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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

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.

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