience, no audition required.  Esther Zabinski will be our accompanist for the night.  Singers and instrumentalists can bring their sheet music and perform anything from the musical theater genre.  Non-singers can sit back and enjoy an evening of enthusiastic song.  Everyone can enjoy a night of musical theater favorites and surprises.  Remember to BYOBeverages, some snacks will be provided.  Click here to register

Top reasons why students love Zabinski Music Studio:

1. Monthly recitals & performance opportunities.

Students are invited to participate in our monthly recitals, held right here at the studio, at no additional fee. Students are also invited to perform annually at various fairs and festivals throughout Northern RI!

2. Customized lessons around student interests.

Teachers customize lesson plans around students' interests. Students can bring in their favorite song and learn it without having to stick with a prescribed music curriculum.

3. Annual Piano Guild certification & awards.

Students are invited to participate in various competitive programs in order to test their abilities and earn certificates, pins and trophies!

4. A variety of lessons offered including piano, bass, guitar, drums, voice, violin, and woodwind instruments.

All different instruments are offered here at Zabinski Music Studio. Our teachers have been naturally curious students their entire lives and have studied multiple instruments themselves. Anyone who wishes to switch up their instrument can often keep the same teacher or easily add a lesson with another teacher if they desire. Siblings can take lessons simultaneously with different teachers and on different instruments, making the logistics of lessons a breeze for parents.

5. Convenient lesson times.

We are open 7 days a week so finding a lesson time that works for your schedule is always possible.