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Meet Jannatha Coffin and James Gaudette of New City Music Studio in Hudson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jannatha Coffin and James Gaudette.

Jannatha and James, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
We’ve both been professional musicians and teachers for over 20 years. We both started playing our instruments at a very young age and devoted a great deal of time and passion into learning not only to play well, but also to teaching others.

Jim and I have both taught in several different locations throughout the area, but when we met in 2015 and discovered our similar backgrounds and goals, it seemed natural that we would start a studio together. We chose the Hudson area because it’s fairly central to where we live and had students already.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We just opened in late January and have been so happy with our progress so far! We are in a very cool, old mill building which we (and our students) absolutely love.

That does, sometimes come with some challenges, but we wouldn’t change the creaky floors or exposed pipes for anything since they lend a lot of character to our business.

We’re thrilled with our growth and progress in the past few months and hope that we can continue to welcome new students and find ways to stand out amongst other lesson programs.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about New City Music Studio – what should we know?
Jim teaches guitar, electric bass, and drum lessons and I teach piano and voice lessons.

We currently offer half hour, 45 minute, and hour-long private lessons Monday-Thursdays and on Saturdays.

We both teach many different styles and are different from many programs in that we really personalize our lessons. We each take the time to get to know our students and work with them to get the most out of their lesson time.

Jim really stands out because he specializes in swing, jazz, gypsy jazz, rockabilly, instrumental surf, and certain types of blues. He’s taken lessons from or shared the stage with greats including Buddy Rich, Larry Coryell, Dick Dale, Reverend Horton Heat, and Brian Setzer to name a few. Over the past 15 years, Jim’s passion has been learning guitar in the style of Django Reinhardt and gypsy jazz pioneers. He has attended many gypsy jazz seminars and is one of the few players in the area that can teach gypsy jazz guitar in the authentic style.

I specialize in teaching piano to very young beginners all the way up to senior citizens. I am also unique in that I teach classical, pop and musical theatre voice lessons. I’m particularly interested in and skilled at teaching sight reading for both piano and vocal students. I especially enjoy helping students prepare for auditions for musical theatre and college placement.

In the future, we plan to offer specialized seminars and ensembles in our areas of expertise.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
We both believe that persistence is the key to our success and hope to instill that quality in our students.


  • 30 minute private lesson: $30
  • 45 minute private lesson: $40
  • 60 minute private lesson: $50

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