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School of Rock Clark
1173 Raritan Rd.
Clark Township, NJ 7066
(908) 577-4473

Location Specifics

Next door to the Wells Fargo Bank.

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Hours
  • Monday: 3 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Clark combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

At School of Rock Clark our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect
  • 1 Weekly Small Group Class
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Clark, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Clark, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Students also have the option to add a 30-minute private lesson. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101. Students also have the option to add a weekly 30-minute private lesson to their Rookies Program.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Clark, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-12

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Clark's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Clark have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Clark Township are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Clark who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 12-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program. Students graduate from Rock 101 into our Performance Program when they are ready to take the stage.

Performance music program for teens
Performance
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Clark is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Clark Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Clark Township music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Clark's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Clark Township music venue.

Adult music program for students over 30
Adult Program
Ages 30+

School of Rock Clark's Adult Program is for students over 30 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Clark is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Clark Township.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Clark Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Clark Township.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 12-18

The School of Rock Clark House Band music program gives students ages 12-18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Clark's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at NJ rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Clark Township and the rest of NJ. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
AllStars
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Clark

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Clark, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Clark is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Clark Township guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Clark's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Clark, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Clark Township venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Clark offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Clark Township guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Clark is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Clark we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Clark Township, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Clark, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Clark Township. Unlike other Clark Township drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Clark, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Clark Township drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.

 

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Clark offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Clark, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Clark teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Clark, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Clark Township.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Clark offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Clark Township and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Clark, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Clark Township students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Clark, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Clark Township. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Clark, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Clark Township area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Clark Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Clark Township area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Clark Township music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Clark, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Clark Township, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Clark’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.

Amanda Zurich General Manager

Amanda's passion and appreciation for music began at a young age through her father's collection of rock and roll. That collection shifted into her own library of endless genres as she began traveling and volunteering at various music festivals and concerts across the states. In her early years, Amanda took the stage in choir, musical theatre and dance. Upon graduating the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Communication, she was able to channel her passion for live entertainment and media by successfully starting a career in New York City. Her profession began in talent & production with music television channels such as Fuse, Vh1, MTV and VICE. After transitioning her career from TV to music, Amanda began managing numerous summer tours under Primary Wave Music. Today, Amanda manages and books artists on the East Coast. Her goal is to bring the power and escape of music to other's lives. She is thankful for the opportunity to do so here at School of Rock!

Alex Marucci Music Director

Alex Marucci is a guitarist, songwriter and composer from Union, NJ. Before receiving his bachelors from William Paterson University, he studied guitar with some of the top musicians in the world at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. He has received instruction from Guthrie Govan (Asia, Aristocrats, Hans Zimmer), Greg Howe (Michael Jackson) and Dave Weiner (Steve Vai) among others. In 2017 he became a semi-finalist in the Ibanez Flying Fingers national guitar competition, receiving praise from none other than Paul Gilbert (Racer X, Mr. Big) himself. Touring with bands since his teens has led him to work and perform at some of the most distinctive venues NYC has to offer such as the PlayStation Theater (formerly Nokia Theater), Roseland Ballroom and Webster Hall Studio. Today he has accumulated over 15 years’ experience of music industry knowledge while playing in several different bands as a songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. Specializing in guitar and bass, he teaches everything from jazz to heavy metal and enjoys challenging himself by finding new styles of music to learn and perform. In his spare time, he composes music for film, video games and TV.

Michael Reuben Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Mike Moon Reuben is a guitarist/producer/songwriter/vocalist who is known for his work with p-funk legends Bernie Worrell &The Woo Warriors, Dawn Silva and The Brides Of Funkenstein, and George Clinton and Chops Horns. He has also worked and performed with hip-hop groups EPMD, Shock-G of Digital Underground, the R&B group Xscape, Gloria Gaynor and Leela James. He has worked with rock artists such as Kip Winger, Buckethead, TM Stevens as well as jazz/fusion artists such as Wayne Escoffrey, Jeremy Pelt, Ian Hendrickson Smith, Larry Goldings, Stanley Jordan and Johnnie Oneal. Mike Moon Reuben has also written, produced and mastered albums under his own name entitled "Blacklight Lullabies" and "Alice To The Moon," both which delve into the areas of funk, R&B, rock, hip-hop and jazz/fusion genres. Mike currently works with various bands and vocalists in the NY & NJ metropolitan area, specializing in R&B, jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop and hospel genres, as well as producing and writing music for various artists.

Josh Rios Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Ever since he could remember, Josh Rios has always wanted to be a guitarist. He began exploring music at the age of six on the piano and he has been in love with music ever since. His earliest influences were drawn from the rock n’ roll pioneers of the 50s. Quickly, he quickly began to branch onto other instruments and within a few years, he had picked up other instruments such as guitar, bass, drums, violin, harmonica, etc. However, he never forgot his dream to be a guitarist and began to devote his attention to guitar, drawing influence from blues, rock, metal and jazz among other genres. At the age of eight, he began performing on a regular basis and within a few years, he was performing professionally.
In high school, Josh was very involved in the music program as a percussionist in the concert band and drumline, and as a guitarist for the jazz band. He was awarded the Louis Armstrong award - the highest level interscholastic award given to a musician for jazz. As a budding musician, Josh has performed hundreds of times, touring around the East Coast playing in cities such as NYC, Boston, Cape May, Orlando, Miami, Louisville, along with all 21 counties of NJ. He has worked as a session musician in NJ, NY and MA and is credited on five albums. Josh is very passionate about teaching music to others here at School of Rock, and finds fulfillment seeing his students’ love of music grow themselves!

Joey Cassata Drum Teacher

Joey’s band ZO2 toured nationally with such acts as Kiss, Poison, Motley Crue, Van Halen, Scorpions, Dream Theater, Cinderella and many more. Joey has been a member of the world-renowned Trans Siberian Orchestra for over 13 years and also starred in, co-wrote and co-produced the hit IFC comedy series "Z Rock." Joey performed over 500 shows in the "New York Times" critically acclaimed Broadway musical "The Great Comet of 1812." It starred Josh Groban and received 12 Tony nominations. Recently, Joey began drumming for Mr. Big’s Eric Martin and in Broadway's new hit comedy, "Gettin’ the Band Back Together."

Tyler Boland Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Tyler knew that music would be his passion, his purpose, ever since he was given his first keyboard in the first grade. Growing up, his childhood home reverberated with classics from bands like The Beatles, Queen and The Who. His interest in playing keys then shifted towards learning other instruments.

Throughout high school, he explored the realms of metal and the blues, and took a music theory class, which pushed him to learn even more. Tyler then studied music at UCC and Kean University's Conservatory of Music, while gaining several years of teaching, performing and recording experience along the way. He has been a part of many student performances, including shows with his band, The Afraid Brigade, playing the guitar, keys and doing vocals. They have been playing all over New Jersey and have ventured out to Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts.

Tyler believes the power of music can help get anyone through life's obstacles. He is dedicated to enhancing his student's abilities and expanding their understanding of music.

Kendall Lantz Drum Teacher

Kendall has been playing drums since he first put the sticks in his hands at the age of nine. Since that time, he has followed his passion and dream to play drums. In 2005, Kendall studied percussion at Berklee College of Music's summer program. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he enrolled at Musicians Institute and obtained an Associates degree in Performance Art. Since then, Kendall has been playing drums in New York City, and across the country with countless bands of various genres. Kendall has a love for teaching and enjoys helping students learn to play music. His ability to adapt and play what the music calls for is his strength. His versatility and capability to play all genres give Kendall a unique ability, which he brings to teaching here at School of Rock.

Margaret Hample Singing Teacher

Margaret started singing for her church choir as a kindergartener and ever since then, her love for music and performing has continued to grow. In high school she decided she wanted to turn her passion into a career. She spent the summer of 2012 at the University of the Arts in a summer program for Musical Theater. A year later she began her college education there, and in the spring of 2013 she graduated from the Philadelphia-based school with a Bachelors in Music and a major in Vocal Performance.
Margaret is a singer/songwriter who has performed at venues and open mics throughout Philadelphia. She currently sings with an up-and-coming a cappella chorus based in Somerset County. She specializes in alternative, rock, pop and folk, and has additional experience in classical and jazz as well. She has worked with children as a teacher and a tutor and is excited for her next step at School of Rock as she continues to write, perform and grow as an artist.

Joey Walsh Vocal Instructor

Joey Walsh found punk rock at the age of 13 and it changed his life. After growing up performing musical theatre, he began to embrace music that he’s truly passionate about. A self professed rock n' roll encyclopedia, he loves all things loud, fast and leather clad. After honing his vocal and songwriting abilities at Berklee College of Music, he now actively pursues the life of a working/touring musician. Taking his tunes across the US and Canada, he lives to write, perform and record. He believes School of Rock is the perfect way to teach kids about crucial technique and skills, but most importantly to love music. He is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Clark.

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

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The management team and instructors at School of Rock are professional and have an extensive knowledge of music and advanced skill techniques. The programs are fun, engaging and geared towards the interest and the potential of each student

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Lessons build confidence and enthusiasm in students by engaging them in fun, hands-on lessons with skilled and happy instructors.

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My daughter is in her second season but it has become her favorite place to be. The staff is amazing too. We wouldn't change this experience for anything.

My son looks forward to lessons.

My son’s instructor takes the time to work with him on whatever he needs to work on. He takes the time to recognize his talent and always encourages him to challenge himself with new musical tasks.