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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock Brick’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Brick music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.

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.

Charlie Throckmorton Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Charlie Throckmorton is a dedicated musician and multi-instrumentalist since age five. He is the lead guitarist for Asbury Park-based band Halogens, who have been writing and performing original music since 2011. Halogens appears extensively at iconic venues, colleges, festivals and live radio shows. They recently released their latest EP, “Happy Hour,” at a sold-out Asbury Park Brewery show. Charlie studied music, music technology and psychology at Rutgers University, where he sang in the Rutgers choir and played trumpet in the concert band. He is devoted to learning all he can about music and sharing his knowledge with students. Charlie is a guitar teacher, bass teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Brick.

Johnny Hasney Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Johnny Hasney is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and keyboard teacher at School of Rock Brick. Johnny started playing guitar at age 11 and never looked back. He has been teaching for the past seven years. Versed in a wide range of styles, Johnny was self-taught prior to attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. Upon graduating from Berklee, Johnny joined critically-acclaimed Toothgrinder (Spinefarm/UMG) on tour, landing a nomination at the 2016 "Revolver Magazine" Music Awards for Best New Artist. Johnny is a skilled transcriber and made his first mark in publishing with the complete guitar transcription of their debut album through Sheethappens Publishing. Toothgrinder’s 2017 release, “Phantom Amour,” landed its first week at #76 on the Billboard Top 200, bringing the band to FM/satellite radio and major festival circuits alongside the biggest names in the industry.

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.

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