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School of Rock Montclair
125 Valley Road
Montclair, NJ 07042
(973) 337-5296

Location Specifics

We are located between Walnut St. and Williams St., across the street from the Girl Scouts building.

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  • Monday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM - 6 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Montclair combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Rookies music program for children
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Montclair, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Montclair, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 7-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Montclair's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Montclair have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • 1 Weekly 45-minute Private Lesson
  • 1 Weekly 90-minute Group Class

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Montclair are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Montclair who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 to 11-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Montclair is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Montclair Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Montclair music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect
  • 1 Weekly 45-Minute Private Lesson
  • 1 Weekly 3-Hour Group Rehearsal

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Montclair's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Montclair music venue.

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Montclair's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Montclair is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Montclair.

What To Expect
  • 1 Weekly 2-Hour Group Rehearsal

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Montclair Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Montclair.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 12-18

The School of Rock Montclair House Band music program gives students ages 12-18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Montclair's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at NJ rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Montclair and the rest of NJ. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Montclair

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Montclair, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Montclair is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Montclair guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Montclair's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Montclair, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Montclair venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Montclair offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Montclair guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Montclair is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Montclair we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Montclair, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Montclair, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Montclair. Unlike other Montclair drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Montclair, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Montclair drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.


Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Montclair offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Montclair, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Montclair teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Montclair, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Montclair.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Montclair offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Montclair and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Montclair, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Montclair students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Montclair, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Montclair. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Montclair, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Montclair area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Montclair Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Montclair area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Montclair music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Montclair, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Montclair, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Montclair’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

Billy Smolen Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Billy is a North Jersey local, having lived and performed in the tri-state area his whole life. His drive and talent on both electric and acoustic bass has led him to perform with artists across many genres, including rock, funk, jazz and classical. He has performed everywhere from dive bars to concert halls with rock bands, orchestras, jazz trios and everything in between.

James Stivaly Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

James Stivaly is an experienced session guitarist, producer and music teacher driven by helping artists at all levels become self-actuating musicians. He takes pride in providing the best possible guitar lessons and audio engineering services. As a musician his goals include showing the musical community around him how to use free expression to move themselves closer to their musical and life goals, and also helping artists make their vision a reality. In addition to his primary job functions, James Stivaly has been recognized by countless music news outlets for his extraordinary commitment to writing, producing and teaching. His writing is internationally lauded for its originality, without it losing the traditional nuances of its genre. Alongside teaching and performing, James is a producer at his own small recording studio, and an owner of his own music production company. James’ recordings have climbed up various types of Top 40 charts. His songwriting landed him on the back of one of the world's biggest metal music magazines. James is a guitar and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Montclair.

Lewis Robinson Singing Teacher

Lewis Robinson never fails to captivate audiences with his warm, outgoing personality, extraordinary vocal skills and his compelling performance style. A specialist in vocal and stage performance for over 30 + years, Lewis brings his experience from theater and being a singer-songwriter to coaching and directing his students at School of Rock Montclair. As an educator in the Montclair, NJ elementary school system, he brings his love and knowledge of music and dynamic performance energy to the students and faculty alike. An accomplished and studied drummer, Lewis Robinson has also thrilled audiences worldwide as a lead vocalist with his own band singing jazz favorites, R&B and original compositions. He has also received directorial awards from Italy and has performed and recorded numerous radio and television ads.

Theresa Abou-Daoud Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Theresa Abou-Daoud is a singer, songwriter and pianist from Westwood, New Jersey. She began her studies at age four, taking piano lessons at a local studio. She began songwriting in middle school and eventually began taking vocal lessons as well. She is currently studying at William Paterson University in the Popular Music Studies department, learning more about songwriting, performance and music management while holding the title of Promotions Coordinator of the Popular Music Program. She has played in multiple venues as a solo artist, and has also assisted professors at William Paterson University in executing small shows, both
on and off-campus. When she is not working on campus or at School of Rock Montclair as a piano teacher and vocal instructor, she spends her time recording new music and traveling to various local businesses to perform.

Vin Mott Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher

At age 7, Vincent Mott already knew he was destined for a life in music, taking drum lessons once a week, which lasted through his high school years. In seventh grade he and his fellow classmates formed a small pop-punk band called Let Me Down and enjoyed small but significant success. Vincent was involved with every aspect of the music department, which included concert band, marching band, jazz band and choir. He enjoyed the roles of drum line leader in marching band for two years and section leader in choir. He was constantly in and out of various local rock bands in the area, lending a hand when needed. Vincent further pursued his dream by attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, playing in various bands, including a popular jam band called Rack 'Em Let's Go. He graduated with a BA in Music with a concentration in Songwriting. In 2013 Vincent moved back to NJ and started his own band, Hott Mott's Rhythm Blues Band, singing and playing blues harmonica. He also freelances as a drummer with various singer-songwriters including Garrett Gardner of NBC's "The Voice."

Joe Billy III Drum Teacher

Joe has had a passion for music since he could remember, listening to his mother's classic rock n' roll and his father's smooth jazz, but his introduction to playing music wasn't sparked until the later age of 15. After getting bored of the video game "Rock Band 2," he decided to pursue drum lessons at our own School of Rock Montclair, where he found his love for the stage. After a few years with us, he went to school for Audio Engineering, and soon after contacted Matt Sandoski for some live sound experience. After a few gigs, Matt decided to bring him to the school where he now teaches drums, Rock 101 and Performance. You can also find him back-lining and doing sound for our live performances. Joe loves to write, record and perform music. He continues to play around the local music scene of NJ, drumming, engineering and joining mosh pits anywhere he can.

Chris Barnett Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Christopher Barnett is a bassist, composer, producer, music educator and publisher with ASCAP. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (Jazz Studies) from Montclair State University. Chris has been playing bass professionally for over 25 years throughout the US and abroad. He has also taught music, as well as marching band in Paterson, NJ public schools. He continues to perform live music while also teaching bass, guitar and ukulele, and directing the House Band at School of Rock Montclair.

Stu Damm Drum Teacher

From Scarsdale, NY, Stu Damm started playing piano at age six, but after hearing rock and roll for the first time, he knew that was the music he wanted to play. From there on it was drums all the way. He started taking lessons, played in school bands and quickly found friends to play with. While in high school, Stu started playing local Westchester County and New York City gigs with local bands and friends while studying with the legendary Kenwood Dennard. Stu attended the University of Colorado as a Music Performance major where he co-formed a new band. The band, Steak, would go on to be a Boulder, CO favorite. They toured the country, put out several independent albums and they also had their song "Big Bear" on the soundtracks of the movies "Super Troopers" and "Super Troopers 2."

After moving back to New York with Steak, Stu started playing the NYC blues and R&B circuit with Michael Powers, The Slam Allen Band and many others. He also became the foremost percussionist in New York's most exclusive nightclubs, playing with John Popper, Tommy Lee and New York's best DJs. Stu then joined Threads of Scarlet, a Barbados-based band. They released an album and several videos, opened for Sum 41, Puddle of Mudd and Fuel, and were featured at South by Southwest. He moved to Hoboken, NJ and released an EP of his own works titled "DAMM." Playing again with Steak, Stu loves passing his music knowledge and experience to his students and is ready for the next chapter in a long musical journey.

Jon Caplan Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Jon is a vocal/piano teacher at School of Rock Montclair and he has a true passion for music. Playing piano from the age of eight and singing from as far back as he can remember, Jon is well-versed in music theory, and even better at sharing his passion for music with the kids that he teaches. Currently enrolled in William Paterson University's Music Program, he is striving every day to get an even better understanding of music himself. Jon is a performing musician in the New York/New Jersey area in multiple bands, so he know what it takes to get your kids on stage and playing with confidence.

Kevin March Drum Teacher

Kevin is a graduate of Berklee College of Music. He is currently the drummer for the critically acclaimed Guided By Voices. His vast professional experience includes being a member of The Dambuilders (Atlantic/Elektra Records), Shudder To Think (Epic Records) and Those Bastard Souls (V2 Records). He's performed on recording sessions for Jeff Buckley, The Breeders, James Iha (original member of Smashing Pumpkins) and A Camp (featuring Nina Persson of The Cardigans). He has also been featured on songs and scores for such films as "School of Rock," "Velvet Goldmine," "Boys Don't Cry," "The Woodsman" and "Tigerland." He also co-produced the 2013 album "Warned You" by NYC-based rock quartet The NowhereNauts along with Grammy-winning recording engineer Carl Glanville (U2, Jason Mraz, Billy Joel, Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson).

Tom Nadolski Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Tom's love of music began as a diaper-clad toddler in Jersey City, listening to his dad play The Beatles on accordion. After years of attempting to wrangle the accordion he was fortunate to find an old acoustic guitar in the basement. Since then he has never put it down. Self-taught for the first five years (with the assistance of a single Mel Bay book) Tom enhanced his education at New Jersey City University where he studied classical guitar, jazz guitar, music theory, sight-reading, ear-training and music technology. From 1991 to the present he has been involved in numerous rock bands and has performed in clubs all over the New York/New Jersey area, including CBGB's and The Bitter End. No job is too big or too small for Tom, and he has played guitar in every conceivable situation, ranging from dressing up as a cow for Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream in NYC to playing at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina for 30,000 people. His love of music led him to the audio field, working as a live sound engineer and a recording engineer. He worked at the infamous Chung King Studios in NYC where he recorded countless artists, including Blondie, Talib Kwali and Mos Def. A full-circle moment occurred at Chung King where Tom had the pleasure of teaching Jack Black how to play "Stairway To Heaven" on guitar during a session for a commercial spot for the "School Of Rock" movie. Despite Tom's love for performing, few things can compare to sharing the gift of music and his 20 years of knowledge with anyone who is willing to learn. He thrives on the satisfaction of unlocking the joy of music for students, and specializes in turning mistakes, or 'happy accidents,' into teachable moments. Tom is thrilled to be part of School of Rock in Montclair, where he is part of a fantastic team that shares his love of musical gift-giving and strives to help each and every student find their own inherent and individual musical voice.

Brielle Liebman Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Brielle Liebman is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Wayne, New Jersey. She graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Popular Music from William Paterson University, where she studied songwriting and performance, as well as music theory, history and business. Over at the university, she was the chair of the Songwriting Guild and ran showcases and ensembles for her degree program. Her love for music began as a child, listening to The Beatles on vinyl with her father and sister as a weekend activity. She began singing and writing back then as well, writing lyrics and melodies that she and her sister would sing to entertain her family (though she will admit, her songs have since gotten more mature). Since then, she has written in many genres from hard rock to folk to jazz. She has played in her own band, as well as solo. Her most recent studio release, “Silver Lines,” gave her experience recording, arranging and producing as the project took many years to complete. She has played from New Jersey’s Stone Pony to New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall, as well as held residencies at restaurants.

Ben Saporito Drum Teacher

Since graduating with honors from the Berklee College of Music, Benjamin Saporito has enjoyed a musically diverse career as a performing drummer in the New York area. He has performed and/or recorded with Vintage Ego, V Blackburn, Vin Mott's Rhythm and Blues Band, The American Composers Orchestra, The New York Pops, The Metro West Symphony, Lezane Trapani, Craig Mitchell, Various Phillips Academy Broadway productions, the Boston Conservatory songwriter showcases, The New York Jazzharmonic Trio and The
Alfabet Jazz Trio to name a few. In addition to his career performing, Mr. Saporito has been teaching drum set since he was in the eighth grade. Since then, he has taught students of all ages and playing levels, and has
always loved helping his students improve their craft. His approach to teaching has always revolved around patience and understanding.

Maurice "Moe" Watson Drum Teacher

Maurice Watson is a diverse and talented drummer hailing from Newark, NJ. With 20 years of performing and recording experience under his belt, music has been a commitment in his life from a very early age and it shows. Cutting his teeth with family members in the Newark gospel music scene, he developed a polished, yet rough and hard-hitting style which has found him completely prepared to tackle ANY musical endeavor he has come across. He attended Franklin Pierce College (now University) in New Hampshire and began drumming for Metalblade/Blackmarket recording artists Deadwater Drowning as well as a host of other metal and hardcore punk projects all around New England. He rubbed elbows and played shows with many bands he loved and respected, such as Suicide Silence. It was during this time that Maurice took proper instruction from Brooklyn, NY's multi-instrumentalist Nathan Davis to sharpen his skills in jazz and other percussion. Years after graduating Maurice found himself back home in NYC/NJ with a new set of skills and ready to start work on rock/pop band Aliens with his long time cousin, best friend, guitarist and collaborator Mark Dollar. Maurice also found himself in session work for artists in the greater New York City area, sharing stages with the likes of Trey Songz, hellogoodbye, Keri Hilson, Ludacris and many more.

Apryl Chanco Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Apryl Chanco is currently completing a Masters of Arts Teaching degree with a concentration in Music Education at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University. She is a proud member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) and was the Vice President of Montclair State University's collegiate chapter.

Apryl has performed alongside the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Princenton University’s Richardson Auditorium, Rutgers University’s State Theatre and at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. She has also sung at Madison Square Garden, where she performed in "The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Godesses," and at Carnegie Hall, where she participated in the New York Choral Festival. She is also no stranger to Towson University, University of Delaware and New Jersey City University, where she has participated in several master classes.

As a teacher, Apryl loves watching her students grow in their voice and piano techniques every week while cultivating their love for music. She is passionate about giving students the tools to be knowledgeable musicians and thoughtful artists/performers. She believes in teaching her students proper vocal health and piano technique throughout all different genres of music, all while using innovative and engaging pedagogy in each lesson.

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