Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock Brick’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills. School of Rock Brick proudly serves the Toms River, Howell, Wall, Brielle, Manasquan, Ocean County and Monmouth County areas.
PJ Farley Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
P.J. Farley found a love for playing music at the age of six, and as a professional musician has appeared at major venues around the world with Trixter and RA. In 2009, he joined Grammy-nominated artist Lita Ford and toured worldwide for four years. P.J. released his first solo album, “Boutique Sound Frames,” in 2016, writing, producing and performing all the instruments himself. He continues to perform and tour around the world while in the process of recording a second solo album. P.J. is a bass guitar teacher, guitar teacher, vocal instructor and piano teacher at School of Rock Brick.
Andrew Karlin Owner, General Manager
Andrew Karlin is the Owner and General Manager of School of Rock Brick. A devoted musician since the age of five, Andrew left a long and successful career as a pioneer in video and Internet technology to pursue his passion project - working with kids, music and the community to enrich lives and have fun. Andrew is a proven entrepreneur who applies the experience of three previous business start-ups to establishing School of Rock Brick in underserved Ocean County.
Tierney Riccio Studio Coordinator
Tierney Riccio is the Studio Coordinator at School of Rock Brick. She grew up taking piano lessons and teaching herself guitar, and has been in love with music since she can remember. Her dream is to eventually get into music production, creating and mixing her own unique sound. Although quite shy by nature, music frees her to express herself.
John DiGiulio Drum Teacher
John DiGiulio is a drum teacher at School of Rock Brick. He has been a School of Rock drum teacher for over 10 years and has taught in several area schools. John's experience takes him back to being a young, enthusiastic learner and player in school bands and in local bands with friends. His high school teacher encouraged him to try out for the McDonald’s All-Star American Band, where he was accepted as one of two musicians representing the state of Rhode Island. That experience earned John a full scholarship to an arts and academic school of his choice. John chose Berklee College of Music in Boston. John has been an active touring and recording drummer, working with Paul Simon, Joan Osborne, Elvis Costello and many more. John is currently the drummer for Gloria Gaynor, traveling the globe playing sold-out shows. John likes to use his knowledge of music and the music business to show his students how to perform at their best, teaching them the fundamentals of drumming and how to work well in a band situation with positive results. From beginner to advanced skill levels, John's dedication to his students will always provide them with an awesome learning environment and the tools they need to move forward in their music endeavors.
Dennis Zimmer Vocal Instructor, Drum Teacher
Dennis Zimmer is a drum teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Brick. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dennis picked up the sticks at age seven and has been playing consistently ever since. As a teenager he studied under renowned Broadway/studio session drummer Perry Cavari. Dennis also studied percussion for two years at Jersey City University.
In the early 90s, Dennis took first place in the Long Island Drum Center Competition, outperforming a field of over 3,000 contestants. Later, he toured the UK and US with Epic Records artists Ted Poley (Danger Danger) and John Allen (Methods Of Mayhem). Dennis was the touring drummer from 2009-2012 for Grammy-nominated rock artist Lita Ford, and can be heard on tracks with artists such as Gary Hoey, Phil Collen (Def Leppard), Steve Brown, Pete Loran, PJ Farley (Trixter), Chris Jericho (Fozzy, WWE, "Dancing With the Stars"), Bumblefoot (Guns n’ Roses) and Ruben Gomez (Menudo, solo artist). He is well-known locally as the singer of Big Orange Cone and the current drummer for The Benjamins. He is a vocal instructor and drum teacher at School of Rock Brick.
Pete Biggiani Drum Teacher
Pete Biggiani is a drum teacher at School of Rock Brick. He started playing drums at the age of two. By age 11, he was chosen to star alongside legendary drummer Carmine Appice in an Alfred Music Drum Prodigy instructional DVD sold in stores worldwide. Studying under top teachers like Carmine Appice and Joe Bergamini, Pete has become a very well-rounded drummer both live and in the studio. His new band Kodiak has recently signed a record deal and are touring the United States while planning a full-length release.
Cooper Boyd Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Cooper Boyd picked up the guitar at the age of eight years old and knew it was his true calling. He was self-taught until the age of 13, when he first joined School of Rock as a student. Since then he’s toured with the School of Rock Cresskill House Band and with the School of Rock AllStars. During his time at School of Rock he formed his band Lunatic Fringe (2015-2019), who released an EP, were known for their wild shows, opened for national touring bands such as LA Guns, Trixter, Faster Pussycat,and Last In Line, and were also recognized by New Jersey radio stations, including WRAT and WDHA. Cooper has been teaching guitar since the age of 16 and now is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Brick.
Tom Kunzman Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Multi-instrumentalist Tom Kunzman began playing guitar at age eight. He formed his first band at age 11 with a strong interest in writing and singing his own songs, while also developing an ear for drums and bass. Drawing on a wide range of influences, Tom is now a full-time musician and songwriter for artists such as Ace Frehley of KISS and several underground New Jersey acts. He also tours and does studio work with his own band, 18th and Addison. He has been teaching since 2013 and is now bringing his talents to students at School of Rock Brick as a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher, drum teacher and vocal instructor.
Veronica Burnett Rookies Teacher
Veronica Burnett earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Westminster Choir College and her Master's Degree in Educational Administration from Georgian Court University. While studying, she had the opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall with great conductors such as Leonard Bernstein and Leonard Slatkin. Veronica has been a music teacher in the Jackson NJ School District since 1988. She is also the vocal music director for the Liberty High School Drama Department. Veronica loves to share her passion for music and performing with students of all ages and is thrilled to join our team as a Rookies Instructor.
Gianna Isabella Singing Teacher
Gianna Isabella is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Brick. She has been coaching singers since the age of 16. Discovering her impressive vocal range as a kid, she honed her talent under the tutelage of her mother, singer Brenda K Starr. Ascending to the Top 10 of American Idol Season 15 and captivating an audience of millions around the world, the New Jersey-born singer and songwriter is ready to use her keen intuition, powerful presence, natural empathy, and songwriting eloquence to teach our students what it takes to succeed as a singer and an artist.
Paul Dutton Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Songwriting Teacher
Paul Dutton started playing guitar at the age of 13. He recently relocated to his home state of New Jersey from a twelve year stint as a California resident. As a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Paul has been recording and playing all instruments on material for a debut solo album. He plans to form a band and start gigging his solo album once it is released in the Spring of 2021. Paul is excited to share his love of guitar, drums, bass, songwriting and recording with students of School of Rock Brick!
Matt DiGiovanni Guitar Teacher
Matt DiGiovanni started playing music on the piano at age 5, then switched to guitar at age 10. Matt has played in various bands - cover bands, wedding bands, Big Band orchestras, a Tribute Band, Oldies - Doo Wop groups, and a Christian Rock group as well as playing at Sunday morning mass at his church. These groups gave Matt experience in a wide range of genres, plus the opportunity to perform at many different venues Matt enjoys all types of music – Jazz fusion, blues, rock, country, oldies, swing and pop and is excited to be a guitar teacher at School of Rock Brick!