School of Rock Chatham’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Chatham music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Art LimaMusic Director
VP Operations, Music Director and National AllStars Director Art Lima has dedicated his life to music. Beginning his musical journey at age nine on trumpet, he learned to read music and understand theory, providing a foundation that has stayed with him always. Growing up with a classically-trained conservatory pianist mother, the encouragement of his pursuit of music was always there, and soon his love of guitar began, which also led to mastering of other instruments over the years.
As a National AllStar Tour Director for School of Rock USA, his students hit the road each summer to raise money for great charitable organizations while touring and playing famous clubs, venues and festivals like Lollapalooza. (The 'Rock The House' tours have raised proceeds to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities all over the country, and 'Love Hope Strength' finds bone marrow donors raising awareness with the audience members at the AllStars shows and matched over a dozen bone barrow donors from last year's AllStars tour to help in the fight against cancer!)
Art (and wife Jamie, School of Rock Chatham GM) were featured in Guitar World Magazine's March 2012 "Introducing" section as a promising new artist release (Fate28).
Seeing the next generation of talented young musicians continues to inspire Art every day!
Jamie LimaGeneral Manager
Jamie has been with School of Rock Chatham since its doors opened in January 2007, teaching keyboards and voice, which eventually evolved to performing dual roles as Instructor and General Manager.
Performing (vocals, keyboard, bass) on area stages as an original artist and cover band entertainer for 15 years, Jamie currently lends her talents to projects benefitting philanthropic organizations, rocking for great causes (JDRF).
Inspiring future rock stars to build confidence and express their individuality is what makes being involved with School of Rock Chatham so rewarding for Jamie!
Matt MolitiGuitar Teacher
Matt Moliti has been with School of Rock Chatham since 2007. In the last decade, he has directed over 30 shows and has instructed multiple current and former School of Rock AllStars. Matt is equally adept at teaching young beginners to very technically-advanced students, and all ages and skill levels in-between.
A Long Island native, Matt started playing guitar at the age of 13. Initially inspired by 70s progressive rock bands such as Pink Floyd and Rush, Matt would eventually develop a love for all things heavy metal. Matt attended the Berklee College of Music, studying under acclaimed shred guitarist Joe Stump. Matt is currently the lead guitarist and vocalist for death metal band Sentient Horror, and has been featured in such publications as 'Decibel Magazine,' 'Rock Hard Germany' and 'Deaf Forever Magazine.' He cites Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker and Vinnie Moore as some of his favorite guitarists, and Genesis, King Diamond and Death amongst his favorite bands.
Nicole SantanaStudio Coordinator
Throughout high school Nicole participated in the North Jersey All State Woman’s Choir and musicals ("All Shook Up," "Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory"). A Vocal Performance graduate of County College of Morris, Nicole studied under Ukrainian operatist, Oleg Chmyr. Expanding upon her background of opera, jazz and rock vocals, she co-founded the funk/blues/pop fusion band, Three Humans. Nicole began her journey with School of Rock Chatham in 2016 and is looking forward to the future. With a responsibility to share her musical knowledge with children, she aspires to continue her studies in elementary music education.