Joel Camp Owner, General Manager
Joel Camp is a certified public school music instructor who has been teaching music education for 14 years to the age groups of School of Rock. Joel has worked with experienced students, as well as children with special needs. He has extensive knowledge of symphonic, rock and jazz ensembles, music theory and choral practice, including improvisation. Joel is a woodwind specialist who is also fluent on piano, brass, percussion and composition. Since 2000, he has given over 30 winter and spring concerts for grades K-12 and inspired children with fantastic success at NYSSMA.
Joel is also performance-oriented since the age of 15, and familiar with team building and stage techniques. Joel has been networking with hundreds of musician for the past 20 years. Joel is a successful composer who has helped students establish a way to be creative with their own writing skills. A tenor saxophonist, composer and educator, Joel has performed on Broadway at the Hudson Theater, The Paramount in Long Island, Carnegie Hall, Westbury Music Center, and at festivals such as Bradstock and Gathering of the Vibes throughout the United States and Canada. He has composed over 100 works for classical, jazz and rock ensembles, including his new quartet Gravity.
Andrew Pomerantz Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Andrew Pomerantz is a performing musician and teacher from Long Island who plays the upright bass, electric bass and guitar with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Commercial Music from Five Towns College. He is equipped with bass knowledge of harmony and rhythm, spanning over many genres which is implemented in lesson plans to ensure a strong musical foundation. Andrew has experience teaching kids and adults of all ages and always embraces a positive creative learning atmosphere that produces tangible results.
Courtney Brunn Little Wing Teacher, Rookies Teacher
Courtney Brunn, a former School of Rock Farmingdale vocalist and street team member, currently teaches Little Wing and helps with birthday parties along with designing the miscellaneous pamphlets, flyers and newsletters for the school. She is a current student at Saint John’s University where she studies Journalism and Advertising Communications. Falling in love with music at age six (after attending a Blink-182 and No Doubt concert), she continues to be an avid music fan with her favorite band being Paramore. Courtney strives to instill her passion for music and firmly believes that anyone could be a musician no matter their experience or age. Her love for children and upbeat, exciting nature make her an asset to the school just as much as School of Rock has been an asset to her in her own life throughout the years.
Michael Readinger Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Mike Readinger is a vocalist/keyboardist who graduated from the College of New Jersey with a minor in music in 2013. He has been an active songwriter and performer since middle school and is currently involved in several regionally touring acts which have performed in places such as the Paramount Webster Hall. Mike is also a member and leader of a jazz quartet, performing jazz standards throughout the Long Island and NYC area. He is also proficient with other instruments including trumpet, bass, guitar and drums. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, reading and gaming.
Nick Lee Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Nick Lee is 28 years old and has been playing guitar since he was six years old. He started playing live shows at 13 years old and as of 2018 has played a dozen different countries in different continents. He plays in Long Island progressive rock natives Moontooth, as well as the world-renowned power metal band Riot. He is the guitar protégé of Riot’s Mike Flynn and studied under him for over a decade and continues to study at Nassau Community College and CW Post.
Peter Smith Drum Teacher
Peter Smith is a long-time veteran in of the Tri-State Area music scene. He’s been playing drums and percussion on stage and in studio for over 20 years. Originally his musical influence was dominated by rock but since then he has branched out to explore other genres like punk, soul, Latin hip-hop and progressive rock music. Peter has played with several cover bands over the years and currently can be seen playing weddings and corporate functions. His current band Deep Rising, a progressive rock band, has released four albums that can be found on all major online music services. When not on stage, he can usually be found on film shoots or in a recording studio. With a degree in broadcasting, he has studied and worked as an audio engineer for 15 years. During that time, he had the opportunity to meet and work with industry notables like Mary J. Blige, Danny Boyle and Sam Rockwell. Peter has been teaching private lessons for most of his career as a drummer. His goal for musicians is to enjoy the challenge of their craft. He is proud to be a part of the faculty here at School of Rock and to help the new generation of musicians share their love of music with the world.
Jake Hosza Drum Teacher
Jake Hosza is a musician of 22 years and a drum percussion educator for nearly a decade. Having studied with some of the nation’s most prestigious drummers and percussionists, Jake strives to provide a level of exceptional instruction and success to all students regardless of age or availability. He is a former student of the New York Philharmonic‘s very own Joseph Tompkins, as well as the New York City Opera's Montgomery Hatch. Currently a student of drummer Blake Richardson (Between the Buried and Me), Jacob also performs approximately 150 times per year and records for various bands and artists throughout the country. He is a strong believer that every student has immense capability in and out of the practice room and will do whatever it takes to help his students reach their goals and aspirations.
Danny Passadino Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher
Daniel has been playing the piano for over 15 years and is finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Music Education at the Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music. Experienced in many genres of music, such as classical, jazz and musical theater, Daniel is able to offer his students a comprehensive education. A multi-talented instrumentalist, Daniel is also proficient in the drums, guitar, bass and trumpet. Daniel has played piano, bass and guitar in various rock bands across Long Island, and also plays the drums and trumpet in the Queens College Wind Ensemble. He has also worked in various theaters across Long Island for over six years as a musical director and pit musician. Daniel believes that the teacher is the most important factor in whether or not a student continues pursuing music. A teacher has the responsibility to make learning music fun and enjoyable for all students and Daniel hopes that he can instill a passion for music and learning in every student he has.
Alan Pearson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Alan Pearson has been playing guitar since 1989. He received a BA in Music from Five Towns College of New York in 2000. Alan has studied many different styles over the years, including blues, jazz, Motown and reggae for over 20 years as a featured performer in live as well as studio settings since 1998. Alan has been teaching all over the New York area and has also taught for two years in North Carolina.