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About School of Rock Wayne

Welcome to School of Rock Wayne, where students learn to rock their worlds. A fixture in Wayne that has served crowds of aspiring young rockers since 2012, School of Rock Wayne is all about curating a new generation of music-minded students who get to balance education with all the fun and awesomeness of a great jam session.

Whether our students are killing it on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or vocals, School of Rock Wayne equips everyone with the right gear: experienced teachers, seriously awesome music fundamentals, and spectacular bands of friends and fellow musicians. Our performance-based approach helps our students build the skills they need beyond the stage, too: confidence, teamwork, innovation, art, and humor, just to name a few. We don’t just get our students amped about music – we get them amped about life.

Visit School of Rock Wayne and get a feel for how we crank up the voltage of music education for today’s students and musicians.

Contact Information

School of Rock Wayne
1055 Hamburg TurnpikeUnit A-1Wayne, NJ 07470
(973) 653-5432

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Wayne'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 Wayne'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!

  • School of Rock Wayne’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Wayne, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Wayne’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

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

  • At School of Rock Wayne, 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 Wayne, 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 Wayne works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Wayne’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!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Wayne learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Wayne Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Wayne enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Wayne’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

School of Rock Wayne'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. S...
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School of Rock Wayne'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 Wayne'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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Staff

    • Meet Steve DeNola
      General Manager
      Steve has been affiliated with the School of Rock since 2005 where he was a long time student and All-Star, and earned the honor and pleasure of sharing the stage and collaborating with many ...
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      Steve has been affiliated with the School of Rock
      since 2005 where he was a long time student and All-Star,
      and earned the honor and pleasure of sharing the stage and
      collaborating with many Rock legends. His personal touring
      also includes being a member of a number of bands and has
      worked as a session/touring drummer along the way and
      throughout his career. Before graduating high school, he
      joined School Of Rock Tenafly as a Drum Instructor/Show
      Director, as well as working alongside School of Rock
      Corporate as a Special Projects assistant. This included
      organizing Best of Season shows at the Highline Ballroom and
      also SOR Metal camp in upstate NY. More recently Steve has
      had the pleasure of becoming one of the companies youngest
      General Managers, having run the School Of Rock Somerville
      and School Of Rock Bedford. After years of numerous events,
      such as performing, instructing, directing, and managing,
      Steves' energy, enthusiasm, passion and extensive
      musical knowledge makes him a welcomed General Manager to
      the School of Rock Wayne. His focus will be on the
      day-to-day operations of the school, including
      communications, scheduling, helping to book great gigs, and
      most of all outstanding customer service!
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    • Meet Jenny Founds
      Music Director
      Jenny has been a part of the School of Rock family since 2006. During five years of touring as a School of Rock All-Star, she had the pleasure of sharing the stage and collaborating with music lege...
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      Jenny has been a part of the School of Rock family since 2006. During five years of touring as a School of Rock All-Star, she had the pleasure of sharing the stage and collaborating with music legends such as Jon Anderson (Yes), Slash (Guns n’ Roses), Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction), John Wetton (King Crimson), Adrian Belew (King Crimson/DavidBowie/Talking Heads), Jeff Skunk Baxter (Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Brendon Small (Metalocalypse/Dethklok), Denny Walley and Napoleon Murphy Brock (Frank Zappa) in over fifteen national and international tours. Since graduating from the program, Jenny has collaborated on over ten albums, including writing/performing/producing/engineering a full length album of original material, while also touring in various bands including Start Making Sense, a tribute to the Talking Heads. After graduating high school, she began working alongside School of Rock Corporate on the All-Star tours every year as tour manager and assistant music director, while also working on special projects such as the Best of Season shows and destination camps. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Marymount Manhattan College with a degree in Musical Theatre Performance after four years of performing in and Music Directing numerous off-Broadway productions while teaching and directing programs at School of Rock Brooklyn. After years of being involved at School of Rock, as a student, instructor, director, and manager, Jenny is very pleased to call the Wayne School of Rock home.
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    • Meet Eric Fornelius
      Bass & Guitar Instructor
      Long Valley native Eric Fornelius has been involved in music nearly his entire life. He has won awards and honors throughout high school including NJ Region 1 Orchestra for upright bass, NJ Region ...
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      Long Valley native Eric Fornelius has been involved in music nearly his entire life. He has won awards and honors throughout high school including NJ Region 1 Orchestra for upright bass, NJ Region 1 Jazz Band for upright and electric bass, NJ All State Jazz Choir for electric bass, and NJ All State Symphonic Band for upright bass. He was also the very first Music Student of the Month at West Morris Central High School. Eric studied under some of the finest teachers in the area, including Lou Kosma of the Metropolitan Opera House for upright bass, and Steve Marks of the NYC Bass Collective for electric bass and jazz theory studies. The summer before college, he was an intern at the acclaimed National Guitar Workshop. He attended Lebanon Valley College and studied music business. His gigs there included playing bass in the pit for the Whitaker Center Theatre, and playing in the traveling blue-grass band of Knoebels Amusement Park. After college, he switched his focus from bass to guitar. During this time, Eric was selected to tour with Jim Breuer on his Heavy Metal Family Man tour. He currently plays with several local rock bands. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO4W1hOSlUw
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    • Meet Linda Everswick
      Keys, Saxophone, & Vocal 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 Tim Gysin
      Piano Instructor
      Tim Gysin has been a musician all his life. Tim is mainly a piano player and singer but he also plays acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, saxophone, harmonica, ukulele, and the bagpipes. At the a...
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      Tim Gysin has been a musician all his life. Tim is mainly a piano player and singer but he also plays acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, saxophone, harmonica, ukulele, and the bagpipes. At the age of two, Tim began taking piano lessons at the Yamaha Music School of Bergen County. After ten years of classical piano lessons, Tim began teaching himself rock and pop piano. Soon after this, he joined his first band as both the keyboardist and the lead singer. Tim went to high school at Don Bosco Prep where he took part in the concert band and orchestra playing piano, saxophone, and percussion. By senior year of high school, he started performing shows all over New Jersey and New York in bars, restaurants, clubs, private parties, weddings, and fundraisers. Now, Tim is finishing his last semester at William Paterson University with a degree in Popular Music. He now performs over 200 shows a year as a solo artist, and is also a member of a few different bands. Tim hopes to make a lifetime career out of performing music.
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    • Meet Sean Ronan
      Guitar Instructor
      New Jersey native, Sean Ronan (BA Jazz Performance William Paterson University) has been playing guitar for 12 years. He was originally inspired to play at 10 years old after his father showed him ...
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      New Jersey native, Sean Ronan (BA Jazz Performance William Paterson University) has been playing guitar for 12 years. He was originally inspired to play at 10 years old after his father showed him a few chords and hasn't stopped since. In high school Sean won a scholarship to participate in NJ PAC Jazz for Teens program were he studied music theory and technique with renowned guitarist Vic Juris. After high school Sean went to William Paterson University to earn a degree in Jazz Performance. His main influences are deep rooted in blues, classic rock, and jazz. Sean is inspired by Jimi Hendrix, The Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, Grateful Dead, and Led Zeppllin. He has played in many classic rock, indie bands, and jazz groups around the NJ NYC area and has even played live on Good Day America! Sean has a passion for teaching and inspiring his students through the power of music!
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    • Meet Harris Bergsohn
      Piano/Keys Instructor
      Originally from Long Island, Harris Bergsohn has been in the world of music from the age of 11, when he started playing guitar along to bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden. Soon enough he would fi...
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      Originally from Long Island, Harris Bergsohn has been in the world of music from the age of 11, when he started playing guitar along to bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden. Soon enough he would find his musical calling in piano and keyboards, drawing influence from styles ranging from progressive rock legends of the 70's. Some of his biggest influences range from bands such as Yes, Genesis and Emerson, Lake Palmer, Symphony X, andDream Theater. Having attended Five Towns College on Long Island to study jazz guitar and theory as well as Nassau Community College for classical piano performance, Harris has since been independently and professionally reinforcing his skills. Harris is also fully certified in various fields of audio engineering and sound design. He graduated in October of 2010 from SAE Institute of Technology in New York and considers audio recording and sound design to be a close second passion to playing and teaching music. Although a newcomer to the School of Rock, Harris has worked professionally with longtime school faculty member Matt Moliti, playing live keyboard synthesizers for progressive metal band, Dark Empire.
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    • Meet Andy Davis
      Drum Instructor
      Andy Davis, our newest drum instructor, is a 28 year old Drummer from St. Louis, Missouri. He relocated to New Jersey from Los Angeles, California where he studied at The Musicians Institute, Major...
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      Andy Davis, our newest drum instructor, is a 28 year old Drummer from St. Louis, Missouri. He relocated to New Jersey from Los Angeles, California where he studied at The Musicians Institute, Majoring in Drum Performance with an emphasis in Music Business. Andy's parents always new he'd be a drummer. His mom would find him in the kitchen with all the pots and pans pulled out of the cabinets , playing along with wooden spoons to whatever song was on the radio when he was only 3! Andy has shared the stage with such bands as 311, Linkin Park, and AwolNation . He currently plays with his original band 'Classic', a 5 piece pop rock group out of NYC. Andy proudly endorses Spaun Drum Co. and Kickport International. Some of his main influences are Stevie Wonder , Al Green , Tower of Power, and Average White Band. 'I believe in a make learning FUN FIRST attitude and environment when teaching, after all it's the most important part!' says Andy
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    • Meet Brielle Liebman
      Little Wing Instructor
      Brielle Liebman is a singer-songwriter and guitarist hailing from the great state of New Jersey. She studied Popular Music at William Paterson University, and spent most of her college years organi...
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      Brielle Liebman is a singer-songwriter and guitarist hailing from the great state of New Jersey. She studied Popular Music at William Paterson University, and spent most of her college years organizing performances for the department, arranging and performing in ensembles, and collaborating with her fellow music majors. She has been playing guitar since the age of 13, and writing music since elementary school (though she will admit, her songs now are a bit more sophisticated!) Her high school years were spent performing with a rock band, where she performed her originals in rock arrangements at lots of small New Jersey holes in the wall. She now has performs solo and has played at historic New Jersey venues like the Stanhope House, where she opened for Amy Helm and Jill Sobule, and the Stone Pony. She grew up listening to the Beatles and Bruce Springsteen, and by her teen years, expanded her musical interests from punk artists like The Clash to folk artists like Joni Mitchell. She listens to a wide range of music now that includes rock, jazz, folk, punk, world music, and Indian music. She even studied Indian classical music in India with world-renowned gurus. Her musical influences are very broad, but her roots come from the rock music that she grew up with. Her songwriting style, though folk-based, has elements of some jazz, and absolutely some good old rock and roll. She is excited to spread her knowledge to students, and hopes to inspire them to be creative music makers as well!
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Testimonials

  • “I can’t tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children.Thank you for everything! ”
    — Tim Gallagher, Father of School of Rock Denver student
  • “Carlson's time at School of Rock helped her recruit most of her current bandmates. It spurred her to apply to Berklee which, unlike other colleges that offer music majors geared mainly toward classical and jazz, offered the opportunity to train as a well-rounded musician. ”
    — Chelsea Carson, student from Long Valley School of Rock
  • “School of Rock is the best thing we have done for our three children. They learn self-confidence, teamwork, and musicianship in an environment that is safe and free of the typical age-barrier restrictions that are often inherent in other student activities. The youngest and oldest kids in the school work together and everyone is an equal on stage. I wish other youth activities were as welcoming. ”
    — Tony C., parent, Great Valley, PA
  • “School of Rock has helped develop my daughter's self confidence. She just lights up when she is on stage. I just love watching and seeing her growth as a person and as a musician. SOR is her second family. ”
    — Lori H., parent, Downingtown, PA