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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

Sarah Kapilow Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Sarah Kapilow started her music career with guitar lessons at the age of 10. She took these lessons for five years, and then added bass, piano, drums and vocal lessons by the time she had graduated high school. During high school, she formed her first band named Leighton in which she sang, played guitar and wrote the band's music. After high school, she went to NYU's Steinhardt School to receive a degree in Music Technology in 2012. At NYU, she took private vocal lessons for two years as well as Music Theory I-IV, Aural Comprehension I-IV, Music History I-IV, Keyboarding Skills I-IV and other music electives. While she was a student at NYU, Sarah also formed her second band named McCalister in which once again she sang, played guitar and wrote the band's music. The band made three EPs together, toured throughout the Northeast, and performed at notable venues like Webster Hall and The Barbery before parting ways in July of 2015. In addition to being a full-time NYU student and musician, Sarah worked frequently as a live sound engineer for venues like Roulette, Webster Hall and Trinity Grace Church, and was appointed Head Sound Engineer for Pascack Valley High School. After graduating from NYU in May of 2015, she immediately started working at School of Rock Tenafly as a voice, guitar and piano instructor.

Jeff Biegel Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Jeff is a versatile, technically-trained musician with experience in performing, recording, teaching and producing a variety of musical styles. He specializes in bass guitar and upright bass, but practices and performs with piano, guitar and cello as well. Whether in the pit band, studio or touring throughout the country, Jeff displays continuous dedication and pure enjoyment from his work. Through his role as a Personal Assistant to popular bassist Christian McBride he displayed a working back-end knowledge of the music industry. Jeff has also proven his front-end performance abilities through touring with Macy Gray and continues to do so with Four Celtic Voices. He proceeds to promote himself as a professional in regards to being a teacher and performer, but is eager to learn new skills.

Michael Reid Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Michael Reid has close to 30 years of experience playing guitar and performing live. His musical journeys have taken him from iconic local venues such as CBGB's and Irving Plaza to some of the biggest music festivals, including Coachella, Bonnaroo and everywhere in between. He has played lead guitar for multiple major label artists, most notably Regina Spektor and Matt White. Along the way he appeared on "The Tonight Show," "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to name a few. In addition to focusing on music education at School of Rock Cresskill, he is an active session player and enjoys recording as well as music production. With a style that ranges from rock to blues and jazz, students can expect a well-crafted and meticulous learning experience through lessons with Mike, with personalized attention to detail and expedited musical advancement.

Brittany Dinardo Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Brittany DiNardo has been studying voice since the age of 14 but has been singing since she could remember. She graduated from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Music degree in 2016. She studied Music Education with a vocal concentration and received her 'Teacher of Music (K-12)' certificate in July 2016. Although a classically trained singer, Brittany has an interest in teaching voice in all styles and promotes healthy and effective ways of singing. As an instructor, Brittany encourages her students to sing and play with confidence. It is important to her that her students feel safe and take risks as they explore and develop their knowledge of music.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Miles Strand Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Miles Strand has been playing music since the age of eight and formed his first band at the age of 12. Being left-handed, he spent many of his younger years teaching himself to play guitar, and then progressed to writing his own original music. Miles has played in a touring band for almost 10 years, has taught music for over 8 years, and graduated from the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College. Currently, Miles spends most of his time with his son and daughter, as well as teaching, writing for himself and other artists, and is working on the first record of his band Our Fears.

Devon Perez Singing Teacher

Devon got her first gig in 1987 as a Gerber baby, landing her first role in a commercial on a Spanish television network. At age nine she was classically trained by opera singer Renee Corienne. She gained local recognition with her voice and competed in the televised NJN Hispanic Youth Showcase and numerous talent shows. She is currently signed to Platinum Star Entertainment Sony as a songwriter and writes for various artists. She feels music is the universal language and can heal people one lyric at a time.

Craig Sasson Director

Craig Sasson is a dedicated guitarist, passionate musician and a seasoned songwriter spanning across the rock, blues and metal genres. A high-energy bandmate with a performance career that spans two decades, Craig has performed at The Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, Irving Plaza for FUSE TV and locally with CT’s Premiere Cover band Darik and the Funbags. Craig has recently relocated his family to New Jersey and has his feet firmly planted at School of Rock, sharing the magic and the language of music with the future of rock to come.

Emily Kaye Studio Coordinator

Emily is a passionate arts lover and administrator who loves helping people accomplish their artistic goals. She has previously done this as a theatrical stage manager and technician while earning her Communication Studies degree from The College Of New Jersey. Emily transitioned from behind the stage to behind the desk in order to help up-and-coming artists of all ages find their passion and voice. She looks forward to seeing you and your growth in this awesome community of musicians.

Kevin Kendrick Piano Teacher

Kevin Kendrick graduated from the Interlochen Arts Academy, where he was awarded Outstanding Percussionist in Music. After attending the University of Colorado, Boulder on a full music scholarship, he toured extensively throughout the United States and Canada with Fat Mama, hailed by the Village Voice as "quite possibly the most exciting young jazz band in the country." After winning a Jammy in 2000 for Best New Band, and being nominated for Best New Release and Best Live Album in 2001, he attended The University of Bristol in Bristol, England and received an MA in Music Composition. His score work has been featured at the Berlin, Sundance, Cannes, Toronto and London Film Festivals and on PBS. He has performed and recorded with people and groups ranging from Trey Anastasio to P-Funk, and from The Detroit Symphony to James "Blood" Ulmer. His current band A Big Yes and a small no has been hailed by Village Voice critic Richard Gehr as "the hippest pop band you've ever heard in your life" and their first record "Jesus That Looks Terrible On You" was picked by "Pop Syndicate" as one of the ten best albums of 2008. He is an active member of the New York music scene, and is currently working on a new record with A Big Yes and a small no, a 7" with his new band Mock Duck and is gearing up to record with Dee-Lite legend Lady Miss Kier.

Mike Caminiti Drum Teacher

Mike Caminiti is a drum instructor from Westwood, New Jersey who has been playing the drums passionately for over 20 years. Mike started working at School of Rock in 2013. He immediately knew drumming would be his destiny at the age of nine while playing a friend's drum set. Whether it be concert band, jazz band, marching band, playing in the "pit" at school musicals or starting his own musical projects, Mike took every opportunity to be involved in drums during his school career. After graduating high school, he religiously continued to make music a part of his everyday life, from jamming with different musicians to session drumming to playing in local rock bands. Mike is a primarily self-taught drummer with a large catalog of style influences, ranging from classic rock, progressive, jazz, hip-hop, punk, pop and electronic music. Some of his most influential musical acts are Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, The Mars Volta, Miles Davis, King Crimson and Mahavishnu Orchestra. He is able to play with musicians of all skill levels and various musical tastes while incorporating his groove into any melody. With his positive attitude and musical versatility, Mike has become not only a valued teacher at School of Rock but also a great friend to many.

Shawn Hajizadeh Drum Teacher

From the beginning, music was constant in the household of rising young drummer Shawn Hajizadeh, who would become fascinated by the music he heard at such an early age. His father was a prominent Iranian-born drummer, playing with famous Persian popular singers coming through the United States. Shawn attended Houston Community College, studying with the visually impaired master Houston jazz drummer, Sebastian “Bash” Whittaker. Bash became a serious mentor to Shawn, inviting him to his house for private sessions about the drums, music and life. In the fall of 2013, Shawn moved to New Jersey to finish his degree at William Paterson University. While attending, he has been instructed by Christian McBride, Bill Charlap, Harold Mabern, Vincent Herring, Bill Mobley, John Mosca, Horace Arnold, Dennis Mackrel and many others. Shawn graduated in May of 2016 and is eager to make a name for himself in the New York jazz scene.

Zach Sandel Drum Teacher

Zach Sandel is a drummer who's been playing for the better part of 15 years. Zach grew up playing with mostly rock and punk acts, but has since gained experience in various genres over years of touring across North America and Europe. Zach's experience as a working musician allows him to show his students what it takes to be the backbone to a solid live performance.

Will Flaim Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher, Guitar Teacher

Will Flaim is a Bel Canto operatic tenor with an explosive passion for music. He recently completed his Graduate degree in Classical Voice Performance at New Jersey City University in May of 2018 and he is currently working on an extensive repertoire for upcoming auditions and competitions. Aside from teaching at School of Rock Cresskill, Will spent the last three years teaching general music and choir at St. Michael's Catholic School in Cranford, New Jersey. In private instruction Will teaches piano, guitar and voice. He is classically trained in all three instruments. Although Will very much enjoys teaching, he aspires to one day have a long and healthy career singing opera on stages across the globe.

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