Involvement with music is a fundamental component of human culture and behaviour, and helping you to experience music is at the core of what we do here at Whip City Music. Our instructors have decades of experience, both in 'teaching' music and in performing it. It is our goal to help you discover your own musical aspirations regardless of scope, and to match your musical education to your own goals in a way that is both enjoyable and fulfilling. Individual private lessons are 30 minutes long, but we also offer group 'combo' lessons which are 60 minutes. For availability, please see the information provided below.

Accepting Students

 • Banjo
 • Bass Guitar
 • Clarinet*
 • Drums/Percussion
 • Flute*
 • Guitar
 • Mandolin
 • Saxophone*
 • Ukulele
*accepting fully vacinated students only


 • Cello
 • Dulcimer
 • Harmonica
 • Piano
 • Trombone
 • Trumpet
 • Viola (beginner level)
 • Violin
 • Voice

Our Teachers


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Jacob Weiner

Teaches: Saxophones (tenor, alto, bari, soprano), Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute

Jacob Weiner has been teaching and performing music in the Pioneer Valley for 20 years. Originally from the greater Boston area, Jake is an experienced player of many styles including classical, rock, pop, jazz, blues, r&b, funk, soul, folk, reggae, ska, afrobeat, salsa and merengue. He began his musical studies in 1986 with the tenor saxophone, which he continued at Westfield State College. Since that time he has performed across New England with many local groups including SMA, Longshot, Wolfgang, the Tinkers, Steve Westfield Slow Band, Raider Eddie and the Skeletones featuring the Infamous "Bull Horns", The Skeletones featuring Charles Neville, Orquesta El Nuevo Impacto, and the New England Swing & Soul Orchestra. Current performance endeavors include the groups FlavaEvolution, the Impulse, Chocolate Peach, and Fever.

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Jake Blumenthal

Teaches: Guitar

Teacher bio not yet available.

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Joe Desilets

Teaches: Drums/Percussion, Recording Technology

Joseph has been playing drums since age 10 and studied with many talented drum/percussion teachers including Jon Adams, Chris Swist, Matt Garstka (Animals As Leaders), and Matt Halpern. He also holds a BA degree in Music Technology from Franklin Pierce University. Joseph is skilled in writing, arranging and recording music, has extensive experience with bands of many different genres, and is skilled in blues, rock, jazz, and heavy metal percussion styles.

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Tom Terry

Teaches: Banjo, Bass Guitar, Double Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory, Music Combo, Ukelele

Tom Terry is a highly experienced instructor who has been teaching here in Westfield for nearly two decades. Tom has studied at Holyoke Community College and the University of Massachusetts and holds a degree in Music. Among the musicians Tom has studied with are jazz pioneer Dr. Billy Taylor and bassist extraordinaire Chip Jackson. In addition to teaching, Tom is a freelance musician who performs frequently with many of the top acts throughout the northeast and nationally. Tom also coaches "Youth Rock Bands", teaching students to arrange and structure musical pieces for an ensemble, along with the techniques and etiquette of performing music as a band.

© Whip City Music 2021
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Tuesday-Saturday
Closed Sunday & Monday
126 Elm Street
Westfield, MA 01085