Not because we expect you to major in music; Not because we expect you to sing all your life; Not so you can relax, not so you can have fun;
But so you will be...human. So you will recognize beauty. So you will be sensitive. So you will be closer to an infinite beyond this world. So you will have something to cling to. So you will have more love, compassion, gentleness, good--in short, more life!

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Agnes Simkens has more than twenty years of teaching experience of all levels and ages. She is Suzuki trained and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Houston and a Master of Music degree from Yale University. Her teachers include Erick Friedman and Emanuel Borok.
She teaches students from beginners through advanced level starting at the age of 4 through adult. 



Dr. Simkens believes that music education has a strong influence on the general development of the student.

- Besides learning discipline and an appreciation for the arts, learning music has an important impact on the development of the brain. The video How playing an instrument benefits your brain - Anita Collins gives you a clear explanation over the impact of learning a musical instrument on the brain.

- Communication and responsibility are developed by playing in chamber groups and orchestras. Students are encouraged to participate in both, whenever possible.
- Music is taught most effectively one-on-one. This special relationship has a significant impact on the student.



Dr. Simkens holds a studio in Teaneck, and in Short Hills, NJ. She is a faculty member at the Preparatory Center for the Arts at the Montclair State Univeristy.
Lessons over skype are offered as well.
Please contact for further information.