Dan Beaver Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Dan Beaver started playing bagpipes in elementary school. The first instrument that clicked was an unusual one and would set the precedent for Dan's interest in styles and musical techniques that have become a lost art. At age 14, Dan started playing the guitar after being inspired by David Bowie, The Who and ZZ Top.
Dan has been a guitar teacher and bass teacher at School of Rock Doylestown for the last six years. He has directed upwards of 20 shows and has taught a long list of students who have varied greatly in skill level and age. Dan's specialties include finger-style guitar, slide guitar, country-style picking, funk and blues playing. Dan is also the director of our House Band group, who can be seen performing at many local events throughout the fall and summer.
Outside of School of Rock, Dan plays in his own projects, as well as plays lead guitar in the Pete Hill Band, a folk-rock band based in Bucks County, PA.
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.
Jim White Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
Jim White is a pianist, vocalist, bassist and composer who graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh in 2014 with a degree in Music Technology and Composition. In the first grade, he started playing the piano and quickly discovered his love for improvisation. Jim is classically trained in piano and composition and has sung in a number of choirs for over seven years. Currently, Jim plays keyboard and synth and sings backup vocals with his band, Kitty City, who play all around the Bucks County area. Besides teaching and playing in his band, Jim creates music for video games. Jim is a bass guitar teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Doylestown.