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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

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.

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.

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.

Bryon Preston Drum Teacher

Byron Preston wants to help students better or discover their own musical craft. He started out playing in his local church at the age of four and the rest was history. He’s played drums with gospel artists such as Donnie McClurkin, Timothy Wright, Juanita Bynum and Frank Anthone White. He’s taught the basics of percussion instruments to individuals of various ages. He’s played in various bands that include mini musical genres and styles from jazz to country, pop, funk, rock and metal. At the end of the day he believes education is key. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Farmingdale.

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