Pat O’Connell has been active as a music educator, clinician and private instructor for over twenty five years.

He has experience teaching at every age level from pre-k to elderly retirees and in many different areas, including private music instruction (drums/percussion, guitar, keyboards/piano, bass), group instruction, clinics on drum set and percussion as well as lectures and demonstrations on musical technology and world music. Pat has received Bachelors degrees in Music and Business from Buffalo State College in addition he also received certification in studio recording technologies from Select Sound Recording. Just some of his teaching experience includes instructing at Villa Maria College, Amherst Community Education, Lafayette High, West Seneca West High, Nardin Elementary, St Marks Elementary, Buffalo Performing Arts, PGR music, Top Shelf Music, Twin Village Music, Airport Music, Matt’s Music and numerous others as well as hundreds of private students through out his career. Furthermore he has also expanded into the realms of music therapy by performing and teaching at various nursing homes and mental health institutions. Please use the toolbar contact above to find information about taking lessons, booking a clinic, lectures and demonstrations for schools and organizations and other activities.

“Pat’s ability to bridge the generation gap is a talent that really makes him a superior teacher. He teaches both myself (guitar) and my 11 year old daughter (piano). He is able to gear his instruction so that we are both at ease and engaged yet challenged to our fullest. His laid back easy going demeanor makes it truly an enjoyable experience!”
(Steve Nassavera – Buffalo N.Y.)

“Pat has taught me guitar lessons on and off for the past six years and he is an excellent teacher and communicator of concepts and ideas. I would suggest him to anyone looking for lessons”
(Mike Anderson – Buffalo, N.Y.)

“Pat taught my son guitar lessons and he enjoyed them so much, I began taking lessons from him too.”
(Paul Smith – Amherst N.Y.)

“He has taught two of my children and he is an excellent teacher/instructor all around”
(Laurie Davidson – Cheektowaga N.Y.)

“A great drum teacher”
(Mark Chambers – Clarence N.Y.)

“Pat has been teaching me guitar for many years and taught me piano before that. He teaches me new thing every week about the guitar. You should take lessons from him because he will teach you a lot about the instrument and he is a cool dude.”
(Greg Vinal age 13, Amherst N.Y.)

“I’ve been taking the drums since first grade. Pat is a pretty chill teacher. I think other people should take lessons from him because you will gain musical knowledge you can use for the rest of your life. Drums teach you rhythmic patterns you can use in other activities such as sports, dancing and school”
(Fred Vinal age 11, Amherst N.Y.)

“My Daughter has taken piano lessons from Pat for several years and has enjoyed it greatly, he is a very dedicated teacher and has a great wealth of musical knowledge”
(Kim Nader, Cheektowaga, NY)