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.
Cassondra Vinson General Manager
Cassondra 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
In 2009 Dylan attended UMass Lowell as a Music Education major and by 2011 had begun teaching privately. In 2014 Dylan joined the School of Rock family, teaching drums, guitar, and directing shows for Rock 101 and Performance. As a drummer Dylan has performed locally and toured nationally with a diverse array of acts including The BoxBerrys, American Midnight, and Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers. Above all else, Dylan still considers himself a student of music and continues to study privately while maintaining a rigorous practice schedule.
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.
Olivia Barcohana Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher
Olivia attended School of Rock Huntington on Long Island, New York for three years, primarily as a bass student, though she has picked up drums and vocals as well. She has opened for acts such as Foreigner and The Orchestra and has toured around the east coast with their house band. She plays bass and keyboard in her two projects; a metal/alternative band called ATAAKD, and an indie-funk group called Riot. In her free time, she takes pictures, and designs album covers and promotional posters for acts around Boston and New York. Olivia currently studies at Berklee College of Music as a Music Education major, and hopes to open her own schools one day.
Nick Gilbert Guitar Teacher
Nick has been playing guitar since age eleven when his parents got him a Fender Strat after being obsessed with the video game Rock Band. Since then, he's been a voracious consumer of guitar styles, maddening his early teachers with wanting to learn how to play like James Hetfeild one week, Dave Mustaine the next, and Iron Maiden the week after. Nick has attended the Berklee 5 week summer program, and has taken lessons with players such as Dave Davidson of Revocation and Ethan Brosh.
Since 15 years old, Nick’s been playing with various different acts in the New England Circuit having opened up for groups like: Ice Nine Kills, Unearth, Hatebreed, Veil of Maya, Intervals, Angel Vivaldi and Gus G. just to name a few. He currently performs with Providence metal titans Kingsmen, who recently released their debut album “Revenge, Forgiveness, Recovery” on Sharptone Records in April of 2020 which managed to make its way to the Billboard charts. His love for the instrument allows him to convey emotions that words fail to do.
Aaron Couto Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher and Drum Teacher
Aaron has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a focus in Saxophone. He currently teaches middle school music full time in Portsmouth, RI and Guitar, Drums, and Bass at School of Rock. He has been fortunate to work for the Seekonk Public Schools, Norwood Public Schools, and Greater New Bedford Catholic schools before landing his current positions. He has been playing in rock bands of all styles for well over 10 years, having performed at major New England venues such as The Middle East, The Worcester Palladium, and The Met Cafe. His instrumental abilities range from the saxophone and clarinet, to drum set and marching percussion, to guitar and bass. Aside from music he is an avid Star Wars and Marvel fan, and if not teaching or practicing you could probably find him watching cartoons or movies.
Kevin Williams Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Kevin has well over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. He has had music featured on cable networks like The Discovery Channel, the BET network and others, and is best known as a blazing blues guitarist with Worcester, MA-based contemporary R&B act Blue Honey and his rocking blues combo The Kevin Williams Trio. He has toured and performed internationally and has been featured on several recordings as a guitarist, vocalist, bassist, keyboardist and as a producer.