Arath Corral Guitar Teacher
Arath Corral has had the opportunity to perform as a session musician in a variety of settings ranging from musical theater to bebop ensembles. He’s shared the stage with Leon Chancler (Michael Jackson), Pete Christlieb (Steely Dan) and Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock, Brand X). As a teacher he's been fortunate enough to teach all levels in his 15 years as an instructor from beginners to college students as part of the faculty at the University of Texas in El Paso.
Ray McNamara Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Ray McNamara is a guitar teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Hoboken with a decade and a half of experience and is the driving force behind the nationally touring instrumental band Big Mean Sound Machine. He's shared the stage with The Punch Brothers, Femi Kuti, The Family Stone, Bad Company, Steve Earle and many more. His approach to teaching is to consider his students' goals, and then to cultivate the skills needed to achieve those goals. He is also focused on fostering those skills in a musical and fun way that makes practice a joy rather than a chore.
Rachel Pores Director
As a young child, Rachel found music to be magical. Every chance she had, she was musical. Her family was immersed in the arts, which helped. Rachel started playing the piano at age six and found pure joy. She wrote her first song a year later and after 10 years, she was performing classical concertos and had aspirations of becoming a concert pianist. But her true passion was still centered around the voice.
Rachel attended Interlochen Arts Camp at the early age of eight, and also had the opportunity to attend Interlochen Arts Academy for her high school career as well. There she studied voice and piano as her major, and went on to attend the University of Michigan School of Music for Voice Performance. Searching out a more creative study in jazz, not available to Voice majors at the time, Rachel began performing outside of school in various bands and attended jazz courses for no credit. She found her home on stage, telling stories within her own original songs and singing her favorite genre, funk music. Soon after, she met Jeremy, a jazz drummer from New Jersey. They fell madly for each other and started playing music together in 1997.
In 2012 Rachel had the incredible opportunity to work as an instructor at her local School of Rock. She fell in love. She couldn’t believe she was getting compensated for such a fulfilling job. She knew right away she had to pursue the position, and soon after became Assistant Director at another School of Rock location. Because of the impact of School of Rock’s performance-based music educational model, Rachel even went back to school to help hone her skills at Montclair State University’s Music Education program in order to better serve her School of Rock community. Her hope is to become a steward of music, a confidant, and a guide for students to help reveal their own individuality and potential through programs at School of Rock Hoboken.
Jeremy Pores Director
Jeremy Pores’ passion in life has always been music. He started playing the drums at age 10, and quickly transformed into a professional. By age 16, he was playing in cover bands in the New Jersey music scene. He found his niche throwing down drum beats, and could always be found with his drumsticks and even with his drums in tow whenever and wherever possible. His early teachers include the great Glen Weber and Joe Morello. Jeremy went on to study jazz drum performance under Jackie MacLean at the Hartt School of Music and then transferred to the Berklee College of Music to pursue lessons with Jamie Hadadd. Jeremy’s work in the music industry has always been guided by performance. Whenever Jeremy can get on a stage, he’s there. His work in hip-hop and funk music has been extensive. For the past 25 years, his work as a professional performing artist includes national tours, house and studio work, not only as a professional drummer but also as a producer and manager for numerous solo artists and bands centrally located along the east coast. His performance experience includes playing such renowned stages as the Trenton State Arena, NYC Knitting Factory and Maritime Hall. Most notably, Jeremy toured as lead drummer for the late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame keyboardist Bernie Worrell of Parliament Funkadelic and The Talking Heads.
Jeremy’s most recent endeavor has been teaching the next generation of musicians how to perform on their instruments. He has such a great passion for teaching and helping others understand the complex rhythms of modern music. He is so excited about the next stage of his life, passing on the knowledge that was taught to him through his teachers to the next generation of musicians at School of Rock Hoboken.
Mike Preen Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Mike Preen is a New York City-based bass player. Originally from New Orleans, he lives in Jersey City. Mike is a versatile bassist, switching effortlessly from upright to electric and fretless basses. His musical inspiration came from his father, Brian Preen Sr., New Orleans drummer and bandleader of the Crescent City Big Band. Mike learned to sight read music while playing with this band. He also played with his brothers, honing his skills in power trio rock, funk and blues. The music of New Orleans is rich and rhythmic-based.
After working on cruise ships as a musician, Mike moved to The Big Apple. This opened up a new, all-encompassing genre to explore: musical theater. Aware that he needed to grow as a musician, Mike decided to finish his bachelor's degree and pursue a master's in Jazz Performance at NJCU. While there, he had the opportunity to study with some of the best musicians in New York City.
Mike has toured throughout the United States and Canada with multiple national Broadway tours, including most recently both national tours of "The Book of Mormon." He has had jazz residencies at two restaurants with The Mike Preen Trio/Quartet. He is currently subbing on several Broadway shows. He plays with several bands, including two with former contestants from "The Voice." He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Hoboken.
Jesse Lewis Drum Teacher
Jesse Lewis is a NYC/Hudson Valley-based drummer and percussionist. Attending his first Woodstock Anniversary music festival at age four, Jesse has been infatuated by music and especially rhythms since he was young. Without guidance or other musicians in sight, he set out to become a master drummer. Starting out self-taught, he became determined to find guidance and mentors to help him along his journey. Through persistence, he found his mentors and they showed him the insight and wisdom to take his craft to the next level. That led him to a passion for mentoring others along their journey. The great opportunity to work with students at School of Rock Hoboken as a drum teacher became the perfect opportunity to recycle the knowledge that had been taught to him and to now be a mentor to other drummers and musicians of all levels.
Jesse received a Bachelor's of Music with a concentration in Jazz Performance. He spent those four years honing and mastering the art of drumming in various different styles of music. Learning the fundamentals of learning itself, and of the drumset, gave him the tools to become successful in any style of music or endeavor.
Vanessa Burkly Studio Coordinator
Vanessa Burkly's background has always been centered around the arts. She holds her BFA in Fashion Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a specialization in Sportswear Apparel. She also received her 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teaching Certificate in Hatha Yoga at the Bhakti Barn School of Yoga in Millburn, New Jersey in March of 2018. She strives to encourage her fellow students to be kind, present, patient and to also challenge yourself. What resonates most for her is that the concepts behind yoga can be integrated into everyday life. These life lessons translate to her work at School of Rock Hoboken as a Studio Coordinator.
Music has also been a huge part of Vanessa's life, whether as a frequent concertgoer, gaining inspiration while listening to music in the background while painting or while flowing through a yoga sequence. Working with kids, Vanessa has found they have an amazing ability to inspire. Combining music and working with kids makes working at School of Rock Hoboken a perfect environment for her to thrive.
Lisbelkis Santana Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher
Lisbelkis Santana (Lis) is very excited to be a part of the School of Rock Hoboken family as a vocal instructor and piano teacher. Lis has always had a passion for music and imparting that passion on others. Her keys and vocal background consists of over 10 years of experience. She is a recent graduate of Montclair State University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music. Her previous experience teaching music group classes makes her a perfect fit for School of Rock.
What excites Lis about teaching at School of Rock Hoboken is the opportunity to build a community through making music. She not only hopes to promote a safe and fun learning environment for her students but also looks forward to learning from them. Lis looks to implement the core values that School of Rock Hoboken emphasizes, especially the importance of embracing the learning process, and being respectful, humble and confident in what you do. In addition, Lis believes in the School of Rock approach being much more relatable and refreshing than the traditional ways of learning music, so much so that she hopes that she will have the opportunity to learn a new instrument while working at School of Rock Hoboken.
Steve DeNola Drum Teacher
Originally a student of School of Rock, Steve began his professional music career in 2006 while touring with the School of Rock AllStars. Steve has had the honor and pleasure of sharing the stage with rock icons such as Jon Anderson (vocalist of YES) John Wetton (bassist and vocalist of King Crimson), Metal Mike (guitarist of Rob Halford), Bakithi Kumalo (bassist of Paul Simon) and Andrew WK. Steve currently tours nationally with the alternative rock project States and Capitals, plays drums for pop artist Sophia Messa, and plays locally in cover bands Yada, Yada, Yada and A Day in the Life. Steve is looking forward to bringing his experience with School of Rock and the professional music industry to all of the aspiring students here at School of Rock Hoboken as a drum teacher.