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About School of Rock Montclair

Find your place in the music at School of Rock Montclair. We have a unique approach to learning music that helps kids blossom in unimaginable ways. Students are not only being taught an instrument—they’re learning to deal with life situations, building confidence, and becoming better people.

At School of Rock Montclair, learning music in a lesson room is just the beginning. We get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible, teaching them to play as soloists and as part of a team. This immersive method motivates them to be their best, helping them learn skills faster and more thoroughly.

As both rockers and educators, School of Rock Montclair’s instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping your kids succeed in music and beyond. Visit School of Rock Montclair today to learn more about our creative community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Montclair
125 Valley RoadMontclair, NJ 07042
(973) 337-5296

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Montclair's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Montclair's Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Montclair is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Montclair, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Montclair students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Montclair’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • School of Rock Montclair’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Montclair Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Montclair’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

School of Rock Montclair's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others...
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School of Rock Montclair's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Montclair's Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • June 4
      11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      Jr. HouseBand, HouseBand, Instrument Petting Zoo
      Music Festival
      Tierney's Music Festival
      136-138 Valley Rd
      Montclair, NJ 07042
      12pm Junior HouseBand
      1pm HouseBand
      11am-4pm: Instrument Petting Zoo
    • June 4
      12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
      Jr. HouseBand
      Music Festival
      Tierney's Music Festival
      136-138 Valley Rd
      Montclair, NJ 07042
      12pm Junior HouseBand
      1Pm HouseBand
    • June 4
      1:00 PM
      HouseBand
      Tierney's Music Festival
      136-138 Valley Rd
      Montclair, NJ 07042
      1pm HouseBand
    • June 12
      12:00 PM
      Best of Season / HouseBand
      Fundraiser and Perfromance
      Best of Season and HouseBand Fundraiser Watuchung Park in Montclair, NJ -Three to Four song performances from each of our fantastic Spring Season shows. Two sets by HouseBand as they raise funds...
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      Best of Season and HouseBand Fundraiser
      Watuchung Park in Montclair, NJ
      -Three to Four song performances from each of our fantastic Spring Season shows. Two sets by HouseBand as they raise funds to support their July trips to Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI and Wildwood, Nj.
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    • July 4
      11:00 AM
      HouseBand July 4th Parade
      Parade
      Montclair's July 4th Parade!!
    • August 27
      12:00 PM
      2nd Annual Endless Summer ROCKfest
      Festival
      Endless Summer ROCKfest
      5;00-10:30pm
      HouseBand
      Junior HouseBand
      Staff intro to the Fall Season shows!
      Special guests

      Church Street Center Stage: Montclair, NJ

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Staff

    • Meet Kevin March
      General Manager / Drum Instructor
      Kevin is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. His vast professional experience includes stints as a member of The Dambuilders (Atlantic/Elektra Records), Shudder To Think (Epic Records), and...
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      Kevin is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. His vast professional experience includes stints as a member of The Dambuilders (Atlantic/Elektra Records), Shudder To Think (Epic Records), and critically heralded indie rock heroes Guided By Voices (Matador Records). He's performed on recording sessions for Jeff Buckley, The Breeders, James Iha (original member of Smashing Pumpkins), andA Camp (featuring Nina Persson from The Cardigans), and on songs that were featured in such films as 'Velvet Goldmine', 'Boys Don't Cry', 'The Woodsman', and the Jack Black hit 'School of Rock'. He also co-produced the 2013 album 'Warned You' by NYC-based rock quartet The NowhereNauts along with Grammy-winning recording engineer Carl Glanville (U2, Jason Mraz, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson).
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    • Meet Matthew Sandoski
      Executive Director
      Matt began studying music at the age of 5, started his first band at age twelve (playing guitar and bass), and began working professionally in the music business at age sixteen. Throughout high sch...
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      Matt began studying music at the age of 5, started his first band at age twelve (playing guitar and bass), and began working professionally in the music business at age sixteen. Throughout high school and college, Matt played in up-and-coming local bands while also diving head first into the production side of the music business. Matt has been touring nationally and internationally since 1997 with bands such as Citizen Cope, Alice Smith, Benevento Russo Duo, among many others. In 1998, Matt graduated Cum Laude from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in Music with an emphasis in Audio Engineering, while also studying jazz guitar. Using this degree as a launching board, Matt spent seven years as Mastering Engineer at the internationally renowned Airshow Mastering Studio in Boulder, Colorado. During his stay at Airshow Mastering, Matt worked on over 500 records, some of which were major label releases. Matt's talent and passion paved the way to two GRAMMY nominations during his tenure as a Mastering Engineer, with a GRAMMY win in 2002. In 2006, Matt received an opportunity to return to his touring roots and hit the road with international touring artist Citizen Cope. This lead to four years of nonstop touring where Matt intimately learned the in's and out's of professional concert production. Matt still works as a FOH, recording, mixing and Pro Tools engineer in his spare time. In December of 2009, Matt and his wife welcomed the arrival of their first child. Matt decided it was time to get off the tour bus and open the Montclair School of Rock so he could stay close to home with his son, who inspires him musically everyday.
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    • Meet Maurice Watson
      Drum Instructor & Show Director
      Maurice Watson is a diverse, and talented drummer hailing from Newark, NJ. With 20 years of performing and recording experience under his belt and only in his 20's, music has been a commitment in h...
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      Maurice Watson is a diverse, and talented drummer hailing from Newark, NJ. With 20 years of performing and recording experience under his belt and only in his 20's, music has been a commitment in his life from a very early age and it shows. Cutting his teeth with family members in the Newark gospel music scene, he developed a polished, yet rough and hard-hitting style which has found him completely prepared to tackle ANY musical endeavor he has come across. He attended Franklin Pierce College (now, University) in New Hampshire and began drumming for Metalblade/Blackmarket recording artists Deadwater Drowning as well as a host of other Metal and Hardcore Punk projects all around New England. He rubbed elbows and played shows with many bands he loved and respected, such as Suicide Silence. It was during this time, that Maurice took proper instruction from Brooklyn, NY's multi-instrumentalist Nathan Davis to sharpen his skills in Jazz, other Percussion, etc. Years after graduating Maurice found himself back home in NYC/NJ with a new set of skills and ready to start work on Rock/Pop band Aliens with his long time cousin, best friend, guitarist and collaborator Mark Dollar. Maurice also found himself in session work for artists in the greater New York City area, sharing stages with the likes of Trey Songz, hellogoodbye, Keri Hilson, Ludacris, and many more.
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    • Meet Philip Silverberg
      Keyboard/Vocal/Bass Instructor
      How did Phil Silverberg get to Carnigie Hall? Practice, practice, practice of course! Phil was introduced to music at a very young age. His parents played a diverse selection of music in the house,...
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      How did Phil Silverberg get to Carnigie Hall? Practice, practice, practice of course! Phil was introduced to music at a very young age. His parents played a diverse selection of music in the house, and Phil picked up on it quick. He taught himself piano, and began learning music theory and classical piano techniques. He also took up saxophone at his school, an instrument he would continue to play all through his years at Lafayette College where he majored in music. Phil found another avenue in the music business when he purchased some recording equipment, and began producing and mixing local NJ bands. That same year, he auditioned for Chambers Singers at Lafayette and won the Bass II position. The group toured extensively in Italy as well as performing at New York's legendary Carnegie Hall. During the summers Phil worked as an audio engineer and stage manager for Live Nation working primarily at Blender Theatre at Gramercy, and The Fillmore in NYC. After graduating he partnered with friends and musiciansto start their own recording label namedThe Dreamcatchers Life, where Phil functions as Co-Executive Producer, audio engineer, house instrumentalist, and songwriter. Now, Phil wants to help students at the School of Rock take it to the next level. "I sincerely believe that everyone should at least attempt to learn an instrument. For me it's an outlet like no other. To be able to connect with another human without uttering a word is a priceless experience and to be able to pass that experience on to kids is invaluable. I believe that music helps create a bridge between people. Students that come to the School of Rock will be able to teach me as much as I am able to teach them. My ultimate goal is to see these kids surpass me in every capacity. If that is what ends up happening, then I've done my job properly! " Phil teaches piano, vocals, saxophone, harmonica, and drums at School of Rock Montclair.
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    • Meet Thomas Nadolski
      Guitar/Bass Instructor & Show Director
      Tom's love of music began as a diaper-clad toddler in Jersey City, listening to his dad play The Beatles on accordion. After years of attempting to wrangle the accordion he was fortunate to find an...
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      Tom's love of music began as a diaper-clad toddler in Jersey City, listening to his dad play The Beatles on accordion. After years of attempting to wrangle the accordion he was fortunate to find an old acoustic guitar in the basement. Since then he has never put it down. Self-taught for the first 5 years (with the assistance of a single Mel Bay book) Tom enhanced his education at New Jersey City University where he studied classical guitar, jazz guitar, music theory, sight-reading, ear-training and music technology. From 1991 to the present he has been involved in numerous rock bands and has performed in clubs all over the New York/New Jersey area including CBGB's and The Bitter End. No job is too big or too small for Tom, and he has played guitar in every conceivable situation, ranging from dressing up as a cow for Ben Jerry's Ice Cream in NYC to playing at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina for 30,000 people. His love of music lead him to the audio field working as a live sound engineer and a recording engineer. He worked at the infamous Chung King Studios in NYC where he recorded countless artists including Blondie, Talib Kwali and Mos Def. A "full-circle" moment occurred at Chung King where Tom had the pleasure of teaching Jack Black how to play 'Stairway To Heaven' on guitar during a session for a commercial spot for the 'School Of Rock' movie. Despite Tom's love for performing, few things can compare to sharing the gift of music and his 20 years of knowledge with any one who is willing to learn. He thrives on the satisfaction of unlocking the joy of music for students, and specializes in turning mistakes, or 'happy accidents', into Teachable Moments. Tom is thrilled to be part of the School Of Rock in Montclair, where he is part of a fantastic team that shares his love of musical gift-giving and strives to help each and every student find their own inherent and individual musical voice.
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    • Meet Mark Dollar
      Show Director, Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Mark Dollar is a guitarist/singer-songwriter/artist who has been celebrated for his work around the world. He has worked dilligently to perserve real music in the way of passion and talent. He curr...
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      Mark Dollar is a guitarist/singer-songwriter/artist who has been celebrated for his work around the world. He has worked dilligently to perserve real music in the way of passion and talent. He currently resides in Montclair NJ, where he is as deep into his artistry as he has ever been before. He works as an in house studio guitarist to more than a couple of high-rate industry studios in the greater New York/ New Jersey area, such as Divine Mill, Tallest Tree Studios, Mozart Studios and others. His work has been under the naked ear as well, working with artists such as Pink, Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, Omarion, Queen Latifah, Kool the Gang, Whitney Houston, as well as many local artists in the area. With this deep of a resume, you might think that Mark is too busy to give it all back to the future guitarists of the world. However, Mark is thrilled to be a part of the School of Rock Montclair team! " A LOT of the stuff I have learned over the years isn't taught within music schools, and no price, no formal training can teach you how to FEEL." Mark Dollar is a perfect example of how School of Rock Montclair brings real, current working musicians to teach your children how to ROCK!
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    • Meet John Soriano
      Bass & Guitar Instructor
      Being raised in a house filled with music certainly influenced John’s path. Hearing everything from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when he was with his father, to George Jones and Charley Pri...
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      Being raised in a house filled with music certainly influenced John’s path. Hearing everything from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones when he was with his father, to George Jones and Charley Pride when his mother had control of the radio. The vast soundscape eventually led him to trying his hand at playing an instrument for himself. After studying violin and drums for several years, he attended an Aerosmith concert at the age of 12 and his world changed forever. He picked up the bass guitar and was soon playing with a number of local bands as well as school-related jazz bands and concert ensembles. Desiring to expand his musicianship, he was accepted to Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music where he immediately started working and touring with a variety of acts, experimenting with genres of music that he had never known. After graduating magna cum laude from Berklee, he moved back to New Jersey to continue his career. Playing with his own band and acts such as Doug Pinnick of King’s X and Dave Milone of Ours, he was soon appearing at famed venues all over the country. He also began writing for various music publications, interviewing legends like Rush, Les Claypool, and Duff McKagen. A teacher for over a decade, John continues to pass his 27 combined years of playing and industry experience on to his students. When not shredding on his bass, you can find him shredding a mountain somewhere on his snowboard.
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    • Meet Wes Mingus
      Guitar Instructor
      Wes Mingus is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has worked with the likes of The Roots, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Wu-Tang Clan, Bilal, Res, and many more. On any given day, you might catch ...
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      Wes Mingus is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and has worked with the likes of The Roots, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Wu-Tang Clan, Bilal, Res, and many more. On any given day, you might catch Wes teaching, performing, or recording in the studio, around New York or around the word.
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    • Meet Billy Smolen
      Bass and Guitar Instructor
      Billy is a North Jersey local, having lived and performed in the tristate area his whole life. His drive and talent on both electric and acoustic bass has led him to perform with artists across man...
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      Billy is a North Jersey local, having lived and performed in the tristate area his whole life. His drive and talent on both electric and acoustic bass has led him to perform with artists across many genres, including Rock, Funk, Jazz, and Classical music. He has performed everywhere from dive bars to concert halls with rock bands, orchestras, jazz trios and everything in between.
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    • Meet James Stivaly
      Guitar Instructor
      Bio coming soon
    • Meet Steve Murphy
      Drums Instructor & Show Director
      A Native New Yorker who has worked with:Groups/Artists; Trans Siberian Orchestra, Alan Parsons, Jack Bruce,Todd Rundgren, Mark Farner (from Grand Funk), The Turtles, Micky Dolenz (from The Monkees)...
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      A Native New Yorker who has worked with:Groups/Artists; Trans Siberian Orchestra, Alan Parsons, Jack Bruce,Todd Rundgren, Mark Farner (from Grand Funk), The Turtles, Micky Dolenz (from The Monkees),Dave Mason (from Traffic), Dee Snyder (from Twisted Sister), John Entwistle (from The Who),Steve Lukather (from Toto) and many many more.Producers/Engineers: Phil Ramone, Frank Filipetti, Alan Parsons, Eddie Kramer, Paul O'Neill and many more.Has performed in over 40 countries worldwide, at such venues as: Madison Square Garden (NYC), Giants Stadium (NJ), Citi Field (NY),Miller Park (Milwaukee), The Greek Theatre (Los Angeles), The Paramount Theatre (Asbury Park NJ), The Kremlin Palace (Moscow),Auditorio Nacional (Mexico City), The Astoria (London) and many many more.Has also been featured in several nationally televised commercials as well as feature films.Steve Plays:Canopus DrumsSabian cymbals Vic Firth drumsticks
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    • Meet Lewis Robinson
      Vocal Instructor
      Lewis Robinson never fails to captivated audience with his warm outgoing personality, extraordinary vocal skills and his compelling performance style. A specialist in vocal and stage performance fo...
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      Lewis Robinson never fails to captivated audience with his warm outgoing personality, extraordinary vocal skills and his compelling performance style. A specialist in vocal and stage performance for over 30 + years, Lewis brings his experience from theater, being a singer songwriter, to coaching and directing his students at the School of Rock Montclair. As and educator in the Montclair, NJ, elementary school system, he brings his love and knowledge of music and dynamic performance energy to the students and faculty alike. An accomplished and studied drummer, Lewis Robinson has also thrilled audiences worldwide as lead vocalist with his own band singing jazz favorites, RB and original compositions. He has also received directorial awards from Italy and has performed and recorded numerous radio and television ads. Credits include; Amen Corner, directed by Phil Black, written by James Baldwin Broadway @ Nederlander theater NYC. Red Sneakers, directed by Liz Swados, @ The Perry Street Theater,NYC. Dancin in the streets, directed by Billy Wilson Fords theater in Washington DC Next Move theater in Boston Massachusetts: Blues In The Night South American tour. with blues singer Ruth Brown: European musical tours of West side story, Hair, and Jesus Christ Superstar: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, American University of Paris,France:
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    • Meet Linda Everswick
      Saxophone Instructor
      Linda Everswick (BA Montclair State University), is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Originally a student of saxophone inspired by soul music, Linda soon began studying voice, piano, ...
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      Linda Everswick (BA Montclair State University), is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Originally a student of saxophone inspired by soul music, Linda soon began studying voice, piano, and guitar, theory, and exploring different genres in order to further pursue her passion for songwriting. At age 16, Linda began performing original and collaborative compositions with various groups of different genres across NJ, PA, and NY. She has since been performing regularly at different festivals and venues including the Knitting Factory, Index Art Center, the Bitter End, and the Stanhope House. One of Linda 's longest-standing projects is piano-saxophone duo Bible Gun. In addition to performing and writing, she is an event organizer for art, music, and spoken word events.
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    • Meet Vincent Mott
      Drum Instructor/Vocal Coach/Harmonica Instructor/Show Assistant
      At age 7, Vincent Mott already knew he was destined for a life in music, taking drum lessons once a week, which lasted through his high school years. In 7 th grade he and fellow classmates formed ...
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      At age 7, Vincent Mott already knew he was destined for a life in music, taking drum lessons once a week, which lasted through his high school years. In 7 th grade he and fellow classmates formed a small pop-punk band called Let Me Down and enjoyed small but significant success. Vincent was involved with every aspect of the Music Department, which included concert band, marching band, jazz band, and choir. He enjoyed the roles of drum line leader in marching band for 2 years and section leader in choir. He was constantly in and out of various local rock bands in the area, lending a hand when needed. Vincent further pursued his dream by attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, playing in various bands including a popular jam band called Rack 'Em Lets Go, and graduated with a B/A in Music with a concentration in Songwriting. In 2013 Vincent moved back to NJ and started his own band, Hott Mott's Rhythm Blues Band, singing and playing blues harmonica. He also free-lances as a drummer with various singer-songwriters including Garrett Gardner of NBC's 'The Voice.'
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    • Meet Joseph Billy
      Drum Instructor / Rock 101 Instructor/ Assistant Show Director
      Joe has had a passion for music since he could remember; listening to his mother's classic rock n roll and his father's smooth jazz, but his introduction to playing music wasn't sparked until the l...
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      Joe has had a passion for music since he could remember; listening to his mother's classic rock n roll and his father's smooth jazz, but his introduction to playing music wasn't sparked until the later age of 15. After getting bored of the video game, RockBand2, he decided to pursue drum lessons at our own Montclair School of Rock, where he found his love for the stage. After a few years with us, he went to school for Audio Engineering, and soon after, contacted Matt Sandoski for some live sound experience. After a few gigs, Matt decided to bring him to the school where he now teaches Drums, Rock 101, and Performance. You can also find him back-lining and doing sound for our live performances. Joe loves to write, record, and perform music. He continues to rock around the local music scene of NJ; drumming, engineering, and joining mosh pits anywhere he can.
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Testimonials

  • “It is hard to articulate the pride you feel as a parent when you see your kid perform on-stage. As a music teacher for fifteen years, it is easy to say that choosing the Downingtown School of Rock for our fifteen year-old son, was indeed, the best parenting decision we have made yet. ”
    — Susan B., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “When we decided to send our daughter to SOR, we never imagined what a positive impact that one decision would have on her life. She transformed from a shy, quiet kid to a confident, incredible musician, with an active social life and many close friends she considers her second family. The amazing memories she’ll always have of touring and performing with the All-Stars at world-renowned venues and festivals are just icing on the cake. ”
    — Karla D., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “I wish I had School of Rock when I was growing up. ”
    — Nearly Every Parent Who Walks Through Our Doors
  • “School of Rock has been a great community for these kids. It is an alternative to extracurricular activities that a lot of these kids can really fit into where they might feel out of place in other arenas. ”
    — Andrew, parent, San Diego, CA