Welcome to Our Site!
This is Tracy Johnson. Owner, manager, and instructor at Tracy's Tunes!
Tracy Johnson has been teaching private music lessons for 25 years. She specializes in flute, saxophone, clarinet, piano, trombone and ukulele. Tracy studied music at UCONN, and graduated with a BA in music. Since then, she has successfully completed the ARC program to become a certified music teacher.
Tracy Johnson is the proud owner of Tracy’s Tunes and has been teaching here as well as the Music Center of Norwich. She has also taught general music at Jennings Elementary School in New London. As an avid performing musician she is a member of the Colchester Civic Orchestra, and also plays in the pit for the Colchester Community Theatre. In addition, Tracy Johnson has played in bands such as the Glenn Hansen Orchestra, and The Illusions. She has performed in venues such as the Mohegan Sun, and Dodd Stadium.
“I love to work with students of all ages and abilities, as each one presents its unique challenges. I’ve taught students who don’t speak English, as well as students with physical and/or emotional disabilities. Each year, my students are invited to play at our annual recital. Some of my students have made it into Eastern Regional Band, All State Band, and gone on to study music in College. Many of them have incorporated music into their area of study such as Music Therapy, and composing music for movies!“
Come to Tracy’s Tunes and see our cheerful studios with a friendly atmosphere!
Meet our longtime instructor of piano, guitar, sax, trumpet and many more, Glenn Hansen!
Glenn Hansen started formal music training with Walter Damas in New London, Ct. at the age of eight years old, staying with Walter for ten years. He started me as a beginning drummer and prepared me up to my audition for college. I was accepted to Julius Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Ct. I studied at Hartt from fall 1966 to spring 1970 in applied music and music education. During my time at Hartt I also taught at the Hartt School, a community division of the College.
Music Education opened up an exciting new world of various instrument studies. After completing my studies I ended up being proficient in 14 different instruments and earned my teacher certification from Central Conn. State University.
At age 12 being noticed for my proficiency on the drums I was asked to instruct and lead the performing drum and bugle corp for the Modern Dance Studio in New London, Ct. They also backed me in the creation of a swing band in which I wrote the arrangements myself.
I taught in the school systems of Middletown, Ct. and Groton, Ct. retiring in 2003 after being in a airplane crash and getting Traumatic Brain Injury. After the doctors explained what kind of activities would help me return to as near normal as possible I decided to learn some new instruments. It worked wonderful for me and the doctors were impressed with my rehabilitation. It was about that time that I started to work at private music schools, Mundel’s Music in Groton, Ct. and Tracy’s Tunes here in Colchester.
In May 2003 I started the musical project now known as The Glenn Hansen Orchestra, Inc. , a 501c3 non-profit corporation. My father had been a trumpet player for the great Benny Goodman Orchestra, and between the people he introduced me to and the people I met on my own I put together a mentoring system whereby we take the recording artists and retirees from the great big bands and have them mentor young music students and bring them out to perform with us in the public forum. We have opened for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra and have been blessed with the leader of the Artie Shaw Orchestra performing with us for six Months. He had a huge impact on some of the music students at Bacon Academy.
Meet Hank Schaeffer - Drums, Percussion
Hank Schaeffer, an NFA graduate, played in the NFA Band, the Fletcher Raiders Drum Corp & and the 275 member Red Raiders Band at Texas Tech University in Lubbock TX as a young man. He started teaching over 40 years ago and is one of the most well respected drum & percussion teachers in Eastern, CT. Many of his students audition and place in All Region, Eastern Region, All State and All Star Bands & Symphonies. His students have successfully auditioned for the Military Music School in Norfolk, VA, The Greater Hartford Wind Ensemble, The Connecticut Youth Symphony Orchestra, The Henry Mancini Institute of Music, Summer Programs at University of Southern California, Hartt School of Music & Ithaca College. Hank started playing at 11, and has played in bands in CT, RI, MA, West Texas, Oklahoma& New Mexico. He has played with the Colchester Civic Orchestra, Nothing But Jazz Quartet, Jazz Alley and most recently with Middletown PBA Pipe & Drum Band as Drum Sargent & snare drummer &TishRabe and Friends in New York City and on the Connecticut shoreline.
OUR TEACHERS ARE........
TRACY JOHNSON, flutes, saxes, clarinets, trombones, piano, ukulele
HANK SCHAEFFER, percussion, piano
GLENN HANSEN, trumpets, piano, percussion, guitars, bass, ukulele
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