Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock Norwood/Walpole’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.
Phil Martelly Owner
A graduate of the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, his passion for music is unmatched by few and is a driving force behind his bringing School of Rock to the Southern Mass/Rhode Island area. He is the definition of the word musician as he plays not one but several instruments: guitar, bass and drums. Phil has played with a lot of the area's hottest bands including Pappy Chulo as the opening act for none other than Incubus.
Shawn Garrity Owner
Shawn's musical journey began at age eleven when his dad handed him a guitar and taught him a few chords. As he grew, so did his love for music. At fifteen, he joined a band, began writing music and playing original and cover songs at clubs and venues throughout New England. He studied jazz and classical music at Western Connecticut State University and earned a B.A. in Music Industry from the University of New Haven. After college Shawn formed several bands which eventually resulted in the formation of his current band, VulGarrity. The band has completed three nationwide tours, signed an artist development deal with MySpace Records and won first place in 95.5 WBRU's 2011 Rock Hunt. Shawn has shared the stage with The Prodigals, Ra, Robert DeLong, The Heavy, Ra Ra Riot and Electric Six. Shawn continues to record music and tour with his sister and VulGarrity bandmate Tracy. With the use of loop pedals, the two play guitar, bass, drums and keys simultaneously while singing, often switching instruments during their shows, creating a unique live music experience. While Shawn enjoys listening to and playing a wide variety of music, he is most inspired by all things rock.
Stephen Kennedy Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Stephen Kennedy trained at Berklee School of Music and has been teaching and gigging in New England for 40 years. He has performed and worked with regional and national acts including Molly Hackett, Foghat and Aerosmith's Brad Whitford.
Cassie Vinson General Manager
Cassie grew up here in Norwood and graduated from Norwood High in 2013. She was a member of The Madrigals, a group of singers who dress up in Renaissance attire and sing songs in the round or a capella. She's performed at King Richards Faire, the Seaport Center, Symphony Hall and Mechanic Hall. Even after graduating, she still sings for fun and relaxation, as well as writes her own music. You can even catch her singing around the school at any time of the day. When she is not singing or working, she like to do Zumba and spend time with family.
Dylan DiChiara Music Director
Dylan decided it was time to put that old guitar kicking around his house to some use after seeing the movie "School of Rock" in theaters. A year later Dylan also began to play the drums and joined his first band at the age of 13. After spending his high school years playing in various original and cover bands, as well as participating in jazz ensemble, concert band and pit band, Dylan attended UMass Lowell as a Music Education major. Dylan began teaching in 2011 and continued playing original music across the New England area, from punk rock with The Wet Bandits to 60s pop revival with The BoxBerrys. He currently performs with multiple GB bands, performing covers from Buddy Holly to Britney Spears and everything in between at clubs, weddings and events. Above all else, Dylan still considers himself a student of music and continues to study privately while maintaining a rigorous practice schedule.
Ben Riley Guitar Teacher
Ben began playing music at eight years old, taking two years of banjo lessons. He picked up guitar afterward and never put it down. He studied for six years before being recommended to Berklee by his instructor. At Berklee he became involved in a band on the international opening act circuit, opening for superstars such as Meat Loaf, Cheap Trick, Foghat, John Mellencamp, Molly Hatchet and John Entwistle, as well as Boston legends The Stompers. A veteran of the New England music scene, Ben has been playing professionally for over 40 years. He is enthusiastic to share his experience and skills with students of all ages and backgrounds.
Tyler Pompei Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Tyler's father bought him a bass guitar for Christmas when he was young. At the time it was the last thing he wanted. 11 years later, he has hardly been able to put it down. He's played countless gigs in the Boston/Providence area and around Worcester with his band Mr. Thinwheel at venues such as The Met, The Middle East and The Hard Rock Cafe. His band also performed live and interviewed on the Boston-based internet radio show WEMF. Tyler has been performing live since he was 14. He has taken private lessons for over 12 years and took a summer course at Berklee College of Music with teacher and renowned bassist Victor Wooten. Years after he picked up bass he learned to play the piano as well. His love for both instruments and what they allow him to express is what he wishes to impart on his students.