Carl Ackley is a pianist, composer, and instructor. He completed his B.M. in Music Composition and his M.M. in Piano Performance at the Conservatory of Music at SUNY Purchase. He has studied under great pianists such as Stephanie Brown and Stephen Buck, and composers Laura Kaminsky, Huang Ruo, and Suzanne Farrin. Carl performs across Long Island, notably with the Atlantic Wind Symphony Orchestra, at the Grand Re-Opening Gala at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, and at the Star Shine Youth Talent Show.
As a teacher, Carl has five years of experience with students ranging from a beginner to an advanced level. He puts a strong emphasis on ear training and solid technique, while maintaining a fun and positive atmosphere for each student. He believes that an enthusiastic approach to teaching will instill a love for the instrument as well as encourage good practice habits.