Melanie Boyd General Manager
Rock 'n' Roll has always been a major part of Melanie’s life. Her dad sang her favorite Beatles songs on demand, and Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, and Black Sabbath records played non-stop as the soundtrack to her youth. She remains surrounded by music as both her husband and daughter are musicians. Melanie holds an MBA, and with her former experience as Operations Manager for a music school, she has proven success in local marketing, event management, customer service, and administration.
As a parent of School of Rock Doylestown for the past 4 years, she has seen first-hand the incredibly positive impact this unique program and community has on its students. Melanie is thrilled to contribute her experience and talents to the School of Rock Doylestown, and to share her love of music with the students!
Sean Kelly Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Sean Kelly has been a vocal instructor, guitar teacher and show director here at School of Rock Doylestown since 2011. When Sean was five years old he started messing around on his dad’s old Ludwig drum set. When he was 10, Sean picked up the guitar and hasn’t put it down since. In middle school, Sean started playing in rock bands and, since 2005, has written, recorded and toured with rock trio The Revere. In 2010 Sean graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Sean is currently a full-time musician and music entertainment business owner with his twin brother, Pat. Sean writes, records and performs most weekends throughout the year in the Bucks County, PA area. He loves learning and exploring all different genres and styles, and is a huge advocate for helping kids experience the joy of collaborating with others onstage and in rehearsal.
Brian Duckett Guitar Teacher
If it has strings, Brian Duckett probably plays it (or tries to). Brian has been playing guitar and various stringed instruments for 35 years. His first guitar lessons as a teen involved rock, classical, blues and jazz. After taking all the music classes he could in high school, he got his bachelor's degree in Spanish at Penn State. At college, he had his first taste of performing live music with other people. Brian has rocked it out in numerous bands in the greater Bucks County, PA area for the last 25 years (sometimes in three bands at a time.... in one night!). His previous bands opened up for greats like The Wailers, The Radiators, Commander Cody, Black 47, Tommy Conwell and others. He was lucky enough to perform in a band with School of Rock's own Dante Cimino for a number of years. Brian has recorded as a member of a band and as an in-demand guest musician for other groups and solo artists. He has continuously encouraged young and beginner musicians throughout his decades of musical experiences. Brian has taught guitar and occasional bass lessons for School of Rock Princeton as well as School of Rock Doylestown for the past two years. He's equally at home cranking up his electric guitars through a tube amp with a bit of distortion or flatpicking some bluegrass and Irish fiddle tunes on his acoustic guitars and mandolins. After seeing his nephew and his friends' children performing at School of Rock over the years, he knew one day he wanted to get involved and give some of his musical knowledge to the next generation of musicians.
Matthew Snyder Guitar Teacher
After growing up listening to guitar-oriented music, such as rock and metal, Matt Snyder began playing guitar at the age of 13. A year into his musical career he joined School of Rock Doylestown, where he became a member of the Doylestown House Band. In his time at School of Rock Doylestown Matt was also accepted into the School of Rock AllStars program, where he toured the east coast from Florida to Connecticut. He even had the opportunity to play with famous musicians, such as Butch Trucks of The Allman Brothers Band. Matt enjoyed his time as a student at School of Rock so much that he decided to give back by becoming a guitar teacher so he could pass on his passion for music. Besides being a guitar teacher here in Doylestown, Matt also directs the Saturday Rock 101 group, as well as the school’s summer music camps.
Alyssa Martin Vocal Instructor
Alyssa Martin received her vocal training from Scarpell Studio of Singing in the 80s and trained alongside recording artist Pink. Her personal style is a blend of power-projecting (Led Zeppelin, Heart, Linda Ronstadt) and a softer, more emotionally-charged delivery (Fleetwood Mac, Aretha Franklin, Susan Tedeschi). Although she was born singing, Alyssa says it wasn’t until she took vocal lessons that she learned she could belt out a note. Alyssa makes it her mission to help her students break out of their self-imposed limitations and realize how unique their particular gifts truly are. Alyssa, besides being a vocal instructor here at School of Rock Doylestown, performs covers and original songs all around the Bucks County, PA area as an acoustic duo with her husband.
Matt Beato Drum Teacher
Matt Beato is a passionate drummer and musician from Philadelphia, PA. Matt is primarily self-taught but has learned a ton from some of the greatest drummers and musicians in the world. Drums have provided him with some of the most positive experiences in his life. They have brought him joy, meaning and freedom, which he shares with his students. Matt has been playing drums since he was a teenager and is focused on growing musically and expanding his musical opportunities. Matt is also very grateful to be given the opportunity to guide his students on their journey in music and to help them achieve their musical goals. Matt is a drum teacher at School of Rock Doylestown.
Brett Ross Drum Teacher
Brett Ross is a musician, percussionist and composer from Sussex County, NJ. Brett has been a drums teacher with School of Rock since age 19 and recently moved to the Doylestown, PA area. Brett has studied under accomplished musicians such as Leo Labarge, Karl Latham, Vince Cherico, Dennis Chambers, Mike Mangini, Vito Rezza, Horacio Hernandez and Kenny Aronoff. Brett attended The Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he studied music recording, advanced music theory, composition and proficiency in multiple instruments. He is versed in many styles, including, but not limited to, Latin, jazz, funk, world, reggae, ska, progressive, country and rock. Besides being a drum teacher here at School of Rock Doylestown, Brett is a working musician and plays out in the Tri-State area and beyond with multiple projects of all genres.
Robby Crane Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Before starting a teaching career, Robby Crane garnered 21 years of piano training in the styles of classical, jazz, and rock, as well as 12 years of experience with bass guitar. He got his start with this at a School of Rock too. He has been a part of many successful original, jazz and cover bands since high school. Robby now uses his knowledge to help students learn how to play effectively in a band environment, as well as understand the theory that makes up music. Besides being a piano teacher and bass teacher here at School of Rock Doylestown, Robby is also a member of the local up-and-coming band The Great Enough. Robby's favorite bands include Stone Temple Pilots, Yes, The Doors and The Beatles.
Zak Winokur Guitar Teacher
In addition to being a guitar teacher at School of Rock Doylestown, Zak gigs with his original music projects and composes music for exercise and meditation. Zak has traveled near and far in search of music and community, and always returns home to Bucks County filled with appreciation and inspiration from his journeys. Music has been Zak's lifelong source of joy and empowerment. His enthusiasm and positive attitude supports students in their journey of musical expression.
John Hoff Drum Teacher
John Hoff has been playing drums for over 21 years. John specializes in rock, funk and soul. John is a permanent student of drums and percussion who prides himself on technique and groove. As an adult, John studied under the most recorded drummer of all time, Bernard Purdie (Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Hall and Oates, Steely Dan). Recently, John has shared stages with Imagine Dragons, Young the Giant, Matt and Kim and many more. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Doylestown.
Faye Meyer Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Faye Meyer graduated from Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. She studied singing, acting and dance. After graduating, she performed with many theaters in the Boston area. She then moved to the Philadelphia area and has since been active in the theatre community and music scene. Faye also sings and plays keys, covering a variety of top 40 female artists. She performs at many venues throughout the Philadelphia region. She is a piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Doylestown.
Chris Radwanski Guitar Teacher
Christopher Radwanski has been playing guitar for the past 24 years. As a musician, Chris has toured all over North America and Europe in bands such as Night Panther, White Birds and Suburban Living. His music has been featured in many TV shows, including prominent placements on "Weeds," "Grim," "Awkward," "Skins" and "Riverdale," as well as in advertisements for Coach, Tory Burch and Victoria's Secret.
Chris graduated from Drexel University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Music Industry. Since graduating he has started two companies- Avalanche Management, which focuses on artist management, and Born Losers Records, which is an independent record label. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Doylestown.
Ryan Gaughan Guitar Teacher
Ryan Gaughan has been teaching professionally for over 15 years. His career as a guitarist and singer has brought him through 49 states, three continents and nine countries. He's also had his work heard on radio stations all over the country and network TV. He’s currently working on a Songwriting degree from Berklee College of Music, and is teaching seminars and classes all over the world. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Doylestown.
Danny Cipressi Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher
Danny Cipressi is a diverse and experienced singer/songwriter/musician who has been teaching for 10 years. He studied opera at The Ester Boyer School of Music at Temple University and went on to sing for the Delaware Valley Opera Company in Philadelphia. He has also performed in musicals and plays. Aside from classical study and performance, Danny has written and recorded his own original music, and has performed in rock and pop bands for numerous years. His focus as a teacher is on building confidence and self-esteem in his students, bringing out the best talents in each of them. He is a vocal instructor and piano teacher at School of Rock Doylestown.
Chris Clark Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Chris Clark joined School of Rock Doylestown as a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher. His daughter has been a student for over three years. Music has been a constant in his life since he was small. He remembers spending hours as a toddler listening to his grandfather play piano. By the time he was in middle school, Chris began playing guitar and saxophone. In high school, he played first chair saxophone in the jazz band, was the drum major for an award-winning marching band and studied advanced music theory. He studied Composition at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA, after which he lived in and performed in Austin, TX and New Orleans, LA. During this time, Chris played guitar and bass in garage, punk and rockabilly bands, and made a living selling guitars. He has been teaching himself jazz guitar for over 25 years and currently plays around Doylestown as half of the Malcom-Clark jazz duo.
Brendan Healy drum teacher
Brendan is a drummer/songwriter from NJ. He has toured all over the country and has had a life full of musical experiences playing all different styles of music. Brendan currently has his second album out by his rock band “American Grim”. Drumming and songwriting have been Brendan’s passion and dream since he can remember and would like to help pass on the experiences that he has had to our young musician here at the School of Rock Doylestown.
Dante Cimino Regional Music Director, House Band Director, Show Director
Dante has been playing drums for 32 years. He has toured the world with owner Mike Morpurgo and their band Dandelion. Dante has also shared the stage with bands like Radiohead, Rob Zombie, Gwar, and The Ramones. Dante's approach to his musical direction is brutal truth.
With this approach, he has produced some of the greatest shows.
He loves his job and the kids. Anybody who's had an interaction with Dante has always walked away learning something, and at the very least has gotten a good laugh.
Jonah Lloyd guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drum teacher
Jonah is a multi-faceted guitarist with 30 years of experience both in live performance and private instruction. Specializing in guitar, drums, bass, and keyboard with ensemble groups ranging from garage rock to twenty-piece, jazz big bands. His formal study includes majoring in music at Kirkwood College with an emphasis on music theory and arrangement. Private studies of classical and jazz guitar with Dan Towey, a published author for Hal Leonard (Pat Metheny Songbook, The Joe Pass Collection and Friday Night in San Francisco). Jonah currently studies with former Miles Davis guitarist and jazz great, Mike Stern.
Jonah has shared the stage with notable musicians, Michael Hampton aka kid Funkadelic, Russell Malone (Diana Krall, Harry Connick Jr.) Mark Whitfield, Dave Samuels (Spyro Gyra) Mickey Melchiondo, Glenn McClelland, Dave Dreiwitz of Ween and Jazz legend, Louie Bellson.
Jonah’s versatility of style and invaluable experience has been developed from on stage playing in a variety of acts from top 40 and hard rock to professional country bands, as well as work as a guitar technician for artists including the great Smokey Robinson and acclaimed Led Zeppelin tribute act, Get The Led Out.
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Hard Rock, Funk/RnB/Soul, Bluegrass and country.
Amber Miller Studio Coordinator
Amber Miller has been a Rocker since she was 2 years old, headbanging to Metallica! She grew up with a diverse taste in music and loves listening to AC/DC, Rolling Stones, and The Beatles. Whatever the mood dictates, she has a song for it! She has previous experience in the hair industry and she is always seeking new ways to express herself creatively. Amber’s sibling has been with Doylestown School of Rock for the past 5 years. She has come to many performances and has seen first-hand the impact of our program. She is very excited to now be behind the scenes and to be starting this next chapter in her life at School of Rock Doylestown as Studio Coordinator!