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About School of Rock Waldwick

Welcome to School of Rock Waldwick, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Waldwick has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Waldwick, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Waldwick together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Waldwick today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Waldwick
152 Franklin TurnpikeSuite BWaldwick, NJ 07463
Main Number
(201) 444-4425(201) 444-4425

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Waldwick'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 Waldwick'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 Waldwick 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 Waldwick, 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 Waldwick students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Waldwick’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!

  • At School of Rock Waldwick, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Waldwick, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Waldwick works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Waldwick’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Waldwick’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Waldwick.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

School of Rock Waldwick'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 Waldwick'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 Waldwick'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 28
      6:00 PM
      Quintessential Woodstock
      Rehearsal
    • June 29
      6:00 PM
      Pop Goes Rock
      Rehearsal
    • July 5
      6:00 PM
      Quintessential Woodstock
      Rehearsal
    • July 6
      6:00 PM
      Pop Goes Rock
    • July 12
      6:00 PM
      Quintessential Woodstock
      Rehearsal
    • July 19
      6:00 PM
      Quintessential Woodstock
      Rehearsal
    • July 26
      6:00 PM
      Quintessential Woodstock
      Rehearsal

Staff

    • Meet Susan Marlett
      General Manager and Instructor for Vocal, Keys, Woodwinds, guitar
      Susan Marlett was asked to take on the roll as General Manager of the Waldwick School of Rock in April of 2017. She has been with us since September of 2010 and is well versed in all aspects of S...
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      Susan Marlett was asked to take on the roll as General Manager of the Waldwick School of Rock in April of 2017. She has been with us since September of 2010 and is well versed in all aspects of School of Rock.

      Susan Marlett teaches voice, piano, guitar and a bunch of Woodwinds at the Waldwick School of Rock. She began teaching woodwinds in 1981. She added vocals and keys in 2000. Susan was classically trained on Flute and has played with several orchestras and bands from North Carolina, Baltimore, New York & California. She plays all the Woodwinds (including bagpipes, ask her how long it is to the top if you want to rock and roll). Susan graduated with three degrees from The New School For Social Research and Parsons School of design; with additional study at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music. She has also worked with the highly acclaimed vocal coach: Mercedes Hall. Susan has performed both vocally and on flute with numerous acts including world famous flutist: Hubert Laws. These days she can be heard on most Wednesday nights singing and playing Jazz flute in New York. Susan has experience in classical, Jazz, rock, Broadway and pop. She has run ensembles and creative workshops for groups of 200+ people, as well as coached individuals preparing for theatre and TV auditions. She has organized theatre groups and high energy vocal group performances.
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    • Meet Chevonne Ricci
      Vocal Instructor
      Chevonne Ricci, 31, is a professional vocalist/performer, songwriter, keyboardist. Chevonne began her music training at the age of 3 1/2, when her parents enrolled her in piano lessons. She stu...
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      Chevonne Ricci, 31, is a professional vocalist/performer, songwriter, keyboardist.

      Chevonne began her music training at the age of 3 1/2, when her parents enrolled her in piano lessons. She studied classical piano until the age of 14, while simultaneously dancing competitively at In The Spotlight in Waldwick from ages 8-14. Chevonne attended Swarthmore College and graduated with a B.A. in Music.

      After college, Chevonne began writing and producing her own songs in a large span of genres, including R&B/soul, funk, and electro-pop, while also dabbling in a rock cover band. She studied pop voice technique under the esteemed voice coach Don Lawrence, with whom she finally unlocked her range, control, and vocal potential. In 2008, she released a mischievous original holiday EP titled Unwrap Me.

      In early 2010, Chevonne was hired to sing live backup vocals for Grammy-winning UK artist Estelle. She followed Estelle around the world as she promoted her album Shine; performances included the live-taped BET special Rising Icons, Miami Pride, the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and a large outdoor R&B festival in Lisbon, Portugal.

      In August of 2010, Chevonne began performing and singing backgrounds on Lady Gaga's MonsterBall world arena tour. She is featured in the MonsterBall HBO special filmed at MSG, and you can hear her voice in the viral footage of "Born This Way," performed a cappella with Gaga backstage. With Gaga, Chevonne was featured on Radio 1 UK's Big Weekend Good Morning America.

      Chevonne was featured in 3 episodes of Season 3 of NBC's primetime singing competition show The Voice in 2012. She began her stint there on Team Cee Lo Green, and was "stolen" by Christina Aguilera after an exciting battle round with Avery Wilson. She was eliminated during the Knockout Round, but received effusive off-camera praise from all 4 coaches, as it was far and away her best performance on the show. Songs: "Brass In Pocket" - The Pretenders "Titanium" - Sia (with Avery Wilson), "Dancing With Myself" - Billy Idol

      After The Voice, Chevonne started her original rock band Chevonne and The Fuzz. Their self-produced EP "Fire At Will" was successfully crowdfunded on Kickstarter and recorded at Barbershop Studios in Lake Hopatcong. Their debut full-length album Chevonne and The Fuzz--recorded at Architekt Studios in Butler and co-produced by Mike Ferretti-- was released independently in July of 2016, and is now available for download and streaming. Chevonne and The Fuzz plays out regularly in NJ and in the tri-state area.

      Chevonne also freelances in event bands and with up-and coming NYC funk/soul acts Escort and Denny Love. Music is her lifeblood and she'll never stop rocking!
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    • Meet Alexa
      Studio Coordinator
    • Meet Dennis Zimmer
      Drum Instructor / Show Director
      Hailing from Pompton Plains, Dennis Zimmer has been playing drums for over 30 years! He received his musical education from Jersey City University and cites Tommy Lee, Chad Smith, and Steve Gadd as...
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      Hailing from Pompton Plains, Dennis Zimmer has been playing drums for over 30 years! He received his musical education from Jersey City University and cites Tommy Lee, Chad Smith, and Steve Gadd as his prime influences. During his time of being a full time musician, Dennis hasplayed withLita Ford andtoured withtheband OURS. When he's not playing drums, he's working on vocals and spending time song writing.
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    • Meet Franky Hernandez
      Bass Instructor
      Franky Hernandez received his first round of music education fromBerklee College of Musicfrom 1978 to 1980. While there, he studied with John Neves, Bruce Gertz and Rich Appleman. He then went onto...
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      Franky Hernandez received his first round of music education fromBerklee College of Musicfrom 1978 to 1980. While there, he studied with John Neves, Bruce Gertz and Rich Appleman. He then went onto William Patterson University to study with Rufus Reid, Harold Mabern, Steve Bagby and Ron Naspo. Franky has performed with some notable acts such as Chet Atkins, The Mamas and the Papas, and Lou Christie. He has also played with tons of oldies groups including Fabian, The Angels, Little Peggy March, The Coasters, etc.
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    • Meet Eric See
      Drum Instructor
      Eric See's interest in drumming began at age three. Although, he's mainly self-taught, this energetic and creative drummer drew a lot of inspiration from rock heavy weights like, Led Zeppelin, The ...
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      Eric See's interest in drumming began at age three. Although, he's mainly self-taught, this energetic and creative drummer drew a lot of inspiration from rock heavy weights like, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and KISS, as well as early Motown records. He later fine-tuned his skills by studying other styles, including RB, jazz, hip-hop, and drum'n'bass.Throughout his young career, Eric has played in many bands, and he has done numerous sessions in the US and Europe. Some of the notable artists he's worked with are Adam Hawkins, Peter Mew, G.E. Smith, T. Bone Wolk, Janek Gwizdala, Rob Bailey, Steve Holly, Anthony Esposito, John Eaton, Laura Dawn, Jam Master Jay, Randy Allen, JIVEjones, Lee Horrocks, and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Currently, Eric's explosive drumming can be experienced on tour with Just Kait and his own band, Mag Animus.
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    • Meet Mike Klopp
      Drum Instructor
      Originally from Bergen County, Michael Klopp is a 1994 graduate of Ramapo High School, where he excelled in all things music and was even voted Most Musical by his fellow classmates. In 1998 he rec...
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      Originally from Bergen County, Michael Klopp is a 1994 graduate of Ramapo High School, where he excelled in all things music and was even voted Most Musical by his fellow classmates. In 1998 he received his BA in Performance from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with an emphasis on jazz studies and music history. Upon graduation Michael set sail for the open water and spent the following 6 years seeing the world as an orchestra drummer for different cruise lines, performing big band music, production shows and variety acts of all kinds.
      In 2004 he was given the (extremely rare) opportunity to become a Guest Entertainer for Royal Caribbean as Drummer/Musical Director for multitalented performer Domenick Allen (Foreigner, Buddy Rich Band, Liberace, Broadway, London's West End) and continues to enjoy the MD chair to this day.
      2004 was also the year Michael started working with Telarc/Concord Recording artist Tony Desare. With Tony, Michael has been able to travel all over the country performing jazz and cabaret music in various settings, including 2 Midwest tours as a trio and multiple Pops performances with various orchestras, including the Houston, Atlanta, Pittsburgh and Vancouver Symphonies. He has also performed at the 2015 San Javier Jazz Fest in Alicante, Spain, as well as the 2015 and 2016 Cape Cod Jazz Festivals.
      Michael started with School of Rock in 2015 and has enjoyed every moment. When not in a lesson you will find him practicing often. His favorite method books are Stick Control (G.L.Stone), The Art of Bop Drumming (J.Riley), The Shuffle Drumming Workbook (C.Doboe) and Syncopation (T.Reed).
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    • Meet Rich Haddad
      Bass/Guitar Instructor
      With over twenty-five years of experience in the music industry, Rich has developed a wide range of skills that allow him to manipulate variations in air pressure with both substance and style. He ...
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      With over twenty-five years of experience in the music industry, Rich has developed a wide range of skills that allow him to manipulate variations in air pressure with both substance and style. He has shared stages with such artists as Cyndi Lauper, Kansas and Dada, and performs regularly in the tri-state area with multiple groups, including Friday’s Child and kindie artist/musical yogini Kira Willey.

      A consummate multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/audio engineer with perfect pitch, his insights on music and sound reveal details that are often overlooked. This uncanny ability to solve problems has led to work in all forms of media – from records, radio and advertising, to film, network television and cable. As Director of Audio Production for Digital Café Tour, his recording, mixing and mastering work earned him a Telly Award for Sound/Sound Design.
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    • Meet Garrett Gardner
      Vocal & Multi-Instrumental Instructor
      Gardner was born and raised in Ringwood, New Jersey. His parents are both musicians. Since he was one year-old, Gardner has played toy instruments like the drum. In an interview with Christina Mila...
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      Gardner was born and raised in Ringwood, New Jersey. His parents are both musicians. Since he was one year-old, Gardner has played toy instruments like the drum. In an interview with Christina Milan, Gardner stated that his musical exploits as a toddler evolved into him playing actual drums and other instruments as an adult.

      The Voice, season 3
      In 2012 of The Voice season 3, Gardner auditioned but was not selected by any coaches. He sang "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival. However, Gardner received constructive advice from coach Adam Levine. After his audition fell short, Gardner’s father died, which encouraged him to try out again the next season. Also, Gardner received criticism from judges and impressive replies from internet media and television.

      The Voice, season 4
      In The Voice season 4, Gardner auditioned and joined Shakira’s team, since she was the only judge to turn a chair. He sang the "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes which captured Shakira’s interest with Gardner’s signature voice.

      In the battle rounds, Gardner was paired with J'Sun from Team Shakira and performed "How You Like Me Now?". They were mentored by Joel Madden. After his performance, Shakira chose Gardner.

      Gardner then went into the knockout rounds in which he competed against Tawnya Reynolds. He sang "Too Close" by Alex Clare and was chosen to enter the top 16 as semi-finalist.

      As he advanced into the live playoffs, he sang "Imagine" by John Lennon where he plays piano and his performance led the judges to save him he and advanced to top 12. Before the top 12 results, team Shakira performed "We Are the Champions" in episode 15. Also, Team Blake & Team Shakira joined forces performing the song "Hall of Fame", as non-competition, intermission number with Gardner as part of the team.

      In the top 12 live performances, Gardner crooned "I Want It That Way" by Backstreet Boys which brought positive feedback from the judges. However, on results night, he did not get through to the Top 10 by the public votes. Gardner exited the competition on May 14.

      Later, Gardner was invited to perform as a guest in the Fox's talk show “Good Day New York”. On May 17, 2013, he sang his original composition “The Valley” which is to be released soon. Hired to play private event. In attendance were writers from Vogue, GQ and Wired. Hired and preformed at the Tissot Event (World Trade Center Mall) 2016.

      His is a multi-instrumentalist, experienced in preforming and teaching vocals, guitar (lead / rhythm / electric & acoustic) , proficient at Logic Pro X recording software, keyboards, drums, bass, writing and has been a freelance musician since 2010–present.
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    • Meet Mike Kozma
      Guitar & Drums
    • Meet Jeanie
      Vocal Extraordinaire
    • Meet Tom Hatz
      Guitarist Spoudaíos
    • Meet Dan The Keyboard Man
      Keyboard Incredible

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